Jeff Sexton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crows - Kids These Days...

There's a family of crows leaving near the house; two adults and a juvenile.  I go out an toss them pieces of dry dog food.

The young one has been out of the nest maybe 6 weeks I'd guess.  I've watched the adults teach it to get the food itself, rather than stand there squawking for the parents to feed it.  The adults will race for the food, but then half the time let the kid get it.

Today for the first time I saw the juvenile imitate the parents by stashing food for later.  Normally crows are very careful about this.  They make sure no other animals see where they put food.  They will even fake stashing food by poking their beaks into the ground, but coming up with the food hidden in their mouths to be stashed elsewhere.

This young crow though is really bad at hiding food.  It dropped three pieces in a hole by the driveway, in plain sight.  It still has a lot to learn about the other birds and the squirrels.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Bee

I took several photos of these flowers in a slight breeze so the +Google+ would create one of its automatic animations.  The bee turned up as a bonus.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

On The Life and Death of Google+

There's been a lot of talk lately about strategic changes at Google, and the "failure" of Google+.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/25/a-personal-reflection-on-google/

From where I am sitting, +Google+ is working just fine.  It does what it does, and it's useful to me.  Is this happening because it doesn't have a billion users yet or something?  Did they seriously think that would happen?  I just hope development doesn't halt, because I have nothing to replace this with.

I started a Facebook account and a Google+ account within days of the same time in July of 2011.  I posted the exact same content to both for close to a year.  I have lost track of how many new customers I have gained through Google+, it's well into double digits.  Through Facebook that count was, and remains to this day, zero.  I don't use Facebook at all anymore, and haven't for years.

I have met new people on Google+.  On Facebook people I went to grade school with came out of the woodwork.  And no one else.  I don't use Facebook.  It's a poor website, and more significantly, it does nothing for me.  Google+ has been completely different on the other hand.

Google+ can be great without being everywhere and everything to everyone.  It can generate valuable information for Google, and a valuable experience for it's users.  I don't know what's happening at Google, I suspect very few people do, but I hope there's no cause for alarm.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Beard Care

Stop goofing around with your beard!  This is good stuff, I've been using it or awhile now and it really makes a difference.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

RAVPower

Just ordered up one of these thingies...




It's on sale for a nice discount today!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Apollo 11


My father took a photo of me watching the Apollo 11 moon landing.
My dad also took a photo of me watching Batman.

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