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Feline Friday: Duke extends a welcome

October 9th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Mr. DukeMr. Duke welcomes you to another Feline Friday from his new home in Kahala.

I caught this photo of him a couple of days ago, and really like the soft light, the hint of the outdoors in the background, and relaxed overall tone.

In fact, Duke isn’t quite that relaxed. Like at least four of the cats, he is hard to find during the day. Unlike the other cats, he is too chubby to fit under a chair in the living room, one of the favorite and readily available hiding places. So Duke just sprawls out behind a chair, maybe symbolically sticking his head into the little dark cave under the seat, while his big body sprawls out on the floor.

Annie, on the other hand, is hard to find.

That worked against her earlier this week, when she disappeared for most of the day. Finally I went on a concerted search for her, and eventually discovered that she had snuck into the large pantry with pull out drawers that’s next to our refrigerator. The doors closed, and she apparently just went to sleep in there, and never made any sound when I was going around the house calling for her.

We’re now being even more careful about cats and doors.

No breaks for outside freedom yet. Well, not quite true. When the deck door was opened for a moment, Ms. Kili just strolled out onto the back deck to look around. Luckily, she isn’t one that will run off or make a break for one of the mango trees, so it wasn’t a problem. And, at least so far, other cats haven’t showed much interest in going outside.

Our fingers are crossed going forward.

–> See all of today’s Friday Felines!

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Sign of the times: UH offers “active shooter” training

October 8th, 2015 · 7 Comments

The University of Hawaii’s flagship Manoa campus is now offering “Active Shooter Awareness & Response Training” to interested faculty, staff or student groups on the campus.

According to an announcement distributed on Wednesday, participants in the the 2-hour sessions will:

– Learn about various active shooter situations

– Discuss measures and options that can be taken to reduce the
likelihood of victimization

– Learn what to expect when DPS and law enforcement arrive on

– Engage with DPS staff to learn about campus safety

More advice is given on the campus’ Department of Public Safety website.

The short version: “When an active shooter is in your vicinity…Run, Hide, Fight

One problem that’s obvious off the bat is that there’s a disconnect between the straight forward advice offered and the realities of the Manoa campus.

For example, one key piece of advice is to hide and lock the door if an active shooter is believed to be in the area.

But I’m told that many, perhaps most UH classrooms can’t be locked from the inside. And those walls of glass windows on the ground floors aren’t designed for security.

You can see that there’s going to be an emerging field of security-conscious architecture for gun-crazed society.

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Throwback Thursday: The back yard, then and now

October 8th, 2015 · 1 Comment

It’s that time again.

And, speaking of time…Here are a couple of photos of me in the back yard of our family’s home in Kahala, separated by, oh, perhaps 60 years.

I’m dating the top photo in about 1955. It looks like the mango tree behind me, to the right, had just been radically pruned, or else was having a serious health issue. I’m guessing the former.

The second photo is a selfie taken yesterday. The same tree is behind me. Obviously, it has thrived over the years.

The house has changed. We replaced the ground level lanai with a deck at the same level as the floor of the house, so that you can just step outside from the living room. It’s pretty seamless. We also eliminated the roof over the lanai, which allows more light into the house. We’re happy with both changes.

And, in both time periods, it’s a nice place to be.

As usual, click on either photo to see a larger version.



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Another morning at low tide (Photos)

October 7th, 2015 · 1 Comment

It was low tide when we started our walk this morning a bit before dawn.

It was far from crowded, but we weren’t the only people enjoying the beach between Waialae Beach Park and Wailupe at low tide. There was lots of sand in spots where, at high tide, you can’t get by without getting your feet wet.

And we’re slowly meeting some of the regular dogs on the beach in the morning. First meet the dogs, then learn their names, then connect with their people. It worked in Kaaawa, and we’re applying that lesson here on the east side of the island as well.

Early morning on the beach

Early morning on the beach

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Shoot the moon

October 7th, 2015 · 3 Comments

NASA has created a huge online treasure trove of archival photos from its Apollo missions and associated training exercises. The more than 8,400 high-resolution photos are now publicly available on Flickr.

You’ll be able to kill quite a lot of spare time browsing through the many albums from different Apollo projects. Many routine, some amazing.

You might also want to check out the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, which follows the six pairs of astronauts who made it to the moon’s surface between 1969 and 1972.

Good stuff!

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