Yearly Archives: 2014

Juvenile Mississippi Kite – With Surprise Appearance by Mom

We had a juvenile Mississippi Kite who sat in the same tree for several weeks. While I was taking pictures an adult bird flew in, gave him a snack, and flew off. The entire exchange took about fifteen seconds! Looks like a dragonfly? Mmm good!   More photos in the Gallery.

More Evidence Against Daylight Saving Time

Nice summary in the WSJ of recent research on the purported  energy savings from DST. The government sponsored study suggested savings, but there was no control, no way to eliminate other possible causes. One of the participating experts concludes… We don’t know how the U.S. would have behaved without the daylight saving time extension. — Hendrik Wolff (Commenting […]

Dead Sara – “Weatherman” (Live in Studio)

Best hard rock I’ve heard in years!

Ten Swallow-Tailed Kites on a Communal Roost

Out on the lake a little after dawn this morning, looked over and there they were…  Swallow-Tailed Kites!  [gallery] I rushed back to get my camera thinking they’d fly away. More than an hour later I left them still preening and relaxing. I took photos until my arms got tired from holding the camera. I was […]

My Two Cents on Net Neutrality

Comment Sent to the FCC I strongly object to splitting the Internet into fast and slow lanes. The current near monopoly power of a handful of companies (Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, etc.) has led to our current situation (supply of bandwidth lagging well behind demand). We the people are already paying too much for too […]

Lucid, Engaging Explanation of Net Neutrality by Vi Hart

This is the best exposition I’ve seen of the recent about face by the FCC and what’s at stake if it should become reality. Major take home… ISPs Are Common Carriers! They should be regulated as such. She also answers the question why we in the US pay so much for so little? Directly out […]

More Swallow-Tailed Kites!!

While driving back from St. Pete, I came across this pair of Swallow-Tailed Kites soaring between large oak trees. [gallery] It’s hard to describe their graceful maneuvers as they searched for their insect prey. They looked more like butterflies than birds! Just as I was leaving two small birds (Cardinals?) finally got fed up and […]

Daylight Saving Time Nonsense Again!

It’s that time of the year! Spring is always worse than the fall because we all lose an hour of sleep… Poof!… It’s just gone. When will the insanity end?! Here are a view nuggets I discovered today… Proposed Florida “Sunshine Protection Act” (HB 701, SB 74) If this bill became law, the Florida would remain on […]

iPhone Panoramic Photography

I finally finished my Disquisition on this topic, see the full article or go directly to the gallery.

Everglades Sail Kayak Trip 2014

There were many firsts on this trip: First time we drove all the way from North Florida to Flamingo and started the trip in one day. First time we’ve spent a significant amount of time traveling at night. First time we got lost. First time we sailed on Whitewater Bay. First time we declared a weather emergency and […]