kris went out the coop at the end of the day to check on The Girls and happened to look in the nesting box and discovered they’ve started laying eggs! whooohoooo! fresh eggs!
it seems like just yesterday we were attempting to teach frida to not eat The New Girls.
when i lifted open the lesting box, The Girls were all “oh hey! we didn’t know it did that!”
if you needed a glipse into how my brain works, the carrot greens in the garden looked a bit like an alien forest and there was a stormtrooper minifig nearby so it just made sense.
i was going to go ahead and set up a whole scene but thought that might be a little weird.
just hanging out in the garden getting distracted by the droplets on the beet leaf greens, as one does.
i ran across a video for JIBO “The World’s First Family Robot” and automatically assumed it was a parody or some attempt at viral comedy. but no – it’s legit! maybe it’s just me but that video really strikes my creepy nerve ( along with other concerns ) but it is an interesting way to avoid the uncanny valley. could go in interesting directions if it’s going to end up being a platform you can build on.
well at least i *think* it’s a coreopsis.
i’m sure someone will tell me if i’m wrong
don’t fly drones here is an interactive map showing areas where you’re not supposed to fly “unmanned aerial vehicles” including airports, military bases and national parks. but as far as i can tell – since it doesn’t technically involve a uav – kite aerial photography is still allowed at national parks but probably not a great idea near military bases and airports. [ via kottke ]
every day i run by the growing corn and today it occurs to me. why is the left side of the road tassled and the other not?
perhaps you recognize the leaning electrical pole from a more wintry view of this scene.
in 1996 or so i saw noted biologist E.O. Wilson give a talk in which he said we would soon see the signs that we are in midst of the next mass extinction and that not many species would make it through. to him the evidence was clear ( and even him admitted ) and a bit of a bummer. now almost 20 years later, new research published in science confirms we are in earth’s sixth mass extinction and “…more broadly, it suggests that if we are unable to end or reverse the rate of their loss, it will mean more for our own future than a broken heart or an empty forest.” understated to say the least. [ via dangerousmeta ]
i bought some fireworks on blowout deal after the fourth of july at one of those crazy michigan fireworks stores and threw some five minute smoke tubes into the mix because odin likes smoke bombs and we’ve been experimenting with our own recipes that we light off in a custom smoke bomb metal tube we had fabricated locally. first thing we learned was that if you light a smoke tube in a metal tube it acts more like a rocket launcher! yikes! don’t do that.
it smoked for a few seconds then, “PHOOOOOOOOOOOF” it blasted out of the metal tube and left a fiery bit of its insides behind.
i looked across the street and our neighbors were trying to figure out what the heck we were doing.
“oh we’re ok! just playing with smoke bombs!” i think they are somewhat used to this kind of behavior after 8 years.
the second one we lit in a metal tin. odin got out of dodge quickly. about 30 seconds after we lit it i realized it was blowing into our next door neighbors window and open door so i had to scramble to move it quickly to a different spot. d’oh!
after about a minute we realized that it was going to put out a serious amount of smoke. they’re not joking around in the product description, “This item puts out a large volume of white smoke for five minutes! Super dense and long lasting smoke item!”
i started to get worried we were going to smoke out the entire block and someone not knowing what was going on would call the fire department.
you can see kris is attempting to brush frida in the background. she is not amused. double d’oh!