Archive for March 2011

Seeing Snow Leopards at the Chattanooga Zoo   7 comments

I had put up a preview post about our day at the Chattanooga Zoo. It’s probably the smallest AZA accredited zoo I’ve been to, but they do seem to be growing. It was certainly a nice place to stop on our way home from Atlanta.

We were greeted by one of the most active servals we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He was quite cute.
Happy Serval

They several peacoks.
Peacock

This one seemed to be a pal of a Scottish cattle.
Scottish Cattle Playing Soccar

My daughter made fast friends with a crane. They played a game of peek-a-boo.
Crane

They had a cougar out. It’s hard to imagine our cougars growing up to be that big.
Big Cougar

Big Cougar Tongue

At least he laughed at my jokes.
Cougar Laughs at my Joke

A sleepy jaguar represented the zoo’s sole big cat.
Dozing Jaguar

However, what took us off our path was a baby snow leopard.
Snug Behind Mom

Snow leopard cubs are perhaps my favorite baby animal*. They are like stuffed animals come to life.
Hanging Out Behind Mom

Of course, mostly this little girl was interested in napping.
Sleeping Behind Mom

Except for one time mom climbed up a rock.
Where'd Mom Go?
Mom…you up there?

What's Over There?
What’s over there?

Peeking Over Mom's Back
Mom–I think we’re being watched.

I think her mom had a common parental dilemma: the need (or desire) to go do something else, but not wanting to disturb the sleeping baby.
Portrait of Mom

I know where you are coming from, Momma Snow Leopard.

Snow Leopards are endangered in the wild, with only an estimated 3,500-7,000 snow leopards in the wild. The Snow Leopard Trust is trying to reverse this through education and research.

*save, of course, for when Eddy was a kitten.

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Chattanooga Zoo Preview   3 comments

We went to the Chattanooga Zoo. Haven’t had a chance to review all my photos and make a good post out of them,but I had to share my favorite animal with you: a snow leopard cub.

Baby Snow Leopard

Really, she’s yawning!

Posted 2011-03-29 by Mr. Guilt in animals, cats

Google (Physical) Bookmarks   Leave a comment

Google (Physical) Bookmarks

Since getting my iPad, I’ve been driving towards using eBooks for my book consumption. It’s nice just to grab once thing. I could write a whole post about my experiences with different eBook systems, and I may at some point.

A couple months ago, I got a book from the new Google Books service. While I can’t say I was wild about the service, Google does know how to win friends through schwag. In the mail today, I got four bookmarks. My favorite is “My other book is a tablet.”

Posted 2011-03-15 by Mr. Guilt in computers, Internet

Celtic Rhythm Dancers at Celtic Lands Festival   Leave a comment

My wife’s dance group, the Celtic Rhythm Dancers USA, performed at the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Celtic Lands Festival this weekend. This is an annual event. They looked good.

Click on picture to embiggen.
CLF Openning #1

Step

CRD Openning #2

Celli Dance

Up & Clap

Kick!

Rebecca Jumps!

Flag Dance

Rebecca & Ellen

Big Kick

Posted 2011-03-13 by Mr. Guilt in Celtic Rhythm Dancers, Cincinnati

Instagram vs. Vox   Leave a comment

I know many of you are “Vox Refugees,” as the folder in my RSS reader is titled. What started as a great blogging site in 2006 slowly died from neglect, until the plug was ultimately pulled last year. A few months prior, I wrote Vox support, to ask if it was still being maintained. I cited several areas where Vox was stuck in 2006:

  • Limited browser support The capabilities were limited for browsers other than Firefox and Internet Explorer (pretty much the only game at launch)
  • Limited Support for Mobile Devices At launch, the key way to post from a mobile device was via e-mail. Though adequate at the time, once SmartPhones and Apps were common, most blogging sites, other than Vox, launched an app.
  • Third Party Applications All along there was a Windows photo uploader. Why not an OS X one? Why not ways to post from other editors?

One thing I suggested was that an API be published. Third parties could extend Vox to include these capabilities, and Vox wouldn’t have to expend the effort to do so. Further, new ways to use Vox might come about organically.

I think of this because earlier this month, a new Web 2.0 server, Instagram, released an API. Previously, you would interact with the service primarily through an iPhone app, though it had links to other services (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). There was extremely limited web access (basically, clicking on a link to a single photo from Twitter).

As a result, several existing applications have been extended to support Instagram. Web clients for viewing your feed, such as Gramfeed, have appeared. While I have not examined the API, I would not be surprised if clients for other platforms came about as a result.

I doubt an API would have resulted in Vox still being here today–it sounds like there were larger economic factors in play. However, it may have been been less frustrating for users as technology progressed.

Posted 2011-03-10 by Mr. Guilt in computers, Internet, IT Opinion

Throw Me Something, Mister!   2 comments

King Cake
Happy Mardi Gras!!!


Eddy is ready.

Posted 2011-03-08 by Mr. Guilt in cats, Eddy, felis silvestris catus

Two More Blackbirds   5 comments

Yesterday, my daughter and I went to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. It was the first time we’d been there in a few years, and, as my daughter has gotten older, she grasps more. Quite a thing to see.

She was quite interested in some family history. I may have posted in the past that, in the ’70s, my dad was in the Air Force. His first job was flying the CH-3. They recently added the search-and-rescue version, the HH-3, to their collection. Its paint looks similar to what my dad was flying at the time.
HH-3

His job was the mid-air retrieval of drones. The one time I brought him to this museum, he pointed at this drone, Mr. Ling, and indicated that he recovered it on occasion.
Mr. Ling

I’ve always been a fan of the A-10 Warthog.
Caits and the Hog

As previously mentioned, my second favorite vehicle made of titanium is the Blackbird family. The most famous member is the SR-71.
Blackbird, Head-On

Blackbird Three-Quarters

Blackbird, Up-Top

We decided, on this occasion, to take the bus out to the Presidential and Research and Development hanger. Though it is in site of the museum, it is on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. We attended the briefing, then the bus to the hanger. Two more members of the Blackbird family were there. The YF-12 is externally similar to the SR-71 and A-12, but designed as a high-speed interceptor. An unmanned, single-engine drone version was also built, known as the D-21, was produced.
YF-12 & D-21

In the ’60s, a test plane known as the X-15 flew faster and higher than any other winged craft until the Space Shuttle. One crossed the 100 Km mark, the internationally accepted boundary of space.
X-15A-2

The Presidential Collection includes any Air Force operated airplane that carried the president. One of the two iconic 707s used as Air Force One is on display. This is the one used by Kennedy, including his final trip to Dallas.
Boarding Air Force One

Posted 2011-03-06 by Mr. Guilt in Aircraft, Ohio

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