Monday, November 29, 2010

Giant Velvet Ant or Cow Killer memory...

I am like Professor Dumbledore in my past couple of posts picking out memories in my head and putting them into my blogger pensive.

[link to Harry Potter Home Page]
Check out this critter!
The first time I saw one, my grade school daughters were with me walking down a mountain dirt road in Frazier Park, CA.  It was really noticeable because of it's color and it was booking across fast.
I thought " What the fuck kind of ant is that?"  I told the girls not to touch it and we went on our way in wonder what it was.

Mutillidae are a family of wasps whose wingless females resemble ants. Their common name velvet ant refers to their dense hair which may be red, black, white, silver, or gold. They are known for their extremely painful sting, facetiously said to be strong enough to kill a cow, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant is applied to some species.  [read more at wiki]

The Mutillidae family contains approximately 230 genera/subgenera and about 8,000 species worldwide (Manley and Pitts 2002). Approximately 435 species occur in mostly arid areas of the southern and western parts of North America (Triplehorn and Johnson 2005). Fifty species in seven genera are found in Florida,  [read more at this University of Florida link]

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Once you see one, you'll see many!

 Dumpster memory dig.  I have seen these and never knew their names somebody once told me periwinkle, but that was not right.  I know now but...
Have you seen them? Do you know what they are?


[Source of above pictures]



[Link here to see what one artist decided to do with these bugs!]

Caddisfly and the above are Caddisfly larvae.  
[link here to find out more]

You can see here a mass amount of recently hatched caddis flies. If you see one you will see many cases prior to the hatch.  The caddis fly is sensitive to pollution.  If you find them around you will know the water is clean.
You can get hatch charts at fly fishing supplies.  Just before the hatch you can go to the clean streams and look for the cased larvae that has sealed itself in.  Just look as soon as the thaw comes around and keep looking and once you seen one you will always find them.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Beautiful Lie

My original plan on yesterday's was to share one of my favorite AMV's , but I had to link the actual episode so not to spoil a good Batman story.

Friday, November 26, 2010


If you watched Batman Beyond...this will make some closure for you. Years later, this episode appears in the Justice League series.
Video embed courtesy of

Epilogue (Justice League Unlimited)

Batman beyond T&L Kim Tan | Myspace Video

Watch Batman Beyond in HD on
Watch Batman Beyond (all three seasons)  and Justice League (4 seasons) on Blinkx Remote

Blinkx Remote is a great dumpster find.  There are a lot of TV series you can follow that maybe you missed throughout the years. And you can start at the beginning and go at YOUR own pace.
They have True Blood and Sons of Anarchy there.
I recently purchased the proper hdmi cable to hook my daughter's 64 bit HP laptop to the flatscreen.  Screw paying for cable channels.

The internet has it all.  Except CBS is pretty stingy with offering HD full episodes. Hulu and NetFlix are looking good on there, but I fear that Hulu is going to start holding out and actually already has been.  They want a monthly fee as well that will offer more videos.
If you ever watched something on Megavideo, you know they kick you off after I think it is 74 mins. That usually is not enough to see a movie, but enough to watch an episode. If you want to watch another episode try CACAOWEB plugin for Mozilla.  [link] It bypasses the time limit.

I have the cacaoweb browser to watch Megavideo and so far no problems. There is some controversy behind it.  It does make your anti-virus register it as a false positive and if you have a good anti-virus, it will ask to delete it or during a scheduled scan delete it automatically.
I researched it and some are freaked out that it is spyware and others are not.  My 'puter seems to work fine.  I will follow up on this if it messes up my computer from my newer and better one if it happens. :) Still using Windows XP and 2Ghz 32 bit processor and 1 Gb of RAM  for my own virtual dumpster diving.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Where I was on November 22rd, 1963

I was five years old and watching "Jungle Jim with Johnny Weismueller" when there was a news bulletin.  I remember being initially mad when they interrupted.  Then...

My mother fell to the floor in the kitchen and started wailing like at a Greek wake.  I learned a word. Assassination.
Source Link:  Iconic Photos Blog

Later, I saw a boy who lost his dad. The funeral was also his birthday. 

Source:   Website for book "Remember The Wink"

I was raised Catholic, so at an early age I knew the president's name.  I also knew they went to my school to vote for Bobby.
My family had very strong opinions on what the assassination was about.

Internet phenonemon: The Grey Album

[link here] to Tech Dirt article:
"Jay-Z Explains He Is 'Honored' To Have His Work Remixed By Others"
There are other videos but this is the only one I thought was worth showing..
My personal opinion is that the mixing could of been better on some of them, but the idea "was genius" to quote Jay-Z in the above article.  

Friday, November 19, 2010

I like birds...

Very user friendly bird song resource [Link here]

.gif animation MadelineWoe aka Bluezy

Birds by Seth Fitts [Link here to his Deviant Art page]

 Paintings by Craig Kosak [link to gallery]

A Murder of Crows by James Alderidge 
[link here to the David Risley Galleries Display]

detail of the mural

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spinning the vinyl...virtually...

Love this song, "but I just had to look..." and this is an RCA label spinning...and what the fuck is he typing?  I tried to make it out and then thought it must be German?  If you find any typed message in there, please tell me.  LOL.

I am not a vinyl connoisseur and I did not pay attention in the days that I seen them spin.  I was pretty sure it had to be an Apple Records Label, but then the internet tells me different.
It is one of those days...but should I even trust the wiki? 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Old blog/New blog

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 In May 2009, I up and quit it all and moved to the beach.  My ex, but still married had passed and left me the mother of his children as beneficiary and I received his long earned pensions.  It was a reality call.  I realized that life can soon be finite, so I took the chance.  It was an opportunity because my son in law was wanting to move there to be close to the father he had not known since he was 6 yrs old.  The youngin's stayed the summer, but moved back to Idaho after having some issues with the newly discovered dad.  I stayed.

Cape Disappointment just north of where the Columbia River enters the Pacific.  a 10 min drive from my little drug war retirement spot.  It was a summer dream living in an RV 1 1/2 blocks from the beach.  The Washington beaches are cold, but my dog and I loved searching for driftwood.  It costs 10 bucks a year to join the senior center and 1 buck for Tai Chi lessons once a week.  They let you into the senior center when you are 50 yrs old.  I had not joined it.  I had some business to attend to for my eldest daughter in Seattle and boom!  An accident. My Bronco was rolling backwards and I was trying to hold it and yelling for help. When I could no longer prevent it from rolling, I moved out of the way only to trip on some garbage containers.  The 1995 Full Sized Bronco rolled over me dislocating my hip and breaking 5 of my ribs.  My hip required surgery because as it dislocated, it blew out the front part of the cup that holds the thighbone. I had to have surgery to put metal in there to hold the bone back in.

I am fine now...all bones mended. Just couldn't stay on the beach with the 4 month recovery time...I had to keep my leg at a certain angle and not walk on it from November To March.  It was like a hocus pocus back to my youngest daughter's life. Even though I lived in such a picturesque place, the lack of family love made it a lonely place. But it took an extreme condition to place me back into their lives. When you can't walk and can hardly wipe your is your loved one's that carry you, if they love you.  With the grand baby on the way, I just sort of fit in here and now my daughter is going to college with out stress with me watching the baby.

I am doing something I feel is required.  I have a place in my family and this is what it is.  I wish when I wanted to go to school, my mom could of done it.  But let me tell ya...the grand babies (3 of them) are the best little buddies to have.  Their parents are somewhat boring and having lived a relationship, I have to hold back on my opinion.  After all the drugs are behind me, I still have one substance that is hard to deal with...testosterone.  Maybe that is why my marriage and later long relationship had it's turbulence.

Daily, I would try to get out on the beach at low tide and go looking for stuff washed up.

Creating these videos for my MySpace blog spot made it even more of an adventure and motivation to find something really good on the beach.  I called my blog "High Times At Low Tide".  If I were to stay there, I most likely would of graduated to a google blog spot. LOL But...oh I am here anyways!
Here are a couple of my favorites.

A lucky day on the beach...

A road trip to Astoria, Oregon.