Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree,
Discussing things as they are said to be
Said one to the others, “Now listen, you two,
There’s a certain rumor that can’t be true,
That man descended from our noble race,
The very idea is a great disgrace!
“No monkey has ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies, and ruined her life.
And you’ve never known a mother monk,
To leave her babies with others to bunk,
Or pass them on from one to the other ,
Till they scarcely know who is their mother.
“And another thing you’ll never see,
A monk build a fence ’round a coconut tree,
And let the coconuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monks to taste.
Why, if I put a fence around this tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.
“Here’s another thing a monkey won’t do –
Go out at night and get in a stew,
Or use a gun or club or knife
To take some other monkey’s life.
Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss,
But brother, he didn’t descend from us!”
Catch up installment 2 – and just like that, I am almost all caught up. This once a week thing is easy.
March 19 – Leavenworth, WA
March 18 – Bellevue, WA
March 17 – Tacoma, WA
March 16 – Just Another Sunset
March 15 – Finally
March 14 – Sky Bridge
March 13 – XO Sardines
Well, time flies when you are too lazy to update the blog daily. So here is the catch up installment:
March 12 – Cherry Blossom
I normally don’t put people in my pictures but this one is a rare exception just to show the sheer number of people visiting the Quad at the University of Washington on the opening day of the Cherry Blossom festival. We couldn’t find the festival but definitely a lot of cherry blossoms.
March 11 – Phalaneopsis Three
March 10 – Rainy Day
March 9 – Tiny
March 8 – Downtown Gross Attraction
March 7 – Bloom
So I am basically way too lazy to come up with something to say about my newest toy from Costco – an RC quadcopter. So I just ripped off the description from Wikipedia below”
A quadcopter, also called a quadrotor helicopter or quadrotor, is a multirotor helicopter that is lifted and propelled by four rotors. Quadcopters are classified as rotorcraft, as opposed to fixed-wing aircraft, because their lift is generated by a set of rotors (vertically oriented propellers).
Quadcopters generally use two pairs of identical fixed pitched propellers; two clockwise (CW) and two counter-clockwise (CCW). These use independent variation of the speed of each rotor to achieve control. By changing the speed of each rotor it is possible to specifically generate a desired total thrust; to locate for the centre of thrust both laterally and longitudinally; and to create a desired total torque, or turning force.
Port of Astoria, Oregon is a beautiful place, if I may say so. This is the first time we visited this place and we enjoyed it. The primary reason to visit is because the news of the sea lion invasion that has has been in the news for quite a while now. The sea lions have practically taken over the port causing some distress to the local fishermen.
The authorities have tried everything to get rid of them from using beach balls, colorful tape, chicken wire and electrified mats to the most comical one last year where they shipped a fiber glass orca from Bellingham, WA to try to scare the sea lions away. The attempt failed due to some mechanical issue before the orca even reached the sea lions. I guess Sea Lions 5 – Port Authority of Oregon Zero.
Since the news, I have been wanting to stop and photograph the sea lions. I think the most sea lions I have ever seen in one place is probably no more than 20 (I am SWAG-ing here) and the most interesting thing (that you can’t get from watching the news) is that how noisy they are.
One of these days I will bring my real camera and take picture of this shadow. I like my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone’s camera and it is taking as nice a picture as my DSLR during nice day time. However, it is still lacking in it’s ability to handle low light and long exposure photography. As you can see from the photo, it is very noise (even after a couple passes in the noise reduction process) but then again, I don’t think the maker of this Samsung Galaxy S5 intended the camera to be pushed his far (handheld at night using automatic function)
One of the things that hasn’t gotten old is the mild winter in the lowlands of the Pacific Northwest. I heard that my peeps over in the Midwest are still battling snow storms so as a shout out, I take this picture of the flowers outside the condo [insert a devilish grin here]