So what did YOU learn today?

Forgive me if this is redundant. I did a "find" search and couldn't find anything quite like it. Please point me in the right direction if it already exists.

Here's my quote, [from So What Happened etc.] to get us started, if interested:
"I heard vibraphonist Dick Sisto tonight at the jazz concert, and he fucking rocks!
I have never heard such lyrical playing on that instrument. Subtle, rythmic, melodic stuff. Lovely.

I am used to Charlie Shoemake's bebop [he loves Charlie Parker], which is often playing every-freaking-note at a high rate of speed. [this is probably not fair, he can allow silence, but he tends to high speeds and lots o' notes.]
So two vibraphonists, who also played piano in their own styles, while listening well to each other, backed by a fine bass and drum. Ahhhhhh....The contrast was remarkable, educational, and satisfying.

Now listening to the second cd Sisto gave me for selling his cds. I will play these a lot.


ps, just checked the gigs thread and think it is best I post here. Maybe I should have started a new thread? What did YOU learn today? Must research if it already exists. Sounds like a fine one, to me."

Join me as you can.
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Observed some behavior of birds of prey I hadn't seen before on Saturday evening. It was dusk here (about 8:30 pm) and it was raining quite heavily. While driving home from Copenhagen I saw 1 owl and 2 hawks all perched much lower than they normally do (on low fence posts). I'm wondering if they perch lower when it rains. I've never observed the behavior at dusk before.
Not today, more like thursday; but i learnt that Steven Seagal actually plays music next to making visual abomination movies. I feel oddly compelled to find out just how bad it is.

I bet it's that pseudo-blues crap that movie stars like Kevin Bacon and Bruce Willis are so fond of.
Originally posted by Fashionpolice:
Observed some behavior of birds of prey I hadn't seen before on Saturday evening. It was dusk here (about 8:30 pm) and it was raining quite heavily. While driving home from Copenhagen I saw 1 owl and 2 hawks all perched much lower than they normally do (on low fence posts). I'm wondering if they perch lower when it rains. I've never observed the behavior at dusk before.
Maybe they're all nearsighted, and perched lower so as to have a better view of the fieldmice. Were any of them wearing corrective lenses?
I don't know if you mean that you haven't observed that behavior in owls specifically or birds of prey in general, so this may be irrelevant. We get hawks around here, and I've seen them perch as low as 30" off the ground, on a chain link fence. No weather involved.
Just to add my novel observations on raptor behavior. I watched an Osprey yesterday afternoon being harrassed by a couple of Ravens and finally turned the tables on one of the unsuspecting Corvids and pursued it through the fields long enough that I could almost swear I saw a worried expression on the Ravens face. I've always suspected there were limitations to how much guff an Osprey would take from a Raven or a Crow but this was the first time I've seen those limits demonstrated.
I learnt that thousands of years ago people had a lot of time on their hands so they did lots of sculptures. Since then, everyone has been an art critic.

I love watching birds of prey. Sparrow Hawks tend to take a low perch, and I think barn owls do too. Both like to skim hedgerows, although the Sparrow Hawk tends to zig zag, scaring birds out from one side and catching them the other, while the barn owl glides.
Among my many trivia haunted activities, I was a raptor watcher for a while, and found big differences in behaviour among those birds with an ending in British as -hawk.

Generally, those raptors that specialize on hunting ground prey, such as kites, goshawks, eagles, perch high, while those who hunt birds, such as sparrowhawks and falcons, often perch low, as they do not actually hunt from a perch, unlike the others.

Just teenage interest, so do not consider this as authoritative.

Falconidae vs Accipitridae, actually.

In North America our Kestrels used to be called Sparrow Hawks but I've learned recently that a European would think I was reffering to something more along the lines of a Sharp-shiined hawk or a Coopers Hawk if I spoke of a Sparrow Hawk. Our Kestrels are Falconidae while our Goshawks, Coopers hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawk are Accipitridae.
InDesign 3: On a page with multiple placed PDFs, it uses the fonts from the first PDF when printing all other placed ones on the page. So if you have font subsetting in that PDF and it is missing letters, later PDFs on the page could have "holes" in their words... in other words, never allow font subsetting in your print-quality PDFs!
I learned that the chap I sold a motorcycle to last week fell off and damaged it with 24 hours of taking delivery.

The bike was the one I rode for the first 15 months after getting my licence, and it was in immaculate condition despite being 8 years old. My parting words as he rode away were "take good care of it".

Silly bugger.
I learned, that if I clutch the mouse on my work computer in a death grip for over 7 hrs a day, it hurts when I try to open my hand. I also learned, that while "Everyone" Loves raymond on his show, I am totally immune to his charms, even while trying to watch "Iceage" where he is just a irritating voice on a wolly mammoth. I also learned, that while it can be good to have outside help, if you really want it done right, learn how and do it yourself, whenever it is within the realm of possability .
If you need to cut a circle of a certain diameter (eg, for partially blocking a vent so the damn air comes down to the end of the pipe instead of freezing all the offices between the AC unit and the server room), and all you have is computer tools--no protractors--it turns out that a reversed pair of needle-nose pliers can help generate the necessary markings pretty efficiently. Smile
Today I learned about company policy. The print- and mail-shop I work for was bought out late last year, and almost all the employees were retained and moved to a new location. Under the new management, employees can work their way up to a limit of two weeks' vacation time. No one in the company (except, I imagine, the owners) may have more than two weeks of paid vacation, ever. Moreover, the company offers no paid sick leave. If you want to be paid for a day you take off sick, you must use one of your [ten total] vacation days.

All this I knew since soon after I started at the new location with the new owners. What I did not know is that if you have vacation time saved up and you call in sick to work, you must use one of your vacation days. You don't have the option of waiving payment for the day you were sick.

So I'm taking a half day (unpaid, I hope...gotta save that vacation time) so I can work on my resume this afternoon.
Ouch. I started April with 38 vacation days to use by the end of next March (although 8 of those were carried over from last year).

I saw a documentary on Sperm Whales last night (well, it was mostly CGI), which got me thinking about how whales suckle as Sperm Whales have a very long, narrow lower jaw. So I googled it and it seems that Sperm Whale suckling is a bit of a mystery, but it might be the case that they suckle through their blow-hole!
I don't know if I learned this so much as realized it - in the shower this week, (where epiphanies fall like rain) it came to me that the orchestral piece opening every 'Jonesy's Jukebox' show -- a riff on violins, repeated louder, bring in the tympani and the woodwinds and repeat to a crashing finish with a string flourish at the end -- is the final 'No Future' refrain from the Pistols 'God Save the Queen.'

And it only took me a year or two to work that one out. Not listening every day, y'know, but still.
I learned that I am going to have to sell the house I grew up in. I hate it. Yet, perhaps it is better to cut it loose and start anew. It is going to take weeks to go through all of the stuff in here. Just recently I found a fossil collection in a box. There included was the mandible of some strange prehistoric animal, or perhaps it came from one of my neighbors.

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