Robert (gurdonark) wrote,
Robert
gurdonark

hackberry emperor, 60 cycle hum,and territorial mockingbirds

Friday night I had gone to the doc-in-a-box near my home because the cough part of my cold
persisted. He looked me over and had a tech take x-rays. I was pleased that the x-rays showed nothing very untoward. The doctor explained how sometimes he does see a spot in the x-ray and how hard for everyone involved. He diagnosed that I had a trace of pneumonia, and prescribed me medicine to take just before I go to bed. The cough is noticeably better now. I hope I will be over it all soon.

This morning I went to Towne Lake Park to walk around. I got a good photo of a northern cardinal. I stopped, though, when a mosquito landed on me. West Nile virus is back in our area, and I had forgotten to put on Bullfrog, the combination sun block and insect repellant. I fell asleep at 10.30 a.m and stayed until 12.30 p.m.

I spoke with my father for Father's Day. He sounded as if he is in good spirits, having had a steak lunch. My father's nearly 80, and this year has involved some health challenges. I hope his health continues to improve.

I had lunch at Subway sandwich shop. I put on Bull Frog, to fortify me against the mosquitoesof the Nile. Then I drove to Limestone Quarry Park in Frisco. I saw lots of mockingbirds ruffling their feathers over territory. I saw lots of mosquito fish in very shallow water. I got a couple of good photos of a hackberry emperor butterfly.

In the afternoon, I recorded the second episode of my Graham Water Cast, my new cloudcast about
open source and Creative Commons. I shortened it to 20 minutes, but did not get rid of the 60 cycle hum. I read up a bit on Audacity on how to erase it, but did not master it within the hour total I had set myself to create the 'cast. Subsequently,vuzh pointed out that it is called a 60 hz hum, which aided me in researching. I bought a little device on eBay which may serve as an effective filter. If it fails, I will learn to fix the issue through noise reduction. I am not as good with the effects in Audacity yet as I am with my Magix music studio,
but I am learning.

Here's the cloudcast, which I titled 'plug n play':

http://www.mixcloud.com/gurdonark/graham-wafer-cast-episode-2-host-robert-nunnally-plug-n-play/
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