the fifth element AU because it’s 4.30am and i do what i want

When tall, blond, handsome, and genetically engineered crashes through the roof of Darcy’s cab on her morning shift, she almost shoots him. Everything works out okay in the end, though.

Steve Lewis, multipass! Multipass!
Yes, she knows it’s a multipass. Anyway, we’re in love.

why do most of you change your clocks 2 weeks from today?!?!?

Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2015 begins at 2:00 AM on
Sunday, March 8
and ends at 2:00 AM on
Sunday, November 1

I just realized that I agreed to work someone’s shift next weekend and it is Daylight Savings night.

The shift ends at 1:30am
The staff are so childish that if I don’t stay overtime, they will abuse the fact that the clocks are an hour off

So I have to wait until 2am to go home just so that I can set it to 3am

I wonder if I get ½ hour overtime or 1 ½ hours overtime if you consider in the time change?

I hate staying late. I don’t care…

I have a honey mask on my face and a cat wanting to cuddle 😕 and daylight savings ends next week. We lose an hour. I don’t like this. The year and summer went so quick.

Mid/East-Cambridge Winter 14-15 Raptor Report

I figured with the constant bad weather, I’d take a chance to share my observations on my home and commuting turf that stretches from Inman Square in Cambridge down to Lechmere. Starting when Daylight Savings ended this year, I realized a lot of my raptor watching time was going to be clipped due to darkness, so I started focusing on early hawk watching.

The focal hotspot of this stretch is around the Millers River Apartments tower, near the Twin City shopping plaza. A pretty regular flock of 75 to 100 pigeons can be found here most days - clearly thriving off the charity of the East Cambridge local humans. Starlings and sparrows are often present, and presumably a decent amount of rodents can be found behind the shopping plaza. In turn, a pretty regular group of hawks monitor this territory closely.

From April to June, I observed a Red-tailed Hawk pair produce three healthy fledglings from a nest on the old Millbrook Cold Storage building. Unfortunately, the old nest was removed as the building was sold and stripped to make way for a new apartment complex. Hopefully a new nest will be built in the area this coming spring!

Photos of nesting Red-tails and fledglings:

This winter, the adult Red-tails were still regular visitors to the area - keeping an eye on the turf from a favorite perch on the Bell Tower at St. Anthony’s Church on Cambridge Street. I’ve seen them use various deceptive tactics to make runs at perched pigeons both high and low, even making short stoops between the porch levels of the apartments.

Adult Red-tailed Hawk:

While the adults are calculated and subtle in their tactics, the juvenile Red-tails in the area are much bolder but clumsier - often flushing the pigeons by flying straight at them. I haven’t seen them catch a pigeon yet, and they don’t incite anywhere near the full panic in the flock. They are still wonderful to watch and photograph!

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk:

However, the more time I’ve spent watching this area, the more I saw the local Accipiters at work. I’ve never had the privilege to see Cooper’s Hawks so regularly and in such close quarters as this spot. Since November, I’ve photographed at least four individual Cooper’s Hawks - a pair of juveniles, and a pair of adults. The juveniles I can only differentiate by the apparent size, but the adults have different plumage and drastically different sizes. I’ve seen the adults share the same airspace and perches, so I assume them to be a mated pair.

The skinny adult male has a dark slaty-gray back and very bright, nearly solid-orange barring underneath, with orange eyes that aren’t quite the full deep red.

The adult female, however, is the most spectacular Coop I’ve ever seen. She is nearly Red-tail size, bulky and strong. Her undersides are much paler, a lighter rufous barring and a lighter head, pale throat, and just the hint of her dark cap coming in. Her eyes are just starting to go orange, so I assume she’s fairly young. Her combination of size and stunning plumage are magnificent. I’ve come across her a few times now, and she always stops me dead in my tracks. Truly a lovely, yet wicked queen of the Cambridge raptors!

Adult Male Cooper’s Hawk:

Adult Female Cooper’s Hawk:

Adult Male/Female Cooper’s Hawk comparison on same perch:

Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk (presumed female):

The Coops often keep hidden in the area, preferring inconspicuous perches deep in trees. However, they cause a tremendous eruption when they make a run on the feeding pigeons on the ground. The first sign is the explosive flush - dozens of wing sets clapping together as the pigeon flock gains altitude to try and flee. But trailing the formations, the Coop bursts through the air with devastating speed and agility. The hawk will usually single out an individual to target, and execute dazzling turns to try and make a catch. I have to say, the majority of times - the pigeons make an improbable escape. The frustrated Coop will continue to harass the flock as they circle upward and away, and rarely does the flock break formation.

Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk - Flight Sequence:

There have also been some other exciting visitors to the East Cambridge area this fall. I’ve seen a handful of passes from Peregrine Falcons - presumably the Kendall Square area birds. One November morning, I saw one of the trademark, breakneck Peregrine stoops from the top of the apartment hi-rise antenna. The falcon covered the 19 stories in a blink before barreling down Cambridge Street in pursuit of prey. Unreal!

Peregrine Falcon:

Other one-off raptors have included a Sharp-shinned Hawk, an unexpected Northern Harrier flyover in early November, and even a curious American Kestrel - which I saw this morning before the snow!

American Kestrel:

All in all, I have been so excited to have this kind of consistent hawk action so close to home, and in such an unexpected, dense urban area. My favorite viewing spot would be the train tracks between Cambridge and Medford Street, where good views of the high perches and open sky are available. It’s a great spot if you have a little time in the area and a love of raptors - and a great reminder that incredible birding can be had where you least expect it!

Full set of all Mid-Cambridge raptors since November here:

90 Day LDR Challenge

Day 2:

Where do you both live? How many miles/ kilometers apart are you and what’s the time difference? 

I live in São Paulo / Brazil and Charles lives in Florida / USA
We are apart by accurate 6.710,91 kilometers/ 4.169,97 mi
Our time zone always changes because when DST (daylight saving time) ends here, the US begins. Now we are 3 hours of difference because it’s dst in Brazil. Soon as dst ends here we will be two hours apart. When starting the American dst we will stay with only one hour difference.

Dia 2:

Onde vocês vivem? Quantas milhas/ quilômetros de distância e qual o fuso entre vocês?

Eu moro em São Paulo/ Brasil e Charles mora na Florida/ EUA.

Nossa distância exata é de 6.710,91 km/ 4.169,97 milhas.

Nosso fuso horário sempre muda por causa dos horários de verão. Agora estamos com 3 horas de diferença porque é horário de verão no Brasil. Daqui a pouco termina o horário de verão aqui e vamos ficar com 2 horas de diferença. Quando começar o horário de verão americano, nós vamos ficar com só 1 hora de diferença.

Last year, when Daylight Savings Time ended, a girl angrily called into the local radio station saying she thought you had to change your clock 24 hours back.

Apple Watch event wallpapers: Spring Forward


Last week, Apple sent media invitations to an event on March 9. It is widely expected the main subject will be the forthcoming Apple Watch, which Tim Cook announced will be available in April 2015. With the invitation reading “Spring Forward,” it is much less cryptic than previous invite wording. “Spring forward” is a common phrase to help people remember to set their clocks forward, ending daylight savings time. The key here being the overt reference to a device telling time. Further, March 9 is the day after the end of daylight savings time.

Per usual, iDownloadBlog wants to help everyone celebrate the moment by highlighting event inspired wallpapers. Inside, you will find versions of the invitation for iPhone, iPad, and desktop…. Read the rest of this post here

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