Baby Hawks In New York City

A little while ago, I found this on DNAinfo’s site.  And to think I wasn’t sure whether there’d be anything interesting to post today.  The video features an adult bird with no babies in sight, although eggs are probably in the nest and out of camera range.  The first are expected to hatch in about two weeks. https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160330/upper-west-side/where-watch-for-baby-hawks-on-upper-east-west-sides Continue reading Baby Hawks In New York City

SF Emergency Siren Test

At noon on every Tuesday, San Francisco’s Department Of Emergency Management (D.E.M.) tests a citywide air raid siren. People who aren’t brand new in town recognize the sound, and aren’t alarmed.  The noise winds down after a few seconds, and not too long ago a voice recording was added to assure us it’s only a test. Today’s test was weird, at least in the Civic Center area.  I don’t know if the same thing happened all over the city.  The test kept repeating. However, it wasn’t the steady wail we’ve been told to expect during a real emergency.  That would … Continue reading SF Emergency Siren Test

Easter On Facebook

A few minutes ago I was looking at my personal Facebook News Feed, and found some nice Easter-themed posts from three public accounts.  Here they are. At the same time, let us remember the misfortunes some have experienced, in their selfless efforts to make this commercialized holiday a pleasure for the rest of us.  Here’s a photo taken earlier this month, at a Walgreens window display in San Francisco. I’ve spoken with the duck since then, and she’s okay.  She has a real attitude, though.   Continue reading Easter On Facebook

Respect For Garry Shandling

I wasn’t that familiar with Garry Shandling’s work.  He seemed like a nice enough guy, though. That said, I’ll try to keep the rest of this post brief, while recognizing everything that’s important at the moment. This morning, a teaser appeared on an entertainment site home page about the 911 call made by Mr. Shandling when he realized he was ill. It suggested he had lost consciousness while talking to a dispatcher. I didn’t click to read the story. Yesterday, it was a foregone conclusion that a 911 call reporting Mr. Shandling’s emergency was made by someone because the L.A.P.D. … Continue reading Respect For Garry Shandling

The New Tenants (2009)

Last night, while doing online research — or farting around on the computer, depending on your vantage point — I found a listing for an excellent live action short film.  I paid a small fee to buy the movie, and downloaded it onto a device. The running time of The New Tenants is about twenty-one minutes, and the basic information is included in the link below. Note:  Buying or renting the movie is recommended if you plan to watch it.  Although it’s possible to watch many videos for free, indie filmmakers generally don’t turn a big profit on their work.  We can show … Continue reading The New Tenants (2009)

Odors In Our Homes

A few days ago, I posted something about getting our homes tidied up for spring.  Note that the post didn’t mention cigars, pets or oblivious people who cook fish and then say, “What’s the problem?” DNAinfo has advice from professionals to deal with the stinky stuff. Sometimes the ideal answers are expensive, but the article also suggests alternatives. Here’s the link.  Good luck with the cat pee. https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160322/brooklyn-heights/how-deodorize-your-apartment-7-smell-good-tips-from-real-estate-pros Continue reading Odors In Our Homes