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pahavit
Date: 3-24-2017 12:06 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "I Want To Be Calm To Repair Them"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "I Want To Be Calm To Repair Them"


Hello? How are you?  Hope you're very well, fine, and dandy.  I can't really say my week has been all that well, fine and/or dandy, due to overwhelming medical struggles, but I am still able to be here to deliver to you more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, adjust the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

Hold onto your hats, kids.  This week's featured song, from "outsider rock" band The Shaggs, is "My Pal Foot Foot" (listen to song here (yes, it really is that bad), or if you want to hear a backwards version of the song to see if it's any better, listen here, and finally, some for background into what was going on with the band, watch a short interview with record producer Mike Fornatale here).  Enjoy. 


I Want To Be Calm To Repair Them

The legs of the companion,
as always, flocked to him.
Companion feet,
we far away non-associated clusters.

I will go to the house
of the iPod.
People come and say
his wife isn't here.

What are you doing? What authority? Which data?
The disciples did not answer.
Financial times.
Wherever; I will not disagree.
I want to be calm to repair them.

And yet a better footing has occurred.
There is always Lou.
Good Morrow replied,
"I know the way,
like Dee."

My drive shaft.
Heather, now in flight, in this village:
How do we go?  What happened?  Are we,
my Lord, my hope,
past or jumping?


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pahavit
Date: 3-23-2017 12:22 AM
Subject: Niles Historic Nursery
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Tags:bee, canopy, cherry blossoms, dragonfly, field trip, flower, fremont, insect, niles
Niles Historic Nursery


On Saturday D. and I visited the California Nursery Historical Park in the historic Niles section of Fremont.  Much to our enjoyment we had the place to ourselves, and here are some of the pics I took.


A pine flower in the middle of turning into a pine cone.





Almond buds against the blue sky.





Spreading live oaks provide welcome shade.





A Bermuda buttercup gleams like a golden beacon.





An ancient cherry orchard is beginning to bloom.







The canopy of cherry branches overhead.





A little bug visits some field mustard flowers.





The bees are busy in the Bradford pear blossoms





Field mustard.





Bradford pear.







Wild radish.





More cherry blossoms.





A damselfly rests on a blade of grass near the orchard.





Live oaks are starting to flower now.





Hawksbeard.





A daisy.




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pahavit
Date: 3-22-2017 1:13 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Shocked Tree Trunk Is Shocked, I Tell You, Shocked
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Shocked Tree Trunk Is Shocked, I Tell You, Shocked





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pahavit
Date: 3-20-2017 12:21 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Waterfall
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Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Waterfall


Monday Movies: 20 seconds (more or less) of video from the world around me.

This week: Twenty-two seconds of a little waterfall feeding into the koi pond at Hakone Gardens, from last October.  Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Waterfall


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pahavit
Date: 3-17-2017 12:34 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Mountain Braised"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Mountain Braised"


Once again, it's time for more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, tweak the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, from those hirsute scalawags ZZ Top, is "La Grange" (listen to ZZ Top's version here, or watch video of Aussie rockers The Angels' fierce version here, or listen to a creepy interpretation by French singer-songwriter-poetry slammer French artist Renaud Papillon Paravel (who claims to have read only 3 books in his entire life) here, or listen to country rocker Hank Williams Jr's version here, or listen to Crazy Backwards Alphabet's Russian-language version here, or watch weird video (featuring a loser guy wearing a giant dog head) of Mexican rock band Molotov's Spanish version here).  Enjoy. 


Mountain Braised

texas and the city of the deployment around the Warrior News
La to Grand, and then walked away.
How do I know?
You know, then you'll see only what you want.
I am a home range,
the value of a girl.

mercy.
Hawthorn, Hawthorn, hawthorn.  Hawthorn and hawthorn.
Mountain braised, mountain braised.
Mountain braised.

well, a good time;
I think I have heard of your paintings.
gmmm, gmmm.
then it will be "Closed" every night.
but now I cannot be WRONG.
gmmm, gmmm, gmmm, gmmm.

REI.


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pahavit
Date: 3-16-2017 12:36 AM
Subject: Los Alamitos Creek Trail
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Tags:bone, california poppy, creek, field trip, floof, flower, los alamitos creek, san jose, snail
Los Alamitos Creek Trail


On Sunday D. and I took a stroll along the Los Alamitos Creek Trail in southern San Jose, between Camden Ave. and Almaden Expressway, and I took some pics.


A lost glove is displayed at the trailhead.





A look at Los Alamitos Creek.





The flow of water is still brisk even though it's been a while since the previous rain.





Instead of taking the paved trail, we decide to follow the dirt path closer to the creek.





Chickweed in bloom.





Looking downstream, past sycamores just beginning to leaf out.





Looking upstream.





A birdhouse, probably for bluebirds.





The trail.





Aster floof, left over from last fall.





Blossoms on an old almond tree, left over from the orchard days.





A deer mandible next to the creek, washed down from a mountain lion's dining room up in the hills.





California poppies are beginning to bloom now that the soil is warming up.





An empty milk snail shell, lodged in the rocks at the edge of the creek.





Oxalis, also known as Bermuda buttercups.





An oak leaf on the paved trail, an echo from last autumn.




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pahavit
Date: 3-15-2017 12:08 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Red Disk 145
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Red Disk 145





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pahavit
Date: 3-13-2017 12:12 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 4
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Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 4


Monday Movies: 20 seconds (more or less) of video from the world around me.

This week: Seventeen seconds of koi in the koi pond at Hakone Gardens last October (including a frisky one near the end).  Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 4


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pahavit
Date: 3-10-2017 12:10 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Come, In The Middle Of The Mantle Of Night"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Come, In The Middle Of The Mantle Of Night"


Hello, lovely to see you, so glad you've popped by my unassuming little blog.  And by popping by right now, you are in for some more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, tinker with the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

Today, by special request from The Jan, we give the immortal Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" the Babelfish treatment (listen to song here).  Enjoy. 


Come, In The Middle Of The Mantle Of Night

Come, in the middle of the mantle of night.
Moonlight, something many do.
In middle of night is always a
clock.

A YEAR in the room side of the road.
Well, I love you is not.
There is always the middle of the night.
Watch.

Stop weeping, willow.
Knee.
Maybe scream.
Then, darkened piece of heaven and Earth.
The wind whispers the night,
and jochqu'.

Now, during the night,
sometimes you can skip
how to handle the middle of the night;
I find him.


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pahavit
Date: 3-9-2017 12:15 AM
Subject: Maypops, Apothegms And Monoskis
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Maypops, Apothegms And Monoskis: A Crossword Puzzle Rant


I like solving crossword puzzles.  And I dislike encountering archaic and obscure crossword puzzle clues.  They make it unnecessarily difficult to solve the puzzle, especially when there are a few too many clustered together in the same puzzle.

As I have been working my way through an old book of 500 crossword puzzles I found in a second-hand book store, these kinds of clues began to annoy me so much that I began keeping a list of them, just to get an idea of how ridiculously hard they made it to solve the puzzles.


Fanon
This makes me think of some kind of architectural ornamentation, for some reason.  But it's a type of religious vestment.


Calumniate
My brain wants to make this be calumet.
  definition: make false and defamatory statements about.


Lacrimator
I guessed it was something to do with tears, because of the "lacr" prefix.  And I was right; it's a substance that irritates the eyes and causes tears to flow, such as tear gas.


Monoski
This word looked so strange it could very well have been Martian, for all I knew.  But it's exactly what it says it is, a mono-ski: a single wide ski used for skiing on snow.


Hilum
  definition: the scar on a seed marking the point of attachment to its seed vessel.
Sure.  Everybody knows that. 


Apothegm
Apothecary phlegm?
  definition: a concise saying or maxim; an aphorism.


Orarion
Onion oratorio?
  definition: a type of religious vestment.


Quotidian
My mind keeps trying to turn it into quotient + meridian.
  definition: ordinary or everyday, especially when mundane.


Arethusa
I once played a piece of music with this word as its title.  It was about some mythical weeper who was turned into a fountain, I think?
  definition: a Greek nymph


Paravane
Not the dance pavane!
  definition: a water kite (a device towed behind a boat).


Chartulary
My brain kept trying to make this word be Charcuterie.
  definition: a medieval ecclesiastical manuscript.


Maypop
Sounds like some kind of portmanteau a start-up would use.
  definition: passionflower.


Swivet
Swiveling rivet?
  definition: a fluster or panic.


Vexillum
What a vexing word!
  definition: a flag-like object used as a military standard by units in the Ancient Roman army.


Depside
Not despite, no matter how much my dyslexia repeatedly attempts to make it so!
    definition: a type of polyphenolic compound composed of two or more monocyclic aromatic units linked by an ester bond.
Sure.  Sure it is.  Mmm-hmm.  Of course.  Everyone knows that. 


Torsk
Norse tusk?  Not too far off: the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish word for Cod and Atlantic cod.


Oribi
This made me think of some kind of gazelle, for some reason.  And I was right: it's a small antelope found in eastern, southern and western Africa.


Dalmatic
Automatic Dalmatian?
  definition: a type of religious vestment.


Whilom
While?  With whom?  William?  Woo-hoo?
  definition: formerly; in the past.


Teredo
Torpedo tornado?
  definition: a shipworm.


Peculate
What lispers do when they hypothesize?
  definition: embezzle or steal (money, especially public funds).
So why do we have this word, when "embezzle" is a perfectly good word itself?


Dzo
How on earth am I supposed to have any idea what in the world a word like this means?  Dzo?? 
  definition: a male hybrid of a cow and a yak.


Encolure
Not enclosure!
    definition: the neck of an animal.
And the word "neck" isn't good enough?  Yeesh.


Genethliacon
Genentech + biathlon + Necronomicon?
    definition: a birthday poem.


Remuda
Ramada + barracuda?
    definition: a herd of horses that have been saddle-broken, from which ranch hands choose their mounts for the day.


Crosette
    definition: a projection at a corner of a door or window architrave.
(And now I have to go look up "architrave." This is why, beyond a certain point, pedantry really annoys me.)


Mazuma
Not the volcano.
    definition: money; cash (slang).


Esparto
"Esperanto" for those in a hurry and have to condense the word?
    definition: a type of grass.


Girasol
Not a sunflower, but a kind of opal reflecting a reddish glow.


Pullulate
A pustule that ululates?
    definition: to breed or spread so as to become extremely common.


Chevet
    definition: the apsidal eastern termination of a church choir typically having a surrounding ambulatory that opens onto a number of radiating apses or chapels.


Burbot
When a robot burps?  Actually, a cod-like freshwater fish.


Thimblerig
A place for storing sewing notions?
    definition: shell game


Taffrail
Something used to pull taffy?  No, it's the rail and ornamentation around a ship's stern.


Spile
Not spite!
    definition: a small wooden peg or spigot for stopping a cask.


Pallium
Not the element palladium, but a religious vestment.


Razzia
Razzle-dazzle with raffia.
    definition: a slave raid


Cacomistle
The "mistle" part made me think of the European bird the mistle thrush, but it's really a raccoon-like animal native to Central America and southern Mexico.


Vilipend
Vilification of Filipendula?
    definition: to regard as worthless or of little value.


Bombinate
    definition: to buzz or hum.
I pictured someone planting a bomb.  Or a character like Yosemite Sam swearing, "What in bombination has that derned rabbit gone and done now?!"


Frazil
Not a fragile Brazil, but a form of ice.


Abecedarian
Sounds like a song you'd hear on Sesame Street.  And it means what it says: arranged alphabetically.  But I never see that word anywhere except in crossword clues.  Which is exactly why I hate it when I see words like that in crossword clues.


Kelep
This word comes from Kekchi, a Mayan language of Guatemala, so there was no way I could suss out what the hell it means.
    definition: a stinging ant, Ectatomma tuberculatum.
And why any crossword editor thought it made for an acceptable clue is beyond me.  How well-versed did that editor expect solvers to be in Kekchi, anyway?


Diaskeuast
What a nasty-looking word.  And how do you even pronounce it? 
   definition: editor
Editor?!?  What's wrong with just saying "editor"???  Yikes.


Fortunately, present-day crossword puzzles seem to have left such archaic terms behind, and favor more sensible clues instead, much to my relief.


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pahavit
Date: 3-8-2017 12:09 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: White-Tailed Kite
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White-Tailed Kite





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pahavit
Date: 3-7-2017 12:02 AM
Subject: San Francisco Bay Trail
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San Francisco Bay Trail


On Saturday, after doing an errand in San Francisco, D. and I took a little walk along the Bay Trail between Mariposa St. and Pier 50.  Here are some of the pics I took before it began to sprinkle.


We see the unused dry dock at Pier 70.





A western gull perches on a rock in the bay.





A mixed flock of scaups, wigeons and ruddy ducks floats close to shore.





Wigeons.





Scaup hen.





Pair of scaup drakes.





Pretty flowers and plants along parts of the trail.









A western gull perches on the Pier 52 boat launch ramp.





Another gull sits atop a rusted pulley, surveying the waterfront.





Neon-bright cones lie at tipsy angles near the MV Cape Hudson docked at Pier 50.




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pahavit
Date: 3-6-2017 12:10 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 3
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Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 3


Monday Movies: 20 seconds (more or less) of video from the world around me.

This week: Twenty-four more seconds of the friendly koi in the koi pond at Hakone Gardens last October.  Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 3


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Date: 3-3-2017 12:01 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Scream And Jump Me"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Scream And Jump Me"


Hello!  And how are you lovely bloggity people today?  Great, I hope.  Spring is in the air in my neck of the woods, and that always lifts my spirits.  And you know what else lifts my spirits?  Being able to bring you more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, tart up the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

Indie rockers The Feelies bring us this week's song, "Away" (watch video here).  Enjoy. 


Scream And Jump Me

Heel.
Chaos
delights me big.
Quiet,
the conscience of the child.
Scream and jump me.
Your heart, your blood,
really big.

The value of all flame.
I am the other.
Which
motive?
Step away from the messed-up.
Come on, my head.
Now, for you, I can't.
Some.

Black.
Round and round.
Tell me what my spirit said here.
Also the fact.
In fact, where?
Now, to you, I am not able to light.
Now you can't light.
Indeed, in any place,
some.


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pahavit
Date: 3-2-2017 12:21 AM
Subject: Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve
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Tags:bird, canopy, cupertino, duck, field trip, flower, hummingbird, mallard, newt, picchetti ranch, poison oak, pond, reservoir, salamander, stevens creek reservoir
Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve


On Saturday D. and I wanted to go to McClellan Ranch because it was flat, near a creek, and not too far away. But when we got there we found the trail closed due to high water and unsafe conditions, so we had to come up with a Plan B quickly. We decided on Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve, to see how full the seasonal pond had become after all the recent rains. Here are some of the pics I took.


The view from the Zinfandel Trail.





Poison oak is starting to sprout.





An Anna's hummingbird approaches almond blossoms to feed on their nectar.





Almond blossoms.







The pond is brimming full.





More underbrush is sprouting along the pond's shore.





California newts are swimming in the pond.









A mallard drake swims across the pond.





Branches overhead.





A ring-necked duck enjoys the pond.





On our way back we stop to look at the Stevens Creek Reservoir, and are happy to see how full it is now, after being almost empty following too many years in a row of drought.




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pahavit
Date: 3-1-2017 12:04 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Cottontail Rabbit
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Cottontail Rabbit





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pahavit
Date: 2-27-2017 12:15 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 2
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Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 2


Monday Movies: 20 seconds (more or less) of video from the world around me.

This week: Thirty-eight seconds of the big beautiful koi in the koi pond at Hakone Gardens last October.  Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 2


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pahavit
Date: 2-24-2017 12:06 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Shake, Shake, Shake Space Yams"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Shake, Shake, Shake Space Yams"


Hello! Lovely to see you, and woohoo, it's Friday already.  Hooray!  Let's kick off the weekend with some more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, shake up the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, from rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, is "Shimmy Shimmy Ya"  (**WARNING: EXPLICIT LYRICS, INCLUDING AN F-BOMB** [well, with a stage name like Ol' Dirty Bastard, you were expecting G-Rated lyrics?]) (watch video here [**WARNING: EXPLICIT VIDEO**]).  Enjoy. 


Shake, Shake, Shake Space Yams

Good! Make optional other neck exercises song.

Memoirs just treasure raw materials.
Yes, we love you to the hyperopia.               
Treasure 1.2008, our joy sees stuff.

"Shake, shake, shake space yams," he said.
Yes, the mouthpiece.
Japanese packaging.
Yes, host team, the Brooklyn Dodgers.
A copy of the killer bee colonies,
rain of crotch pupils.
However, factory optional touch panel.
You need a bee killer; would they kill you?

Arms organizations.
Dynamic bass, I love you forever.
Start ultra portable notebook development.
He said, "Cement ground, Sir."
National ownership of MC-owned 52.
Charmaine, thorns of transform in such a kill hand.
Natural tin-manufacturing business
resources and platforms.

Handy raw materials, private Prada.
I mean the space in the world.
Butt broke the old DB.

I'm not going to tell you.
You are down and style to rock.
There is a pool,
the way of wisdom.
Animal characteristics,
sealed up with East Coast closed.
Solo, all of my colleagues, this unique group.
You have to know the words that come to me.


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pahavit
Date: 2-23-2017 12:04 AM
Subject: Alameda Creek Trail
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Tags:alameda creek regional trail, bird, deer, field trip, flower, fungus, hawk, mushroom, union city, vernal pool
Alameda Creek Trail


On Sunday D. and I went to the Alameda Creek Trail in Union City to take a walk.  Because the wind was so fierce up on the levee, we eschewed the trail proper to wander around in the meadows below the levee where it was more protected.  Here are some of the pics I took.


A dried milkweed pod looks spiky and formidable.





Due to a high water table and a lot of recent rain, the meadows are full of vernal pools.







Bracket fungi sprout from a decaying log.





A seasonal watercourse is so full it has left its banks and spills into the meadow in places.





The Coyote Hills are visible on the horizon.





The seasonal watercourse flows past a thicket.





Inside the thicket we see a black-tailed deer, very well camouflaged.







Copious rains bring out the mushrooms.





A red-shouldered hawk rests momentarily.





The reason for my sneezin' -- acacias in abundant bloom.




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pahavit
Date: 2-22-2017 12:02 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Cherry Blossom
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Tags:art center, flower, palo alto, wordless wednesday
Cherry Blossom





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