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Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Four floodgates open at Mansfield dam outside of Austin. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen four open at once. There’s been a lot of rain up in the Hill Country, and since the area for hundreds of square miles is limestone or granite covered by 3 inches of dirt, the rain flows into the river basin pretty quickly. The reservoir behind this dam is up by over 40 feet since the beginning of the year.

Papilio polyxenes

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

We planted dill and fennel in our butterfly garden, and almost immediately the plants were targeted by the local Black Swallowtail population.

The butterflies like dill, fennel, parsley, wild carrot, and lots of other stuff apparently. The caterpillars hatch as very tiny things, and then they eat like pigs for a while. Local hornets seem to like the caterpillars a lot.

The butterfly pictured here hatched out inside our house. He had been brought inside while a caterpillar to protect him from aforementioned wasps.

There are actually two caterpillars in the photo. One is pretty small, and the other is about half as big as they get before they form a chrysalis.

Tegetthoff Assignment

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Before going to bed last night, Christopher declared that in the morning we would search the internet for information on the Austro-Hungarian Tegetthoff class dreadnoughts. I acquiesced, because that seemed interesting; of course I had never even heard of the Austro-Hungarian Tegetthoff class dreadnoughts.

This morning I was reminded of the task. As it happens, the Tegetthoff class dreadnoughts are well-represented on the internet at the Austro-Hungarian Tegetthoff Class Dreadnoughts Ultimate Site, which seems fitting. If you’ve got a few minutes, I advocate reading the story of how the Viribus Unitis was sunk: it’s one of those stories that would sound too fake if it were fiction.

Hello I am a blogger

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

The sentence, “I am a blogger,” is to some extent in my head still equivalent to the sentence, “I am pretentious and stupid.” I will try to get over that.

I also want to update the stupid stock image up at the top with one of my own pointless images, but I don’t know how.