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Archives for July, 2008

Where Hummingbirds and Ants Meet

Time for a gear shift on the Refuge. Handy-dandy tip number 105: “How to keep ants out of your hummingbird feeders”. I can’t say that I blame the ants for swarming over the feeders. After all, who doesn’t love a little sucrose in solution with water? Heck, as my brother, an avid cyclist at one…

Humorous Signatures

I visit certain message boards from time to time, including one called vdrums.com, a site dedicated to electronic drumming. While there’s a lot of useful info there and a bunch of friendly and helpful folks, there are also some entertaining end-of-message signatures that folks use. Here are a few examples: Some people are like slinkies,…

Rock Drummers = Top Athletes?

So says the BBC. Researchers tested oxygen uptake and heart rate for rock drummers, including Blondie’s Clem Burke. They concluded: “It is clear that their fitness levels need to be outstanding – through monitoring Clem’s performance in controlled conditions, we have been able to map the extraordinary stamina required by professional drummers.” and further, “It…

Religion: Poetic License?

The lead article in Salon’s newsletter caught my eye this morning when I perused the ol’ Google-mail Inbox. Under the auspices of Salon’s “Atoms and Eden: Conversations About Science and Faith,” Steve Paulson interviews James Carse (retired director of NYU’s Religious Studies Program) in Religion is Poetry. The byline: “The beauties of religion need to…

Al Franken Ads

If you haven’t been following the Al Franken/Norm Coleman race for US Senate, do yourself a favor and check out some of Al’s ads here. I really enjoy their style: direct, informative, and with a twist of humor. Having read several of Al’s books, I think he would make a great senator.

Boilermaker Observations

The 31st Utica Boilermaker 15 road race went off this morning, almost without a hitch. Rain arrived about an hour before the 8 AM start but cleared out before the wheelchairs took off at 7:45. The streets were left wet and the air humid. Combined with a low 70’s start temp, these were not ideal…

A Running Demographic

A recent article in the Utica, NY Observer-Dispatch (sorry, no link) took a look at the changing demographics of the Boilermaker 15k with the assistance of the race’s former timer. Here’s a quick run-down: In 1985, the average age was 33.5 for men and 30.3 for women. There was a steady increase until 2002 when…

The Boiler-Boilermaker 15k

The Utica Boilermaker 15k goes off once again this Sunday, July 13. Currently there are over 11,000 entries, including for the first time, the governor of New York State. The Boilermaker is known for many things, including an elite international field, huge community involvement, and perhaps one of (if not the) best post-race parties around,…

Raspberry Cane Borer Infestation

The raspberry cane borer, Oberea bimaculata, is a particularly nasty garden pest and for some reason there seems to be an unusually large infestation of them this year. Our property contains all manner of cane berries including a large patch of local wild black raspberries (my favorite), wild blackberries, wild raspberries (usually too small to…