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pahavit
Date: 9-23-2016 12:24 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Ion Pancake Covers It"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Ion Pancake Covers It"


Hello! Friday, Friday, Friday!  Woo-hoo! *fist pump* (I should stop doing that; it always tires me out.)  Anyway, here's some 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.

Written by rockabilly singer-songwriter Ersel Hickey, "Don't Let the Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man)" was a folk music hit in 1964 for the Serendipity Singers and is our Babelfish selection for today (listen to them sing the song here, or listen to a rocksteady version by Jamaican vocal group The Gaylads, featuring a sax player who seems unsure what key he's supposed to be in, here).  Enjoy. 


Ion Pancake Covers It

Pooh Pooh.
Oh, no, no, no punishment with the rain.
Months from now, I have to soak into the roof.
Well done, yes; can I have the roof? Hydraulic tilt is overwhelming.

Smile, unstable country.
The Tao of six, and walk two kilometers with a smile.
The name Tao mouse and ex-cat sanctuary.
To them, life is a small silky room, will house all of the Tao.

Well, a little smile, a small boy named Toyota.
Walked 2 km Tao for 6 people with a smile.
Mix some nails, and buy the name Tao.
Ion pancake covers it for riches to repair the round-trip rat standard.

Well, a little pottery cat and mouse movement.
To them, life is a small room; all Tao is scheduled in the clock-flowering tuft house.
Only Tao from the door of the Tao.
The step is part of the border.

Winnie the pooh pooh.
Oh, no, no, punishing rain.
From now on, Moon and litter on the roof.
Well, yes, I am roofing US-friendly hole.  The roof is overwhelming.
I am roofing, and from now on I am roofing.
Months from now, I have the roof to soak.


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pahavit
Date: 9-22-2016 12:20 AM
Subject: Mountain Lake Park
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Tags:berry, bird, field trip, floof, flower, mountain lake, native wildflower, presidio, san francisco, sign
Mountain Lake Park


On Sunday, D. and I decided to enjoy the Indian Summer in San Francisco by visiting the recently-restored Mountain Lake Park in the Presidio, and I took a few pics while we were there, before I got too tired.


Mountain Lake.





Pied-billed grebes are commonly found at the lake.





Coot.





Coyote brush floof.





Another pied-billed grebe rests on an impromptu raft near the shoreline.





Edumacational signs ring the lake.





California asters.





Cranesbill.





A scrub jay hops around in the brush looking for things to eat.





Snowberries are high in fat and are a popular wintertime food for birds and other animals.





Decades of humans dumping non-native fish and reptiles into the lake decimated the native populations.  This depicts one of the native fish re-introduced to the lake.





Tules grow in fresh-water marshes and lakes.





This wild radish flower hosts an insect guest.





More cranesbill.





Honeysuckle berries glow in the afternoon sun.





Wood sorrel is supposedly edible, but sour.




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pahavit
Date: 9-21-2016 12:16 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Jet
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Tags:overfelt, plane, san jose, wordless wednesday
Jet





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pahavit
Date: 9-19-2016 12:19 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Quimby Rd Red Light
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Monday Movies: Quimby Rd Red Light


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

This week: Twenty seconds of approaching a red light on Quimby Rd on our way back from Grant Lake in July.  (Yes, the windshield has been cleaned since then.) Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: Quimby Road Red Light


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pahavit
Date: 9-16-2016 12:02 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Until No Warrior!"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Until No Warrior!"


Hello!  And how are you today?  Good?  Yes?  No?  In-between?  Rather not say?  Keeping it a secret?  (That's okay; I won't tell).  Here's another installment of 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, courtesy of Bob Marley and the Wailers, is "Get Up, Stand Up" (listen to the Wailers sing it here, or watch live video of Tracy Chapman's performance here).  Enjoy. 


Until No Warrior!

The pastor said,
"Denmark, testify to the Paradise on Earth."
I know,
life is what you deserve.
All green gold,
I'm ready to tell half the story.
Current light, people!
Rulings are not blind. Come on!

The sentience of all the people,
the gods in heaven,
remove all.
It is all of the rust.
But life does not know snakes from the cost
on the ground.
There is now light in my neighborhood.
The protection of the right, yes!

You have to feed the sports skateboarding,
God and Paradise and 'ihristos.
We understand that we don't know
the Tao of life coming back.
You can fool some of the people sometimes;
you are a moron, but all the time.
Now we see light.
What is not opposed to people?
As a goal right in our lives will be protected, Bernardo!

Ah, yes, yes!
From the right,
until no warrior!


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pahavit
Date: 9-14-2016 12:03 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Forster's Tern At Grant Lake
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Tags:bird, grant lake, san jose, sunset, wordless wednesday
Forster's Tern At Grant Lake





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pahavit
Date: 9-13-2016 12:08 AM
Subject: Coyote Hills Regional Park: No Name Trail & Pelicans
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Tags:bird, coyote hills regional park, field trip, fremont, gull, pelican, salt pond
Coyote Hills Regional Park: No Name Trail & Pelicans


On Saturday D. and I returned to Coyote Hills Regional Park to walk part of the No Name Trail.  We were treated to the sight of large flocks of pelicans along the way.  Here are some of the pics I took.


Fennel seed head near South Marsh.





The Bayview Trail lead us past South Marsh to the No Name Trail.





A least sandpiper probes the mud flats.





A sparrow watches us from the brush alongside the trail.





The oh so imaginatively-named No Name Trail runs along a levee separating salt evaporation ponds.





A dead crab next to the trail.





After breeding in the center of the North American continent, marbled godwits spend winter along the coast in California.





Willets eat small crabs, worms, clams, and other invertebrates from saltwater marshes and along open coastlines.





Isolated remnants of salt harvesting infrastructure can be found in some evaporation ponds.





A brown pelican soars over the salt pond.





Large flocks of white pelicans wheel and glide overhead before settling in to feed in the salt pond.

















A California gull sits near a pump house between two salt ponds, waiting for fish to swim by.




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pahavit
Date: 9-12-2016 12:04 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Hairpin Turn On Quimby Rd
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Tags:monday movies, san jose
Monday Movies: Hairpin Turn On Quimby Rd


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

This week: Twenty seconds of negotiating one of the dozen or so hairpin turns on Quimby Rd on our way back from Grant Lake in July.  Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: Hairpin Turn On Quimby Rd


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pahavit
Date: 9-9-2016 12:35 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Dusty Silence Made World"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Dusty Silence Made World"


Hello! Are you looking forward to the weekend? Me too; hope yours is a good one.  To tide us over until then, here's some Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, scramble the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's featured song, chosen at random, is Blondie's iconic 1980 hit "Call Me" (listen to song here).  Enjoy. 


Dusty Silence Made World

Color
includes a color car.

Color.
We know the way.

Color scheme, better proposals.
You come from Rhode Island; we know way.

Submerged from our PCs,
we come editorial, we trivializing area of surname.

Gave my love editorial.
Given our optional specified overcast night,
our next editorial.

Sealing surface, said Snout.
Our society show my protection.

Set clock blisters, my column table.
Immersion of feet in cool aid.

Our wisdom way.
Rent, however sealing surface.

Other editorial: Chinese saying of love.
Dusty silence made world.

Snow, modern building would internal responsible,
modern house would he Italian.

Trivializing this weapon, time, time in this trivializing weapon, trivializing
Nintendo, what, East-West.

Gave my love editorial.
We come editorial, we trivializing area of surname.

We come editorial, we come editorial, standing time between Communist and name.
Gave my love editorial.

We come editorial, we come editorial, set clock name.
Other 26 on Monday child, a surname due to mouth.

Our next editorial.
Make getting very good towards elephant editorial: correction of supply our V. dust Kafr El-dawwar West express Factory Deluxe.


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pahavit
Date: 9-8-2016 12:33 AM
Subject: Santa Cruz
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Tags:beach, bee, dog, field trip, flag, flower, insect, santa cruz, sign
Santa Cruz


On Saturday D. and I drove over the hill to visit Santa Cruz.  Here are some of the pics I took before I got too tired from the holiday crowds and noise and chaos.


A sailboat in Monterey Bay.





The view from the lighthouse into the bay.





The flag at the lighthouse whips around in the fierce breeze.





A bee visits a sea fig at the top of the bluff.





The beach to the west of the lighthouse.





A dogs romps in the surf.





Looking back toward the lighthouse.





Flags flutter at the Municipal Wharf.





A view of the main beach from the wharf.





A swim buoy keeps boats away from bathers.





Rental boats are stacked up on the wharf.





A sea lion looks cute, hoping the tourists on the wharf above toss it some snacks (a bad idea).




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pahavit
Date: 9-7-2016 12:25 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Warm Springs Cattle
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Tags:cow, fremont, warm springs, wildlife refuge, wordless wednesday
Warm Springs Cattle




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pahavit
Date: 9-5-2016 12:04 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: View From Quimby Rd
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Monday Movies: View From Quimby Rd


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

This week: Twenty-two seconds of the view of the Santa Clara Valley at sunset from high up Quimby Rd. returning from Grant Lake in July.  Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: View From Quimby Rd


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pahavit
Date: 9-3-2016 12:12 AM
Subject: Coit Tower
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Tags:art, coit tower, field trip, san francisco, sign
Coit Tower

Here's the continuation of the San Francisco visit and my Coit Tower pics (see the Levi's Plaza pics here).


Coit Tower looms over us in the afternoon light.





Inside, WPA murals depict aspects of life in San Francisco during that era.





At the agricultural section of the mural, this orange picker bears a slight resemblance to actor James Stewart, don't you think?





The views from the observation deck are stunning (starting southwest and rotating counterclockwise).



















Looking up into the sky from the observation deck.





One last look back at Coit Tower before heading off to dinner.





Admission to the Coit Tower observation deck requires a I Heart SF hand stamp as proof of payment.





Typical San Francisco: pretentious banner is pretentious (What does that even mean??)




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pahavit
Date: 9-2-2016 12:17 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "The Drain Valve"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "The Drain Valve"


Hello, how are you?  How was your week?  I hope it was better than mine (odds are it was; mine was chock-full of stressful, unhappy, and utterly crap-tastic events).  Nevertheless, 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, revise the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, from those irrepressible hiphop imps the Beastie Boys, is "Sabotage" (lyrics advisory: f-bomb) (watch video here).  Enjoy. 


The Drain Valve

No, I don't know what you plan.
The drain valve.
I can't stand it when I'm swinging
a new crystal ball game.
Then, sit back, and if so, why worry about.
Convicted knife in my hand.
Oh God, and them that were possessed with this illusion.
And then: "vandalism."

This will come to you, l guess.
And you can bet we'll be valid
if you plan to make the phantom
a short Ned and subversive activities.

Well, now, I'm back on the wall.
We all need to leave the mystery of your blood.

I'm swinging when I can't stand this place.
Find the King belonged to the all, belonged to the embarrassed face.
But a mistake or a sharp punch and channel.
Flying is the busy road of wealth,
and there'll be no way to him
when plotted, those who destroy anything.


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pahavit
Date: 9-1-2016 12:12 AM
Subject: Levi's Plaza
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Tags:bee, coit tower, field trip, flower, fountain, insect, levi's plaza, san francisco, sign, spillway
Levi's Plaza


On Saturday, after doing an errand in San Francisco, D. and I played tourist and visited Levi's Plaza and Coit Tower.  Here are my pics form Levi's Plaza; Coit Tower pics here.


Levi's Plaza houses the headquarters of Levi Strauss & Co.





The distinctive stair-step outline of the complex forms a rhythmic silhouette against the sky.





The fountain in the plaza provides a pleasant oasis.





Caution!  Wet floor.





The monolithic slab of the fountain creates a graceful waterfall.





More stair-step elements in the fountain, echoing the buildings.





Wisteria in bloom in the plaza.





A look at the fountain from the other side.





The bellmouth spillway in the fountain's pool.





A view of Coit Tower from Levi's Plaza West.





Across the street is Levi's Plaza East.





Melaleuca in the park draws a visiting bee.





Melaleuca pod.





A glimpse of the TransAmerica Pyramid from Levi's Plaza East.




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pahavit
Date: 8-31-2016 12:39 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Rosicrucian Palms
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Tags:palm, rosicrucian, san jose, wordless wednesday
Rosicrucian Palms





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pahavit
Date: 8-29-2016 12:04 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Nosy Squirrel
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Monday Movies: Nosy Squirrel


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

This week: Thirty seconds of a nosy squirrel scrabbling around on the screen trying to get to the peaches in the basket by the kitchen window.  Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: Nosy Squirrel


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pahavit
Date: 8-26-2016 12:25 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "This Is A Bad Translation"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "This Is A Bad Translation"


Hello all!  So nice to see you. Come in and have a look around -- the kettle is on, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and get ready to enjoy some more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, randomize the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

Art-pop group Antony And The Johnsons brings us this week's song, the brooding "For Today I Am A Boy" (listen to song here).  Enjoy. 


This Is A Bad Translation

Mature, one personal human, stray and his wife and children.
Please, song has a long face, representative wife.
I mature, 1 protect, private wife-beauty, o Muhammad.
Mature one, I have beautiful wife.

However, this is now heaven, now heaven, this guy.
Today's kids, man.
Now it's heaven.

One taste of the song; please taste, Japanese Valjean.
1 Sun, a traditional education.
To grow up one day, you grow up, I don't know.
A song, no season.

Now? No.
But today, today is a son.
Child-men, today.

But today, today, baby boy?
One day, grow up, for sure.
Sun.
This is a bad translation.


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pahavit
Date: 8-24-2016 1:09 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Navy Bomber
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Tags:plane, ravenswood, wordless wednesday
Wordless Wednesday: Navy Bomber





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pahavit
Date: 8-23-2016 12:35 AM
Subject: Sanborn County Park
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Tags:autumn, canopy, field trip, graffiti, insect, poison oak, sanborn, saratoga, wasp
Sanborn County Park


On Saturday D. and I took a short walk along part of the Skyline Trail in Sanborn County Park, and even though the woods were kind of boring I took a few pics anyway (it really wasn't my favorite kind of place for a walk but we had to change our plans at the last minute and couldn't think of another place to go).


Sanborn has a lot of rock formations that are popular with climbers.





Some climbers are more respectful of the environment than others, as the graffiti in this cave in Indian Rock attest (really, only a jerk would deface nature in this manner).





A couple of the many dead Douglas firs in the park, perhaps victims of California's extended drought.





A clump of poison oak leaves catches a ray of sunlight in the forest.





The canopy overhead.





A metallic blue wasp rests for a moment on a mossy tree trunk.





The Skyline Trail.





Fallen leaves are a hint of the coming autumn.




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