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26 Responses to “dec 7”

  1. looking forward to the new 2009 look & content!
    xo, alina

  2. Oh, I like the newness!

  3. re: Snowy Owl – great shots! rather good for a campus list.

  4. @ Dave — Great photos. thanks for sharing

  5. I just have to post this (thx Gwendolen!):

  6. Our first CBC of the year DONE! 4 more to go. Check out:


  7. Cool, congrats! I’m doing the Newport/Westport CBC this coming Sunday, but that’s the only one I’m doing this year.

  8. That WESTPORT/NEWPORTCBC is always good for a high species count. Brain Cassie is trying to draft me for it, but we are at our CBC max. The ice storm is going to be a critical factor in many of the inland counts we do: tomorrow STURBRIDGE CBC (eastern side of circle affected by ice storm, some roads still unpassable and some areas still without power. As long as we snare the Barnacle for “count day” , I have no complaints); Saturday: WORCESTER CBC (upper half of circle devastated by ice storm, power just returning today to some areas); QUABBIN CBC (likely to be a disaster for the roads IN the DCR property as countless trees have fallen across the main access roads. I doubt DCR will have them cleared by Dec 27); finally TRURO , blessedly on the coast but subject to wicked storms and all around crazy weather. But when it’s “on”, it’s alcid heaven. Have fun on the bi-stater!

  9. This (see the bottom of this post) seemed kind of Hamiltonian, so I thought I’d share it. And I hate to say it, Cathy, but someone has finally created candied pecans that rival your recipe. The someone is my friend, Maria Conti: not sure whether she had some help from her niece, the immensely talented Laura Brennan, of the late Caffe Umbra in Boston.



    4 tablespoons flour
    4 tablespoons sugar
    2 tablespoons cocoa
    1 egg
    3 tablespoons milk
    3 tablespoons oil
    3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional… ha! as if it would be an option to put them in!)
    a small splash of vanilla extract
    1 large coffee mug

    Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips and vanilla extract, and mix again.

    Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

    EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

    And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

    I made it last night, and did go the ‘virtuous’ option… it was tasty, but I think I over-mixed it; it had that texture that overmixed muffins sometimes get. Still… I’m trying to decide whether I really ought to post this, or if I should delete it and the email and try to forget that chocolate cake could be so accessible!

  10. CBC#2 : STURBRIDGE: down and done. Interior: poor variety and low numbers, BUT: Cackling, Greater White-fronted and Barnacle (cw) Geese were tallied: all new to circle. See Sheila’s blog fo an indication of what happens when the birding gets slow: it’s cute farm animal time!!!

  11. RE: Flamethrowers in Antarctica: quickest, neatest way to create perfect latrines.

  12. Look, it’s a no brainer. You are on a CONTINENT of ice and snow. A flamethrower slices through the strata like a hot Ginsu through cheap oleo. Who wouldn’t want to have a flamethrower? Geez! You get to BE Cyclops from the X-Men. You could treat entire valleys like creme brule. Like we wouldn’t find YOU laughing demonically as you sliced yourself off an ice shelf.

  13. When I googled “Antarctic scientist flamethrower,” the first page returns were mostly “John Carpenter’s The Thing” and an article abstract on cultural and media ideas of the Antarctic, specifically in relation to High Imperialism.

    But I believe I believe! Flamethrowers on a science base surrounded by ice make PERFECT sense. They’re like drills and ice corers, right? Or like snow scythes?

    The ones in the movie charred up goopy aliens pretty well but didn’t pack enough laser precision for ice-cutting. But that’s Hollywood for you.

    Antarctic researchers, speak up!

  14. from Twitter, @ozwax says:
    Heavy snow. Must keep driveway clear. If I was an antarctic scientist I could do it in a matter of seconds while keeping evil things at bay.

  15. I rest my case (see above).
    RE: THE THING: best performance by Kurt Russel in a John Carpenter movie since BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.
    Of course the remake made James Arness rollover in his grave and blush.
    SNOWBALLS: they’ll knock yer eye out, especially if you do what we did: pre-make a doz or so, squeeze them extra tight, pour in some red dye (for visual effect), put in freezer for an hour or so, pack them in cooler to bring to snowball fight. Scare’s the livin’ beejesus out of your opponents.

  16. It just occured to me that bringing a FLAMETHROWER to a snowball fight would be (as we say in Boston) ‘WAY WICKED EXCELLENT”. Now THAT’s executive thinking and what makes America GREAT.

  17. THX for the tip – peeps here are on Twitter like crazy for the snowball fight… it’s looking huge.

  18. “more snow would have been better” !!!!! spoken like a real urb-nerd. I just finished the WORCESTER CBC: my area included eastern Wachusett Reservoir: tree damage: mind-boggling. Tree and electrical crews: common and road blocking. Dodging private plows backing out of driveways became a sport. Roads: unmitigated disasters. We fishtailed everywhere. AND it FREAKIN’ SNOWED ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY making visibility poor and driving even more dangerous. “more snow”!!????? Don’t make me come and toss a slush ball at you.
    BTW: Newport/Westport CBC: still on or moved cuz of storm?

  19. Newport/Westport CBC has been moved to Jan 3rd. Still think I might try to make it up for that..

  20. Newport/Westport: I may ask Brian if he needs any help in Westport. if it’s postponed to that late date, BUT I have a feeling a number of counts are going to be re-scheduled for that last weekend,and I still have two more that may need rescheduling to that same day. God! The weather is such a problem this season. Have you ever done a CBC in some clime where sunburn is an issue? Or at least you don’t worry about frostbite? Like Texas? CA? A Puerto Rican CBC sounds like heaven after this winter here.

  21. Catherine: Read your Twitter message and I have no idea if you will see this BUT here goes anyway: this weather is tailor made for leaking roofs. Two major causes: (1) FLAT SECTION OF ROOF: water is being held in by the snow like a blotaed sponge and the increased weight will cause leaks and it needs to be shoveled off that section of the roof or it will continue to leak. (2) ICE DAM IN GUTTER: very common for ice dams to back up water in gutter which them can leak into house. Both of these need a LADDER and shovel and some steady nerves. This will contunue, albeit at a slower pace, as long as melting occurs. Sorry: Mark

  22. Flamethrower madness is REAL:

    from the Standard Times: Mass. man melting snow with blowtorch ignites home
    NEW BEDFORD, Mass.

    Fire officials in New Bedford, Mass., say a man using a blowtorch to melt ice on his back porch ended up setting his house on fire, causing up to $30,000 in damage.

    Fire Capt. Scott Kruger tells The Standard-Times of New Bedford that no one was injured during Monday’s incident at the three-story home.

    Kruger says the man was using a torch hooked up to a 20-pound propane cylinder. He got too close to the building’s wood frame and ignited the vinyl siding. The fire quickly spread into the building’s second- and third-floor apartments.

    It took 25 firefighters to subdue the blaze that damaged bedrooms in the upstairs units, and caused damage to the structure and wiring.

    The homeowner will not be charged.

  23. I read the same story and thought of this conversation. His problem is that he did not familiarize himself with the basic flamethrower/blowtorch protocols that are in the users manual. That and he was a de-evolving yahoo. Is there film on YouTube yet?

  24. CATHY: Wow, someone else knows Hedningarna? I only have KARELIA VISA, but it’s one of my favorite albums. “Veli” at sufficient volume could saw the universe in half. “Metsan Tytto” is sung joy.

    I love cast iron, too! Calphalon is a waste of time.

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