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Rock Ruminations

"The Rock" - Newfoundland's nickname, attributed to the granite and rocky landcapes which wrap around coastlines of the province. It is an affectionate term towards Newfoundland, and highlights the significance of environment. Ruminations - the act of pondering; meditation.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Getting Back to My Roots...

You are a

Social Liberal
(60% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(20% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Will ya look at that....

In 1975 (the year you were born)

Gerald Ford is president of the US

Evacuation of US civilians from Saigon as Communist forces complete takeover of South Vietnam

FBI agents capture Patty Hearst, who is indicted and convicted of bank robbery

Teamster Jimmy Hoffa disappears without a trace

Marines rescue the crew of the American ship the Mayaguez near Vietnam

First Lady Betty Ford says in an interview that she thinks her children have tried marijuana

Natalie Imbruglia, Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Enrique Iglesias, Angelina Jolie, and Tiger Woods are born

Cincinnati Reds win the World Series

Pittsburgh Steelers win Superbowl IX

Philadelphia Flyers win the Stanley Cup

Production begins on Star Wars

Jaws and The Rocky Horror Picture Show are the top grossing films

Soul Train premieres on television in the United States

"The Way We Were" (performed by Barbara Streisand) wins the Grammy for best song

Saturday Night Live and Wheel of Fortune premiere

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

More cool things for your blog at

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Fighting a losing battle

Okay, I saw this entry come through my Bloglines the other day: The Bird Feeder and the Tragedy of the Commons. And I knew exactly what Dave Pollard is going through, as I am fighting my own losing battle with the squirrels.

New Bird Feeder
Originally uploaded by mkb_nf.

Okay, so I live in an apartment that has a small wooden patio or balcony. Out there, I have set-up five different bird feeders (including the hummingbird feeder). As you can see, it started as a fairly simple set-up that the birds seem to enjoy.

Brown Headed Nuthatches
Originally uploaded by mkb_nf.

Not only did the birds enjoy it, but Lisa and I really enjoyed sitting there and watching the birds (particularly when new ones would show up). The hummingbirds seem to be Lisa's favourite, while I kind of like these brown headed nuthatches (as they always seem so busy and in such a rush).

Originally uploaded by mkb_nf.

My problem is these guys. It didn't take too long before the squirrels started to show up. So, I went out on the web to see what I could find to help me with this problem. It isn't that I don't want to feed the squirrels, its just that they scare away the birds and eat all of their seed.

Originally uploaded by mkb_nf.

In my efforts to try and solve this problem I have added the "Squirrel Away" to the seed, which works for a little while, but not too long. I have changed how I built the feeders to try and make getting to the seed more difficult for the squirrels, which again worked for a bit, but they've since figured me out. I've also installed a feeder for squirrels and left squirrel food out there, which they will eat when there is more than one of them there or when all the seed it gone. I have been looking for one of those squirrel baffles, but have had no luck in locating a store that sells them.

I won't say that I have given up completed, because that would mean these rodents with cute, fluffy tails have won. But they have been doing quite well on the battlefield thus far against me... as the score is squirrels 3, Michael 0.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

This is my brain's pattern

Your Brain's Pattern

Structured and organized, you have a knack for thinking clearly.
You are very logical - and you don't let your thoughts get polluted with emotions.
And while your thoughts are pretty serious, they're anything from boring.
It's minds like yours that have built the great cities of the world!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Death by Caffeine

Poision Mug
Originally uploaded by mkb_nf.
How much of your favorite caffeinated drink would it take to kill you? Take this quick test and find out:

After 247.97 cups of Brewed Imported Tea, you'd be pushing up daisies.

See how much of your own caffeinated poision you would need - http://www.energyfiend.com/death-by-caffeine/.