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That's a botfly, alright...

Thanks to James, who spotted Lumpy the squirrel on a feeder and lunged for the camera--and then put on the telephoto, and then set up a tripod, and then had me restrain the cat while he flung the sliding door open--and successfully got a really good photo of Lumpy's lump.

Thanks also to Lumpy for holding still.

I'm pretty sure it is, indeed, a squirrel botfly.

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breeden
ursulav

That’s a botfly, alright…

Thanks to James, who spotted Lumpy the squirrel on a feeder and lunged for the camera–and then put on the telephoto, and then set up a tripod, and then had me restrain the cat while he flung the sliding door open–and successfully got a really good photo of Lumpy’s lump.

Thanks also to Lumpy for holding still.

I’m pretty sure it is, indeed, a squirrel botfly.

Lumpy!

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.


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ursulav

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Just saw "Hero."

The colors! The colors! The colors!

The colors were great.

There could have been no plot whatsoever, and I'd have sat through it for twice as long, just watching the visuals.

It was a...kung-fu mythology kinda movie. Kinda like "Crouching Tiger," only more so. People fly. Everyone's outfit is dramatically color matched to the scene. Absurd feats of impossible precision swordsmanship are routine. There was very little blood. People could be impaled by a sword, while wearing pristine white, doing backflips in a canyon full of red dust, and die wearing pristine white, having leaked (at most) one dramatic drop. If you defeated a full cadre of guards, they stepped back, bowed, and left, rather than getting tiresome with the decapitations. It had that stylized, platonic-ideal kinda thing. It was absurd and spectacular.

Also, I don't think there was a guy under forty in the whole movie who wasn't drop dead gorgeous. Broken Sword and Sky, yow. Even the Emperor was a stud.

And the COLORS!

*SPOILERS AHEAD*
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ursulav

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Just saw “Hero.”

The colors! The colors! The colors!

The colors were great.

There could have been no plot whatsoever, and I’d have sat through it for twice as long, just watching the visuals.

It was a…kung-fu mythology kinda movie. Kinda like “Crouching Tiger,” only more so. People fly. Everyone’s outfit is dramatically color matched to the scene. Absurd feats of impossible precision swordsmanship are routine. There was very little blood. People could be impaled by a sword, while wearing pristine white, doing backflips in a canyon full of red dust, and die wearing pristine white, having leaked (at most) one dramatic drop. If you defeated a full cadre of guards, they stepped back, bowed, and left, rather than getting tiresome with the decapitations. It had that stylized, platonic-ideal kinda thing. It was absurd and spectacular.

Also, I don’t think there was a guy under forty in the whole movie who wasn’t drop dead gorgeous. Broken Sword and Sky, yow. Even the Emperor was a stud.

And the COLORS!

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

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Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.


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ursulav

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Who funds the Teen Titans?

I mean, I realize that the Justice League is probably operated primarily out of Bruce Waynes's pocket--Clark Kent has the reporter's salary, (which he sends back home to Mom) but everybody else seems to be perma-unemployed. There's probably a government stipend in there somewhere, and the occasional royalty check off neat gadgets, but you gotta figure Batman pays the electric bill.

The Teen Titans, however, have no jobs, lots of gadgets, and live in a giant T that requires major reconstruction work every few episodes. However, they can still afford a great deal of gadgetry (except for Beast Boy, who was reduced to scrounging by as a carnival sideshow in one time-travel-to-the-future episode.) and the truant officer never shows up.

So who's payin' for that giant T? Batman doesn't seem to show up in the Teen Titan world, so unless he's signing checks off camera...

Geeky readership 'o mine, I implore you--can anyone answer this gnawing question?

breeden
ursulav

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Who funds the Teen Titans?

I mean, I realize that the Justice League is probably operated primarily out of Bruce Waynes’s pocket–Clark Kent has the reporter’s salary, (which he sends back home to Mom) but everybody else seems to be perma-unemployed. There’s probably a government stipend in there somewhere, and the occasional royalty check off neat gadgets, but you gotta figure Batman pays the electric bill.

The Teen Titans, however, have no jobs, lots of gadgets, and live in a giant T that requires major reconstruction work every few episodes. However, they can still afford a great deal of gadgetry (except for Beast Boy, who was reduced to scrounging by as a carnival sideshow in one time-travel-to-the-future episode.) and the truant officer never shows up.

So who’s payin’ for that giant T? Batman doesn’t seem to show up in the Teen Titan world, so unless he’s signing checks off camera…

Geeky readership ‘o mine, I implore you–can anyone answer this gnawing question?

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.