We went hiking this weekend through a preserve in Central Florida and stumbled into this real-life Monet painting: We were surprised to see so few birds. But we did see a magnificent swallow-tailed kite soaring overhead. It seemed to make a special effort to fly directly over us and give us the eyeball. I wanted to take a picture but couldn’t take my eyes off it long enough to ready my camera.
Tonight, I went to bed at around 11 PM ET but woke up again about an hour ago, and I could tell immediately it was useless to try to go back to sleep, at least right away. I’ll try again in a bit.
In the meantime, there’s much stupid to catch up on in the media. Maybe that’ll bore me into a stupor that’s conducive to a good night’s rest.
Did u know that Hillary Clinton is running for Preznit?
I do crossword puzzles. That helps put me to sleep most nights.
Major Major Major Major
I’m gonna take this mood stabilizer as soon as anybody will hang out with me.
Should anybody be in SF by the way I’m super happy to hang out.
Had a fun moment with a chatbot on grindr just now too. http://imgur.com/NyOtHaY
Looking for a movie I can fall asleep to. I fear this will be a night where my insomnia wins handily.
@JordanRules: “The Dead Zone” is on Netflix, I think. God, what a terrible movie, and boring enough to sweep you off to Dreamland even though its subject is psychic visions of mass murder and nuclear apocalypse. It’s jarring to see a younger Martin Sheen as an evil wannabe president, knowing as I do that he grows up to be the wise and good President Bartlet.
@Betty Cracker: Awww, I think I’m gonna watch West Wing now; reruns sometimes work for me. I can’t do mass murdery stuff even when happily awake at the right times. Not even tongue in cheek stuff. I’m a super wuss.
@Major Major Major Major: That is hilarious.
At last: media starting to ask the hard questions…and getting answers!
I’m printing out my taxes for snailmail. Fun, fun, fun.
@sharl: Really? I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell ya.
“I’m shocked, shocked, that there’s time traveling going on in there!”
@Chris: Well, my reply was to Hillary running. However, either women don’t buy the premise of time travel(possible), are less violent(more likely), or just like their trains running on time.
We were surprised to see so few birds
Bug season is burgeoning up north.
It’s a long way to the boreal forests and lakes and the muskeg and the tundra,
but if your hatchlings need to eat their weight in insects dailly,
it’s the best buffet on the planet for a few weeks each spring.
A related study seeks to determine whether men are more likely to have experienced building time machines, ray guns, and periscope-equipped submarines out of cardboard boxes.
Anyone know why Sullivan walked away from his blog? Just curious because his reasons seem thin.
Very few sugar ants have blessed my counter so far after a quite warm late winter….maybe the early spring freeze froze them off. And the Maple Beetles are in less abundance YES!! Not looking forward to a sweltering “dry” heat in So Oregon…dreaming of maybe celebrating my 70th year on this earth in the most treasured place of my childhood…Discovery Bay, Port Townsend, WA. Frightening pics from my friends in the Olympics of little to no glacial reserves….we got some late spring deposits on Mt Ashland and McGloughlin that usually make Angel Wings down the side until well past my BD….late cold spell could help that, fingers crossed!!
J R in WV
So since I’m awake, and data is free from midnight to 6 am, I’m updating the computers, 2 of ’em. While that’s running, in the background I’m reading the blogs of tha’ innertubes. Happy to have companions across the world at 4 and 5 am.
Some sad news from the literary world:
(I believe the first name’s spelling is actually Günter, fwiw.) I can’t say I knew his work, though I certainly knew his name and a bit of his back story.
Been up since 4-ish–sent hubs off on a work trip to two little towns near Big Stone Gap in VA. First day back to work for me after Spring break, and I’m totes not feeling it.
was about to post that and that misspelling of his name is all over twitter too, weird. Maybe they can’t do the umlat properly in some formats… His Tin Drum is an incredible book. I think there is a great interview with him in The Paris Review.
Tissue Thin Pseudonym
@Valdivia: It’s not a misspelling. Following a vowel with an ‘e’ is the standard way of writing an umlauted word in a typeface without umlauts.
Tissue Thin Pseudonym
@Aleta: Reminds me of the Cheapass Game “U.S. Patent #1.” The object of the game is to be the first to build a time machine and go back and get the very first American patent.
Up at my usual time this morning and now at work editing a paper that will be delivered this Saturday at the William Inge Theatre Festival’s scholars conference in Independence, Kansas. (Independence, Kansas — not to be confused with Independence, Missouri, a suburb of KC — is a small town about 75 miles north of Tulsa and the birthplace of the playwright that gave us Come Back, Little Sheba; Picnic; Bus Stop; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and the Oscar-winning screenplay for Splendor in the Grass.) This paper is supposed to be twenty minutes long and now I have to cut it back. Maybe if I talk fast…
@Tissue Thin Pseudonym:
had no idea! so used to the umlat spelling
The patch of grass-like vegetation (not sure it qualifies as a yard per say) in front of my place looks a lot like that picture. Been raining for several days and will continue to do so for a few more. Highs in the low 80s, humidity continually pegged at 100. The move from spring to summer continues apace here on the Texas swamps.
The good news is that as I stepped out of my door at 4 AM, I was greeted with a refreshing cloud of honeysuckle fragrance.
The Tin Drum was made into a pretty intense movie that captures the flavor of the book quite well.
In 1991, by Elizabeth Gaffney, from which:
That was beautifully spotted, photographed, and written.
Nice pic ….
My Big Guy Mike once graced me with a Monet shot – miss that guy. https://www.flickr.com/photos/luvlymikimoto/221960811/in/photolist-
I was scheduled to go to a tech conference downtown tomorrow but it looks like I’ll have to cancel. Thanks to Netflix, I have too much on my plate with work deadlines today and tomorrow.
I know, I should be more responsible but I really got sucked into “Daredevil”.
Günter* Grass was born with his drooping moustache? That alone should have made him famous.
*Wikipedia confirms his first name is indeed Günter with a ü.