Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
‘The Need of Being Versed in Country Things’
The house had gone to bring again
To the midnight sky a sunset glow.
Now the chimney was all of the house that stood,
Like a pistil after the petals go.
The barn opposed across the way,
That would have joined the house in flame
Had it been the will of the wind, was left
To bear forsaken the place’s name.
No more it opened with all one end
For teams that came by the stony road
To drum on the floor with scurrying hoofs
And brush the mow with the summer load.
The birds that came to it through the air
At broken windows flew out and in,
Their murmur more like the sigh we sigh
From too much dwelling on what has been.
Yet for them the lilac renewed its leaf,
And the aged elm, though touched with fire;
And the dry pump flung up an awkward arm;
And the fence post carried a strand of wire.
For them there was really nothing sad.
But though they rejoiced in the nest they kept,
One had to be versed in country things
Not to believe the phoebes wept.
which was snagged from here:
Phoebe was at the Air Test Shack the other day...the little Mud Nest under the eves still there.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Intelligence amplification (IA) (also referred to as cognitive augmentation andmachine augmented intelligence) refers to the effective use of information technology in augmenting human intelligence. The idea was first proposed in the 1950s and 1960s by cybernetics and early computer pioneers.
IA is sometimes contrasted with AI (Artificial Intelligence), that is, the project of building a human-like intelligence in the form of an autonomous technological system such as a computer or robot. AI has encountered many fundamental obstacles, practical as well as theoretical, which for IA seem moot, as it needs technology merely as an extra support for an autonomous intelligence that has already proven to function. Moreover, IA has a long history of success, since all forms of information technology, from the abacus via writing to the Internet, have been developed basically to extend the information processing capabilities of the human mind (see extended mind and distributed cognition).
the 'autonomous intelligence' is us--people....there are a lot of symbiotic relationships in Nature...as Muir put it, one finds one thing hitched to another thing....here's a bit called:
which goes into how predator and prey populations change...lots of Squirrels increase Coyotes food supply, and so more Coyotes, but too many Coyotes means fewer Squirrels, and then fewer Coyotes, and then more Squirrels, and so on...
dont know but that's just the sorta thing the auto industry goes through....
but what I'm trying to wrap my thoughts around is how Squirrels being chased by Coyotes got to look like and behave like Squirrels, and visa versa for Coyotes...it's a symbiosis of some sort--and I suspect, in principle, the same thing happens with people and technology....hmmph...dont know but that judgement may be out still on whether people have been 'proven to function'!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
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Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Paddled out to Bobcat Meadow...Robins were at the Deer House Lawn again...with Blue Jays, White Headed Woodpecker, and Little Birds....set up the mini digi next to the Ground and tried for clips...but Robins run and stop, and run and stop....I wasn't having much luck, until something frightened them all...maybe Hawk...and it was like Captain May I....see beginning of clip...after awhile, all the Robins went back to business of catching Worms and such...my first post up to Fauna Flora has clip of Robin catching a Worm, so there's some nostalgia!..made a quiet loop of the Meadow, and return..sunny blue warm...at Lunch found a group of Does and Fawns in the Woods...pics...in the morning found them by the Path in the Backyard...saw a pair of Mallards fly over the Meadow...think they'd been at the Lilypads....quackquacking
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Paddled out to Rocky Slope and around across the Road to Two Top Pine Meadow...half way across towards the Merced on the Use Path sighted Coyote...which I thought fortunate, as I was just being disconsolate thinking a whole afternoon was lost to quietness in drizzly rain...and was quite happy to follow Coyote about for the better part of an hour with the mini digiscope!...lots of clips...mostly Coyote padding about...in one Coyote walks right up to the Broken Cottonwood....and for awhile I was very close while Coyote was searching among the Fallen Branches thereabout...even had the big scope with and took a few clips with it too!...first time to take both scopes along, but I'm finding the mini works very well with the new bracket...and I can pan with it...well sorta...can't pan very well at all with the big scope...I followed Coyote pretty much from one end of the Meadow to the other, and then back...last sight Coyote was nearing Beaver Bend...and my fingers were nearing frozen....circulation came painfully back on the return to the Cabin!....cloudy drizzly even some hail and cool...and the walk was enough for one day, and I skipped a dusk walkabout!....Coyote caught two 'snacks'...messed up the first clip of catch when I was switching scopes, but the second, with the mini, well, I dont know how Coyote does it....terrific hearing I imagine!!...poor Gopher........
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Paddled over to Bobcat Meadow...quiet, until on the Boardwalk past the Artist's Grove, Blue Birds were about, perching on Dry Milkweed Stems...I think they're Milkweed...anyway...tourists approaching from in front, and behind, and was kinda in a dilemma...as one Blue Bird was really close...tried to set up, but Blue Birds all moved off further into the Meadow...picked up and followed, trying to watch and get a good sun angle...effort took me all the way to the Elm....and I just hung out there for the remainder of the time, and got some pics and clips of Blue Birds!...very cool....eventually the Little Flock flew off, and the Meadow quiet again...and time...back to the Cabin...sunny bluebirdblue with puff clouds and breezy, warm...at Lunch it was quiet until nearing time, and I heard Coyotes yowling from somewhere across the Merced...trotted over to the River, and sighted one Coyote farfar away in Chapel Meadow near Swinging Bridge....could have gotten closer by going to the River's edge, but then the bank blocked my sight....so stood on the little bluffs...and very surprised when I reviewed the pics on the computer screen to see that I have in the pics both Coyotes...a pair flirting I surmise!!...veryvery cool...the trot back to work put me past time..five minutes!