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Friday Night Photos Endless Summer Edition

Happy Friday everyone. I hope everybody is doing well. Post any photos, memes, or music you like.

Up till now I've lived my whole life in Ca. never more than 40 mins from the beach yet I've never tried surfing. It's one of those things I always wanted to try but never got around to it.

These surfers were carving up the waves at a small surf break just south of La Jolla Cove recently.

Civilization and the myth of progress

Civilization according to wiki:

A civilization (British English: civilisation) is any complex society characterized by the development of the state, social stratification, urbanization, and symbolic systems of communication beyond natural spoken language (namely, a writing system).[2][3][4][5][6]

Open Thread -02-23-24 - Rolling Along

Sometimes I'm amazed at how the world just keeps rolling along.

I remember first learning about the end of the world. It was in the early 60s. Nuclear war was imminent. A president was killed in broad daylight for all the world to watch. There was a jungle war to prevent those damn dominoes from falling. "This is the end" filled the radio airwaves.

The Weekly Reader. Remember that? There was a heap of gloom and doom for a little boy to absorb. That's where I first heard about climate change, it was, back then, supposed to be the start of a new ice age. I also learned about the problem of finite cheap energy in the form of oil and what may happen when we run out. There was also whispers of global famine and other fear inducing articles.

Books and movies about dystopias and disasters and destruction made me think about survival. I thought about how I may survive certain catastrophes. I bet most of us have. We've all been taught to fear from a very early age, "Don't touch that hot stove"! "Don't look at the sun"! "Don't pet that bear"! Fear is needed to keep us alive. To a certain extent.

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Open Thread - Thurs 22 Feb 2024 - Amphibians - And Roman Recycling!

Amphibians - And Roman Recycling!
The other night I was doing the usual round of taking Jaska outside several times. The usual night has about 4 or 5 of these outs. The last out is always the coyote patrol, which we still do faithfully. The coyotes visit a couple of times a week but we've had no coyote problems since we started doing the patrols over a year ago!

Anyway, I saw this little one during one of those earlier outs, right at the side door of the garage, frozen in place. It was in the same position and spot at 8:30 pm, 11 pm, 1 am and 2:30 am after the coyote patrol.

Picture taken by my husband. The little one is about 6-8 inches long, nose to tip of tail!