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Nidulation

Well. The Vernal Equinox was a veritable explosion of spring here in Brooklyn. Trees a-bloom, the sun ablaze, birds a-twitter, and everyone seemed to have a spring in their steps.

Today is grey and slightly damp. It feels like a wet day at the beach, and the inexplicably circling seagulls are not helping dissuade those feelings. The entire house feels a bit subdued and groggy, like every creature within its walls has missed a nap.

For her part, Bubo is entrenched in nidulation.

Nidulation is a noun meaning nesting; nest-building; the time of remaining in the nest. It primarily refers to birds, but I’m sure one could use it for humans – often as the seasons change we experience a period of nidulation or “nesting”.

Nidulation is considered an obsolete word, and hails from the Latin nidulatus plus the English -ion.

Bubo is quite fastidious when it comes to her nest. No one – not even yours truly – is allowed in and she is incredibly particular. With the seagulls circling and the weather as it is, today is a perfect day for nidulation. I have spent the day in the library, reading and sipping tea. My nest, one could argue, is a wing back upholstered in a rather dark and garish brocade. It smells faintly of tobacco and port. It’s delightful.

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Twitter, Titter, and Read

Admittedly, I am quite an old-fashioned fellow. However, there is no denying how delightful the internet is. So much information, right at my fingertips! Now, obviously, I still pour into books – I like the smell of ink and paper. I like the heft of the tomes and I like the way my library looks filled with information and I like the portability of books.

And after the incident last year involving my bathtub and a computer, books are necessary should you want to read whilst bathing. (A breath-taking woman in the North Country informed me she intends to put her Kindle in a Ziplock bag in order to use it in the bath. She’s smart as well as stunning.)

On a lovely and cool August morning such as this one, I sit on my veranda sipping coffee and peruse the inter-world. Here are some of my favorite findings.

Today, August 24th, is Jorge Luis Borges’ birthday. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” http://ow.ly/6bv5q

My cousin Amelia went into space in a homemade space ship. She never sent images like these back. No grudge held: http://j.mp/poFekI

Thank you to all my feathered friends. You make life soar. The joy of feathers http://bit.ly/o6HUSQ

Bubo did a little dance when she saw this: http://oddments.blogspot.com/2011/08/muricate.html. If you’ve never seen a great horned owl do a dance, I recommend against it.

This is absolutely beautiful. If you’ve been excused from work early, create something astounding. http://www.behance.net/gallery/May/1713447

It is never too late to start planning ahead, you know. Cryonics centers around the world: http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/09/features/waiting-for-the-future

That should keep you busy for quite awhile. Happy Wednesday, my dears.

 

 

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