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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby onlooker » Thu 04 Jan 2018, 11:24:11

Well,this is good news in terms of mitigation to a big environmental problem
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/just ... an-plastic
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Thu 11 Jan 2018, 17:30:26

Good to hear it. I got my first ever flu shot this year. But we are now in Bahamas, hopefully the flu does t live here.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Ibon » Thu 25 Jan 2018, 21:02:24

We were voted one of the top 5 eco lodges in Panama... First one listed!

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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Thu 25 Jan 2018, 22:20:04

Woo Hoo!!!!!!

Way to go.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Sun 04 Feb 2018, 23:08:17

It’s a good day to be from Philadelphia.

We are in Luperon, Dominican Republic and watched the Super Bowl with a bunch of new found friends at a nice open air restaurant then walked down the dock to our home.

77°F, pleasant sleeping weather.

Life is good.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Cog » Mon 05 Feb 2018, 00:16:07

I do not think you would want to be in Philadelphia tonight.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby rockdoc123 » Mon 05 Feb 2018, 00:22:41

I do not think you would want to be in Philadelphia tonight.


sounds like it could be the biggest party ever!! :-D

who would have thought.....everyone was thinking Brady would pull it off again.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Mon 05 Feb 2018, 18:21:15

Cog wrote:I do not think you would want to be in Philadelphia tonight.


Note: “from” Philadelphia.

When the Phillies won a World Series back in the early 80’s the “fans” ripped down a bunch of clocks I had just spent a lot of effort to install on a center city train station.

I happens to be in cc Boston the day of the Sox victory parade after their long drought. Mayhem. Could NOT move around in the subways.

Been there, done that.

Interesting explanation here:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washin ... owl-chaos/
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Sun 18 Mar 2018, 12:49:42

I often note how few butterflies we see anymore.

It yesterday there seems to be an emergence of these little pale yellow ones.

Today we were going along the SE coast of PR, a couple of miles off shore. For much of the time up we had one to a dozen of these butterflies with us. Fluttering around in wild dog fights. Go figure.

Very nice.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Shaved Monkey » Mon 19 Mar 2018, 09:07:47

We had a lepidopterist come to town a few years back to study the local butterflies,we have an area called Butterfly cove were they seem to be born in the cottonwood trees.
They then fly on mass to somewhere to breed
This is an ocean of blue butterflys that goes on and on for days.
Its an incredible sight.
They obviously then lay eggs and fly out into the great barrier reef to die.
The Spanish mackerel feast on dead butterflies this signals the start of the season,
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Ibon » Sun 12 Aug 2018, 20:50:15

Jaguar video taken from our game camera in our backyard up on the top of Mount Totumas at 2630m.

http://blog.mounttotumas.com/?p=3076
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Ibon » Mon 13 Aug 2018, 02:32:56

pstarr wrote:But why the need to exaggerate the status of the species.


When you retrieve the game camera and sit in the spot where this magnificent animal recently passed it is truly humbling.

I am fully confident this species will one day repopulate its former range. The status in Central America however is truly threatened and that is no exaggeration. Do not let a pretty map colored in pink and red fool you. Healthy viable populations remain in the Amazon basin and adjoining Pantanal and chaco habitat. The remaining populations are so fragmented that the disconnected small populations are genetically no longer viable.

IUCN status is near threatened.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/15953/0

Connectivity among Jaguar populations is being lost at local and regional scales. For example, the connectivity of Jaguar habitat between Honduras and Guatemala is almost gone; similar losses have been documented across the Chaco, Iguazu and Atlantic Forest, and between Tamaulipas and Veracruz (Haag et al. 2010, Rabinowitz and Zeller 2010, Medellín et al. 2016, Ceballos et al. 2011, Chávez et al. 2016). Isolated populations have fewer individuals and are more prone to local extinctions (Ceballos et al. in press). Many Jaguar populations require connectivity between core sites to survive in the long term and these connectivity corridors are most of the time outside protected areas, and therefore vulnerable to human impacts (Rabinowitz and Zeller 2010, Bernal-Escobar et al. 2015). Even in nominally protected areas, Jaguars often suffer from human impacts such as illegal hunting (Quigley and Crawshaw Jr 1992, Medellín et al. 2002, Sollmann et al. 2008, Ceballos et al. 2011, Payán et al. 2013a, Petracca et al. 2014).
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Mon 13 Aug 2018, 05:54:04

Ibon,
Thanks for digging up this thread. I needed someplace to put this. After our cabin renovations my Wife wanted a sofa/beet/settee for the living room. She had this idea, sort of a big head board/back rest and the bed pushes in part way so you sit on it during the day but pull it out to sleep on.

No too bad for a circular saw and some hand tools.

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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Pops » Mon 13 Aug 2018, 08:43:59

Very cool.

our current project is rehabing the basement for our granddaughter to live in while going to college. Her folks are being transferred to Fairbanks (Army) and she ain't going for it (boyfriend).

It's about 1,000 sf +/- with a laundry, "rumpus room", bedroom, kitchenette/bar, bath. Here's a corner before/after:

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We've got it to stay mostly dry but the floor will still only be painted
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Tanada » Mon 13 Aug 2018, 09:02:45

She is a lucky lady Pops, I would have committed mayhem for a place half that nice while I was in college!
I should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, write, balance accounts, build a wall, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, pitch manure, program a computer, cook, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Pops » Mon 13 Aug 2018, 09:20:21

Thanks T, it's bigger than the first house we owned when her mom was little!
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Mon 13 Aug 2018, 11:00:22

What’s that robot looking thing for? Dry wall?
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Pops » Mon 13 Aug 2018, 11:32:47

I wish I had a drywall robot!

LOL, it's a screen printer. My daughter and I were playing with etsy for a while.
The silver things sticking up hold up to 6 screens for 6 different colors, the green horizontal thing holds 2 items to be printed (a sign or shirt or whatever). you stand at one end and apply one ink, spin the carousel to apply the next color etc. either between or after all the ink is on you spin the green thing around to heat set the ink while printing another.

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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Thu 16 Aug 2018, 17:02:36

We just spent 3 days out in the bay hacking around. Had some wonderful sailing, it was fun with no particular place to go. We saw one other sailboat the entire trip. Today the weather was a bit challanging, not bad sailing but the last few hours were rain and rolly. Still it was similar to a passage we made a few years ago when my Wife went comatose with sea sickness. Today she just sat in the cockpit with me and told me I was a pervert for enjoying myself so much. What a huge change. Made me even happier. But I guess she’s got a point, not a lot of folks enjoy standing in 55°F wind and rain on a rolly boat for a few hours. But I had a ball! Puffins and muirs and sea gulls. Great sailing, clean air, no other people. What’s not to love?
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Ibon » Thu 16 Aug 2018, 19:04:51

Newfie wrote: But I had a ball! Puffins and muirs and sea gulls. Great sailing, clean air, no other people. What’s not to love?


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