See, Hear, Taste, Touch
See the tiny hummingbird! I know some of you have seen a hummingbird MOTH like this one and jumped to the logical conclusion it was some rare kind of wee bird, hovering exactly like its namesake. These are the darndest things to get a decent photo of, being only about an inch long through the body, in constant motion, and wings whirring a hundred times a second. This is the clearest shot I’ve got, taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway a few weeks back, shot at 1/500th of a second.
Hear the Screech Owl? No, me either, thought that was why I ran inside yesterday morning to grab my cell phone to fire up the recorder app. By the time I got back to the porch, no owl in the maple tree just outside the front door, just creek babble, lots of crickets, and a distant morning bird. Still, it’s sorta peaceful, and you get to share an acoustic half-moment from Goose Creek.Â Listen here.
Taste the Spoiled Milk: This was no accident. We polluted perfectly good milk for a good cause: to enhance the fauna of bacteria and yeasts, alter the chemistry and taste of the milk, and create something I’d never known about until our neighbor offered us a starter for this yogurt-cousin, Kefir. The taste and thickness apparently depends on how long you let it sit at room temps. I added a touch of cold coffee to a half-pint in my first taste testing, and it went down easily. We’re still experimenting, but the reports of digestive system change for the better might make it worth exploring if you’re lactose intolerant or have other more serious GI issues. I’d never heard of it; it’s been in the human diet around the world for may centuries. I still have so much to learn before I grow up.
Touch Typing: Or some approximation thereof, with the new Kinesis Freestyle keyboard. I’ve used an ergonomic keyboard since they first came out for the consumer market (Microsoft Natural) but thought I’d spin off in a different direction for a change. The Freestyle keyboard is in two halves, the distance between, as well as the angle of each and the pitch, is therefore independently customizable. There are additional “docks” into which you can clip the keyboard halves to more securely anchor them in the exact configuration you find that works for you. The Mac version has keys for copy-paste I have grown quickly used to. Quickly finding the home keys without looking–I have NOT quickly gotten used to, old dog, new tricks.