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Can ladybugs “see” electricity?

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We know birds do it, bee do it and apparently even educated fleas do it — I’m wondering if ladybugs can also do it — if they can see or sense electricity or rather, electromagnetic radiation.

I only ask because for over an hour I’ve had a ladybug wandering over the expanse of my laptop — in a seemingly discernible pattern.

Just this moment it appears to be napping on the screen frame beside the blue Dashboard icon on WordPress’s “Add New Post” screen.

First I noticed it though, the little ladybug was running back and forth along the insulated wire of the AC adapter. Read more…

School for homelessness? That’d teach people!

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The strike by British Columbia teachers which began on June 17 is now in it’s ninth week and the new school year is only two weeks away.

If classes do not resume on time in September and if people have more money than um, grey matter, then it’s quite possible that the Fairview Tertiary School of Hard Knocks may open for business with a curriculum specially tailored for the would be street person. Read more…

Nuts! I was hoping for some fresh music

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On my way to bed last night I found a tub of peanuts someone left out on top of a dumpster. Not just any kind either. These were “party peanuts”. It said so right on the label.

I don’t mind admitting that I’m no longer the party animal I once was — back in the day when I believed Love really would Tear Us Apart and I didn’t Like Mondays whether or not they were Blue.

But I’m not too old to cut a rug (do the kids still say that?) and I wasn’t that tired so I decided to go a little nuts.

I popped the lid and it was all old hits by Katy Perry and Flo Rida and Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe and Adele, Adele, Adele.

That’s right, they were stale party peanuts. Darn! Click the image to enlarge it.

My Little self-entitled Pony waits

It's not working on me. How about you?

It’s not working on me. How about you?

The normal rules don’t apply to a My Little Pony — they’re special.

Forget about getting the horse to pull the cart or even putting the cart before the horse; a My Little Pony will actually get in the cart, bat their big eyes and expect someone else to pull them.

Well Princess, make with the big eyes all you want. You may be in for a long wait. And in this particular part of town being taken for a ride doesn’t necessarily mean what you think it does.

You might think about taking the bus like regular ponies. Click the image to enlarge it

Don’t mind us, we’re just repaving!

The scene at 7:30 a.m. at West Broadway and Alder.

Bottleneck! The westbound side of West Broadway at Alder at 7:30 a.m.

Ah…don’t you just love the smell of fresh asphalt in the morning?

City Engineering Department crews with Streets Operations are in the process of repaving the stretch of West Broadway Avenue between Oak Street and South Granville Street. They started the morning working on the westbound lanes — grinding off the old road surface and laying down a base layer of hot fresh asphalt. Now they’re beginning to work on the eastbound lanes. Read more…

The leaf of things to come

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Every day It feels more like autumn and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

I think four of the last five days — Tuesday to Friday morning — Vancouver has enjoyed rain. Thursday evening it was really coming down!

Of course the rain has been wet but refreshingly so. Never cold or annoying.

This is autumn on it’s best bahaviour. We’ve been getting a deliberately soft, lulling rain, for public relations purposes. It’s rain with a message:

“Hello there,

Sure autum is coming, it’s the natural cycle of the seasons. But it’s not so bad.

Summer’s good but you can get too much of a good thing.

Weren’t you getting a bit tired of that blazing sun?

Isn’t this soothing?

Of course it is.

Fall is your friend. Not your fair weather friend like some seasons we could name but your true friend; your BFF if you will.

And you know, fall is the season that likes you enough to give you back the hour of sleep that spring stole from you. Don’t forget that.”

Sure. Let’s all try to remember that, particularly in November. Click the image to enlarge it.

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