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March 18th, 2010

departed creatures

prehistoric creature

During a stray hour on a business trip, I got to stop by one of my favorite tourism venues, the La Brea tarpits.
It amazes me how the fossils there are just 10,000 to 30,000 years old. That's a whisper, a moment--and yet in that time giant sloths, extinct camels, and saber-toothed tigers thrived and disappeared.

I stopped by a park in Garland on my way home. I saw tons of robins and a lovely bluebird. Later, when my wife and I took our dogs for a walk in our local Glendover Park, we saw a goose skeleton and feathers. We wondered whether its predator was a coyote, a bobcat, a dog, a hawk or an owl. It was a bit sad, if just another part of nature.

Yesterday it was 83 degrees in Los Angeles. Saturday a cold snap will send us into the 40s. Variety is the spice of life.

I got my cherrypal Africa netbook in the mail. 99 dollars purchase price + 18 dollars shipping. It's a cool little thing, very basic, not at all fast, but like a little Linux microcosm of a huge and wonderful universe.