WordPress and the LeetSpeak Connection

My 1337 Likes Trophy

(hip hip huzzar!)

Getting WordPress trophies for Likes and Follows is like the icing on a slice of New York cheesecake. It’s a pat on the back. A digital cheerleader that motivates you to keep up the good work, and encourages you to continue blogging your heart (and thoughts) out in the most eloquent way you can, whether that’s with words, images or both.

Today, I was given this interesting WordPress notification and trophy: “Congratulations on getting 1337 total likes on SIM | ANTICS.” At this point, I’d like to interject with a sanitized Wth? remark (which, translated into French, approximates “Quoi?”) Continue reading

Wildlife Up Close: Harris’s Hawk

The second time that I have seen this bird of prey — but not as close as this. I don’t recall his name, but I do remember that he’s about 20 years old — which is about how long Harris’s Hawks can generally live to in captivity. This (relatively) well-trained male was performing during the last raptors show of the day. Photographed on September 14 at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

flamingo at the Greater Vancouver Zoo

Wildlife Up Close: North American Moose

The closest I could get to this North American Moose bull was through his wired enclosure. The only time I have seen one of his kind in the open was while leaving Banff, Alberta, in the late 80s — a homeowner was filming one eating the leaves of his laurel bushes from just a few feet away! Photographed on the evening of September 14 at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.

moose at the Greater Vancouver Zoo