Question Mark

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Question Mark butterfly
Question Mark Butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis
Sandy Hook, New Jersey, 2009-09-26

Moth Monday Visits New Jersey

Monday, September 28th, 2009

It occurs to me that a lot of the moths I’ve posted lately have been rather, small, brown, and dull; even if from a taxonmoic view they’re quite diverse. Thus I was really happy to find these showy Ailanthus Webworm Moths on Saturday’s Brooklyn Bird Club field trip to Sandy Hook and Richard W. Dekorte Park:

Orange and white patterned moth on white flowers

Atteva punctella, Hodges#2401
Sandy Hook, New Jersey, 2009-09-26

American Copper

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Black and orange butterfly
American Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
Sandy Hook, New Jersey, 2009-09-26
1/250 s, f/11, ISO 100, Canon 100mm macro with ring flash

Sweat Bee

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Metallic green Bee on leaf

Augochlora pura
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2009-09-20

One More Time: Piracy is not Theft

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

I first wrote about this almost 20 years ago on the NYMUG BBS, but some otherwise intelligent folks still haven’t gotten the message, and persist in making fools of themselves in public while the pirates laugh their asses off. Software/music/book piracy is not theft. Legally, theft involves specific actions under the law. Distributing unauthorized copies of purchased books/music/software is illegal in most jurisdictions, but it is not now and never has been theft. Anyone who says otherwise (and they are legion) is blowing hot air; and everyone who isn’t in the content business (as well as some of us who are) at least implicitly recognizes this. Trying to convince folks that piracy is theft is as hopeless as trying to convince people the world is flat. The reality is just too obvious for such wrong ideas to take hold. The copyright industry is attempting to preserve a doomed business model by name calling. <sarcasm>Yeah, that’s going to work.</sarcasm>.

Installed WP Super Cache

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

I’ve installed WP Super Cache. It’s supposed to be transparent, but holler if you notice any problems.