12 July 2008

The thing with feathers

Chester the parakeet has been molting for several weeks now. Shortly after he started, I decided to collect the feathers. A pillow is out of the question, but I think I want to put them on a black background and photograph them. It’s quite amazing how many feathers a small bird can shed; at the worst point, about 20 per day. Molting is a tough time for birds, and the process has made him itchy and cranky. ... Read more

11 July 2008

Fourth of July

A friend from New Zealand celebrated her first 4th of July as a new US Citizen by throwing a big “white trash” themed 4th of July barbecue. Having completed 10 years of US residence in January, I’d been considering throwing a red, white and blue stars-and-stripes overkill party, but events had conspired against it. So when the invite to the barbecue arrived, we said “Hell yeah!“ ... Read more

7 July 2008

AVC Travel

Got a phone call a while back from a company claiming I had won a contest with a prize of an SUV or a cruise. Since that’s not the kind of thing I’d want to win, I was immediately suspicious. The fact that they had fake caller ID info didn’t help. I told them I was pretty certain I hadn’t entered any such contest, and if they thought otherwise they could send me some info in the mail. ... Read more

2 July 2008

Boris Johnson is mayor of London. Or is he?

The UK recently held an election for Mayor of London. Boris Johnson, a Tory crackpot, got elected. Or did he? The election was counted electronically. It turns out that monitoring screens mostly showed meaningless data, most observers were unable to observe the votes being counted, the company set up to run the election says the machines were probably counting blank ballots, and nobody has been allowed to audit the software. ... Read more

1 July 2008

Because LJ drama just doesn’t pique my interest any more

Boing Boing went back and quietly deleted everything they had ever posted about Violet Blue, a sex columnist who has written for WIRED, the SF Chronicle web site, and other places. At some point, somebody noticed. Various people got irate. Violet Blue said she had no idea why all the posts were removed. Boing Boing initially tried to ride out the storm by ignoring it, but eventually too many people wrote about it. ... Read more

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