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nanowrimo talk-up, gadwalls and a Chinese buffet [Nov. 23rd, 2014|09:52 am]
firewheel and beyondCollapse )
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Friday themes [Nov. 21st, 2014|11:11 pm]
Pleasant weather and hard work and putting things onto chargers to rejuvenate them.
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coyote and clown-trickster [Nov. 20th, 2014|10:21 pm]
Wednesday morning the LA traffic was breathtakingly busy. Later Wednesday I had a space of time after my business matter but before my flight. I stopped by Griffith Park in Los Angeles to take a walk. I originally drove near the Observatory, but it was too crowded. Then I went to my preferred stop, near the ranger station. As I first pulled into this part of the park, I saw the car in front of me stopped. It turned out a young coyote was nearby, looking around.


I watched for a moment, but then drove on to let others see. I parked near the ranger center and visitor center. I saw acorn woodpeckers,with their lovely clown faces,black phoebes, house finches and yellow-rumped warblers. I feel at home there, and would someday like to spend a whole Saturday there.

My plane was late taking off, and it did not land until nearly 11 p.m. I stopped at Denny's for a midnight supper on my way home. I was pleased that it is now possible to order from "fit" choices. I got home around 1:20 a.m.

I got up early and headed to work. I had a conference call I had to take, so I forgot I was out of gas. AAA helped me as I solved work issues with my phone parked in an apartment complex I reached while running my car on fumes.

At lunch I wandered on a warm day in the park and saw bluebirds, yellow-rumped warblers, house finches, and American kestrels. At night I gave free legal advice for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. I am looking forward to work tomorrow, and to a pleasant pre-holiday weekend.
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My lack of skill re: California birds [Nov. 19th, 2014|07:46 am]
I worked until the very late morning, when I drove to catch a flight. The snow was patchy on the desert mountains. When I landed in the late afternoon, I decided to go to the park. Chace Park in Marina del Rey is a very small park with some trees, some lawn, some walkways, and a good view of the small boat waterway of Los Angeles' Marina del Rey. When we lived in Los Angeles, over 14 years ago, I used to fish from a little fishing pier at that park. I remember full-moon late nights there, and the first fish I caught, a good-sized jacksmelt. I always caught and released.

Yesterday I took my camera and binoculars. I took pictures of this little fellow:


When I watch birds in southern California I usually can sort out what I am seeing. Some things are things we have in Texas. Some things are things we do not have in Texas, but we have an analogous bird. Some things we do not have in Texas, but
the California bird is distinctive. But some of the little birds, particularly in Winter plumage, are very hard to me to sort out. This bird looks a bit like an Audubon yellow-rumped warbler, but I did not see a yellow rump. I am still trying to tie down its identification.

Similarly, this little bird's identification has eluded me so far:


I browsed the internet trying to get an identification, but I am working on it yet.

I fell asleep fairly early, woke extremely early, and got a little work done.
Now I am about to get up and face the bulk of my work day. I have a flight back home this afternoon. I enjoyed being in 70 degree Fahrenheit weather again yesterday, but the cold snap at home broke and things are back in the 60s. So the weather is all good.

I sat down yesterday before work and created a song for the Classwar Karaoke
compilation, a quarterly netlabel release. I had limited time, and I wanted to see if I could create a song in a short period of time. I succeeded, though with hindsight I would have refrained from some effects I added to the audio as they seem to have created one artifact audible near the end. Meanwhile, I see that
the starfrosch netaudio site built a "top 100 ccMixter" type page and my
song "Maisie's Dream" is currently number 1. Those kind of charts, though, while fun, are just charts based on algorithms. I won't have to worry about whether to post my music in Spotify any time soon. My own view,by the way, is that streaming is fun. My favorite way to stream is via Bandcamp app from Bandcamp releases.
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Little snow [Nov. 18th, 2014|06:58 am]
Sunday night brought a light dusting of snow but the roads were not impacted. Monday I learned interesting news at work.
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active weekend [Nov. 16th, 2014|10:35 pm]
maisie's dreamCollapse )
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Dalliance [Nov. 15th, 2014|12:44 am]
Tonight I read papers about legal ethics. We dined on wild halibut at Rockfish Grill. I began a ccMixter Secret Mixter remix this morning which I will finish tomorrow. I also finished a new song, "Dalliance", a puzzling 11minute piece of odd melodic percussion. It stems directly, I think, from my love for Harry Partch's "Delusion of the Fury". I am following the Carlsen Anand chess championship rematch closely. My wife is listening to some lovely Imogen Heap.
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Cold little bit at a time [Nov. 14th, 2014|06:30 am]
The week flies by in a lovely way. I listened to a legal seminar on employment law. I forgot and left my cell phone at home and did not miss it. Last night the outdoors temperature went well below freezing. Each day I make slight incremental progress on getting chores done. My goal for the weekend amounts to making dollops of progress.
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Cold Wednesday [Nov. 12th, 2014|10:43 pm]
The cold today pierced a bit. A super-helpful AT and T store guy helped me handle a burst of minor family business that the phone customer service could not handle. I still prefer Verizon. I had fun editing images last night. I saw three American kestrels today. I got booked for a podcast interview next July.
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cold weather arrives [Nov. 11th, 2014|07:38 pm]
A deep chill set in last night. I moved our ficus tree indoors before it hit. That ficus experienced substantial growth this Summer. It took me a bit of effort to bring it in. Next Spring I will use some kind of cart or rolling platform to take it out again.

Today the high temperature was 46 F. (~ 8 C.). Tonight the prediction is for sub-freezing temperatures. I bundled up in a thick jacket and gloves. At lunch I went to Breckinridge Park. I was the only person to brave the cold other than, perhaps, park maintenance personnel. I saw bluebirds, house finches, a red-bellied woodpecker and chipping sparrows.

I stopped by Market Street on the way home to pick up some chicken. I also got some curious crackers made with quinoa. They taste pretty good. I need to look up and see if they are really made of quinoa or just flavored with a bit.
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