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Frozen Lake Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015, 01:33

Ducks were skidding

On a frozen lake.

Where a fox thought it would catch them.

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Haiku without a season

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 5 Jan 2015, 01:24

You knew I was lying.

Cried the liveforeverbird.

You knew. You knew.

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Haiku for winter

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 29 Dec 2014, 01:36

In summer the old man puts up a brave face.

Easier in winter.

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My other blog...

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 19 Sep 2014, 01:49

... is about vision and what it's like to lose part of it:

http://partialinsight.wordpress.com

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New mist

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 7 Sep 2014, 01:12

Wading through tiny mist

Suddenly it's autumn

Yesterday summer.

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Warm and cold haiku

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It's winter now

Our warm feeling for war

Dismays me more than ever.

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Summer haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 24 Aug 2014, 03:03

 

Why was I brought into existence cries the philosopher.

The grasshopper does not answer.

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Rain haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014, 00:22

It's easy now

Living with a bunch of ghosts

Except when it rains.

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Volunteering

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014, 00:23

Not that much to say really. Just that having a stroke decided me to volunteer for the Stroke Association. I think it's an impressive organisation.

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Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014, 00:36

Old man

Why do you still keep the big plates for the winter feast?

Time.

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My new blog

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If you find your way here stranger, I have become visually impaired and now blog about my experiences at

http://partialinsight.wordpress.com/

I hope you may like to follow me there.

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"After the rain"

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 29 Dec 2014, 01:42

After the rain

The stickleback

Came back up the stream again

And the hedgehog to the lane.

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 10 May 2012, 01:30

Spring rain,

And a frog on the path.

Tread carefully old man.

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a haiku

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I dislike the booted

gardener crushing snails.

But applaud the thrush.

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A swarm of bees in May

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 13 May 2010, 19:06

...is worth a load of hay, so the saying goes.

Here's a photo of a swarm of wild bees I saw today.  These bees live in the masonry of a church tower and generally swarm about this time of year.

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haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010, 00:39

Spring

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First blossom petals,

On my remaining hair.

Spring again!

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Ultra and infra

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Mice can communicate using very high frequencies.

Elephants can communicate using very low frequencies.  Maybe dinosaurs did something similar.

Slight aside.

Here's a recording of human singers that I've always rather admired.

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Connections (2)

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 3 Apr 2010, 01:58

A  You got it!  Same middle name.

 

Now here are Netrebko and Villazon in a famous performance.  I wish I'd been there.

The connection with my post before last is - same singing gene.

And that's why birds sing too, and we think of it as song.

But do mice laugh?  Did tyrannosauruses sing?

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Connections

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 3 Apr 2010, 01:51

Q  What's the connection between Alexander the Great and Kermit the Frog?

 

(See next post smile)

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Mice that sing

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 2 Apr 2010, 02:08

Did you know that mice sing, a bit like birds?  Of course they are very high sopranos, higher than bats, so for us to hear them the song has to be artifically lowered in pitch.

Click here
Audio player: audioS1.mp3

(needs Quicktime)

Read more here

 

 


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Coloured Eggs

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010, 14:36

This beautiful picture was created using a mathematical design to colour the egg.

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This and lots more similar are found here.

They are animated (watch web preview at top right) and you can download the animations, but I can't show it here directly, the blog system doesn't support Flash Player as far as I can see.

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Spaghetti Snap

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 1 Apr 2010, 01:39

Take a stick of spaghetti.  Grasp the ends, one in each hand, and bend the stick until it breaks.  How many pieces?

Go on, try the experiment, was that what you expected?

[You may decide not to try the next variation in your own home though.]

What about a sheet of lasagne?

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Sun dog

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010, 18:55

Here is a 'sun dog' I saw yesterday evening.  The sun itself is just off to the left of the picture.  The sun dog is the bright feature in the middle.

These sun dogs appear when sunlight is refracted through hexagonal ice crystals which act as prisms.  They are quite common - much more frequent than rainbows for example - but usually people aren't looking out for them so they get missed.

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Red giant

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010, 18:35
Last night it was very cold and clear here, near Cambridge UK. I looked up and saw the star Betelgeux, in Orion, and every time I see this star I remember seeing a TV programme long ago - maybe 'The Sky at Night' - where we were told Betelgeux is red giant and if you at even with the naked eye you can see it is red. We all ran outside to look and yes! It is visibly red. So next time you see the stars during winter months look for Orion - a bit like a giant letter H and see Betelgeux, the one at top left, is red.
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Yet another brainteaser

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I just remembered this one.

A tennis club with 200 members organises a tournament.  If a player loses a match they are out of the tournament, and there are no draws.  How many matches are needed to decide the tournament winner?

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