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Archive for November, 2010

Hao snug and comfy on his perch

He looked so content and comfortable I had to share a few shots.

The latest WikiLeaks revelations

My first take on the latest WikiLeaks release: unwise.

If it was just “embarrassing” info I wouldn’t have the same impression. But some of the stuff released is really bad. Like the U.S. was secretly helping attack Al Qaeda forces inside Yemen with Yemen’s cooperation. WikiLeaks has the president of Yemen telling the U.S., “we’ll continue to say they were our bombs.”

Now in whose interest is it to reveal something like that?


No eggs the last 2 days

With no nesting material and no nesting box Mon lays 3 eggs 3 days in a row.

So I think, “ok, she wants to lay eggs” and add nesting material and a comfy nesting box.

The result? No eggs for the last 2 days.

What on earth is going on inside that little brain of hers?


Simultaneous winter solstice, full moon and lunar elipse

This year’s winter solstice, on December 21, will also coincide with a full moon and total lunar eclipse.

This won’t happen again until 2094, so if you don’t want to wait a very long time you should plan on seeing it this year.


Timothy hay

As I posted in the last note, since Mon is laying eggs anyway (3 as of this afternoon), I put in a nesting box. They won’t go near it, so I took off the roof for now to see if that sparks their curiosity.

While at the supermarket, in the pet corner, they didn’t seem to have bird nesting material, but they did have bunched up “timothy rolls” as rabbit foot. I Googled it on my iPhone there at the store and found references saying timothy hay works well for finch nesting material, so I bought a package, broke open the bunch and put it in. Maybe they’ll busy themselves making a nest. We all need hobbies, right?

The timothy hay smells really nice and fresh! And “made in the U.S.A.”.


Would you wash your clothes at this coin laundry?


A little cozy nesting box

Just in case…

Mon lays an egg!

It must have been Mon, right?

I found it this morning at the bottom of Hao’s cage, though, and they sleep in separate cages.

I didn’t notice it yesterday. But Hao is definitely male because he sings, right?

So it must have been Mon who laid it sometime yesterday.

I don’t see how I could have overlooked it yesterday though because the cage was freshly cleaned the day before (despite appearances) and it was the first thing I noticed this morning. I guess I could have overlooked it last evening when putting them away after play time into separate cages.

I removed the egg and you can see there is a hole at the bottom (the missing part is inside the shell) and it appears to be hollow.

Neither Hao nor Mon seem interested in it and both played with me last night as usual. Yet if it is Mon’s it MUST have been laid sometime between noon, when I put Mon in Hao’s cage for company for the day, and 8 pm when I took them out to play for a few hours. doug

The one year anniversary of “climategate”

What’s amazing about “Climategate” is that even though all it revealed were a few scientists acting petty and one or two minor bad actors, groups who simply do not want to believe in climate change or its causes for political or religious reasons continue to bandy it about as though it was some sort of “smoking gun.”

Even though the sum total of so-called “climategate” did not actually refute one iota of the overwhelming scientific consensus regarding the existence and causes of global climate change, certain political groups, like the Tea Party, seem to take some sort of arrogant pride in their professed ignorance about what is happening to the environment and try to leverage “climategate” as some sort of political icon.
It’s as though these people believe environmental science depends on whether you are conservative or liberal or whether you believe in the bible or not. They remind me of creationists. Or the people who once voted that pi equals exactly 3.

These people are not interested in actual scientific evidence at all. They have reached their conclusion based on their political or religious philosophy and that’s that for them.

Here’s an interesting read:…

“In fact, nothing in the stolen e-mails or computer code undermines in any way the scientific consensus—which exists among scientific publications as well as scientists—that climate change is happening and humans are the cause.”

Why don’t they just resign right away?

I don’t know why Japanese state ministers just don’t immediately resign after they make especially stupid remarks. It’s always the same pattern: say something really dumb, go through a week or two of insisting they’re not going to resign, and then they resign.

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