Category: Nature


English: Canada geese and goslings

English: Canada geese and goslings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Canada Geese (Branta canadensis), on ...

English: Canada Geese (Branta canadensis), on pond in Mer Bleue Conservation Area, Ottawa, Ontario (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hope your ready for a long story……..I promise I will get to the geese but what led up to it was interesting as well so I thought I would share it with you.

Don’t you hate it when you try to plan something, but it goes completely awry?

So, I decided to text one of my friends at about 11 am and he told me he wanted to hang out in Georgetown and I was cool with it.  He had several errands to run until then and so did I so the plan sounded great.  Hours passed and we agreed on a good time for the both of us.

At the same time I was trying to get others to chill with us, it was all planned out.

AND THEN

I call him letting him know I had arrived, he was still waiting on people that were going to ride with him, and unexpectedly two of my cousins wanted to come to.  (That was cool by the way, I just knew that they already had plans for the day.)

A little bit later he calls me and mentions that prior to speaking to me, he had already made plans for the day to go to National Harbor.   I should have knew what was about to happen.

I get another call and I ask him if he is coming to Georgetown for sure and he replies……yes.  So I thought that he would be down shortly.

Surprise!!!! He decided to change his mind and go to National Harbor, and asked if we would come meet them there.

  What a loser!!!!

Why didn’t you just say you were going to go to National Harbor in the first place?

Meanwhile I had called my brother Ed and he was on the way over.   He was concerned about parking in the area,  so he said that he would park a distance away and then walk the rest of the way.  I figured that would allow time for the others to arrive.

I’m so glad I did.

So I just decided to hang out with him instead and that’s how we ended up seeing Canada geese.  There were three pairs of them and they each had goslings with them.   One of them had four. the others had two.  It was nice to see them enjoying there day and the goslings foraging in the grass.   They didn’t seem to be very uncomfortable despite how close we were to them.

Cute little guys

As it turns out I had a sandwich that I had purchased earlier and hadn’t finished so I decided I would try to feed the geese by hand.  At first i would throw some pieces of bread towards the geese and that lured them a bit closer, then that awesome moment when one of the adult geese reached up and took it right from my hand.  I could feel its beak it felt like plastic and didn’t hurt my fingers at all.

That was great and you know what else?   Ed got it on video.

I’ll show that one to you later but I do have this one.

Yes, that was me narrating by the way LOL!!!

A wonderful turn around of events I might say.  This wasn’t exactly what I expected but it was still pretty awesome thanks in part to the wonderful geese we saw.

Then we continued walking for quite a while and I will discuss that in a future post.

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Thailand tree (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

 

It’s probably obvious to you that I love to blog.   Just the same, I’m going to say it again…..

 

 

 

I love to blog!!!!

 

Also when I blog, I don’t just blog about one particular subject, In fact i can be rather random.  There is indeed something for everyone and that just sort of happened organically over time.  Yes there is everything from Linux to Food, rants and raves.  As a result you will find posts by me that are about Linux such as this one which the second post I ever made.  Or talking about how I got started with this family of operating systems.

 

Believe me, there are many many more on Linux alone, in fact there are hundreds that either I wrote myself or I decided to reblog something that someone else wrote (because I liked it THAT much).

 

In November of 2011 I wrote about the flooding in Thailand.  I am so happy that madness is over and prices are reasonable again.  In fact I can easily get a 1 TB hard drive for about $100.00.  

 

January of 2012 I was thinking about security so I write this.

 

The rants would begin in February of the same year.

 

You ride public transportation?  Well I do quite a bit so I figured you would get a kick out of hey you or drama.  You will probably get the hint that it can be rather annoying thanks to inconsiderate people.

 

I could go on and on and on and on but I wont even though I know I’m a one in a million.   It would be much easier for you just go to my blog and on the right hand side under “search” type in a word of interest.    Or also on the right side but after you scroll down under “categories” that would be cool too.

 

Yes I have built up this blog over time, now its time for you to check it out.

 

I have reblogged quite a few times and I would appreciate some reciprocity as well.  I appreciate all the replies I receive and I TRY to respond to all of them.

 

So, don’t just stand there…….BUST A MOVE!!!

 

I hope you will enjoy what you find

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 10, 2010, its 90 degrees outside in Washington DC and I love it!  I was amazed to find out a few moments ago that it is even hotter in Baltimore, MD.    Another fun fact:  It is hotter here than it is in Miami, Florida.

To think I was about to go there today…..oh well!!!

Funny thing is,  I was on the phone with one of my good friends and he told me in Minneapolis there is snow.   When I told him what it was like here he was like “dude, are you serious?”  and I was like ” well, yeah”.

He is also curious as to whether or not it rains in southern California but that’s another story.

I digress

So, I decide to walk quite a bit earlier and being that I love the heat it was absolutely amazing to me.   Unlike some of you that are complaining…”it’s hot, it’s hot”

Gimme a break

Personally I am glad that it’s not cold outside anymore and I welcome more warmth.  Last year I found it to be really interesting and I am curious to see how it will be this time.

Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see

Tourist season is here in DC.

Hello everyone, I have noticed something lately that I thought I would bring to your attention.  You see, quite often I will read your posts and like them, I also will repost them, depending on how much I like them.

With that said, it would be awesome if you would do the same for me.

Over the course of a year and a half (about that) I have written lots and lots of articles here.  Mostly about Linux in general, but there are others about nature, personal rants, etc.  So there is bound to be something you like a lot.

So hook a brotha up!  Thanks in advance.

 

Meet The Blogger.

A childhood outdoors

A childhood outdoors.

 

 

Notice the path to trash is clear

Notice the path to trash is clear

Yesterday I hear about a major snowstorm to affect the DC area.  I figured that it wouldn’t have much of an affect on me since I was expecting the snow to really hit on Wednesday.  This would mean that I would still have to go to work the previous night.

To my surprise and heart-felt applause, while speaking to one of my co-workers he tells me that work was cancelled.  Initially I thought to myself “am I dreamin”?,  he’s about to say:

Sike!!! What are you stupid?  Of course we are going to work!!!

Yet, that never happened, what he said was true.

So I enjoy a night of relaxation and even went to sleep earlier than normal (that was weird).

I wake up this morning to see snow on my grass but it was just a little bit. A touch of love you might say.  Well, it was enough to shut down school for certain one’s and was in-fact something that would hardly affect me at all. In fact, as the above picture shows the sidewalk to my trash-bins is clear.  Fancy that!!

So, here I am, enjoying peace and quiet.  Just the way I like it. I decide to check the weather again and here is what I saw.  Blah blah blah, it’s gonna keep snowing.

I decided to  look outside, and guess what?  It’s raining.  Of course, if it goes below freezing tonight then ice is likely to be an issue in the morning.  Just the same I still have this to say:

Ya’ll be cisin it up sometimes!!!

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Ever since I was a little kid I have loved being outdoors.  Living near Rock Creek Park in Washington DC meant that I had lots and lots of opportunities to enjoy being around the trees and wildlife of the area.

I will never forget the happiness I felt in such an environment, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

You see I was never the child that was really into sports, or playing video games really.  I much preferred to be outside.  Watching the squirrels chase each other or curiously look at you apparently hoping you will have food for them.  The ducks in the water of various species:  Mallards with the male having the green head, while the female is a brown color.   The Wood ducks once again the male having a brightly colored head (in fact it is brighter than that of the mallard).

I also loved seeing the ferns, the fish in the water, and red-backed salamanders.  These are indeed a few of my favorite things.

I will never forget one time I was nine years old and I was walking with my best friend Archie,  I was talking to him about the future Paradise, a time when the whole earth would be restored to that that was given to our first parents in the Garden of Eden.

A time of peace, not just for a temporary time but for all time indeed.

I so look forward to such a time and my appreciation for Creation in general has developed so much thanks to my childhood spent outdoors.  I think that it is so important to have such a connection with nature and to experience its beauty on a regular basis.  As a result I share such things with my sister, and she enjoys it, this is something that brings much joy to my heart.

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So I was sitting here in front of my laptop and I was trying to think of something to blog about, something non Ubuntu or Linux related and as I just started to type randomly it came to me.  I could talk about hiking.   I pretty much consider it hiking when it is in a natural setting, and its walking when in walking on the sidewalk or something like that.

I have been having quite a bit of fun with my walks, which I must admit are more fun when I have someone else with me instead of being alone.  although there are times when I am being spontaneous and I have some time to be to myself that can be pretty cool too.

I really like to go hiking with friends and I was able to do that at the beginning of this month (November).  I was an awesome time and I thought it was cool to see White Oak acorns sprouting already, having only recently fallen from the tree.  Although obviously quite a few of them would be trampled on daily by hikers, I am pretty sure some will make it at least till spring.

I also was happy that my sister was with me that day and on the hiking trails she was quite excited, so excited in fact that she was often at the front of our group.  It is indeed times like that that I consider so very precious,  quality time with friends and family, although to be honest, with me the line is often quite blurry as my friends ARE my family as well.

Many thanks to my mother, since we didn’t have a car we walked quite a bit when I was a child, so walking long distances just isn’t an issue for me.  It kills me how nowadays people are so dependent on a car to get to where they need to go when truly God gave us two legs that should be used more often in my personal opinion.

Of course, I realize there are those that for reasons outside of their control are unable to walk, so obviously I am not in any way trying to poke fun at anybody or otherwise be a jerk.  My circumstances are indeed different from most apparently and that is something I truly appreciate.

Yet at the same time there have been plenty of times when I have seen perfectly able-bodied people not use what they have and as a result, miss out on the experience, not to mention the health benefits that come from walking.

Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t wanna miss a thing.

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After all that we’ve been through.

At first I was like shoo-wop shoo-wop, my baby! But now I’m like oohhhhhh, Sandy go home, Sandy Sandy go home, Sandy Sandy ggggggggggggggoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

Right now it is raining heavily and apparently the best/worst is yet to come.  Thanks to Frank for that one.

Now for some people this is a wonderful time to rest, to not have to go anywhere and to lounge around the house in leisure.     Sure, I will do that for a while, but eventually I will get restless and want to go outside, yet I wont.    ONLY because I know it isn’t safe.

Yesterday, my uncle called me to make sure I was OK and that was cool.  Then my grandpa called me today as well.  So apparently I have someone to watch over me, and that’s a good thing.  A very good thing.

Something else that is good is that I can do some cleaning up, which for me seems to be a never ending story but at least I am not alone, for I am here with you.  Lol! I know that cheezy but oh well!

It is times like this that I am glad to have so many movies/games to enjoy

I obviously have power and I hope that continues.  I also have food and drink and running water and my family is safe so really there are reasons to be thankful for what I got.

Still, I ask Sandy……why oh why oh why?

Yes, it’s me.  As if it would be someone else lol!!

First of all I want to thank you all for your support over the past year and two months that I have been on WordPress.  This has been more fun than I could have ever imagined when I got started.

You have put up with my jokes and my pop references and I think that is absolutely awesome.

I do promise more to come real soon, in fact I am working on a new concept right now that will not be limited to words on a screen, it will be me In Living Color.  So you can walk on the moon and float like a balloon but it wont be too late to see me.  Ha ha  ha ha ha ha!!!

In fact I am considering creating a YouTube channel especially for it, thanks to my brother Ed.

In the meantime, feel free to read my posts as there are hundreds of them, so you will not run out of reading material anytime soon.

Thanks again,

Anthony Venable

 

I know in this picture things look pretty good for the cub born at the National Zoo in Washington, DC about a week ago, but things took a turn for the worse Sunday morning when the Panda cub was found dead.  This was something that saddened many.

This is a big deal since it is incredibly hard to get the Giant Panda bear (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) to breed in captivity, not to mention their population in the wild and in captivity isn’t nearly as high as it should be.

There are only a few isolated pockets where they now range in mountainous central China whereas their estimated prehistoric range was much larger, it included not only a large chunk of China and extended south to northern Vietnam, Laos and West to Myanmar (Burma).

Unfortunately largely due to the burgeoning population of the area this incredible species is now in danger of going extinct altogether.   Just another prime example of man’s mismanagement of the earth.  Also the fact that the vast majority of their diet is bamboo doesn’t help either for there are quite a few bamboo species in their native range that will die at regular intervals thus creating a shortage for food at times.

Happily there are those who are committed to captive breeding and are doing the best to prevent this species of bear from going the way of so many others on our planet.  So there is hope after all.

Thanks to the National Zoo for the image above and for your trying so hard to to revive the cub.  Check out more information here.

Ok, I am going to make this quick.  If you want more people to check out your blog posts, post on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+etc.    Also one that you must do is post it on Reddit.com.

Trust me, you will have more readers than you ever expected, in my case I have more than I ever imagined.  In fact today, I have more views for the day now at 2:30 p.m than I ever had for a single day….ever!  In fact if it doubles my previous peak for the day I wouldn’t be surprised at this point.

So by all means, I have said this before, but I will say it again….Don’t just stand there, bust a move!!!

 

 

Ok Ok, it probably sounds cheesy but I was at Whole Foods today and on the radio came the song: “I believe I can fly”.   So, me being me, I decided to change the original title of this post to something more interesting lol

A while back I wrote about some names I thought would be chosen for the next release of Ubuntu here.  As it turns out I was wrong.  Very wrong.  No biggie though.

It ended up being decided that Ubuntu 12.10 would be called: “Quantal Quetzal”.   I was quite surprised over that.   So surprised that I wrote this

Now I knew what a Quetzal was already: It is a bird that is native to the highland forests of Central America and one that is prized for the beauty of its plumage.

 

 

Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful?  Too bad they are in much danger of extinction thanks to humans, no its something you can’t blame on the ah ah ah ah ah alcohol either!!   So unless

No, blame it on poaching and the deforestation of their land.

Back to the actual operating system, which will be available in October of 2012.  So far we are on the Alpha Release date 2, and as a result I am confident there will more adjustments made to it over time.

I will be running Quantal Quetzal or Ubuntu 12.10 in a virtual machine environment and I plan on comparing it to its predecessor 12.04 (Precise Pangolin).    I doubt there will be very many changes but who knows?

Oh, and as far as the word Quantal is concerned, I didn’t know what that meant but I’ll talk about that another time.

 

 

 

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