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PORTO FLAVIA
SARDINIA, Italy

Tapping into gravity fed systems - Porto Flavia was considered an engineering feat when it became operative in 1924 as it slashed ore production costs by up to 70 percent, allowing Veille Montaigne to gain a strong market share in a short time. The construction of Porto Flavia paid for itself in under two years, and was considered a technical marvel.

Porto Flavia is a UNESCO-protected site, and is one of the suggested destinations for tours of minerary and industrial archeology sites in the region. Daily tours are held in the tunnel, guided by former workers or mining technicians of IGEA

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VEGAS HEADDRESSWhite Crested Black Polish Chickens - 5 weeks
A classical crested Polish Chicken.
They had them “On Special” at Ideal Poultry and I really wanted a Buff-laced Polish so, of course, I order 30 and not one Buff in the bunch, lol. Still. the advantage of mixes, is that you often realize that what you thought would be your favorite, isn’t actually. 
These are by far the most interesting chicks developmentally that I have had. I can see why people flock (ha ha) to them and never go back to standard birds) there is something exotic about them.
Polish chickens are born with domed skulls to help support the feathers. They are not apparently from Poland, and have shown up in paintings going back to the 1500s. They are a little on the small side when fully grown and are famous for their Phyllis Diller hairstyles.
There will be more pics as we go along. Fair warning.
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VEGAS HEADDRESS
White Crested Black Polish Chickens - 5 weeks

A classical crested Polish Chicken.

They had them “On Special” at Ideal Poultry and I really wanted a Buff-laced Polish so, of course, I order 30 and not one Buff in the bunch, lol. Still. the advantage of mixes, is that you often realize that what you thought would be your favorite, isn’t actually.

These are by far the most interesting chicks developmentally that I have had. I can see why people flock (ha ha) to them and never go back to standard birds) there is something exotic about them.

Polish chickens are born with domed skulls to help support the feathers. They are not apparently from Poland, and have shown up in paintings going back to the 1500s. They are a little on the small side when fully grown and are famous for their Phyllis Diller hairstyles.

There will be more pics as we go along. Fair warning.

URBAN CHICKGold Laced Polish - 5 weeks today
Head crests busting out all over. I’m having a blast watching these chicks develop - Looks like I received Polish, Houdans, Sultans, and Crèvecoeur so each breed is approaching crested life differently. This one looks particularly urban to me. Could maybe use some facial jewelry. 
This is a lucky shot as these birds are zooming all over the place and freak out when i come near them. They are getting better.
It is losing its pinfeathers - which is why it’s body looks a little ratty.
Look how cool the skin is around its eyes.
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Canon EOS REBEL T5i
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100
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f/5.6
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URBAN CHICK
Gold Laced Polish - 5 weeks today

Head crests busting out all over. I’m having a blast watching these chicks develop - Looks like I received Polish, Houdans, Sultans, and Crèvecoeur so each breed is approaching crested life differently. This one looks particularly urban to me. Could maybe use some facial jewelry.

This is a lucky shot as these birds are zooming all over the place and freak out when i come near them. They are getting better.

It is losing its pinfeathers - which is why it’s body looks a little ratty.

Look how cool the skin is around its eyes.

Peachicks 4 weeks old tomorrow…still dun brown, but this week they are getting the corona feathers growing like little pony tails off the backs of their heads. They coo, are skittish, and a bit other-worldly. They are about twice the size of a chicken chick of the same age. 
Still fascinating.
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Peachicks
4 weeks old tomorrow…still dun brown, but this week they are getting the corona feathers growing like little pony tails off the backs of their heads. They coo, are skittish, and a bit other-worldly. They are about twice the size of a chicken chick of the same age.

Still fascinating.

Sunday Seven

  1. I have been sick since Thursday night - pounding headache, throwing up…mostly at night, exhausted days. Worst Labor Day Weekend Ever.
  2. The worst thing to do with a pounding headache already is to tote around multiple 50 pound bags of chicken feed in 90+ degree heat.
  3. When Kev decided to put down our dog Vaca this week, I offered to be there and was told it wasn’t necessary. I felt a little dismissed but I let him handle things himself. Although she was my dog on paper, she was always closer to Kev and had lived with him for the past year, or so. He called me afterward sobbing on the phone. I was at work and came out of a meeting to take the call. It was terse and awkward. Vaca’s death was also the untying of the final tie that bound Kev and I together. A bond we started building in 1992. Both events made me sad.

  4. I called Kev to see how he was doing on Thursday. I know how hard it is to come back to an empty house. I caught him at a good point and we had a lovely conversation about the life of a dog we both loved. It was unexpected and I am grateful for it. I was driving home and he was at a friend’s cabin. As I turned onto my street, someone came out and called him for dinner. Perfect timing.
  5. For the first time ever, I’m having a problems with flies in my house. I really hate them.I have one of those electric tennis rackets, which electrocutes them but these are cagey flies. Damn them.
  6. I have let fitness slide to focus on more pressing matters in my life. Getting back into it is always hard. This morning my former coach sent me an invite to join her new series of classes. This is a great way to get started again. I asked a friend and she’s interested too and she is. Yeah! Not close to home, but close to work, so there’s that.
  7. I am planning to cut back on the chickens, maybe pert near entirely. Not sure yet. But I am considering my options and this paring down may be an on-going adventure for some time. We will see.
At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: “The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.”
In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.
Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.
When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare.

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Timely.

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Damn, but this is a beautiful paragraph.

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RIP VACAKevin just called he had our shared dog Vaca put to sleep this afternoon. I knew about it but it’s still hit me hard. She was a wonderful courageous dog (in the true sense of courage - cour being heart in French). She led with her heart. She was such a joy to have around; the happiest animal I’ve ever known. With all of the crap life threw her way including 7 years as an insulin dependent diabetic, she was always upbeat and LOVED going to visit the vet. She was one of a kind. I miss her already.
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RIP VACAKevin just called he had our shared dog Vaca put to sleep this afternoon. I knew about it but it’s still hit me hard. She was a wonderful courageous dog (in the true sense of courage - cour being heart in French). She led with her heart. She was such a joy to have around; the happiest animal I’ve ever known. With all of the crap life threw her way including 7 years as an insulin dependent diabetic, she was always upbeat and LOVED going to visit the vet. She was one of a kind. I miss her already.
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RIP VACAKevin just called he had our shared dog Vaca put to sleep this afternoon. I knew about it but it’s still hit me hard. She was a wonderful courageous dog (in the true sense of courage - cour being heart in French). She led with her heart. She was such a joy to have around; the happiest animal I’ve ever known. With all of the crap life threw her way including 7 years as an insulin dependent diabetic, she was always upbeat and LOVED going to visit the vet. She was one of a kind. I miss her already.
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RIP VACA
Kevin just called he had our shared dog Vaca put to sleep this afternoon. I knew about it but it’s still hit me hard. She was a wonderful courageous dog (in the true sense of courage - cour being heart in French). She led with her heart. She was such a joy to have around; the happiest animal I’ve ever known. With all of the crap life threw her way including 7 years as an insulin dependent diabetic, she was always upbeat and LOVED going to visit the vet. She was one of a kind. I miss her already.

malformalady:

Marine researchers in Croatia have revealed how they have found a previously unrecorded albino dolphin, one of only 20 in the world. The rare mammal - named Albus by the research team - was found in the Mediterranean swimming between Croatia and Italy. Experts say the dolphin - who they believe to be male - appears to be in good health.

Marine researchers have revealed how they found it? The damn thing is white…let me guess, they used special white detecting equipment?

Actually, these sightings are pretty exciting…

According to Hello Kitty scholar Christine R. Yano (who wrote a book about Hello Kitty), the cat we know and love is … not a cat.

“Hello Kitty is not a cat,” Yang says. “She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/08/hello-kitty-is-not-a-cat

Universe exploding.

How can it be Hello Kitty?! How. Can. It. Be??!!

Wait, there’s a Hello Kitty Expert.

Universe imploding.

Crawl to fetal position beneath desk

Why Vanity Fair, Why do you do this to me??

whatthefauna:

Spotted garden eels (Taenioconger hassi) live in colonies of up to several thousand individuals. They spend the majority of their lives with only the top half of their body sticking out of a burrow they make in the sand, eating plankton and other tiny animals that float by. If in danger, the entire “garden” retracts into the sand in the blink of an eye.

Images: blueparadiseindonesia, Eric Cheng, Ryan Murphy

I saw these while diving in the middle east, some patches were 100 feet long and 30 feet wide. The eels rise and fall in unison and are actually pretty cool and I loved watching them. Like the text says they would occasionally completely disappear in union and you’d almost question whether they’d been there. Anyway, fun to mess with.

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