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I've seen that in churches. Which I believe that is, in fact, one.
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The only proper place for a drum set in a church is out back in its dumpster.

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Ellie wrote: 17 Oct 2019, 19:29 *returns to polishing her thurible*
Is that's what the kids are calling it these days?
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lunchstealer wrote: 17 Oct 2019, 19:38
Ellie wrote: 17 Oct 2019, 19:29 *returns to polishing her thurible*
Is that's what the kids are calling it these days?
Yes, but it only smokes if you don't use lube.
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D.A. Ridgely wrote: 17 Oct 2019, 21:03
lunchstealer wrote: 17 Oct 2019, 19:38
Ellie wrote: 17 Oct 2019, 19:29 *returns to polishing her thurible*
Is that's what the kids are calling it these days?
Yes, but it only smokes if you don't use lube.
That's only a single entendre.
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Recently, I've developed a mild interest in bird watching. (Enough to get a decent second-hand set of binos, and some field guides, but not enough to learn all the stuff I need to in order to be an actual birder) The other day, while wandering Lowe's with the spouse, I ran across a bird feeder that is essentially a flat tray with a screen on the bottom that holds seeds. Since the apartment balcony looks over a stretch of wooded land that is usually full of birds, I decided to give the 'birdwatching from my couch' thing a try. This morning is the first time I've been home from work and able to watch. So far, I've seen up to five birds of three different species at once, and the flow of traffic has been very steady. I'm very pleased with the purchase.

Species: Two female cardinals two males (the males are much more reticent, but the females are chowing down), a pair of black capped chickadees, and three tufted titmice.

And now, there's a woodpecker of some sort perched upside down on the tree opposite me. Piliated, I think, but could be a red-headed. Luckily, the field guide is right next to my coffee cup. Why do people go outside to do this?

Turns out it's a red-bellied woodpecker.
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Number 6 wrote: 20 Oct 2019, 11:23 Recently, I've developed a mild interest in bird watching. (Enough to get a decent second-hand set of binos, and some field guides, but not enough to learn all the stuff I need to in order to be an actual birder) The other day, while wandering Lowe's with the spouse, I ran across a bird feeder that is essentially a flat tray with a screen on the bottom that holds seeds. Since the apartment balcony looks over a stretch of wooded land that is usually full of birds, I decided to give the 'birdwatching from my couch' thing a try. This morning is the first time I've been home from work and able to watch. So far, I've seen up to five birds of three different species at once, and the flow of traffic has been very steady. I'm very pleased with the purchase.

Species: Two female cardinals two males (the males are much more reticent, but the females are chowing down), a pair of black capped chickadees, and three tufted titmice.

And now, there's a woodpecker of some sort perched upside down on the tree opposite me. Piliated, I think, but could be a red-headed. Luckily, the field guide is right next to my coffee cup. Why do people go outside to do this?

Turns out it's a red-bellied woodpecker.
The red-belly is a favorite at our feeding station too. The only bird that goes upside-down is the nuthatch, which is nothing like a Piliated woodpecker (a huge bird).
As one who has hung feeders most my life, here is my unsolicited wisdom.
  1. Never surrender to squirrels. If squirrels raid your feeders. Take action to thwart them. Remember: You are a human and they are just pea-brained vermin.
  2. Only use sunflower seeds, NEVER millet. Millet is thistle and weed seeds and most birds will toss it to the ground to get to the sunflower. It's garbage food for garbage birds.
  3. Hang suit to attract woodpeckers.
  4. You can hang your feeders right outside the window.
  5. You really want to have a location next to trees or shrubs. Birds like to 'stage' by flying into dense growth where they feel safe, assure themselves there are no predators about, then feed. They also want somewhere nearby to retreat to should they get frightened.
That's enough to get started. You already have a book and are identifying what you see, which makes me happy.
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That sounds really cool, Six.
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Very neat. I don't get to see birds as much thanks to the parking lot, but I hear a lot amongst the trees behind my house, and so I'm trying to teach myself the calls from the Audubon site.
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Well, here's the call of the Orange Flustered Loon:

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You know those old Chinese landscape paintings? Somebody wrote a program to procedurally generate a never-ending one:
http://shan-shui-inf.lingdong.works/
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