Sunday, August 24, 2008

On the true meaning of pain

I just made chili that was actually physically painful to put in my mouth.

I made a stab through the end, it took me four ounces of milk per forkful of food.

Something tells me I'll need to buy ingredients to dilute this one a little bit when I stop at the store tomorrow to buy more milk.

Update on the Content Vortex's Current Sad State: Well, I haven't done much of anything, as is clear. I did, however, find all of the stuff I had lost in a folder called .migration_temp that was buried somewhere in my directory structure to which I did not previously know I had write access. As awesome as that is, replacing my stylesheet and background graphic is easy enough - replacing all of the inline links to everything in the posts will be horrible and time-consuming, however, and may take me several eternities to fix.

We'll see how I do on all that, what with the busy season for school coming up.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

It's pretty clear the content vortex needs help

They killed WAM for me, finally, and in the process of ensuring that all references to WAM still exist, the directory they created for the material from my pub space is not accessible to the public, and nothing I've been able to do to it so far has made it work correctly.

I'm investigating alternatives now, I'll keep you posted on what I get going.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

teeny tiny monkeys

The first few aren't great, but I think that's understandable, given the light and the fact that I was shooting wide open. Hopefully. Well, anyway, we have three week old tamarin babies. They are tiny:






Wednesday, August 6, 2008

More Monotropes

I wanted to make sure I got better pictures of the indian pipes from Monday before the rain came again and ruined the opportunity to kneel on the hillside next to them.

m. uniflora

m. uniflora

m. uniflora

Bonus: on the way back down the hill as it started raining, I took a different route to see the little mossy/grassy hilltop area nearby. Down from that, group 2, but this time, four of the plants had reddish tinge to the stalks:

m. uniflora

Sorry for the horrible lighting on that one. Due to the rain, I didn't have time to get my flash cable out and do a proper off-camera setup, so the color on the stalks came out a little pastel from where they should have been. Not much, but still... at least I had the presence of mind to review that first flash shot - I was so close to the leaves on the uphill side from them that the whole bottom third of the picture was blown out. I had to use my hand as a deflector for that part of the flash's beam.

I might get to do better Friday, if I end up going back by that area and I take my camera with me.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Geocache 2 and 3

First, the update on what's happened at Cascade Falls, since I had to walk over the fallen tree to get out:


Two caches on the day, but boy are my feet angry.

fawn picture
A fawn that I got maybe 12 feet from before it walked away from me.

This was my take for the day.

this thing
So, Josh, you have your flowers that you know about... any idea what these are? I saw a cluster of them on a hillside as I was walking out from the second cache. They're almost roselike in shape, but ghostly white like fungus. Clicking the picture will go to its page in the gallery, from which you can get to the other picture.

And the gallery itself.

Trip computer data for the day:
  • Time Moving: 1hr, 5min

  • Time Stopped: 1hr, 40min

  • Average Moving Speed: 3.2 mi/h

  • Overall Average Speed: 1.3 mi/h

  • Odometer: 3.51 mi

Should you be interested, here is the Google Maps data for this trip.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

on blindly doing stuff

I went to try to find a geocache in Daniels today... I was, as far as I can tell, right on top of it, but I had to give up when something got into my eye and forced me to stop. When I got back to my car, it turned out it was actually a little tiny fly - little red eye and all, still stuck near the inside corner of my eye.

Yeah so... I'm done going outside until I have my full-shade sunglass lenses tomorrow.

Incidentally, if you go out on the first nice day in two months, expect to run into a lot of people who are blocking the road with their kayaks, or that guy who was poking algae with his fishing rod.

No, I don't get it either.