#394 Greater White-fronted Goose at Shoreline Park

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

I’ve been visiting Shoreline Lake in the early morning this week and yesterday it paid off with this new goose. Plumage-wise it looks a little like a domestic Greylag Goose, but notice how much smaller it is than the adjacent Canada Goose. My first reaction when I saw it in silhouette was that it was a Cackling Goose, but no cackler ever looked like this:

Greater White-fronted Goose swimming next to Canada Goose

Irvine Internet

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I expect to be moving into my new apartment near UC Irvine shortly. (In fact, the movers are here today in Brooklyn to collect our belongings.) Who do people in Orange County recommend for basic home Internet for multiple users and computers?

The local cable provider is Cox. I think the local phone company is AT&T/Pac Bell. (Didn’t we break them up for a reason?) Presumably there are other DSL providers as well.

I want a provider who doesn’t bandwidth throttle BitTorrent, block the sites I can surf, or monitor what I do. A provider that won’t bend over for the RIAA, the Feds, or anyone else who shows up with a scary letter would be nice. I do not need a static IP or to run externally visible servers. Indeed I’d prefer a dynamic IP. I would like to run an open wireless network. What are my best options?

Red-tailed Hawk

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, perched
Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
Prospect Park, 2007-01-21

I really wanted to turn this juvenile redtail into a Goshawk today, but it stubbornly persisted in remaining a Buteo. :-(

First Nonwhite Louisiana Governor? Not Hardly

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

According to the Associated Press, Bobby Jindal, “is to take office as the nation’s first elected Indian-American governor and the first nonwhite governor of Louisiana since Reconstruction.” Indian-American I’ll grant him, but “non-white”? Only someone who doesn’t understand Louisiana could say that.

Undo All in iPhoto

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Few companies seem to feel as free to violate Apple’s human interface guidelines as Apple itself. One thing that has annoyed me consistently for years now is the poor Undo support in iPhoto. You can make edit after edit to a photo, but as soon as you leave editing mode or export photo Boom! The edits are all committed, and the Undo stack is cleared. You better like what you did because there’s now no going back. Or is there?

American Avocet

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

American Avocet feeding
Shoreline Park, Mountain View, CA, 2007-12-16

This is the only bird I know that’s even more impressive in winter plumage than breeding plumage.