Saturday, January 6, 2007

Do Squirrels Like Red Lights?

Here's something weird.

We had some lights outside our house for Christmas, with one end on a spruce. When we went to take the lights down earlier today, my wife noticed that one of the cords had been cut. Then she found one of the light bulbs was under the spruce - both ends had been cut from the rest of the line of lights.

The cord clearly had been chewed through, as opposed to being cut by a knife or scissors, so our only conclusion was that one of the squirrels who frequent our yard had decided they needed a red light for Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Cat Chases Bear Up Tree

I'm not typically into "cute" photos, but this This photo from National Geographic is pretty good. A black bear treed by a declawed cat...

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinnner

TidBITS, the Mac newsletter and website, has been publishing e-books on a number of topics, mostly dealing with Macs. A new title this year is Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner, written by Joe Kissell. Bought it this year and used it yesterday.

Overall, it worked out pretty well. We made everything but the pumpkin pie (my wife has her own recipe), and we bought a frozen/basted turkey (instead of brining). Summary of the various recipes:
  • Turkey. Done earlier than expected, but was very good.
  • Mashed potatoes. Turned out great.
  • Gravy. Turned out great.
  • Sweet potatoes. Overcooked the potatoes initially and put into too large a casserole, but turned out pretty good.
  • Stuffing. Made way too much, but turned out pretty good.
  • Cranberry relish. Had too much orange compared to cranberry, but tasted fine.
Joe has you doing most of the work the day before Thanksgiving, which sure made things simpler yesterday.

Overall, worked out well, and will probably use this for Christmas as well.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Global Warming and Hurricanes

After all the hurricanes in the 2005 season, and predictions of doom for this season, lots of people in the media were saying "we told you so - global warming is real!". Others argued that one storm or one year can't be used to show climate change, because of normal variations, but this was usually ignored or tucked in the end of an article to show "balance".

Well, the 2006 hurricane season is about over - and has been one of the calmest in years. Could it be that this represents normal variations? Must be, since we haven't seen articles saying "no hurricanes this year - ice age must be on the horizon!"

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