Differential Grasshopper

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Green grasshopper, herring bone pattern on leg

Melanoplus differentialis, Mount Loretto Unique Area, 2006-10-21

Battlestar Galactica: Wow

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

Was that a spectacular episode of Battlestar Galactica Friday night or what? I was on the edge of my seat the entire hour. And the scene where the Galactica “arrives” at New Caprica? I know it’s just special effects, but it was amazing. I’ve never seen anything like that, and it totally surprised me. The whole episode just set new standards for what a sci-fi show can look like. If not for the Cylons and laser beams, you’d think you were watching the nightly news from Iraq, not fiction. If you aren’t watching this show, start now. There hasn’t been anything this good on TV in years.

Wooly Bear

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

red and black fuzzy caterpillar

Wooly Bear caterpillar, Mount Loretto Unique Area, 2006-10-21

Common Buckeye

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Common Buckeye Butterfly

Junonia coenia, Mount Loretto Unique Area, 2006-10-21

Recording My Own Phone Conversations

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Lately I’ve noticed an increasing number of companies recording my conversation “for quality assurance.” In some cases like calls to my broker this is reasonable, but turnabout’s fair play; and perhaps a really good idea in the face of company’s like Verizon that refuse to honor their agreements without a court order. So here are my questions:

Fixing Firefox

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

I’ve been eagerly testing the various betas of Firefox 2.0 to see if it fixes some of my personal pet peeves. So far it looks like I’m going to have to start voting for or opening new bugs on these subjects: