Great Backyard Birdcount

Happy New Year Everyone!

Hard to believe it is already February.  It has been a very busy month.  For many of you in the U.S., this is a holiday weekend due to President’s Day.  If you have some extra time on your hands due to the holiday, consider signing up for the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada, this event invites people worldwide to take 15 minutes to count birds from wherever they are.  Whether you are in your backyard, at a park or just taking a stroll, consider entering your observations this weekend.  This event helps scientists and bird enthusiasts track bird populations from across the globe.

It takes about 5 minutes to sign up for a free account. After that, you just sign back in and enter your checklist of birds. The site gives you a ready made list of possible birds in your area with links to information about the various bird species in your area to help make positive identifications on birds.

There’s no need to photograph your observations, but to post photos to accompany your observations, you’ll need to upload them to a site, such as your WordPress blog.

For example, this particular sighting of this raptor has me stumped, so I’m posting it here to upload with my checklist.

P1040047 P1040055The count continues through tomorrow, 2/17/14, so there is still plenty of time to participate. Just visit to get started.

Happy Bird Watching!

Must See Holiday TV

Last December, in the post Unconventional Holiday Entertainment, I shared that one of my favorite holiday programs was the short film Big Business featuring Laurel and Hardy.  Since Thanksgiving passed here in the United States on November 28, some type of yearly Christmas special can be found each night of the week on TV. In addition, nearly every TV show in production will air a holiday themed episode.  But for many people, watching the same holiday program from years past becomes a ritual that adds to the celebratory mood of the season. Continue reading

You Can’t Watch These Shows…Yet

I came across this item today while perusing the news.  The PBS affiliate WNET came up with a rather clever campaign to drum up support for their station by developing posters for fake reality shows…and then making fun of these shows.

In all, 5 posters were developed featuring non-existent reality shows.  Avert your eyes to the right, and you are greeted with the tagline “The fact that you thought this was a real show says a lot about the state of TV”.

After taking a look at all 5 posters, my favorite of the bunch was Knitting Wars, with the tagline “It’s Sew On”.  I know WNET developed these as a dig at some of the less than stellar shows on TV, but I could see some of these fake shows as upcoming movie plots as well. I am willing to be some movie exec has a script sitting in a pile on their desk with similar concepts.

Take a quick break and give yourself a laugh by checking out all 5 posters:

Funny Weather 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like…winter.

Everywhere you go.

Take a look at the frost and then,

Try not to slide and fall when

Your foot slips in the puddle of overnight rain.

2012 has been a funny year for weather, and late fall/early winter is no exception.

The past month has felt unseasonably warm, even by Phoenix standards. Daytime highs even as recent as two weeks ago were in the low 80s.  As of this week, we started slipping to daytime highs of about 60, with overnight hard freeze warnings for outlying areas.  I finally got to pull out my coats and jackets.

I’m just glad I live in the desert. Northern elevations in AZ experienced below zero degree F temps last night.

Assuming the world doesn’t end on December 21st, we can celebrate the first official day of winter instead.

Some of you have been shivering for weeks, so instead of talking winter and other cold things, I thought I’d present a couple of humorous clips for your weather enjoyment.

In this clip, an LA news station quickly learns weather-casters should be given a geography exam before going on air.

In this next clip, a Danish news-station realizes a growing need to implement workplace harassment workshops for its robot employees.

That is all for today! Happy winter!

Accidental Christmas Gift

Hello there! Late post today, I took my time getting home.  Decided to stay at work past quitting time to complete something in peace and quiet.  Earlier in the day, I got sidetracked catching up with a friend of mine who works on a different floor in the building then began re-reading the first 70 pages of Big Sur whilst sipping on coffee of the free variety.

When I pulled up in my driveway, I noticed a grocery bag hanging on the handle of my garage door.  It looked like it would contain something good.  My curiosity was piqued and I wondered who stopped by while I was meandering my way home.

Upon closer inspection, I saw the fancy green logo for specialty grocery store AJ’s embossed on the side of the bag.

Inside was a small box of fancy fudge accompanied by an envelope addressed to “Dave”.  I immediately knew, it was meant for the previous owner of the home who (according to my neighbor) relocated to the Pacific Northwest 2 years ago. Oh well. Finders keepers…

Snow Queen at the Herberger

One of the perks of working in downtown Phoenix is Lunch Time Theatre at the Herberger Theatre Center.  Every month, a different 45 minute play is featured.  Performances typically start around 12:15pm and end by 1:00pm so that you can squeeze in a play during your lunch hour.  You can even bring your lunch or order a catered box lunch to eat during the performance.

Photo of Herberger entrance to Stage West.  

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NMNPHX Year in Review

As we wind down the year, I’d like to take a moment and look at the highlights of 2012 on NMNPHX.

Although I created this blog back in June 2011, I only blogged for two months before I abandoned the blog.  In March 2012, I decided to give this blogging thing another chance.  Having made it clear to December, I’d like to take a moment and look at the posts that helped this blog continue on month after month in 2012.

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A De-Gift for You

One of my favorite holiday traditions is thinking of an unexpected prank gift to give to my younger cousins.  Prank gifts are tricky because you don’t want to spend a lot of money on something you know the recipient does not want to keep.

A few years ago, I came across a website called  This  website helps you  give the gift of nothing.  All you have to do is pick a few options from a menu of drop down lists, and prepares a certificate that you can give to your intended recipient to explain why you did not buy them a real gift.

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How Did You Get Here?

As a blogger, one of the interesting aspects of blogging is site statistics.  Yes, it’s fun to see what blog posts generated more traffic and how many site views my blog receives each day.  It is also amazing to see the number of countries represented by people who have stopped to look at my blog, even if just for a few seconds.

But beyond those statistics, the piece of information that entertains me the most is the search terms.  This is the area where Word Press tells me what search terms people typed into a search engine to land on my page.  I’d thought I’d share some of the more interesting search terms that have led people to my blog.  Continue reading

WordPress Likes to Mock Me

I only realized recently that you can “Like” your own posts on WordPress.  I found this out when I was replying back to a comment and hit “Like” by accident.  No big deal, except that WordPress will mock you Carly Simon style for doing this.

  Come on WP!  If I don’t like myself, how can I expect others to like me?

Where’s George?

Happy Independence Day!  Hope all of you stateside are enjoying the holiday.  In today’s post, I want to discuss the Where’s George website.  If you’ve never heard of Where’s George, it is a website where you can track currency as it travels around the nation.

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Commercials That Annoy Me: McDonald’s Oatmeal

Had I been actively blogging during the holidays, I most assuredly would have put together several posts about commercials that annoy me.  Especially all those perfume and cologne ads… Continue reading