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2008-05-07 Owl

Haven't had the fortune of seeing many owls in the US, especially big ones. In fact the only time I saw one - before yesterday that is - was at Palomar about a year back when on a walk during the day I saw it quietly sitting on a tall tree and then it quickly flew away.

It was at dusk last night that I was strolling towards P60. It was moist and we were unlikely to open P200 in a hurry. Suddenly something big flew in and sat on the pole with the weathercock which was at a distance. It was just like a weatherowl! I could take a couple of snaps with the sun behind it. Before I could get any closer, off it went.

2008-05-06 Illustrated historical fiction

Thanks to Jay's recommendation, read 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' recently. Its a Caldecott winner and as all those do, has wonderful pictures with great detail. The story is, in fact, mostly told through the pictures. The story is an adventure, but it also has more than figments of real history. Of early French cinema and of automata. But more interestingly, it is the wonderful way in which these are linked using the pictures and the not too verbose narration.

2008-05-02 Roborally

Last week played a couple of rounds of roborally. Bored robots on factory floors trying to grab flags which can be moving on conveyor belts and shooting lasers at each others. A classic dose of Zeno where as the wind changes depending on what other robots do, you have to keep your mind steel (as well as still) as you devise your (robots) sequence of moves. Running in to walls is more than literal, so is the time wrap through a black hole. fun.

factory floor

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