"Maine Foliage Continues to Turn from North to South"
"AUGUSTA, Maine - Foliage in northern Maine and in border communities in the central part of the state is half way toward peak color according to the Maine Department of Conservation's (DOC) third 2005 fall foliage report.
Forest and park rangers are reporting moderate leaf color, ranging from 30 to 50 percent toward peak, in the foliage tracking zones covering all of Aroostook County, and the northern portions of Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset counties. Good weather in those areas has led to leaf drop of 30 percent or less thus far.
"The colors on Quaggy Joe Mountain and around Echo Lake are beautiful," said Aroostook State Park Manager Fritz Appleby. The park is located off of Route 1 south of Presque Isle.
Rangers have also observed increased color further south along Route 1 in towns along the New Brunswick, Canada border. In those areas and in the western mountains region along the Quebec, Canada border, leaf color is now as much as 30 percent toward peak. Foliage in the remainder of the state remains at less than 10 percent toward peak.
To provide the most accurate foliage information, DOC rangers will report conditions statewide every Wednesday through Oct. 12. Updated reports and information can also be obtained by calling the Maine foliage hotline at 1-888-MAINE-45. Learn more about Maine's fall touring routes and outdoor activities at www.visitmaine.com."
"Animal Acts is a picture gallery of unusual relationships between animals.There are also pictures of animals just behaving [*VERY*] silly."
Categories: Fun&Games, Humor, Music
Just a sample of some great Maine photography from The Thing of the Moment:
I thought this was going to be schlocky, but turns out that it's incredibly beautiful... Seriously! Enjoy!!
Not to mention that Jake Shimabukuro's debut album Dragon is coming out on Oct. 4, and he's going to be playing near Boston (Somerville) on Oct. 26 and at Saint Anselm College in NH on Oct. 28!!
Categories: Music, Fun&Games, Maine&NewEngland
You are best described as a:
You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness.
|You Are Italian Food|
Comforting yet overwhelming.
People love you, but sometimes you're just too much.
Categories: Food, Fun&Games
Thank you for your patience this past month as I've tried to return to a regular posting schedule at the beginning of this new semester! I'm nearly there, I think. In fact, this past month, I've been very undisciplined about categorizing my posts on del.icio.us, but I'm trying to fix that as we speak (or write, as the case may be...)
Then, I need to carve out the time to get back to writing you prose once more!
Thanks again for your kind attention and patience!
|Your Personality Is|
You are both logical and creative. You are full of ideas.
You are so rational that you analyze everything. This drives people a little crazy!
Intelligence is important to you. You always like to be around smart people.
In fact, you're often a little short with people who don't impress you mentally.
You seem distant to some - but it's usually because you're deep in thought.
Those who understand you best are fellow Rationals.
In love, you tend to approach things with logic. You seek a compatible mate - who is also very intelligent.
At work, you tend to gravitate toward idea building careers - like programming, medicine, or academia.
With others, you are very honest and direct. People often can't take your criticism well.
As far as your looks go, you're coasting on what you were born with. You think fashion is silly.
On weekends, you spend most of your time thinking, experimenting with new ideas, or learning new things.
Peaceful and gentle, lambs have been used in religious imagery for millennia. Lambs are baby sheep, an animal tended by shephards since the dawn of history. As a lamb, you tend to stay together in a flock and graze on grassy land. Lambs don't mind being led and tend not to go off on their own.
You were almost a: Pony or a Puppy
You are least like a: Frog or a Mouse
Categories: Fun&Games, Dogs&Cats
Catholic Online - Cathcom - A la 'Matrix,' vocations recruitment poster shows priest as hero (from Metafilter)
Categories: Film, Fun&Games
My pirate name is:
Calico Ethel Bonney
Often indecisive, you can't even choose a favorite color. You're apt to follow wherever the wind blows you, just like Calico Jack Rackham, your namesake. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.
This doesn't seem possible... but who knows?
I stand corrected... Here's the poster!
(Darn... there was a fair, food and drink, dancing and music, and--not to mention--a 200-foot giant crocheted pink rabbit... Sorry I missed it!!)
And the rabbit itself? Tom sends a view of it already mounted by brave hikers. Note, he observes, the entrails...
The press release from the Gelitin art group reads,
"The things one finds wandering in a landscape: familiar things and utterly unknown, like a flower one has never seen before, or, as Columbus discovered, an inexplicable continent; and then, behind a hill, as if knitted by giant grandmothers, lies this vast rabbit, to make you feel as small as a daisy. The toilet-paper-pink creature lies on its back: a rabbit-mountain like Gulliver in Lilliput. Happy you feel as you climb up along its ears, almost falling into its cavernous mouth, to the belly-summit and look out over the pink woolen landscape of the rabbit's body, a country dropped from the sky; ears and limbs sneaking into the distance; from its side flowing heart, liver and intestines. Happily in love you step down the decaying corpse, through the wound, now small like a maggot, over woolen kidney and bowel. Happy you leave like the larva that gets its wings from an innocent carcass at the roadside. Such is the happiness which made this rabbit. i love the rabbit the rabbit loves me."
Oooh... I want one! :-)Categories: Italy, Art, Humor
(Though it'd be tough to match Rome's grandeur...)
"Roman 'White Night' beats the rain: A million people stay up all night to taste some culture"
Categories: Italy, Art, History
|What Is Your World View?|
You value kindness and try to live by your ideals.
You have strong need for security, which may be either emotional or material.
You like people, and they can readily make friends with you.
You are not very adventurous, but this does not bother you."
Categories: Italy, History, Art, WeirdScience
pink void filled with twitching Elvii"
Categories: Humor, Fun&Games, WeirdScience
Thank you for your patience these last couple of weeks while I adjust to a new schedule at the start of a new semester!
In addition, I just wanted to let you know that, chances are, there'll be no postings on Saturday... Though I live in Maine, I've never seen moose in the wild, so we're going on an organized trip. However, the usually rather docile "Alces alces" is really only particularly active during mating season, and so this outing has the rather unfortunate title of the "moose rut," leading my very best friends to ask if we're looking for pointers. (A: Um, no.)
See you next week!
Categories: Blog, Humor, Maine&NewEngland
BookCrossing member Lynne McNeill — a.k.a. CrazyCatLady — is a Doctoral student in Folklore Studies with Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is writing her dissertation on BookCrossing and other similar activities such as GeoCaching and LetterBoxing. As she notes, 'BookCrossing is an excellent example of a whole class of contemporary activities that deal with the concepts of travel, space, and community in a global society.'
|Your Career Type: Artistic|
You are expressive, original, and independent.
Your talents lie in your artistic abilities: creative writing, drama, crafts, music, or art.
You would make an excellent:
Actor - Art Teacher - Book Editor
Clothes Designer - Comedian - Composer
Dancer - DJ - Graphic Designer
Illustrator - Musician - Sculptor
The worst career options for your are conventional careers, like bank teller or secretary.
My only Venice-this is breath! Thy breeze
Thine Adrian sea-breeze, how it fans my face!
Thy very winds feel native to my veins,
And cool them into calmness!"
"Venice once was dear,
The pleasant place of all festivity,
The revel of the earth, the masque of Italy."
"Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go."
"Until it seems the whole city (Venice-Venus)
will be covered with gold pollen shaken
from the bell-towers, lilies plundered
with the weight of massive bees . . ."
"It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone."
"White swan of cities slumbering in thy nest . . .
White phantom city, whose untrodden streets
Are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting
Shadows of the palaces and strips of sky."
Categories: Venice, Poetry
Categories: Fun&Games, Dogs&Cats
Categories: Music, Language, Fun&Games
The 3.5 cm creature had grabbed onto the fish's tongue and slowly ate away at it until only a stub was left. It then latched onto the stub and became the fish's 'replacement tongue.'"
UPDATED (9/16): Um, there's even a photo...
14 Americans (from North and South America)
01 Australian (Oceania)
67 are not Christian
33 are Christian (Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox)
6 people own 59% of the entire wealth of the community
13 are hungry or malnourished
14 can't read
only 7 are educated at a secondary level
Of the village's total annual expenditures of just over US$ 3,000,000 per year:
US$ 181,000 is spent on weapons and warfare...
US$ 159,000 is spent on education...
US$ 132,000 is spent on health care.
If you keep your food in a refrigerator and your clothes in a closet, you are richer than 75% of the entire world population.
If you have a bank account, you're one of the 30 wealthiest people in the world.
25 struggle to live on US$ 1.00 per day or less...
47 struggle to live on US$ 2.00 per day or less."
Categories: Venice, Film
Categories: Italy, Humor
"Blair apologizes to Britons caught in New Orleans during Katrina. The British Foreign Office was repeatedly "rebuffed" by both US State Department and Louisiana state officials when it came to getting their own citizens out. Some US rescuers even took photos of stranded Britons, and asked them to flash their tops (a la Mardi Gras)...leaving without them when they wouldn't comply. British nationals were left to fend for themselves as US citizens were given priority for evacuation. Get ready for more stories like this as foreign nationals who survived Katrina make it home."
(posted by bitter-girl.com at 1:43 PM PST
[60 comments total])
I can only pray that these "show me" stories aren't true...
- "Are you concerned about where you are going to arrive if you dig a very deep straight infinite hole on Earth? Your problems are solved! This is another funny Google Maps application. Surf on the map, find where you will dig your hole and click there. After this, click on 'Dig here!' and you will see the place where, one day, you will put your feet..."
- "Do you want a unique portrait of your very own DNA? DNA11 creates DNA portraits through an extraordinary combination of science and art. The process begins with the DNA being collected using a patented, non-invasive technique: depositing your saliva into a tube..."
Categories: Fun&Games, Art, WeirdScience
|Your Brain's Pattern|
You have a tempered, reasonable way of thinking.
You tend to take every new idea in, and meld it with your world view.
For you, everything is always changing. Each moment is different.
Your thinking process tends to be very natural - with no beginnings or endings.
Categories: Fun&Games, WeirdScience
Categories: Fun&Games, WeirdScience
It turned out that the gargoyle was simply taking a vacation. Perhaps inspired by the French film 'Amelie' or the traveling lawn gnome in the Travelocity.com commercials, this gargoyle had an adventure of his own. He returned to the same pillar top in mid-August as if nothing had happened.
'I was sitting outside having coffee with my tenant ... when he looks up and says, 'Hey, the gargoyle's back,' Beyor said. Beyor replied, 'Maybe there's a note,' and to her surprise, there was.
'Had a great trip. It's good to be home! Gargy,' said the note that also came with a $20 bill and photos of his trip." [more from The Rapid City Journal]
Categories: Humor, Maine&NewEngland
Your film will be 78% romantic, 31% comedy, 37% complex plot, and a $ 31 million budget.
Find out at The Director Who Films Your Life Test.
Categories: Film, Fun&Games
Snip from Boston Globe story by Ross Gelbspan:
Although Katrina began as a relatively small hurricane that glanced off south Florida, it was supercharged with extraordinary intensity by the relatively blistering sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico. The consequences are as heartbreaking as they are terrifying.
Unfortunately, very few people in America know the real name of Hurricane Katrina because the coal and oil industries have spent millions of dollars to keep the public in doubt about the issue.
The reason is simple: To allow the climate to stabilize requires humanity to cut its use of coal and oil by 70 percent. That, of course, threatens the survival of one of the largest commercial enterprises in history.
In 1995, public utility hearings in Minnesota found that the coal industry had paid more than $1 million to four scientists who were public dissenters on global warming. And ExxonMobil has spent more than $13 million since 1998 on an anti-global warming public relations and lobbying campaign. In 2000, big oil and big coal scored their biggest electoral victory yet when President George W. Bush was elected president -- and subsequently took suggestions from the industry for his climate and energy policies.
As the pace of climate change accelerates, many researchers fear we have already entered a period of irreversible runaway climate change.
Against this background, the ignorance of the American public about global warming stands out as an indictment of the US media.
(Thanks, Bruce Sterling)
A related item, from a 2001 National Geographic story:
[T]he North Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico regions can expect increased hurricane activity in the next 10 to 40 years. The number of major hurricanes has more than doubled in the last six years. The increase is part of a long-term climate shift that is likely to persist for several decades..."
(from Boing Boing, posted by Xeni Jardin at 03:14:46 PM)
Don't know how accurate all this is, but it certainly gives food for a lot of thought...
- "less than 2 months ago, cuba was able to move 1.7 million people on short notice.
- the whole civil defense is embedded in the community to begin with. people know ahead of time where they are to go.
- they come to your door and knock, and tell you, evacuation is coming, then they come and tell you, now.
- if no electricity, they have runners who communicate from a headquarters to central locations what is to be done.
- the country's leaders go on TV and take charge. but not only the leaders are speaking. the TV weatherpeople are knowledgeable. and the population is well educated about hurricanes.
- they not only evacuate. it's arranged beforehand where they will go, who has family where. not only pickup is organized, delivery of people is organized.
- merely sticking them in a stadium is unthinkable. shelters all have medical personnel, from the neighborhood. they have family doctors in cuba (!), who evacuate together with the neighborhood, and already know who, for example, needs insulin.
- if they evacuate to a countryside high school -- a last resort -- they have dormitories there.
- they also have veterinarians and they evacuate animals. they begin evacuating immediately, and also evacuate TV sets and refrigerators, so that people aren't relucatant to leave because people might steal their stuff.
- it's not throwing money at the problem. it's not financial capital, it's social capital. the u.s. in this sense has zero social capital.
- dealing with hurricanes in cuba, as compared with how it's done in the u.s., is similar to the differences in how they deal with medicine. it's not reactive; it's proactive. they act as early as possible. the u.s. doesn't have civil defense, it has civil *reaction.* "
Bird's Eye View of Destruction (from MetaFilter):
"Post-Katrina [aerial] images are now available on Google Maps. Click 'satellite' to see the before. Here's Superdome. Here's Highway 610 disappearing into the water, abandoned cars littering it. via Google Sightseeing." (posted by Kattullus at 8:02 PM PST) [15 comments total]