February 22, 2020

At The Owl Tree Café...

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... you can talk about whatever you like... except the Democratic Party candidates and the Nevada caucus. Go to the previous post for that. The Owl Tree Café is a place for variety and unusualness.

Here's this morning sunrise:

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Enjoy the conversation!

67 comments:

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Mark said...

I've wandered into Prime Suspect 3 about 20 minutes in. Still trying to figure out what's going on. But somehow she's in vice or something like that.

I guess series two was on last week or sometime like that because series one was on not too long ago (and discussed here).

Quaestor said...

That's either a very ill Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) or a very dead one. Being smashed up against the trunk like that is very peculiar behavior.

Limited blogger said...

Now that is an 'Owl' tree!

Mark said...

Should have known that the Doctor would go trans since Peter Capaldi is playing one on Prime Suspect.

Fernandistein said...

a very dead one

Looks dead and hanging by a wing over the branch...? Hard to tell, though, what with its coloration blending-in so well.

Josephbleau said...

Regarding owls, Ambrose Bierce wrote "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." This taught 8th graders about the mechanics of hanging, in the short story and in the commonly used French film. Owl Creek was assumed to be in North Eastern Ga. because of Bierce's military direction.

narciso said...

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Big Mike said...

I suspect Fernandistein and Qaestor are right. I put the image on a larger screen and blew it up. Poor little thing.

AZ Bob said...

Classic movies have been in discussion lately so I watched, for the first time all the way through, The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. It was delightful. Trump scores again.

Mark said...

None of that CGI for that boat ride. It was all real.

stevew said...

Watched "Inglourious Basterds" again tonight. Harvey Weinstein, "The Weinstein Company", is featured quite prominently in the opening credits. Should I have turned it off and thrown it in the trash?

Really enjoyed it again, must be the fourth or fifth time I've watched it. There is a visceral good feeling that comes from seeing the Jew hating Germans get some comeuppance. Directed by Tarantino it plays as caricature, with outlandish, cartoonish violence, but still quite enjoyable. Christoph Waltz's character is perfectly played and so easy to despise. Melanie Laurant is beautiful, both in character and image.

Off tomorrow to look at more options for our move. House goes on the market in a week or so. Not much inventory where we would like to end up. May have to build.

The lighting in the photos the last few days has been very Spring-like to my eyes. Feeling that way around here. Mildest winter I can recall.

Mark said...

Just read that the real African Queen vessel, same one used in the film, is still in service for tourist rides down in Florida.

reader said...

Oh well. It was a good run.

Mark said...

Losing interest in PS3. They not only ruin a movie when they rely on CGI so much that they blow the story, they also think that being "edgy" is all it takes and writing a good story be damned.

Some scenes with an early James Frain and the aforementioned Peter Capaldi.

Milwaukie guy said...

A cave in the Czech has bones of both dog-like canids and wolf-like canids, dated at 28,500 BP. Their dental wear show totally different kinds of diet, more meat for the wolf and more bones [table scraps] for the dog. The dog evolution book I used to yak about 20 years ago had the divergence at about 15,000 BP.

Cool, but I'm still expecting to see further reaches back a couple more 10ks to when we out-competed the Neandertals into extinction with the excellent help of man's best friend.

Ken B said...

AZ Bob
Yes, a great movie. I have ridden and steered the actual African Queen! The boat, the real one from the movie, is a tourist attraction on Key Largo.

Quaestor said...

None of that CGI for that boat ride. It was all real.

Well, not all of it. Huston is noted for demanding on-location production in central Africa, chiefly the Belgian Congo and the British Protectorate of Uganda, partly for realism and partly because Huston wanted to do some big game hunting on the Studio's nickel. There was a real boat used for some shots, but mostly the "Queen" was a mockup built on a raft towed by another much larger vessel which was used not only to pull the principal set past dramatic African landscapes but supplied the power for the lights and that huge Technicolor camera.

Another "Queen" mockup was built in England for use in Isleworth Studio's horizon tank. A miniature was used for some of the river rapids sequences. Today the miniature would likely be replaced by a CGI model.

narciso said...

The ending is satisfying in a grand guignol sort of way and iconcur about laurent,

Mark said...

Yeah, they were real mock-ups. They all really existed. The same cannot be said for the cyber space of CGI movies.

narciso said...

Rod taylor was in this.

J. Farmer said...

The Real, if you haven't seen it, is basically The View but with an all women of color cast. Unlike fake white ladies, these ladies always keep it 100 (except for the fake hair, eyelashes, makeup, and personalities). Shockingly, the token Asian seems to be the most reasonable, while Loni Love is the token fat black comedienne with the room temperature IQ who says things like "Uhhh huhh" with attitude. They recently added a fifth cast member, Amanda Seales, a mulatto with a chip on her shoulder the size of Texas.

Last week in their version of "Hot Topics," they were discussing the Jussie Smollett indictment. Loni and Amanda were appalled, and the other members were way too scared to challenge them. But the best was when Ms. Seales said that not only does what happened to Smollett happen "everyday in this country," but even if he made it up, she considers that "low-key noble." Ms. Seales has a master's degree from Columbia in African-American studies "with a concentration in hip-hop."

New America is going to be great.

Narr said...

Thanks for the warning, Farmer. I was so tempted to watch ;-)

But it is funny--I thought The View was the nadir, but it can be worse.

Narr
Off to dreamland

Inga said...

Clint Eastwood dumped Trump for Bloomberg.

“Now, he’s changed his tune a bit on Trump.

While he approves of “certain things” the president has done, he wishes that he would act “in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names. I would personally like for him to not bring himself to that level,” he said.”

Fox

narciso said...

Its in the mornings,after the news the foxchannel i think.

Mark said...

... you can talk about whatever you like... except the Democratic Party candidates and the Nevada caucus. Go to the previous post for that.

narciso said...

That was cs forester as well right?

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

could Chinese Communism Be the Final Casualty of the Coronavirus?

https://fee.org/articles/why-chinese-communism-could-be-the-final-casualty-of-the-coronavirus/

Ken B said...

Yes, African Queen is Forester. He is public domain in Canada and cheap on kindle or kobo in Canada

Ken B said...

Farmer
Doesn’t Sanders want to make such degrees free?

Rory said...

In "High Society," the hungover uncle is said to look like "A treeful of owls."

Don't know if it's in The Philadelphia Story.

J. Farmer said...

@Ken B:

Doesn’t Sanders want to make such degrees free?

I presume you think you're making some kind of a point, but I'm going to need a map and a compass to find it.

But for what it's worth, Columbia is a private university, and masters degrees are awarded by graduate schools.

Narayanan said...

@AA
Please sleuth out the owl again.

Narayanan said...

A la Nancy Drew.

Marc said...

Had never to my knowledge heard the expression 'something or other as a treeful of owls'; apparently Mr Clinton used 'as bright as a treeful of owls'. There is also the expression, reported from Texas: 'Don’t just sit there looking like a tree full of owls'.

J. Farmer said...

could Chinese Communism Be the Final Casualty of the Coronavirus?

https://fee.org/articles/why-chinese-communism-could-be-the-final-casualty-of-the-coronavirus/


Just read the article. This was the conclusion: "Similar failure in a future crisis, with regime credibility already damaged, could force political change today considered to be unthinkable."

Oh, okay then. So the coronvavirus and some "future crisis" could be the undoing of the PRC.

walter said...

Well..Bloomberg says Xi has to deliver cuz not a dictator.

narciso said...

Well the mongolian plague of 1910 was a precursor to the first chinese revolution.

narciso said...

You alway plumb lower depths like jerry springer wasnt the nadir.

Unknown said...

If An/The African Queen is in fact in Key Largo, they can say "We have it all.."

Unknown said...

Some people stood up for it last time it was mentioned here, but I found the Forrester novel much inferior to the movie, and not at all up there with the Hornblower books.

Crazy World said...

Very lovely.
We have had a visitor on this island who finally got arrested and is on a




5 million $ bond. Seems she is missing a few children and some assorted family members.

J. Farmer said...

You alway plumb lower depths like jerry springer wasnt the nadir.

Ever seen WorldStarHipHop?

Drago said...

Inga: "Clint Eastwood dumped Trump for Bloomberg."

Every lefty/dem in the US said we were not allowed to listen to Clint Eastwood because of his racist 2012 convention speech in support of literal theocrat Hitler Romney.

Surely you remember that....

Oh wait.

History Reset for you, again.

Hey Skipper said...

I hate to say anything, because, well, it will be obvious enough ...

Isn't it rather a long time since the last Islamist outrage?

J. Farmer said...

I hate to say anything, because, well, it will be obvious enough ...

Isn't it rather a long time since the last Islamist outrage?


About 2 1/2 years. Are we supposed to expect them at regular intervals?

narciso said...

No ive seen the real thats bad enough,

narciso said...



Real whistleblowers dont matter

https://mobile.twitter.com/pspoole/status/1231432382118551553

Lucien said...

Steve’s: One of the great things about “Inglorious Basterds” is how easy it makes it to root for suicide bombers and people who plan to burn everyone watching a movie to death. Plus the way a charming actress character murders a new father, only to be strangled to death by a charming colonel who is later mutilated by the charming American. It is a demonstration of how to manipulate audience emotion.

Hey Skipper said...

Farmer: About 2 1/2 years. Are we supposed to expect them at regular intervals?

Rather a long time != regular.

Islamist outrages were fairly frequent (where frequent != regular). Two and a half years seems a rather long time without one.

Even the Islamic world seems to be going without.

J. Farmer said...

@Hey Skipper:

Rather a long time != regular.

That should have said 2 1/2 months. The Saudi flight student attack was last December.

Hey Skipper said...

The Saudi flight student attack was last December.

Yes, I know.

But for quite some time now, what had been fairly frequent mass-casualty events have become infrequent few, or no, casualty events.

A couple or so years ago, the annual death toll was in the thousands. Since then?

Amadeus 48 said...

I read the Eastwood interview in WSJ. I don't care how movie stars vote, but Eastwood's comment completely lacks context. Was he talking about the Demmie nomination? Was he talking about POTUS? Was he answering a question? If so, what question was he answering? Was this before or after the debate last week? Had they just driven past a Bloomberg billboard?

I expect that Eastwood will clarify or modify his position as time goes by. I eagerly look forward to the letters column.

Mark said...

Danger, danger Will Robinson.

Alien Kurt Russell is attacking the Jupiter 2.

narciso said...


Well thats reassuring not

https://mobile.twitter.com/alimhaider/status/1231430260253741056

J. Farmer said...

@Hey Skipper:

But for quite some time now, what had been fairly frequent mass-casualty events have become infrequent few, or no, casualty events.

A couple or so years ago, the annual death toll was in the thousands. Since then?


Yeah, I am not sure. The only sizable one I can recall from last year was the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.

J. Farmer said...

The Genesis of 'Isms'

A talk by John McWhorter at last year's Aspen Ideas Festival. It covers some of the subjects I am interested in regarding the expansiveness of certain political labels.

Seeing Red said...

Via Rantburg:

Trump furious Americans infected with coronavirus flew back to US without his permission: report


state and HHS delivered a joint statement


Heads need to roll.

stevew said...

Quite right. That's what the best movies do. Why else would you watch them?

paminwi said...

stevew: good luck with the house hunting but building a house is fun!
Have done two so far and thinking about doing another after buying an existing home.
Not that I am a pro but tips I share are pick plumbing first! Especially tubs-those need to go in early in the process.
Also, with electricity think about Christmas lighting (if that’s something you do - both inside and outside) so outlets are near windows and cords don’t have to cross walkways outside.
Plus, my husband was gone a lot overnight so I had one bank of switches in the master bedroom that could turn on every outside light if I heard noises outside at night. (I hated motion sensor lights)
And stairs from your garage in to your basement/lower level are wonderful! Just make sure no angles are too sharp to bring furniture in that way.

Marc said...

Will someone, please, update us on the owl?

stevew said...

Thanks paminwi! Great suggestions. I travel a lot for work, also often overnight, love that suggestion.

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Rory said...

An owlet fell from a tree in a park where my German Shepherd and I walk. I knew of a raptor rescue nearby, so called them. In the half hour or so that it took for someone to come out, my dog "adopted" the bird, and raised bloody hell when the lady grabbed the bird and stuck it in a box.

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, did you ever go back to that tree to see whether that poor little owl was still there?