Fucking Squirrels

Back to the peach tree. I was out looking at it yesterday and figured the time was getting close to pick all the peaches, so this morning I grabbed a bit pot in one hand and Sarah in the other hand to go pick them. When I got into the back yard, I saw squirrels scatter and saw a peach on the ground and though "Wow, good thing I'm doing this now."

Turns out I should have done it yesterday. Besides the half-eaten peach on the ground, everything was gone. There weren't even pits left. All of my pretty little peaches became squirrel food. Fuckers.

The good news is that we had picked a few (few=4 in this case) peaches over the last couple of days to try them and they were actually pretty good. Good peach flavor and decent juiciness although they could have been a touch sweeter. Now only to be found in squirrel stomachs.


I need to carry my camera with me

I was taking a little break from editing a paper and walked through a park right next to my office. There were some girls waving around a stick on the other side of the park so I walked over that way to find out that they were trying to defend a hurt bunny from a hawk. After a while, they realized it was kind of pointless and wandered off.

Anyway, I need to carry my real camera with me because the camera on the iPhone is shit by comparison.

A hawk waiting for a good taste of rabbit meat.

A few notes: I saw this hawk a couple days ago on my way to lunch, so it apparently lives on the JHU campus. The campus is bordered by a pretty large wild park, so there are lots of birds here. Other than it being a juvenile something or other, I can't identify it. I saw the bunny today on my way back from lunch too. It wasn't doing a lot of moving around at noonish, so I'm guessing that the hawk chose the slow bunny to eat.


I can has rare burger?

Would you say this squirrel has been eating flesh? Check out the bloody teeth (click image to view larger).
Squirrel, Close up
focal length: 23.8 mm (142.8mm in 35 mm equivalence), aperture: f/3.5, shutter: 1/160, distance: ~0.5 m

I took this on Boston Common. Those squirrels have clearly learned that people won't hurt them and might even give them them food: he was only about 2 feet away from the lens. I didn't feed him.


Baby production

Not "how to make a baby", that's already done. This weekend I went to class to find out how to actually produce the baby. Like how you get it out.

It turns out that it's not really that big of a deal. Hard to believe, but women have been giving birth for over 100 years!

Here are some interesting facts:
Having the water break is the first sign of labor in only 10% of cases.
Typically, you don't call your doctor or come into the hospital until the contractions are 5 minutes apart and have been nice and steady like that for an hour.
They suggest taking a nap when labor starts so you're rested for the end.
For a first child, labor lasts 16 hours on average. But, the "labor" part of that is only about 1/3 of the time because of the duty cycle.
Epidurals are kind of scary and can make you really hurt yourself since you don't know what's going on.
The reason maternity wards used to be characterized by screaming was that they'd dope up the mothers with narcotics and morphine. The morphine in particular is an amnesiac and would tend to just turn people into animals. Then they'd take forceps and pull out the babies.

Oh yeah, they want you to bring your own robes and pillows just so you're a little extra bit comfy. However, nothing nice because things get "messy" and it'll all get thrown out in the end.

Oh, and on this week's "Dirty Jobs", Mike Rowe helped with a cesarian section on a cow. Not good.