Snow on holly Snow on holly
View from outside my bedroom window. I've got the prettiest holly tree on the street - mine is the only one with berries. Robins have been hanging out in it all day to escape from the driving snow.







The snow, while very pretty, is blowing horizontally. Not looking forward to digging my car out and getting snow in my ears, but the longer I wait, the worse it will be. On the other hand, this storm isn't supposed to stop until early tomorrow morning. < Tootsie Pop voice > How many trips does it take to get to the center of the car-snow-mound? The world may never know.... < / voice >

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone gets to go forth and acquire candy. :)

Heroes! Without being spoilery, I'm really enjoying the season so far. I think that the way they've decided to focus the episodes on fewer characters has been a real improvement to the pacing of the storytelling.

For the first time in a really long while, I'm loving Peter and his storyline. I love the interactions he's having with the other characters he's met, and I really hope they continue in a similar vein with him.

The only character I'm iffy on is Matt. I get the whole Jekyll/Hyde thing they're doing with him, but it remains to be seen how that pans out.

Lastly, I'm so glad it's on at 8 o'clock. I picked up a full-time job in August (yay!), and I just can't stay awake and focused on really detail-oriented shows beyond 9 pm (I know, I know - Go to bed, old lady!). I used to dream of moving to the Central Time Zone just so that I could watch things as they aired an hour earlier. Now, I don't have to! :D

...except, I haven't really been here. I've gone on some mini-trips (awesome), and I've been job hunting (same old, same old). I probably won't be around much for a good, long while still - at least not until the new season of Chuck starts, which is really the only show I care about anymore. I'll still watch Heroes - sure. But I haven't been interested in the fandom for several months now. If you only friended me for updates about that, no hard feelings if you want to un-friend me (or is it de-friend? Oh well).

This weekend I finished reading Lonesome Dove and was utterly blown away by it. It truly was an epic book, and I never wanted it to end. ::sigh:: I picked up the sequel from the library today - I'm looking forward to another good read. I also finished a story called St. Agnes' Stand. It was also a western, and it was a good action-adventure story with two interesting characters (a loner and a nun - yes, really!). If you are ever inclined to read it, fair warning on some gory moments; I admit to being pretty squeamish, and I lost my appetite a few times while reading. Luckily, it only took me a day and a half to read (or not so luckily - I could stand to eat less!).

Tomorrow morning, around 1:30 AM Eastern time, there's a shuttle launch scheduled that I plan to try to stay up for. This mission is STS-128, and for those keeping track, it's the one that's going to carry the treadmill named after Stephen Colbert to the ISS.

Finally, good luck, Discovery crew!

Wow, I had no idea that there was so much anti-America propoganda being spread in North Korea until I watched The Daily Show repeat yesterday evening. If you haven't seen the interview with Mike Kim, an amazing man who has worked to get people smuggled out of North Korea, you've got to see it. I mean, Kim Jong-Il is seen as a deity? Holy crap. That's all kinds of messed up!






Also, I get that we're still technically at war with them (what with there only having been a truce declared and no peace treaty signed after the Korean War), but that was a long time ago! Geez louise!


Tonight I'm going to look over some new work by [livejournal.com profile] seraphtrevs! ::rubs hands together in glee:: But first:

Meet your future robotic overlords' new weapons to spy on us and keep us in line!



Here's the Festo company website.

Maybe it's the glowing blue eyes on the penguins that makes them both kinda creepy and totally awesome.

Oh god, I love science. Even if it's going to spell out our inevitable demise. :D




My new hibiscus! My new hibiscus!
I think this post is pretty self-explanatory. :D




* Mentos are a product of Brazil

* Uranus has 27 known moons, two of which are called Miranda and Ariel (::geeks out::)

* The US Department of Agriculture recommends one to two bee colonies per acre of watermelon crop for sufficient pollination of the plants. They are also hydrating and delicious (watermelons, that is - not bees).

* My house is close enough to Wallops Island, VA to see rocket launches from NASA's Flight Facility there. I got to see the contrail of the Minotaur I rocket that launched TacSat-3 [PDF] last Tuesday.

Yep.



Happy Memorial Day, folks! I hope everyone is enjoying their day and maybe even getting the chance to talk to some vets. Most of the people in my family who served are dead now, but it's still a good reminder of everything they did for us.

Yesterday was a freaking fantastic day for me because I got to tune in and watch the livestream of the space shuttle Atlantis return from its mission. They're playing highlights of the mission and the landing on the NASA TV page. It was amazing to first see the computer-model approach the shuttle was taking in real-time over the Pacific Ocean and hear the announcer live call the velocity and altitude. I mean, these were mind-blowing numbers - over 3,000 miles per hour and 300,000 feet at times. The shuttle went from Hawaii to California in minutes. Seriously, you should just let the video play.

Sometimes I think we take the space program for granted, especially since they'd already gone to the moon and all that before a lot of us were even born, so it's something that's always been around. I gained a better appreciation of the shuttle program when I listened to an episode of Astronomy Cast. It was an episode from February, and it literally gave me goosebumps. Goosebumps, I tell you. You can listen to the mp3 here.



1.) I was pretty bummed this past Monday when I remembered that there wasn't any more Chuck to be had for the season. Well, hopefully it's just for the season. ::sigh:: I even got my family Subway on finale night, and the episodes hold up to frequent re-watching. Here's looking forward to the season two dvd set coming out in the future.

2.) I can't say the same for Heroes. I mean, I enjoyed the cracktasticness that was this season for the most part, but I've long since stopped keeping up with any fan-related shenanigans for this show. If it hadn't been for [livejournal.com profile] seraphtrevs and The 10th Wonder podcast, I probably would've missed an episode or two and never gotten back into watching it. I'll still be watching it next year, but I doubt I'll ever be invested in any of the characters or storylines again (prove me wrong, writers!).

3.) My cousin convinced me to borrow his Lost season 1 dvd set - oh lord, someone save me from getting involved in another tv series!

4.) At least I can still look forward to a couple more episodes of Castle - it's really cute.

5.) It's finally stopped raining! There was actual sunshine today, and I washed my car for the second time in a month. Good day. :)

6.) And now for some spring pictures! )



Argh!

Apr. 27th, 2009 05:05 pm

It should not be 90 degrees in April! D: D: D:

No bird-of-prey streaming video collection is complete without this one of a red-tailed hawk nest on the side of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. It actually made the evening news the other night, and with the three adorable chicks in the nest, it's easy to see why. :)



:(

Apr. 13th, 2009 04:53 pm

Harry Kalas died today. :(

He was the announcer for the Phillies during their games - I grew up listening to him call the games on tv and the radio. Heck, my mom grew up listening to him, too.

I'm a million times happier that the Phillies won the world series last year and that he got to be there for it. I'm still going to miss listening to him, though.


It looks like the eagle cam I linked to below has been having technical difficulties (we've been having a hell of a windy week or so here in the east, and I'm thinking it's been knocked around some). It seems like that now it's been reset, the resolution is at a lower quality and the picture has zoomed out, so you'll have to take my word for it that the eaglets (there are two now) are really fluffy and cute.

Luckily, my dad found a link for another livestream of an eagle's nest located out west (British Columbia). It's much clearer, and it also has sound:



Cut for spoilers and stream-of-consciousness rambling. :)

Chuck! )


Heroes! )


Castle! )

Yay, Mondays! :D

In other news, there's a nifty Eagle Cam that you can watch. Situated in New Jersey, it's a Ustream.tv video of nesting bald eagles. There were three eggs in the nest this weekend, and one of the eggs hatched yesterday. So far I've been able to watch the parent eagles take turns sitting on the nest and feed the baby. They had dragged a huge fish up to the nest yesterday, and this afternoon it looked like there was a squirrel. And the baby eagle is an adorable little fluffball, if you get the chance to see it. More often than not, one of the parents is sitting on it. It'll be interesting to see if either of the two eggs that are left end up hatching.

Oh, and look at that. I can embed it:



Of course, it's dark out now, but be sure to check it out tomorrow, East Coast time (GMT -4).



AHAHAHAHAHA!

My brother just drunk called me from Las Vegas. :D

What's even funnier is that it's only 8 o'clock out there... bwhahahahahaha

Calendar dates don't really count - as far as I'm concerned, it's SPRING.

Exhibit A:



Crocus and daffodils from our front garden, taken this afternoon.


Exhibit B:

The birds have been singing in the mornings for the last week and a half, AND, on Monday night, I heard SPRING PEEPERS. *gasp!* So cute! The last couple of evenings I've walked at the park, and the frogs are just extraordinarily loud and wonderful. :D

All right, I'm keeping this post around to review for a while since the temperature is set to drop for the forseeable future.

IT'S SPRING, GOSH DARNIT, AND IT'S WONDERFUL! :D

It's Pi Day! Mmmmmmm, pi.

And earlier this month, it was square root day (3/3/09).

Now I want a root beer float and some blueberry pie. >:)



I loved how during last night's Heroes episode there were cameos made by Skip Johnson and Fernando (two Buy More workers from Chuck) in the comics shop. It was as good a geek-out moment as the night both shows played Talking Heads songs.

Yep, that's all. :D

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