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pahavit
Date: 1-16-2017 12:05 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Doyle Drive Tunnel 1
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Monday Movies: Doyle Drive Tunnel 1


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

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

Click --->  Monday Movies: Doyle Drive Tunnel 1


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pahavit
Date: 1-14-2017 12:08 AM
Subject: Conservatory Of Flowers
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Tags:butterfly, conservatory, fern, field trip, flower, insect, san francisco, sculpture, statue
Conservatory Of Flowers


After doing an errand in San Francisco last Saturday, D. and I needed an indoor activity due to the cold and rainy weather, so we visited the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Here are some of the pics I took.


The façade.





Ornamental grates on the floor match the Victorian style of the structure.





Orchids in the Highland Tropics gallery.





Lily pads in the Aquatic Plants gallery pond.





A pale variety of pomegranate is in fruit.





Reflections of the glass roof in the lily pond.





A pitcher plant in the Aquatic Plants gallery.





A mossy bust at the entrance to the Potted Plants gallery.





Another bust seems to be contemplating the berries over its shoulder.





Pretty orchids in the Potted Plants gallery.







Anthuriums have very attention-getting flowers.





Fern fronds splay out to catch the light.





A spray of yellow orchids.





This gargoyle looks like it's about to cough up a hairball.





Butterflies flit about in the Special Exhibit gallery.







Outside the entrance is the gold aluminum sculpture, "La Rose Des Vents," or wind rose, by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.




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pahavit
Date: 1-13-2017 12:06 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Green Field Immortals"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Green Field Immortals"


Hello, how are you?  How was your week?  I've had an exhausting week struggling with a prescription snafu and trying to get doctors to return my calls.  Frustrating!  So let us take a breath and relax a bit now with some Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, nudge the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, chosen at random, is The Wizard Of Oz's "We're Off To See The Wizard" (watch clips of song from film here, and sing along!).  Enjoy. 


Green Field Immortals

Our nurses reach towards aid.
Green field immortals, generic username on October 9.

Having completed the other known way, our
Hōnen later deported with 5 God-odd.

Switchboard.

Green field immortals on October 4, measuring
Genus Yu,
cause world-kind delights.

We, pronounced as
Mr. Magic Art Normal University!


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pahavit
Date: 1-11-2017 12:04 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Brown Pelican
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Tags:bird, coyote hills regional park, fremont, pelican, wordless wednesday
Brown Pelican





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pahavit
Date: 1-9-2017 12:17 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Cola Bubbles
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Monday Movies: Cola Bubbles


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

This week: Twenty seconds of carbonation bubbles fizzing in a glass of cola.  Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: Cola Bubbles


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pahavit
Date: 1-6-2017 12:12 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Stupid Nintendo"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Stupid Nintendo"


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 take the weight off your feet.  While we wait for the kettle, let's enjoy some Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, modify the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's feature, a famous New Orleans song made popular by the Dixie Cups in the 1950s, is the much-covered "Iko Iko" (listen to the Dixie Cups' version here, or listen to New Orleans-based R&B musician James "Sugar Boy" Crawford's original version here, or listen to Dr. John perform the song here, or watch The Belle Stars' video here, or watch a definitely non-PC video by German Eurodance group Captain Jack here, or listen to Australian entertainer Rolf Harris' version here, or listen to Cyndi Lauper sing the song here, or listen to New Orleans rockers Cowboy Mouth's version here, or listen to legendary English bluesman Long John Baldry sing it here, or watch video of someone dancing on a rooftop to electronic music duo Glass Candy's version of the song here, or listen to a Swiss German version by Schtärneföifi here.)  Enjoy. 


Stupid Nintendo

Grandmother and grandfather
sit down with fire.
Grandma, Grandmother Peter,
under fire lumbar.

Website! Website!
There was the apparent Denmark.
Hostile free fresh water.
Rival Denmark, and honor.

Free appled!  Thompsons in on Emperor!
Karate Road country, International Karate Road, United Daily Federation, United Daily International.
Stupid Nintendo, I a woman, died of what heterogeneous.
He one lol subbed in some minutes, non.

Mixed this from clothing, King.
Karate international, karate federation and the federation international, pachti.
Lion's head death end and kill death five personal.
All of the affordable all the stupid girls in the country every month.

Hey, you say! God now!
Karate Road country, International Karate Road, United Daily Federation, United Daily International.
There are no silly woman months or without bread.
Some of the bread, the only athlete.

Students Union
give fire, sitting under.
Altruistic Monday, Monday, a child width towards other made look at certification, our editorial completion.
We come more or for fire.

Hey, you only speak! God right now!
Karate international, karate federation and the federation international.
With died of stupidity I and Mrs. screen or submerged aerobic surface inclusions.
Membership of surface inclusions and the only movement parts.

He is looking for the green man.
Karate Road country, International Karate Road, United Daily Federation, United Daily International, the man, the only.
He is beautiful.
Mackerel Ann, only Chandler motion choose hand one.

Yes, now we speak about Let's go fight!
Karate international, karate federation and the federation international, pachti.
There are no foolish lady months or without bread.
Part of bread, the only jock.


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pahavit
Date: 1-4-2017 12:05 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Hakone Gardens Koi
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Hakone Gardens Koi





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pahavit
Date: 1-3-2017 12:32 AM
Subject: Guadalupe River Trail, SCVWD HQ to Blossom Hill Rd
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Tags:autumn, bird, duck, field trip, great blue heron, great egret, guadalupe river, mallard, san jose, sign, sycamore
Guadalupe River Trail, SCVWD HQ to Blossom Hill Rd


On Saturday D. and I walked part of the Guadalupe River Trail between the Santa Clara Valley Water District headquarters and the Blossom Hill Rd overpass.  Here are some of the pics I took.


At the riverbank.





A wiffle ball, washed up by the previous high water flow.





Looking upstream.





A coot amid reflections on the river.





Mallards on a weir.





A pied-billed grebe.





A coot.





A great bue heron perched in a tree.





This groundwater recharge basin behind the Santa Clara Valley Water District headquarters has only a few inches of water in it, due to the prolonged drought.





It's a sycamore sky.





Sycamore leaves glow in the winter sunlight.





A pair of mallards watches us from the river bank.





A shady spot on the river.





A difference of opinion regarding the clearance at the Blossom Hill Rd. overpass.





This mockingbird is perhaps waiting for others to assemble?





A great egret circles over a groundwater recharge pond.




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pahavit
Date: 1-2-2017 12:05 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: The New Camera
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Monday Movies: The New Camera


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

This week: Nineteen seconds of fussing around trying to figure out all the buttons and switches on the new camera, unaware it was recording video and picking up the dialog the whole time.  Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: The New Camera


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pahavit
Date: 12-30-2016 12:28 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Yesterday Is Rude"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Yesterday Is Rude"


Hello all!  Thank you for dropping by again, it's so nice to see you! I hope, wherever you are, you're safe and warm on this cold December evening.  Welcome to the final Babelfish of 2016, so let's ring the old year out in my usual Friday fashion by taking some song lyrics, running them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, mixing up the punctuation a bit, and winding up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's featured song, chosen at random, is The Animals' classic "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" (listen to The Animals' version here, or listen to Jello Biafra and D.O.A.'s version here, or watch Midnight Oil's Unplugged performance here, or listen to Ann Wilson's version, with Wynonna Judd, here).  Enjoy. 


Yesterday Is Rude

The old part of city, the dirty.
No construction; radiant.
Everyone there is trying to thin.

In Japanese, has a year-long page
from bleeding.
We strongly recommend not going first past the death fast.

Love affection is death floor.
Green, o Muhammad; black, o Muhammad.
I was surprised to walk out, usable; no. Shoot up.
Correction and we knew the way.

Temptation chasing after ship.
Toddler wins too much,
and every single day.
Wrong; a correction is a correction.

The three virtues of adversity.
Always for you, yesterday is rude.
In this,
prime sunny into the lives of adolescent girls,
private.

No, no, I squint.
26 people seem to have found a dog; I have two children.
Adopt a collection of this
grim, possible token gift.
In this,
woman. Monday. Cause world, Japanese life.
We strongly recommend not-so, we strongly recommend make, approach native-born Westerners.
Wisdom way, on my love.
You are beautiful.


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pahavit
Date: 12-28-2016 12:11 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Valley Oak
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Tags:mountain view, pioneer park, wordless wednesday
Valley Oak





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pahavit
Date: 12-27-2016 12:01 AM
Subject: Coyote Hills: Muskrat Trail
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Tags:bird, coyote hills regional park, duck, field trip, fremont, marsh, mushroom, turkey vulture
Coyote Hills: Muskrat Trail


On Saturday D. and I returned to Coyote Hills Regional Park to walk through the marsh on parts of the Muskrat and D.U.S.T. Trails, and here are some of the pics I took.


We see a white-tailed kite perched on a post near the trailhead.





The Muskrat Trail.  We do not see any muskrats.





White-crowned sparrows scratch in the dirt for bugs and seeds.





Part of the Main Marsh.





A turkey vulture soars overhead.





A pond in the marsh.





A viewing platform allows people to observe waterfowl in the pond.





The D.U.S.T. Marsh collects stormwater runoff and allows it to filter gradually into the main marsh.





A white-tailed kite observes the marsh atop a dead tree.





Another look at the D.U.S.T. Marsh from the D.U.S.T. Trail.





Tree swallow nest boxes line the D.U.S.T. Trail.





Mushrooms, in various stages of deterioration, also line the trail.









Looking toward the North Marsh.





A ruddy duck swims toward the D.U.S.T. Marsh.




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pahavit
Date: 12-26-2016 12:31 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Holiday Cards
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Monday Movies: Holiday Cards


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

This week: One minute and 6 seconds of this year's holiday card swap.  Thank you, one and all!  Enjoy.  :)

Click (and turn on your speakers) --->  Monday Movies: Holiday Cards


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pahavit
Date: 12-24-2016 12:16 AM
Subject: Coit Tower & San Francisco City Hall
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Tags:city hall, coit tower, field trip, flower, golden gate bridge, holiday, san francisco, shadow
Coit Tower & San Francisco City Hall


On Tuesday I tagged along with D. during a photo shoot in San Francisco at Coit Tower and took a few pics of my own, followed by viewing City Hall's holiday colors and dinner at an Indian Restaurant.  Here are some of the pics I took.


Coit Tower in the late afternoon.





The Golden Gate Bridge in the golden haze.





Binocular viewers ring the parking lot at the tower's base.





Coit Tower rises like a monolith to catch the fading light.





I have a funny feeling I'm being watched . . .





Evening shadows on the side of the tower.





Rockrose in the gardens.





Coit Tower juts into the sky from its angular base.





Looking into San Francisco Bay and Yerba Buena Island.





Sunset light bathes the western edge of the tower.





San Francisco City Hall, lit up for the holidays.




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pahavit
Date: 12-23-2016 12:17 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Pumpkin Face Inclusions"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Pumpkin Face Inclusions"


Hello Friday!  Whee!  Weekend!  Solstice!  Christmas!  Hanukkah!  Kwanzaa!  Yule! Holidays! Yippee!  And also more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, massage the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem!

This week's song is Brenda Lee's timeless classic "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" (listen to song here).  Enjoy. 


Pumpkin Face Inclusions

Stone around birthday bark.
Christmas party is a reject.
You can get all of the huge clumps of mistletoe.
But our society will try to stop him.

St. birthday bark around stones.
Christmas spirit ring.
Pumpkin face inclusions,
calling some more.

To you, grim disciplinary action,
then sitting pedestal.
There is voice; acoustic songs, a joyful day.
You hear holly hall office to me.

Turn around the Christmas tree.
Airport express.
Japanese-owned 4cc,
new, and we accept it.

Christmas tree around stones.
Happy holiday.
Your friend, all the dances,
sees shin and air conditioner.


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pahavit
Date: 12-21-2016 12:02 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Welcome To The UFO Study
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Welcome To The UFO Study





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pahavit
Date: 12-20-2016 12:13 AM
Subject: Fremont Older Open Space Preserve: World's Shortest Trip
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Tags:berry, cupertino, field trip, fremont older, power lines
Fremont Older Open Space Preserve: World's Shortest Trip


On a clear and cold Sunday, D. and I thought it would be nice to take a walk in Fremont Older Open Space Preserve.  But after a mere half mile I was exhausted and we had to turn around and come back.  Here are the few pics I took while we were there.


Oxalis reaches toward the light in the wintry forest.





Toyon berries glow in the chilly sunlight.





The junction of the Seven Springs Trail.





Two (barely visible) acorn woodpeckers poke around atop a power pole.




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pahavit
Date: 12-19-2016 12:27 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Close Encounters Of The Crustacean Kind
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Tags:coyote hills regional park, crawdad, monday movies
Monday Movies: Close Encounters Of The Crustacean Kind


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

This week: One minute and fifteen seconds of a red swamp crayfish investigating my camera on the Willows Trail at Coyote Hills Regional Park last week.  Enjoy.

Click --->  Monday Movies: Close Encounters Of The Crustacean Kind


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pahavit
Date: 12-16-2016 12:28 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Do The Hexagon"
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Babelfishing Poetry: "Do The Hexagon"


I hope you've all been fine and well? No upsets? No disasters? No tornadoes, floods, unexpected sinkholes, avalanches, mudslides, blizzards, hailstorms, lightning strikes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis?  I hope not, I really do.  Because that would be dreadful, it really would.  All is well in this neck of the woods (more or less), so let us proceed with more Babelfishing poetry, where I take song lyrics, run them through an on-line translator such as (but not necessarily) Babelfish, kludge the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's song, chosen at random, is the Doobie Brothers' "Rockin' Down The Highway" (listen to song here).  Enjoy. 


Do The Hexagon

Military phone desk exercise line of three kinds schemes.
The flight path, the foot on the ground.
In the city, arrive this way, Shrove people.
There is never, only on the verge of Ford Fell,
natural after we burned the car.
Smoke cover for their testimony.
Being, not boasting.
Those I care as long-action loss.
Excellent high-speed swing.

Reaching -- reading
is good.
This adult world's pleasure, our screen-submerged aerobic.
No more lost people, I know.
Perfect beauty footboard dice collection.
Do the hexagon.
I turn around and can't.
Those I care as long-action loss.

Tiptoe high-speed roads.


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pahavit
Date: 12-15-2016 12:20 AM
Subject: Coyote Hills Willows Trail
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Tags:abandoned, alameda creek, bird, coyote hills regional park, crawdad, duck, field trip, flower, fox, fremont, great egret, mallard, marsh, native wildflower, rust, sign
Coyote Hills Willows Trail


On Sunday D. and I returned to Coyote Hills Regional Park to take a stroll on parts of the Crandall Creek Trail and the Willows Trail around the DUST Marsh, and I took a few pics before I got too tired and achey and we had to come home.


Alameda Creek runs next to the park on its way to San Francisco Bay.





Crandall Creek feeds into ponds in the marshes at Coyote Hills.





An abandoned pump rusts in the weeds next to the trail.





Dead thistles bristle against the gray sky.





A great egret hunts in the field next to the trail.





The line of trees at the far end of the field delineates the Willows Trail.





Another great egret hunts in Crandall Creek.





We arrive at the DUST (Demonstration Urban Stormwater Treatment) Marsh.





Mallards enjoy the ponds in the DUST Marsh.









Saltbush grows at the edge of the marsh.





Due to seasonal flooding (and our reluctance to go wading), we cannot go any farther, so we double back.





We see a juvenile gray fox hunting, but it runs for cover before I can get a pic, so we proceed down the Willows Trail





Around a bend in the trail we see a red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) in the middle of the trail.





It is utterly unfazed by our presence, and it comes closer to investigate my camera getting video of it.





On our way back a jackrabbit flees past us on the Crandall Creek Trail.  We look behind us to see a red fox hunting about half a mile away in the field next to the Willows Trail.  How very unusual to have seen not only a crayfish on the trail but also both a gray fox and a red fox, all on the same afternoon.






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