Created by a fellow in MD and appearing on Facebook yesterday.
No the photo above isn’t mine, I found it on Facebook and could not resist copying it. Amazingly, the storm has come and gone, and appears to be inundating the southeast this afternoon. The neighbor boy took a broom and cleaned off our car this morning. Ruts in the street tell me other cars are moving around. As I am having some pain in my jaw, I hope to be able to reach the dentist’s office tomorrow…and hope he can reach his office too.
Despite being semi-trapped in our warm cozy home, we ventured out, mostly to fill bird feeders….three times. A dove at one feeder appeared to have a tail in disarray, after an apparent hawk attack. Yes, we have hawks and owls too, they tend to hang around bird feeders for easy pickings.
I found a song sparrow fastened to one of the suet feeders. Somehow she had become entangled in the ‘squirrel-proof cage’ surrounding the feeder and was hanging by one leg, flapping helplessly. I carried her and the feeder to the porch, removed her foot from the cage (it felt stiff and frozen), and she squirmed away under the table where she sat for a moment then fell over. Given it’s 19 degrees here and dropping (to 9 degrees tonite), I figured she would freeze to death.
But David kept checking on her, and when he found she had “come back to life” and was hopping around under chairs and the chaise, he propped the door open. He was trying to find her when I stepped outside. I saw her take off for one of the Viburnum shrubs and David expressed great joy. In recent months he has become an avid bird fan. The birds now recognize him in his bright red tartan hat and lite on the feeders as soon as he hangs them.
Are you addicted to games on your electronic equipment? Every time I check on my sister’s Facebook page she has about six games going. I don’t do these games, preferring to play Solitaire, or Monopoly and Scrabble against the computer. When he saw me playing Monopoly the other week, my SIL asked me if I ever won. “All the time,” I told him.
I love beating the computer. No matter what the “experts” say, I have never believed computers could outfox humans. For one thing, humans are creative and computers rely on predictable human behavior. In other words, computers use human habits for trickery. Humans are also somewhat deceitful. The algorithms the computer stores are based on patterns detected in human behavior associated with psychological profiles and social mores…probably by operations research specialists like my old boss.
Businesses also use these methods for marketing research. Operations research has been around a long time..we used it several decades ago at the telecommunications company where I worked. As long as folks don’t vary their behavior too much it works fine.
So far, I think the book I am reading for March about WWI, The Sleepwalkers, by Christopher Clark (complete citation and link below in Good-reads “currently reading” block), is better than the MacMillan book I read in February, and I really liked the MacMillan book…an objective bit of history I thought at the time. Clark’s history fills in much detail about the political machinations among and between European powers from the 1870s forward to the outbreak of war in 1914 and I am unable to detect a bias, left or right. And yes, I love reading about human behavior from an unbiased viewpoint.
Look what we found in the snow!! (baby polar bear, Facebook)