Wednesday, September 27, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #148

Circus of the Spineless #13 has a great twist!
Never in my wildest imagination would i have conceived of a Circus decorated with tattoos of our favorite critters. It's a natural though, isn't it? Tattoos and Circuses. Lucky for us, Deep Sea News is on the cusp of that very creative edge. What a fantastic new Circus of the Spineless to begin our second year! Congrats for the fine work.

A little fancy guitar work

Stanley Jordan

Michael Hedges (1953-1997)

Adam Werner

Erik Mongrain

Zack Kim

Some different music:

Sorry about all the linkage, but Blogger is absolutely stupid about using linking text. . .

On Austin Studios Improvement
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:03 PM
From Richard Linklater

Dear Friend of Austin Film:
As the founder and Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society, I would like to share with you how we have worked hard to make Austin Studios a professional production facility. Austin Studios has been home to two dozen films with budget levels ranging from $100,000 to $40 million, plus scores of shorter productions. Using rental income, we have made numerous upgrades over the past six years, including electrical and structural. Despite this progress, the fact remains that Austin Studios must make major capital improvements to be considered viable within the film industry.

That is why I am so pleased to share the news that Austin Studios is part of the bond package for the November 7 election.

If Proposition 4 passes, Austin Studios, a city-owned facility, will receive $5 million to make critical upgrades including soundproofing, air conditioning and digital infrastructure.

Austin-based crews want to keep working here, and through Proposition 4, it can happen. You will be receiving an email soon from "I'm for 4," the political action committee working on behalf of Austin's film industry to get Proposition 4 passed. That email will tell you how you can help make this dream come true for film production in Austin.

Please forward the email to anyone you think would like to help. If you can, make a donation to the political action committee. Or volunteer your time for the campaign. Most of all-please get out and vote YES on Prop. 4 on November 7.

Richard Linklater

Pallas Vacations in Alaska
Via Paul Lehman:
The Pallas's Bunting continues today (Monday) for its second day, with even better photos taken. Mid-afternoon Gary Rosenberg and Paul Lehman discovered North America's first Pallas' Leaf-Warbler!!! They got reasonable photos (Gary) and video (Paul) to document this first-ever record. (For those of you who know Gambell, the bunting is in the Near Boneyard, and the warbler is in the Circular Boneyard.)

Gary will be posting photos of both birds on (under North American breaking news) by late tonight, he believes, from the Anchorage airport. A little over an hour after they found the warbler Gary had to leave the island and head home to Tucson. Paul is now the sole birder here through Sunday, when he is scheduled to leave.

Paul believes the birds might stay long enough should anyone want to go up immediately to chase.

More on Florida Ivorybill Paper

Further claims of Ivory-billed Woodpecker Campephilus principalis are disclosed today in the Canadian online journal, Avian Conservation and Ecology - this time from Florida, USA.

Researchers from Auburn University and the University of Windsor report 14 sightings of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in forest along the Choctawhatchee River in the panhandle of Florida between May 2005 and May 2006. All but three of the observations were naked eye only without optical aids, and no photographs of the woodpeckers were obtained. On two occasions, two birds were seen together.

In addition, on 41 occasions the researchers heard sounds that matched descriptions of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, and using automated listening stations and audio recordings from hand-held video cameras isolated 99 "double-knock" sounds and 210 "kent" calls. These, the researchers say, match historical descriptions of Ivory-billed Woodpecker acoustic signals. Examples of each are available as supplementary supporting material and can be downloaded at:

This evidence, the researchers state: "suggests that Ivory-billed Woodpeckers may be present in the forests along the Choctawhatchee River."

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