Friday the 20th

Not nearly as snappy as ‘Friday the 13th’ but ya run with what ya got. Wednesday past was the average last frost day for our area on the Front Range and both of my outdoor weather station sensors reported temps in excess of 90ºF. I think it is going to be a long, hot Summer. Some gardens are in, especially the Russians here in Little Minsk. But they always seem to have about a 4-week jump on the rest of us. I’m not going with any full season plants this year, just ‘micro greens’ and some herbs. I’ve had such bad luck with full season plants (>90 days to maturity). We have a growing season of about 125 days but my tomatoes don’t ripen and my corn ears don’t mature. But my basil from two years ago (none last year) kicked major butt. So, that’s the direction for this year…

What about your gardens?

What the Fsck is This About?

What the hell is going on with ‘Rape Culture’ and the so called Men’s Rights Movement? How much of the misogyny directed at Hillary Clinton and other powerful women by ‘Bernie Bros.’ or other ‘haters’ and detractors is anything other than generalized hatred of women?

Men, if we disagree, we must voice our condemnation.

Browser Rendering Problems? A Possible Solution

Daily KOS hasn’t been rendering correctly in my version of Google Chrome for some time and I’ve been wondering why. Especially since the site rendered fine in Safari and Firefox. I finally figured out that I needed tell the HTTPS Everywhere* to leave Daily KOS alone. Voila! Site renders fine now. So, perhaps this will help you figure out why a certain site is misbehaving in your browser of choice,

*HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure…

Crows

I’ve been doing quite a bit of research into Crows lately, mainly the ones in my neighborhood, the American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos. I have long been fascinated with their cousins, the Common Raven Corvus corax that I frequently encountered while working and recreating in the Mojave Desert around Las Vegas.

In accordance with what I’ve read and heard, they really like peanuts, unroasted and unsalted… Two days ago I threw some unshelled peanuts near a noisy group of about 10 birds that frequent the area between our building and the street. They dispersed and after about five minutes they flew back while I observed from about 25 yards away. After a couple of iterations of dispense, retreat, and return, they flew away after about 20 minutes. I went back inside after leaving perhaps a dozen unshelled peanuts where I was sitting.

Today (Saturday) about 10 am there was a loud chorus of Crow vocalizations that I recognized as ‘social calls’ from one of the videos I watched on Crow behavior research on the interwebs. I opened the door and there was a dozen or so Crows hopping around where I was sitting yesterday. “Hey, Peanut Human! We need more peanuts!” Not wanting them to think I was so easily trained, I waited about a half hour before going outside with more peanuts.

They won’t let me get closer than about 25 yards but they are very interested in peanuts. We’ll see where this goes.