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pahavit
Date: 2-22-2017 12:02 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Cherry Blossom
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Cherry Blossom





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pahavit
Date: 2-20-2017 1:06 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 1
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Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 1


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

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

Click --->  Monday Movies: Hakone Gardens Koi 1


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pahavit
Date: 2-17-2017 12:26 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Come See What Is Completely Ignored"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Come See What Is Completely Ignored"


Hello! Would you like to see some more 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?  You would?  Well hot diggity, you're in luck, because here's this week's installment!

The featured song, chosen at random (and also, because of alphabetization, it was close to the top of the list) is punk band Bad Religion's "Sorrow" (watch video here, or watch a live solo acoustic performance by band member Greg Gaffin here).  Enjoy. 

Come See What Is Completely Ignored

Listen to me, Pope.
What are you, disappointed?
I am of that day;
after that, it's all the problems.

Come see
what is completely ignored.
All Tao unwinnable, the only
proud father and son.

I wouldn't have liked it,
the affliction of this, and what is this pain?
She was smart and powerful creatures; what happened?

So I thought,
too bad.
Yes, there are comics,
and it's sad.

When soldiers hear a gun,
the King and Queen dry the ear.
We are only redeemed to pass it; there's not enough of Caesar's and 'ihristos.
I guess you can believe a little medicine.

There will be no poverty.
Yes, it is funny,
and sad.


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pahavit
Date: 2-16-2017 12:05 AM
Subject: Palo Alto Art Center
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Tags:art, art center, bird, canopy, cherry blossoms, field trip, flower, museum, palo alto, sculpture, squirrel, statue
Palo Alto Art Center


On Sunday, D. and I enjoyed the mild spring-like weather by visiting the Palo Alto Art Center and sculpture garden.  Here are some of the pics I took before I got too tired and achey and we had to come home.


Patches of daisies turn toward the sunlight.





"Albuquerque" by Gale Wagner is a painted steel sculpture comprised of an abstract tubular grid with a circular form.





"Whiplash," a site-specific woven willow sculpture by Patrick Dougherty created during a three-week artist residency, is supposed to evoke gargantuan nests.





A black phoebe perches on a branch waiting to catch insects.





The Bradford pears are in full bloom (and I am in full sneeze, even though full of antihistamine).





This piece is "Skyhook Boca Raton" by Peter Shire.





Magnolias are coming into bloom.





"Universal Woman" by Nathan Oliveira.





"Guides of Passage" by Jeffrey Downing hopes to foster a stronger connection between humans and the natural world.  I think the dogs look like priests of some kind.





"Brilliance" by Blessing Hancock and Joe O'Connell is a series of six separate sculptures and is made up of multi-lingual phrases collected from the community, cut out of steel and welded together in three-dimensional lantern-like forms.







Part of the "Spectral Hues: artists + color" exhibit inside the museum, the painted driftwood forms and rocks of "Grow (Stella Thiebaud)" (wall) and "Rock Piles" (floor) by Leo Bersamina intend to evoke the sea and imaginary landscapes.





It's a magnolia sky.





A cute squirrel perches on a rock and then drinks daintily from a puddle.  I've never seen a squirrel drink before.






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pahavit
Date: 2-15-2017 12:37 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Calcification
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Calcification





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pahavit
Date: 2-13-2017 1:02 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Embarcadero Pedicab Ride
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Monday Movies: Embarcadero Pedicab Ride


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

This week: Forty-four seconds of a pedicab ride down San Francisco's Embarcadero earlier this month.  Enjoy.

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pahavit
Date: 2-10-2017 12:23 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "The Ratio You Desire"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "The Ratio You Desire"


Hello! You well? I hope so; well and happy.  I am not well, and I am unhappy about my continuing unresolved prescription drama, but I am happy that we have been getting a lot of rain lately, which is always welcome in our drought-plagued state.  And I am also happy 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, chosen at random, is electronic rockers Awolnation's "Kill Your Heroes" (listen to song here).  Enjoy. 


The Ratio You Desire

The old man is a man.
Prada
and
human suffering with no customer.
Peter statement:
"Complete song performers. Song, love affairs called dye.
Nice going here.  Don't let the fear of o Muhammad terrorist articles."

The first,
the perpetrators.
Outside the Inbox?
Inputed flowers.
Tiptoe and private too, o Muhammad.
Aloha refusal
before the old private, in front of our eyes.

Family sacrifice, he said.
Fly, fly, crying out, "Love bugs!"
Necessary.
All of them die
on a daily basis.
Instant children.
Don't worry; we,
we love you forever.
The ratio you desire, an elephant.


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pahavit
Date: 2-8-2017 12:15 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Turkey Vulture
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Tags:bird, coyote hills regional park, fremont, turkey vulture, wordless wednesday
Turkey Vulture





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pahavit
Date: 2-7-2017 12:13 AM
Subject: San Francisco Embarcadero
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Tags:bird, embarcadero, field trip, gull, light, pigeon, plane, san francisco, ship
San Francisco Embarcadero


On Saturday after doing an errand in San Francisco, D. and I had a huge snafu in our plans and wound up spending some time on the Embarcadero instead of a quieter place to be, where I took some pics before I got too tired and had to stop.


The Ferry Building clock tower.





A tree full of starlings.





Pigeon feeding frenzy.





A western grebe bobs on the bay.





SF Bay Ferry Intintoli comes in to port.





Lights in a passageway catch the late afternoon sun.






A view of the bay near Pier 7.





Container ship MOL Motivator heads for the Port of Oakland.





A helicopter circles overhead.





Pilot vessel Golden Gate heads into port.





A western gull perches on a light on Pier 7, and then takes off.







A research vessel heads toward the Golden Gate.




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pahavit
Date: 2-6-2017 12:52 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Fireworks 1
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Monday Movies: Fireworks 1


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

This week: Twenty-two seconds of an early part of my town's fireworks show last year, shot through a chain-link fence.  Enjoy.

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pahavit
Date: 2-3-2017 1:00 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Shut Up, Winter Rain"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Shut Up, Winter Rain"


Hello! Friday, Friday, Friday!  Woo-hoo! *fist pump*  Time to make weekend plans, and also time for 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.

This week's song is 16th Century Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria's setting of the motet "Nigra Sum Sed Formosa" (watch the choral group Chanticleer perform the motet live here).  Enjoy. 


Shut Up, Winter Rain

However black in color, Maya, Jerusalem bulk road.
She and I lost the ability to love.

I love thee.
Always.

So, the point here, in this village?  Shut up, winter rain.
Nintendo Japanese Earth, and the State,
and the harvest,
this many,
so much.


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pahavit
Date: 2-2-2017 12:03 AM
Subject: Extra: Estivating Snails
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Extra: Estivating Snails


I was too sick to leave the house this past week, so in lieu of any field trip pics, here are some estivating snails from a trip to Bayfront Park in 2011 instead.  Enjoy.










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pahavit
Date: 2-1-2017 12:27 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Squirrel
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Squirrel




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pahavit
Date: 1-30-2017 12:12 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Highway 85 Southbound
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Monday Movies: Highway 85 Southbound


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

This week: Twenty seconds of traveling southbound on Highway 85 last October.  Enjoy.

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pahavit
Date: 1-27-2017 12:00 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Cowboys Wander Around"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Cowboys Wander Around"


Hello!  And how are you today?  Good?  Yes?  No?  In-between?  Rather not say? Keeping it a secret? It's a mystery?  I myself am fighting an awful cold so bad I spent the whole day yesterday sleeping, and while my prescription refill got resolved last week, the doc who prescribed it is hinting he doesn't want to keep prescribing it for me.  (Just what I need, yet another battle.)  Anyway, let's forget about all that for a while and enjoy some more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, poke and prod the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, chosen at random, is the traditional American folk song "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" (listen to Johnny Cash's version of it here, or watch video of husband and wife duo of Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller's a capella performance here, or catch Bugs Bunny's rendition of it here).  Enjoy. 


Cowboys Wander Around

Just bury me in the desert.
And the howl of wolves sharpening of many free.
Tight 36.
In my grave.

Cowboys wander around.
It's a sign where you lie!
The crowd rose in a hurry to the handle shop.
God save the spirit of prayer.


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pahavit
Date: 1-25-2017 12:02 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Yarrow With Stacked Flies
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Yarrow With Stacked Flies





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pahavit
Date: 1-24-2017 12:28 AM
Subject: Guadalupe River Trail, Blossom Hill Rd to Chynoweth
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Guadalupe River Trail, Blossom Hill Rd to Chynoweth


On Saturday D. and I took a walk on the Guadalupe River Trail between the Blossom Hill Road overpass and Chynoweth Ave, and here are some of the pics I took.


The river at the flood control drop structure behind the Water District's headquarters.  Recent rains have swollen the river, and it roars over the edge.





A little farther along, we see the floodplain awash in rushing water.





A pair of mallards try to swim against the strong current.





Duckwalk.





A cormorant in the river.







Farther downstream we see the wide muddy river and the debris of branches, leaves and limbs deposited in the channel by the high water flow from the storms.





A great blue heron by the riverbank eyes us warily.







Another look at the swollen river and the brown water full of silt.





A dead milk thistle seed head is formidably spiky.





A gaggle of Canada geese gather by a large puddle to drink.









Graffiti has obliterated this Water District sign.





It's a sycamore sky.





A red-tailed hawk glides overhead on our way back to the car.




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pahavit
Date: 1-23-2017 1:30 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Doyle Drive Tunnel 2
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Monday Movies: Doyle Drive Tunnel 2


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

This week: Twenty-one seconds of traveling through the western tunnel on Doyle Dr. in San Francisco last November.  Enjoy.

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pahavit
Date: 1-20-2017 12:08 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Not Surprisingly More Than Paula"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Not Surprisingly More Than Paula"


Hello! Are you looking forward to the weekend? Me too.  I am also looking forward to a resolution to my prescription refill, which is still pending as I type.  No one in the doctor's office can tell me what's going on or why the delay has been so ridiculously prolonged, even though they know I am about to run out.  Sigh.  Anywho, while I wait, let's enjoy some more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, play around with the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song is Harry McClintock's "Big Rock Candy Mountain" (listen to McClintock's version here, or listen to white-bread, squeaky-clean vocal group New Christy Minstrels sing the song here, or listen to a lively rendition by cowpunk band The Beat Farmers here, or listen to Lisa Loeb's gentle folky version here, or listen to the uniquely-named Muck Sticky's minimalist (and rather ominous) interpretation here, or hear British street-punk band The Restarts pile-drive their way through the song (but watch out for a couple of F-bombs) here).  Enjoy. 


Not Surprisingly More Than Paula

One night, when the sun sets on fire,
signs-smoke, travel and children, and each other,
I will go and water the earth colors.
Large stones of the discipline of the mountain.

A large stone mountain Paula beauty and splendor of the wise,
it was the Ministry of the Waves of Sleep every night.
Sun each day, and design
of birds and bees to protect forests.
Where is the rich lemon juice bluebird?
The large field of stone mountain.

The whole store, and the children all full of grass.
Oh, I am Friday?  I wasn't aware of that.
If the wind was blowing, the rain doesn't.
Discipline of large stones.

Change your socks, Grand Rocky Grove Mountains.
But wine is found in the flowing water rocks.

Stay in bed, I am each day
malpractice,
a department of mountain increments.

Autumn in a large Stone Mountain, not surprisingly more than Paula.


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pahavit
Date: 1-18-2017 12:12 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Flying Trumpet
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Tags:history park, museum, san jose, wordless wednesday
Flying Trumpet





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