Tar and Abby

Monday, April 27, 2015

frog eggs!

Pacific Chorus frogs like vernal ponds. There are no fish in them to eat the eggs and tadpoles. They are warmer than bigger ponds so the eggs go thru metamorphosis to froglet much quicker. Which is good as the vernal ponds dry up after spring. My ponding friend sets out tubs with plants in them for them to use as breeding and I get a bunch of eggs.
Our big pond, while it was here, was too full of fish for them. I've made several habitats like this for them on my deck. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Abby so wants to try this

In Scotland dog takes over the tractor and drives off until the tractor crashes into a highway barrier.
Dog was fine but feeling guilty...
Traffic Scotland @trafficscotland
(N) J13-RTC due to dog taking control of tractor... nope, not joking. Farmer&police at scene,vehicle in central res.

Full story here

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ideas illustrated

Ph.D. student turns thesis into comic book for friends and family to understand.

I love this on so many levels.
I did the same thing for my highly dyslexic child.
I find I still remember the concepts I illustrated.

Full story here

Monday, April 20, 2015

ak! Now Captain Kirk is after us!

He wants to transporter our water.

From Seattle... (psst Captain, the point of Seattle is that water falls there in individual droplets and the Puget Sound is full of salt water).

He plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30 billion.

Okay, so you raise the money - there are few things to consider - three state governments, environmental impact studies, some endangered critters here and there.
Oh, and we're having a drought too!!!

Now the Columbia River (which is mentioned in the article) dumps a lot of water in to the Pacific Ocean every day. And they have mulled it over in the past - taking water from the river. But - now you are involving another country. We are still trying to rewrite and reconfigure the treaty that governs the river. And add in a few Native American and First Nation tribes to that equation.

Nothing is ever easy. Or quick.

Full story here

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even Abby likes this cat -

This cat nurses all injured and sick animals (even dogs!) at the vet's office.
Good kitty!
Full story here

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meanwhile in Canada

Meanwhile in Canada -- the old country for me :-)

Got any spare aircraft carriers?

"In the not-too-distant future, drivers in Washington state could cross the Sinclair Inlet on a bridge made of two or three decommissioned aircraft carriers. It may sound like a wild pipe dream or a portrait of military dystopia, but the idea is under active consideration by the state, which has received federal funds to study its feasibility."

So, there's that....
Picture from the naval base in Bremerton, WA
Full story here