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This image was copied from the Astonomy Picture of the Day on NASA’s site, published October 1, 2006.  Click on the image for the full impact.See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download
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Credit: C. Mayhew & R. Simmon (NASA/GSFC), NOAA/NGDCDMSP Digital Archive

With all the talk about global climate change, I wonder why no one has suggested that possibly it might be a good idea to cut back on some of the night lighting that we throw around all over the place.   I realize that illuminating landmarks and architecture such as the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, various and sundry cathedrals all over Europe creates wonderful night time vistas of great beauty.

But I wonder if we really can afford to burn so much fossil fuel?   Especially since the vast majority of people are actually sleeping at night.   Perhaps if we wanted to see the illumination, we should have to put our credit cards through the slot to pay for it.   Then we might have some sort of concept about how much it costs.

Anyway, Our Fair City here in Lebanon has a giant flag pole with a giant flag that was recently installed out by the interstate, and I’m darn sure that illuminating it all night is not adding to the beauty of the night.  Yes, yes, flag display protocol dictates that it be illuminated, but when the winds have torn the flag apart and the pole stands empty, the searchlights shine on regardless.  And what about  all those ridiculous rotating search lights that the McDonald’s corporation has mandated be installed on the top of their stupid fast food joint franchises (I REFUSE to call them restaurants). They shine all night to give the lost and lonely travelers upon the Interstate Highway system hope that their desperate quest for french fries and fried pies can be satisfied at the next available exit.

Our species is so stupid sometimes.

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With the expert help of my IT guy Jim, I was able to view and edit some video I took this morning.   This is about where Ruby and Mallory have gotten in their play partnership.   Ruby is no longer just “playground equipment”, but an active participant in the games, which are still in the process of development.

Disclaimer:   No dogs or kittens were injured during the production of this video.

Ruby and Mallory Play

We sleep together too, which is fine with Ruby until Mallory wakes up and starts “messing” with her.  I guess it tickles too much, and she usually grumbles and moves.

In other cuteness news, I finally was able to capture a shot of one of the baby praying mantises that hatched out a couple of weeks ago.   This little guy is less than 3mm long.

He didn’t stay still for long, either; totally disapproving of having the large black eye pointed at him.

 

 

 

 

 

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Syncopated Eyeball

Creepy Spooky Lovely Nice

Trailer Park Refugee

just three shots of tequila away from a bar fight....

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