June 26th, 2008

The Librarian


Now I know pickings are slim for squirrels/ratcats around here at the best of times ... the only natural food supply in our courtyard is the cones of the evergreens growing there.

But I just saw a squirrel pick up a piece of branch that must be about a foot long and as thick as my thumb and scamper off with it. Once a bit away from the other foraging squirrels, it settled down and started gnawing on one end of it. Now these critters aren't normally bark or wood eaters, and I've never seen them mess about with bits of tree other than to climb on them ... to be honest it looks like the little guy is sharpening the end to make a primitive spear. Wonder if it's war against the other squirrels or a jackrabbit hunt in the offing? Or perhaps reprisals against the elusive magpies and crows? (who alternate between tormenting the squirrels for fun and raiding their food stashes)

Whatever's gonna happen, it'll certainly be ... interesting ... =O
The Librarian

Note to self: things to do again

Buy more rice cakes from the Asian bakery/convenience store across the street. These aren't those dry, three-glasses-of-water-with-every-bite things dieters eat, but a cross between a muffin and a cupcake, with cooked rice as part of the batter, and topped with shredded coconut and saffron. YUM!!!
The Librarian


Scads of new links added to all sections and subsections of JLS' Favourite Oddities & Curiosities (my favourites file is so cleaned out it nearly fits on the screen again!), with credits given to others who pointed me towards particular sites. Plus a new subsection, "Fonts & Graphics", in the "Fun & Games" section (for those of you who wonder where I get all the fancy borders and tops for my email stationery, these sites are the sources!)

JLS' Collections has also been updated ... the lists for my books, movies, and music are now all up-to-date, plus I've played with a new layout for the music that includes thumbnails for the album covers (there's a few that I couldn't find online and need to scan, but the majority have piccies).

And, whether you look for free e-reading in one of the above sites or over at catdesk, that list (identical in all three locations) has also been expanded, with the addition of the Canadian Poetry Archive and the Theses Canada Portal.

Happy surfing!