Butterfly, Day Three

I moved the butterfly onto a potted plant – it’s still alive and isn’t moving much.

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Butterfly, Day 2

I was able to (at around 8 AM) capture a video of the butterfly on my window. Sorry that it’s a little dark, but as the day progresses, even more light accumulates behind it, making for an even darker butterfly. As of now, WordPress doesn’t like embedded video, so click HERE for it.

UPDATE – 12:09 PM – The butterfly fell off the window and is sitting in a groove below it. Let’s hope it survives.

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Misplaced

So richly, brightly, dazzling yellow…

…against the background of a snowy afternoon, the butterfly clings to the window. Moving ever so slightly and ever so slowly, its compound eyes seek the great outdoors, the frigid snowbank of its death.

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Now that I’m done being poetic…this butterfly appeared on my window. I have no idea how it got there. So I figured that I’d snap a few shots. Pretty odd, huh? Has that ever happened to you?

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I’m Sorry, Thank You, and Two by Fours

I’ll begin by apologizing. I’ve been both busy and sick over the past few days, which explains the momentary hiatus my blog has been experiencing.

I’ll continue by thanking you. People have actually been talking about my blog! That’s great! That means I’ve moved beyond the realm of the internet and into (perhaps?!) reality! Thank you!

Now for the substance of this post.

Have you ever wondered why two by fours aren’t actually two inches thick and four inches wide? Instead, they are (around) 1 1/2 inches chick and 3 1/2 inches wide!

According to wiseGeek, two by fours are actually two by four at one point in their milling process. The planks are measured, cut, and then run thorugh a machine called a planer. The planer cuts off rough or imperfect edges, and this sometimes means cutting as much as a half an inch of wood off of the plank!

However, before the paner was used, two by fours were actually two inches thick and four inches wide. If you were to tear down a hundred year old home, you would find almost perfect two by fours. That’s why, when you go to the store, a plank being 1 1/2 inches thick and 3 1/2 inches wide is called a two by four – the name was first used to describe planks that were actually two inches by four incehs, and the name stuck, despite the fact that the milling process changed.

Literary Festival

I went to a literary festival earlier today, and took some pictures (not of the authors or event, of course)! You wouldn’t expect them to be associated with a literary festival, would you?

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Sunbeams…?

Sunbeam-heavily edited on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Yes, I took this picture. No, it didn’t look like this originally. What do you think? Sunbeams always fascinated me (especially here) and I thought that I’d try to photograph them when I saw them over a field. How did I do?

Bad and Worse

Is it better to lose as a team or lose as an individual? I’d pick the first. You?