2,000 Sea Lions

More than 2,000 Sea Lions at Fisherman's Wharf

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Closeup of Sea Lions at Fisherman's Wharf

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I heard that we have over 2,000 Sea Lions at Fisherman's Wharf and had to check it out. There are thousands of them sleeping off their anchovy comas, a handful swimming around, and overflow onto many nearby docks. Worth checking out.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: 2,000 Sea Lions #photo #sealion #sanfrancisco Photo of the thousands of Sea Lions currently hanging out at Pier 39 in San Francisco. )

Firefly Petunia

Firefly Petunia Glowing

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Firefly Petunia Glowing in Kitchen

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I bought the first commercially available bioluminescent plant on a whim. The Firefly Petunia from light.bio glows thanks to fungal DNA. The plant that arrived was badly damaged from shipping and for a few weeks just looked like it was going to die. But over the last week it rallied and bloomed. It's really quite impressive. Hopefully it doesn't grow up to be a triffid.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Firefly Petunia #photo #petunia #bioluminescence #fungi #luciferin Photos of a Firefly Petunia which has bioluminescence thanks to fungal DNA. )

Links for May 2024

Maine joins National Popular Vote

Illustration of Maine

Maine just added its four electoral college votes to the National Popular Vote project. This is a compact between states that will elect the President based on the nationwide outcome once 270 electoral college votes are committed. We're now at 209. Two thirds of Americans support this project. Americans are a sensible bunch and support a lot of things that they will never get until we fix the broken electoral system. Visit my democracy page and do the four things listed there right now.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Maine joins National Popular Vote #politics #politicalreform #nationalpopularvote #maine #npvic Maine commits 4 electoral college votes, we're at 209/270, and four things you can do help today. )

Sandpipers

Sandpipers at Limantour Beach

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Sandpipers flying past Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Sandpipers #photo #sandpiper #limantour #pointreyes Photo of sandpipers at Limantour Beach, Point Reyes, California. )

Curlew

Curlew on Limantour Beach

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A Curlew on Limantour Beach in Point Reyes.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Curlew #photo #curlew #limantour #pointreyes Photo of a Curlew on Limantour Beach in Point Reyes, California. )

Bolinas Point Loop

Marconi Transmitting Station remnants in Bolinas

Short and fairly flat loop above Bolinas in California. Plenty of cows. Comes back past Commonweal which is a retreat center. The area used to be a Marconi Telegraph transmitting station and there are a lot of poles and concrete anchor points dating from that.

Hike starts at: 37.918301, -122.720442. View in Google Earth.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Bolinas Point Loop #hike #bolinas #commonweal #map 2.5 mile loop trail in Bolinas, California )

Point Reyes - Divide Meadow Loop

Trees on the Divide Meadow Loop in Point Reyes

Five mile loop hike from the Bear Valley visitor center to Mount Wittenberg and back. Great day for it with clear skies and a mini heatwave. Lots of tree cover and a fairly undulating climb although it gets pretty steep towards the top. Some rewarding views over Point Reyes before scrambling back down again.

Hike starts at: 38.039678, -122.799728. View in Google Earth.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Point Reyes - Divide Meadow Loop #hike #pointreyes #map A 5 mile, 1000 ft loop hike from the Bear Valley visitor center in Point Reyes, California. )

Reviews for April 2024

Updated on Monday, April 15, 2024

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Podcasts

Helen Lewis Has Left the Chat

Helen Lewis Has Left the Chat

Helen Lewis Has Left the Chat is a six part survey of instant messaging, from Whatsapp parents groups to Telegram. The snippets of the worst mistakes people have made in chat are worth it alone, as is the somewhat haphazard invention of xxx is typing.

TV

3 Body Problem

3 Body Problem

After some terrible adaptations of cherished books I was pretty worried about this one. I think they nailed it. Trisolarians are now San-Ti, it's set in London and there are plenty of character and plot changes. But it's a compelling narrative that so far captures the spirit of the books without their somewhat clinical style. And I didn't see a single out of place Starbucks cup. Can't wait for the next installment.

Tokyo Vice Season 2

Tokyo Vice Season 2

Season 1 was great, if based on a maybe exaggerated book. Season 2 starts off a little slow and had the feel of a writers room that ran out of source material. Then they bring back Tozawa who is on the cusp of subverting the entire nation and order needs to be restored. From that point this is as compelling and unputdownable as the first installment.

(All images included with ITHCWY reviews are the property of their respective owners and are used to illustrate reviews only.)

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Sutro Island

Updated on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Sutro Tower from Bolinas Beach

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Sutro Tower looks like it lives on a mysterious island in the fog. Shot from Bolinas Beach.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Sutro Island #photo #sutrotower #sanfrancisco #bolinas Photo of Sutro Tower appearing to be on a mysterious island, from Bolinas Beach in Marin County, California. )