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Mar. 17th, 2017 04:14 pm
nightdog_barks: (Nancy D.)
... okay, so that tiny wren cave/nest I described on March 5th, and said that I didn't really know if they were using it?

They're using it. There's at least one teeny-tiny egg inside. (One of the wrens and I scared the hell out of each other while I was watering around the lemongrass pot, and so I got our little Fenix flashlight and peeked inside.)
nightdog_barks: (Glass Full of Rain)
Calm and mostly sunny right now, but we had an exciting morning with thunder, lightning, rain blowing sideways, and some light hail. And it's supposed to do it all over again after midnight tonight.

Watched a tremendously silly movie last night -- Lucy -- that for all its silliness was actually (I thought) much better than the 6.4 score IMDB gives it. It's a Luc Besson film, and while it's not nearly as good as his The Fifth Element, it was good enough and fast-paced enough to draw me in. I especially liked the Egyptian actor Amr Waked as a French cop named Pierre Del Rio (what), and Min-Sik Choi as the Big Bad, Mr. Jang. Two thumbs up, would definitely watch again, even with its goofy storyline.

The Housefic that Blackmare and I are working on is up to three chapters. :-)

ETA that I almost forgot! Here's a very strange fish, caught off the deep waters of Newfoundland! No, seriously, look at this weird fish. :D
nightdog_barks: Drawing of a coyote (Coyote)
So this morning -- early morning, around 5:45 -- Layla was acting like she needed to go out (in reality, she was awake and just wanted to play), so I got up to let her out. While I was standing at the back door, I noticed what for all the world looked like an airplane (we live right on one of the flight paths for DFW Airport). I watched and watched, but it didn't move, and after a bit I realized it must be the planet Venus. And so it was. :D

I mean, I've seen Venus before, and Mars and Jupiter, and I can i.d. the big three of super-basic constellations, like the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, and Orion's belt. But holy shit, this morning it was so bright and so close. It was amazing.
nightdog_barks: Illustration of a young girl wearing a cat mask bandit-style (Mask Girl)
1) Saw another fox last night. It was sitting calmly in someone's back yard, very close to their house, and at first I thought it was a puppy because I could see the rounded ears and white chest. We all looked at each other for at least a minute, and then Layla couldn't contain herself anymore and barked. The fox bounded away, then stopped and looked back. Its eyes shone golden in my flashlight beam, and then it was really gone, dashing behind the other side of the house, giving me a last glimpse of its bushy tail. It amazes me the way they are so calm and curious -- the first one, a few weeks ago, and now this one, must have heard us coming a mile away, and yet they waited for us to get there. Wat.

2) After the fox, I think I saw a Perseid meteor. It was just out of the corner of my eye, but again it was that thin pen-scratch across the night sky.

3) Finished reading Janice Nimura's non-fiction Daughters of the Samurai and REALLY liked it. This was just a great read for me -- young women (one of them only a child) sent to America in the 1870s to learn the ways of the "advanced West" and then bring those lessons back to Japan. And it's a true story! The young women were interesting, their Western mentors were interesting, life in the 1870s in both Japan and the U.S. was interesting, Nimura's writing was clear and direct -- seriously, two thumbs up and a strong recommendation for this forgotten chapter of history.

4) Started reading Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312. I loved his Mars Trilogy and so far I am liking this.

5) I have watched the movie Snowpiercer twice now, and I LOVE IT, except omg why did Chris Evans have to make that Exposition Speech near the end and just drive the narrative into a goddamn WALL? Oh my god. Cut five minutes -- maybe ten -- from this film and it would be perfect. :D

Five things make a post.

Sunday

Aug. 2nd, 2015 02:22 pm
nightdog_barks: (Red Bird)
Hazy and very warm, which is basically what it will be like until mid-September. I finished reading Niall Williams' History of the Rain and liked it very much, and have started on Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, by Janice Nimura.

No animal/bug sightings last night, but I did see something else that was wonderful -- a shooting star, which I haven't seen in YEARS. We were walking west and Layla spotted and chased a gecko, which turned us completely around so that we were facing east. I looked up at the moon, which was glowing behind some thin clouds, and suddenly ZZZZZPPP!!!, there below the moon it went. It was a thin blue streak, like a slip of the pen against the sky, and it was gone almost as soon as it had appeared.

Otherwise IDK. I used to enjoy summer, but these days I am just tired and blah.

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