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pahavit
Date: 7-18-2018 12:11 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Swallowtail Butterfly
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Tags:butterfly, calero, insect, san jose, wordless wednesday
Swallowtail Butterfly




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pahavit
Date: 7-16-2018 12:05 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Surreal Emergency Lights
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Tags:fire engine, monday movies, sights around town
Monday Movies: Surreal Emergency Lights


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

This week: Twenty-five seconds of blurry emergency vehicle lights, made surreal by shooting through a window screen, responding to an incident one evening a few years ago at the apartment complex across the street.  Enjoy.




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pahavit
Date: 7-13-2018 12:03 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Like Singing A Baby (It Hurts!)"
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Tags:babelfishing, poem
Babelfishing Poetry: "Like Singing A Baby (It Hurts!)"


Hello? How are you?  Hope you're very well, fine, and dandy.  I am still bonding with my new power wheelchair.  The bumpy, uneven sidewalks in my neighborhood don't help me learn how to control it very well.  (Hmm, must have a word with the city about that.)  But I have paused my practice runs long enough to bring you 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.

This week's song is Joan Jett's No. 1 hit "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" (watch video here).  Enjoy. 


Like Singing A Baby (It Hurts!)

I saw him dance with the record machine.
I was 17; I knew that.
It is still a strong favorite
to win and play a song.
It is well, I can say,
but it is no longer up.
I can say that will not be long
until he and me, ah,
I . . .
I was up last.
The role of rock and development
was adopted by the music I would like to sing.
I love rock rollin'.
This involves
my time and dance.
It hurts!

Until I called and woke up his name, he smiled.
"It's nothing," he said, "because of all his."
He said, "I have a home, where you can separate it!"
The second is to impress me; yes, I do.
I moved! Yes, yes!
And me?  I rock and role,
final nail in music,
like singing a baby.
I love rock "N" volumes.
This way,
I took your time and dance. 
It hurts!


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pahavit
Date: 7-12-2018 12:21 AM
Subject: Villa Montalvo
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Tags:field trip, montalvo, saratoga
Villa Montalvo


On Sunday D. and I went to Villa Montalvo to try out my new power wheelchair on some of the trails.  We hadn't been there in six years because I'd become too weak to handle its hilly trails on foot, so I was really looking forward to going back.  Things didn't turn out as planned, however.


We begin benignly enough, by a colonnade behind the mansion.





We set out on a trail that goes into the woods.





It's tough going on the narrow, rocky, rutted dirt trail.  As we go past some artists' residences, the wheelchair gets stuck in a sandy patch and almost slides down the slope into the residences.  It's a very pretty view, though.





Due to encountering steps at various places along a couple of the trails, we are forced to turn around and double back twice (the wheelchair can go off-road but it can't go down stairs).  Eventually we get back to the mansion, where I get a chance to rest on the shaded veranda (and admire the balusters).





Here's one of the figures carved into the mansion's wooden door.




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pahavit
Date: 7-11-2018 12:08 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Hollyhock
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Tags:flower, wordless wednesday
Hollyhock





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pahavit
Date: 7-9-2018 1:11 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Fish 3
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Tags:fish, history park, monday movies, san jose, viet museum
Monday Movies: Fish 3


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

This week: Twenty-six seconds of the fish in the aquarium at the Viet Museum in San José History Park.  Enjoy.




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pahavit
Date: 7-6-2018 12:04 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Quinn's Early Aviation"
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Tags:babelfishing, poem
Babelfishing Poetry: "Quinn's Early Aviation"


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, revise the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's featured song, one of my favorite Madonna songs, dating back to 1998, when she was still fun, is her electronic dance hit "Ray Of Light" (watch Madonna's video here, or listen to an earlier, much different version by Curtiss Maldoon, called "Sepheryn," here, or listen to new wave band Sigue Sigue Sputnik's Hi-NRG cover here, or watch Iggy Pop perform a clunky, heavy-metal-style version during Madonna's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony here).  Enjoy. 


Quinn's Early Aviation

Zephyr, Kronos, Heaven and Earth with a quizzical look, holiday.
Sun is a watery eyes.
Close to rage,
threats, and all Management Institute said.
But that assumes that the pain.

Gods teaches dog paradise, lived to fly more than fast.
"It all started in the attempt," he said.
"It is a part of the form."
However, the queue time of the United Kingdom.

Living in Paradise faster than the teachings of the new transportation.
Try.
The gods taught transport fast life in the garden of Eden,
and then to
the people.
The first year, unlimited.

I will go.
He received him at home, but.
Quinn's early aviation.


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pahavit
Date: 7-4-2018 12:02 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: National Wildlife Refuge Flag
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Tags:flag, fremont, wildlife refuge, wordless wednesday
National Wildlife Refuge Flag





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pahavit
Date: 7-3-2018 12:05 AM
Subject: SFMOMA
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Tags:field trip, museum, san francisco, sfmoma, sunset
SFMOMA


On Sunday, after doing an errand in San Francisco, D. and I went to SFMOMA to see the Magritte exhibit (I particularly liked the Dominion of Light series).

It was my first official outing in my new power wheelchair, and while being in the chair helped me enjoy the museum relatively free from my usual pain and exhaustion, I had to concentrate very hard on navigating through the crowds of people and not run anyone over, and also not to bump into any of the artwork either, so there are very few pictures this week.


Here's a fancy window overlooking the main atrium from the 5th floor.





Looking east out one of the 4th floor windows.






Due to wildfires to the north of San Francisco, we get a smoky technicolor sunset after returning home.




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pahavit
Date: 7-2-2018 12:09 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: SF MOMA Egress
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Tags:monday movies, museum, san francisco, sfmoma
Monday Movies: SF MOMA Egress


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

This week: Twenty-five seconds of people leaving SF MOMA.  Enjoy.




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pahavit
Date: 6-29-2018 12:35 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Desk Tube Station!"
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Tags:babelfishing, poem
Babelfishing Poetry: "Desk Tube Station!"


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

This week's song is OMG what is this I don't even . . .



::*takes deep breath*:: OK, so, the Swedish bubblegum-dance group Caramell did this song, "Caramelldansen," and it's, um . . . . . . whatever it is. 

Yeah, um, OK.  (Listen to a sped-up version of the Swedish original here, English language here, or hear the regular-speed original here, or, for those who just can't get enough, a 10-hour loop of the faster Swedish language version is here).  Enjoy? 


Desk Tube Station!

We're ready to share.
Prompt examination!
I welcome spring.
Everyone can participate per person!

Then, a hand shake.
Organic agriculture!
Lips examination!
Induction!
Be tempted.
Change the problem!

They will do it anytime.
Surprisingly, all of the authors.
Let's go!
Re-squeezing, and then first telling what.

Ideas!
Desk tube station!

It's about that way.
They see us
get down.
No renewal!
The left side shows several tape methods.
Listening and learning
the missing side.
Mercifully, definitely
inon glucose.


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pahavit
Date: 6-27-2018 12:03 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: White-Tailed Kite
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Tags:bird, coyote hills regional park, fremont, wordless wednesday
White-Tailed Kite






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pahavit
Date: 6-26-2018 12:07 AM
Subject: Permanente Creek Trail
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Tags:bird, field trip, flower, milk snail, mirror, native wildflower, permanente creek, permanente creek trail, snail
Permanente Creek Trail


On Sunday D. and I ventured out into the heat to check out the newly-opened stretch of the Permanente Creek Trail in town.  Frankly, it was a disappointment, but I took a few pics before I became too weak, hot, tired and in pain, causing us to turn around and come home.


The trailhead is next to a school, where the creek is confined to a concrete flood control channel and lined with cyclone fencing.  Not very picturesque.





A mirror allows trail users to see if any bikes are coming quickly down the ramp from the street.  A sign reminds users:" Shared Trail."







A milk snail estivates in the summer heat on fencing.





The trail begins to arch over Highway 101.  Arrows remind trail users it's a 2-way trail.





On the other side of Highway 101, the creek follows a natural channel, with native wildflowers along its banks.  Here is a gumplant.





Returning on the overpass over the highway.





A lesser goldfinch looks for thistle seeds to eat next to the creek.




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pahavit
Date: 6-25-2018 12:19 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Adobe Creek Trail
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Tags:adobe creek, disability/medical, monday movies, palo alto
Monday Movies: Adobe Creek Trail


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

This week: Twenty-one more seconds of a bumpy ride on the Adobe Creek Trail, from a wheelchair footrest's point of view, during my Whill Model M test ride in May.  Enjoy.





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pahavit
Date: 6-22-2018 12:17 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "You Are A Constant Death Pig Rat!"
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Tags:babelfishing, poem
Babelfishing Poetry: "You Are A Constant Death Pig Rat!"


Hello!  And how are you lovely bloggity people today?  Great, I hope.  I am eagerly awaiting delivery of my power wheelchair next week.  So to tide us over until then, here's 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 feature is Emmy award-winning writer of songs about food and animals Parry Gripp's short but catchy and cloyingly sweet (and possibly annoying) novelty song apparently written for a Guinea Pig rescue group "Cavy Corner Guinea Sanctuary" (watch video and click Show More to read lyrics here).  Enjoy. 


You Are A Constant Death Pig Rat!

Particulars Keizo Economics Research Guyana Chimak.
I help my friends in the procession.
Jane Leo Wild Boar.
Sometimes it's too small.
You need Big love.

If you want,
Bob Bob Bob will show up.

Good dolphin food for a pig.
Sometimes it is cool.
Leave a great love.

Fine,
fine.

You are a constant death pig rat!


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pahavit
Date: 6-21-2018 12:34 AM
Subject: Stevens Creek Trail
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Tags:field trip, flower, native wildflower, shadow, stevens creek trail
Stevens Creek Trail


On Sunday D. and I took a short walk on the Stevens Creek Trail between Landels Park and Creekside Park.  Here are some of the pics I took.


The long overpass over an expressway and some train and light rail tracks makes intersting geometry.







A cyclist comes up behind us.





Fremontia is in bloom along the trail.





Stevens Creek is dry this time of year.





The underpass beneath Highway 85 is spooky.





Shadows at Creekside Park.





At the overpass again on our way back.







Another cyclist on the overpass.





Dead California asters near the trailhead are a sign of the hot summer to come.




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pahavit
Date: 6-20-2018 12:16 AM
Subject: Wordless Wednesday: Orange Koi
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Tags:fish, japanese friendship garden, san jose, wordless wednesday
Orange Koi





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pahavit
Date: 6-18-2018 12:05 AM
Subject: Monday Movies: Interstate 280 Southbound Part 2
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Tags:i-280, monday movies
Monday Movies: Interstate 280 Southbound Part 2


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

This week: Twenty seconds of traveling south on Interstate 280 at night a couple of years ago.  Enjoy.




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pahavit
Date: 6-15-2018 12:44 AM
Subject: Babelfishing Poetry: "Purple Is So Hot"
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Tags:babelfishing, poem
Babelfishing Poetry: "Purple Is So Hot"


Hello! Lovely to see you, and woo-hoo, 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, poke and prod the punctuation a bit, and wind up with a quirky kind of poem.

This week's feature is an old German folk song about farmers' springtime activities, "Im Märzen Der Bauer" (watch cartoon sing-along of the song here).  Enjoy. 


Purple Is So Hot

The rose march power equipment,
it puts the State in the fields and pastures.
Asia is cultivated ground,
turning his hand late in the morning.

Rake, not resolution,          
but making the most of home.
Cedar green pfopft.
Employment and work and due diligence.

Wegisin, a servant, and soon a man.
Inspiration comes quickly.
He is happy, singing a few songs.
His heart is a beautiful royal tulip luxury, all my friends, and where is the heaven and Earth?

Purple is so hot, no pause, and o Muhammad began Userboxes/Time and
fallen wash refill.
You are very secret, full basement home.
But even with your friends, winter seems to be celebrating.


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pahavit
Date: 6-14-2018 12:15 AM
Subject: Cardiology Exam Room
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Tags:disability/medical, stanford
Cardiology Exam Room


No field trip this week because I've been feeling too weak to leave the house, so instead of field trip pics, here's a pic of the exam room of the myocardial bridge specialist at Stanford I saw in February following my emergency room visit due to chest pains last December.





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