A recent bit of #wildlifephotography - I rarely manage to get anything good on airborne birds, but this kestrel hung still enough that I managed to get a few moderately sharp shots off :)

(Taken last Friday at Perchtoldsdorfer Heide, just south of Vienna)

#wildlife #photography #vienna

Fungus growing termites (Macrotermes carbonarius) spotted in the Hougang area on 16 Oct 2021. They are gathering from a loaf of bread found on the ground. I was expecting to see ants, so seeing termites instead was a bit of a surprise.

These termites feed on crops of fungus that they grow. Plant material is fed to the fungus, so the bread here is probably for the fungus.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/9 ]

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Insects #Termites #Blattodea

A sign of changes in the local situation. workers are now allowed to apply for overseas leave.

"SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Health (MOH) has lifted the suspension on overseas leave application for all healthcare workers."


And my brain is still not working. I meant a UTC+8 time zone. 😃

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One nice thing of living in a UTF+8 time zone in Singapore: I can just sleep through all the razzmatazz of product announcements by companies like Apple, Microsoft, etc. as well as the real-time online commentary and just get the conclusions when I wake up in the morning. 🙂

Nebula are large clouds of dust and gas floating in space. These are often 100s of lightyears across in size.

Woah. JPL on Saturn and the Cassini mission, Part 1.

"Chronicling the story of NASA’s Cassini mission, this is the latest in our series of documentaries, “JPL and the Space Age.” These films use rare archival footage and interviews with pioneering engineers and scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in retelling the stories of many of humanity’s first steps into the cosmos."


The lights, they blink. 🙂

"Ken Shirriff @kenshirriff

I powered up the IBM I/O Tester from 1965 and got it to light up. This box could be hooked up to System/360 peripherals to debug them. This avoided the cost of building a blinky-light control panel into every peripheral."



"[O]ver the past 18 months [the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre have] seen an increasing number of people calling us about home remedies to prevent or cure COVID-19, particularly during an outbreak. They’re calling for advice before using items such as bleach or disinfectant. Or they’re calling to ask about side-effects after gargling, spraying or bathing in them."


A female Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya) spotted at Coney Island, Singapore, on 17 Oct 2021. I had to chase after it as it kept moving before I got this shot.

The Blue Pansy is a sexually dimorphic species. The males are blue, while the females are not.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/9 ]

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Insects #Butterflies #Lepidoptera

"Hi! Nice to see you." :-) Spotted this White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) casually looking for food in the undergrowth next to the walking path at Coney Island, Singapore, on 17 Oct 2021. Not started to see me at all.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/9 ]

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Birds #Aves

"Language is the perfect instrument of empire."

Aztec Empire by @[email protected]

A webcomic written by Paul Guinan and illustrated by David Hahn, recounting the dramatic fall of the mightiest empire in the Americas... A unique tale in human history.


Darn, this was a pretty bad and no wonder why I never understood this part of the song for so long.

Those one-track minds that took you for a working boy
Kiss them goodbye, you shouldn't have to jump for joy
You shouldn't have to jump for joy

What I hear:
Those one-track minds that took you for a working boy
Kiss them goodbye, you shouldn't have to touch your toes
You shouldn't have to touch your toes

"Shout", Tears For Fears

Things to do at Changi, Singapore, besides visiting the airport.

"From marine life on Changi Beach, to an abandoned hospital that drew thrill seekers until it was fenced off; from communities of plane spotters to breakdancers, you showed us the hidden gems that make Changi special to you, in this installment of Up Your Alley."


An 'easy' solution would have been to just get rid of the cats: but they didn't.

"Shell engaged the Cat Welfare Society (CWS) for its trap-neuter-return-manage (TNRM) programme to handle the population growth that shot up in March 2019, said Mr Siow."


Museums are finding it nearly impossible to post imagery containing artistic nudity on social media because their posts keep getting deleted and accounts suspended or banned, so Vienna's museums opened a page on OnlyFans.


TikTok closed the Alberta museum account for showing an obscured woman's breast.

Facebook ruled the 25,000 year old Venus of Willendorf figurine as pornographic and removed the post.

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