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

Closeup: Blue-Eyed Darner Dragonfly

This gallery contains 3 photos. This beautiful Blue-Eyed Darner dragonfly was discovered on our roof. She had died recently (her colours had not yet faded). Pigmentation loss (the yellows/greens on her segments had dimmed to brown) occurred the following day. Photographed on September 20, 2014.

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The Zen of Being a Wood Duck

This gallery contains 3 photos. Wood ducks have a personal space that falls somewhere in between those of the attention-courting Mallards (none at all) and extremely distant/aloof Brants, Scaups, and Loons (30-50 feet). Of course, that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily easier to photograph at closer distances, given that they are almost always on the move.

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An Autumn Bloomer

When other flowers are past their prime, the flamingo purple feather (celosia spicata) is an annual plant that keeps on blooming until mid-fall. Apparently it’s edible and even used for medicinal purposes in some parts of the world. Photographed on October 19, 2014, at a local nursery.

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