Archive for January, 2015

Bach

Posted in Photography, Random Musings with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2015 by Aaron

Why does Mozart not like chickens? Because the say Bach, Bach, Bach!

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I got myself some chickens this past summer. We raised them from 2 day old babies. When you get baby chickens you can order all girls, all boys, whatever you want. My town doesn’t allow roosters so I ordered all girls. I always imagine a line of grizzled old men and women who are standing along side a conveyor belt as little baby chicks fly by. They grab them, one in each hand, give em’ a squeeze and look at their private parts, and throw them into a box on their left or right depending on their sex. They are called Chicken Sexers and it is a real job. I believe they are about 80 percent accurate.

In the end I got 2 hens and 1 rooster. The rooster is the white one. He had a beautiful mane, like a lion and he was an Ameracauna. The brown one, Anna, is a Buff Orpington, and the black one, Olaf, is a Black Astralorp. I bet you can imagine who picked out those names (Elsa, Anna, and Olaf). The cute little girl in the first picture.IMG_7659

One morning I heard a mysterious err-err-errrrr coming from my chicken coop. They were teenagers at this point and it was early for them to be crowing. I held out hope that it wasn’t a crow that I heard but just a loud hen making noise. It didn’t repeat again that day. But a few days later I heard it again. I wasn’t even sure which chicken it was… The fourth time I heard a noise I saw Elsa moving her head.

I held out hope that she was just a hen that crows (that is a real thing). Months past. She/he started crowing every single day. I started researching ways that I could get Elsa a new home but didn’t follow through on any of them just in case…

IMG_7658I knew I couldn’t keep him. I also knew that chickens are flock animals and don’t like to be lonely. Having only 2 chickens isn’t ideal to keep them happy. I had a chance to get one (for sure) hen from a friend at work and I jumped on it. Then the day came when Elsa started trying to make baby chicks with my hens.

I had no idea how I was going to deal with this. I tried calling farm animal rescues and they didn’t want them. A friend of mine at work occasionally slaughtered chickens to eat. he had offered to take him but was never ready to actually do it. The new chicken, Sally, was already totally stressed out from moving from her original hen house to my friends hen house for a couple nights and then into mine. Something you may not know about chickens is that every time a new one is introduced to the group, they re-sort out their pecking order. Not only was she totally stressed out from all that moving, and having to assert her position, but now she was being courted by a plucky rooster. It was the last thing she needed.

IMG_7656I started doing research about what is the most humane way to take care of this problem. I won’t share the details here but Elsa was laid to rest in the middle of the night in the best way we could hope for. My daughter doesn’t know the truth. As far as she is concerned, Elsa went to live somewhere else. She knew it was about to happen so she got her chance to say goodbye.

I know what you are thinking now. No, I didn’t make Elsa for dinner that night. My daughter would never forgive me if she found out years later that is what really happened.IMG_7661

RIP Elsa the Rooster.

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The Moon

Posted in Space with tags , , on January 27, 2015 by Aaron

I saw this on reddit and wanted to share it here! A visual history of the moon:

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It is worth your minute and a half to click on it.

Fascination

Posted in Photography with tags , , , on January 26, 2015 by Aaron

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Memories of warmer weather make a poor blanket in January.

The Opposite of Fall

Posted in Photography, Random Musings with tags , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2015 by Aaron

 

We still have a lot of growing ahead of us.

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“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of ‘interposition’ and ‘nullification’ — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; ‘and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.'”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sharing

Posted in Photography with tags , , on January 12, 2015 by Aaron

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Have you ever had a mustache and a rosemary plant and just wanted to lounge on the ground in front of a large window looking out onto a beautiful yard?

 

Ratatat

Posted in Music with tags , , , on January 9, 2015 by Aaron

For a song titled “Drugs” I think this video is a very good representational piece.

I used to listen to this band a lot. They are from Brooklyn, NY (where a band comes from always seems important to me for some reason, I haven’t quite figured it out yet). I like that I can do work or play games while listening to them and not get distracted by lyrics, as there aren’t any.

When I was living in NY I got a chance to go see them play live. I was surprised at how little I liked the show considering I really like their music. Since there are only 2 artists in the band a lot of their music is layered in with the same band member playing multiple instruments on each song. So at the show they had one other guy playing with them while they each played a guitar or bass. A bunch of it was prerecorded and they were playing along. It was almost as if I were listening to their music at home, just really loud.

I don’t go to shows to hear the music played exactly the same as it is on the record. I like the differences and nuance that comes from a piece of music growing beyond the recording session. However, I am glad that I thought of these guys so I could bring it back into my life. I hope you enjoy it too!

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Sound of Love Within

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on January 7, 2015 by Aaron

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My wife (full disclosure) started selling some of her artwork on the internet. http://abstract-nature.com

I like how the abstractness allows your imagination to take them wherever you want/need them to be. The mirroring gives the images a unity, and also makes me think about multiple perspectives. I also feel like the colors all work together in an interesting way that moves my eyes around the image. All the images originally come from photographs of nature, that she manipulates. None of the colors in the images are totally new, they are all adjusted from the original.

You can order an image on all kinds of surfaces through the website: canvas, metal, pillows, phone cases, framed, and greeting cards.