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  1. mad

    i *SEE* you

    Hope it was a good one!!
  2. mad

    The Daily Bugle

    Nice to see the number of women/minorities elected (Democrats, obvs) though I worry about the safety of the Muslim reps.
  3. you sure you want to ask? you don't have to read this unless you really want to but I'll answer anyway, to get in practice! Dear Boo, ducks' feathers have an oily coating from their preen gland, which prevents their feathers getting waterlogged - a combination of this, air held within the feathers, and light body weight for volume (ie full of air) means they float. Fish have swim bladders (mostly, apart from most sharks) which they can fill with O2 from their blood, or express it from the bladders - thus, like a diver using a weight belt, they maintain neutral buoyancy. To go deeper, they need less air in the system. The bladder also acts as a reservoir of oxygen as they 'sleep'. They steer with their pectoral fins and power along with tail fins - similarly diving birds use theri feet to give them the power and steer with their wings (watch the penguins!) Whales, incidentally, virtually empty their lungs to dive deep, although their blood is saturated with O2 thus avoiding the bends. Sharks generally don't have swim bladders, so have to keep swimming to keep an oxygen flow over their gills. love naturenerd
  4. mad

    NatureNerd's corner

    in other wildlife news, we are elbow deep in geese again! they’re back! i love autumn....
  5. mad

    NatureNerd's corner

    Bear!! Must try to get a photo of the Big Fungus by our car park.....
  6. mad

    i *SEE* you

    wyverbird.blogspot.com I think!! Id lost it myself and had to go digging, and then fight my way through the seven hells of computer security Google layered over it!!
  7. mad

    i *SEE* you

    Nice!! Sad about the earring, Moo. I find it’s always the ones you like that vanish; the ok ones stick around forever. Back down at Mums for two weeks; work has been chaos computer-wise. Firstly my PC suicided (fatal error) and it took them over a week to send a new one and reinstall most of my software. Then - ta-dash - Two lightning strikes in 6 weeks, we’d only just got everything almost back up when the second one hit and took us out again. Nobody willing to do anything for several days as we were getting a whole new bunch of hardware, which has arrived and is all in and looking pretty, but we can’t use it as we still have no internet (tech support from the I-net provider is pants) which means we can’t even log onto a computer because they need the internet to authenticate our log in credentials!! All at the point where we have a month to do our annual reserve reports! Ok if you can go out and build a fence instead, but all of my job needs the computer! How long it will all take to reach an operational condition when the internet is back us anyone’s guess! So sort of happy to be out of it! meanwhile I’ve decided to resurrect my blog.
  8. mad

    The Daily Bugle

    definitely. he was no angel, but had more integrity in his finger that the orange cockwomble has in his body and his entire family.
  9. mad

    i *SEE* you

    poor old planet... back from south again.... from muggy and thundery to chilly and breezy.. it was actually COLD when i went to bed last night (though that could just have been me being tired) and it was WONDERFUL! i could wear my snuggly nightshirt again! into work today and we are still besetwith computer woes, things not working, things that finally connect only to vanish half an hour later, can’t get my files, can’t use the printer, but at least today i had the internet and our intranet... so i could at least do some work. it’s a bank holiday today, although half of the local areas don’t have it, we get it but ScottishHQ doesn’t... weird business... but if i work it i can probably offset it against going south a day earlier than planned. i’m up here nearly 3 week’s this time, for reasons various, and i could do to be south on the friday for shop deliveries etc as MadBro is off on one of his LARP things. juggling, juggling......
  10. mad

    i *SEE* you

    Good grief! I know I wasn’t there at the beginning but it’s still a loooooong time! Finally got t’internet back at work after 10 days. Glad I’ve only been back since Monday, I was going nuts already! Our silly system plus the insistence that we don’t keep things on our computers but only on the network meant we could get NOTHING ! Not even the printer! Ah the power of lightning! One big zap, phone line blown out and we’re knackered!
  11. mad

    Heronswood

    Positively sizzling!
  12. mad

    i *SEE* you

    Pretty impressive! Apparently the phone lines at work have gone out, and the one at our wardens place went bang with sparks! oh and the non-gel cooling thing is a ‘Cool Touch Ice Towel’ ...available on Amazon along with many other similar thingies
  13. mad

    i *SEE* you

    Pretty impressive! Apparently the phone lines at work have gone out, and the one at our wardens place went bang with sparks! oh and the non-gel cooling thing is a ‘Cool Touch Ice Towel’
  14. mad

    i *SEE* you

    Pretty impressive! Apparently the phone lines at work have gone out, and the one at our wardens place went bang with sparks!
  15. mad

    i *SEE* you

    Arrived safely, but hot and bothered. World has turned into thunderstorms now, absolutely hammering down.
  16. mad

    i *SEE* you

    of course it is going back to hot again... time to drive south tomorrow and melt. We got nice cold towel thingies last time, do same as gel ones without the gel so not yucky. Lasts a few hours but eventually dries out in the car.
  17. mad

    i *SEE* you

    i am hearing small doggy snores...... definitely fresher today, but still warm.
  18. mad

    i *SEE* you

    muggy monday. it’s raining a wee bit but asking no dent in the mugginess. just sweated my way round the supermarket (thank goodness for freezer counters!)
  19. mad

    Heronswood

    indeed! gorgeous place.
  20. mad

    i *SEE* you

    nice visitor!
  21. mad

    The DUMP Trump Dump

    there have been some brilliant anti placards.... plus the Greenpeace bloke who flew a para glider thingy with a banner over Turnberry golf course, and the crop circles under the flight path. He really is unspeakable... and yet STILL people support the twat. even here.. :shakesheadsadly:
  22. And some lovely Angels Fishing Rods from Goli
  23. Thanks all! Just a nice quiet day with a lot of pretty fishes those last ones are teeny-tiny, about 5mm or less- about as long as my little fingernail is wide!
  24. mad

    i *SEE* you

    Subtle enough for work, too (well, if I have to be ‘proper’ in Aberdeen!)
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