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May 5, 2021

Pink robin


From Wikipedia:

The pink robin (Petroica rodinogaster) is a small passerine bird native to southeastern Australia.

Its natural habitats are the cool temperate forests of far southeastern Australia.

Like many brightly colored robins of the family Petroicidae, it is sexually dimorphic.

Measuring 5.3 inches in length, the robin has a small thin black bill and dark brown eyes and legs.

The male has a distinctive white forehead spot and pink breast, with grey-black upper parts, wings, and tail.

The female has grey-brown plumage.

The position of the pink robin and its Australian relatives on the passerine family tree is unclear; the Petroicidae are not closely related to either European or American robins, but appear to be an early offshoot of the Passerida group of songbirds.

May 5, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Falkirk Wheel

From Wikipedia:

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in central Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.

The lift is named after Falkirk, the town in which it is located.

It reconnects the two canals for the first time since the 1930s.

It opened in 2002 as part of the Millennium Link project.

Planners decided early on to create a dramatic 21st-century landmark structure to reconnect the canals, instead of simply recreating the historic lock flight.

The wheel raises boats by 79 feet, but the Union Canal is still 36 feet higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel.

Boats must also pass through a pair of locks between the top of the wheel and the Union Canal.

The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world.

May 5, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'I'm in search of a lifestyle that does not require my presence' — Kinky Friedman

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That line stopped me in my tracks when I read it in 1983 in a Washington Post Style section interview with the Kinkster.

I'd never seen my ethos stated more perfectly.

It took Covid to make it happen for everyone.

Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

May 5, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Book Depository is the way to go for books published in the UK

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Sure, you can use Amazon UK but you have to go through the rigamarole of converting English pounds to dollars, and shipping can be pricey.

Better to use Book Depository, which Amazon purchased in 2011 but which seems to run on a separate, better track.

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Above and below, my transaction earlier this morning, after having been notified by email that the sold-out title was back in stock.


Lagniappe: free shipping, no sales tax.

Try it, you'll like it.

May 5, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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I love nuts.

Wegmans has in-store pre-packaged containers of bulk nuts which are OK, but I miss the jumbo cashews of yesteryear which I used to get from specialty nut shops.

Now comes Nuts.com with wonderful fresh nuts of myriad varieties.

Yes, they cost up to twice as much as Wegmans but they're more than twice as good.

Lots of other things if you're not the nut type.

Lagniappe: wonderful resealable bags that are easy to open and shut tightly, employing a more sophisticated and secure locking mechanism than those on resealable candy and ZipLok bags.

The store's here.

Lagniappe: free shipping if your order's ≥$59 — mine arrived the day after I ordered, much to my surprise and delight.

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$59 more than you care to spend?

Pool orders with friends.

May 5, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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