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November 2008 Blog Posts (23)

Thailand: Day 10

I am still in Bangkok, and it appears that I will be for ~4 more days! Two political parties siezed Suvarnabhumi International AP three days ago, and then Don Mueang Regional AP night before last. All international flights in Thailand depart from and arrive to Suvarnabhumi AP; I was scheduled to fly to Bangalore yesterday.

The protests and occupation are at least peaceful for now. No one in the occupation has weapons firearms, but have made spear-pointed baracades in the airline… Continue

Added by Ron Chandler on November 28, 2008 at 9:02pm — 2 Comments

First snow

Helsinki got the first snow of this fall. As a storm. Quite impressive one.

Added by pete korhonen on November 23, 2008 at 5:26pm — 6 Comments

The Conservation Initiative for the Asian Elephant

The Conservation Initiative for the Asian Elephant's (CIFAE) vision is "A just, equitable and peaceful society in which elephant and human have the resources necessary to thrive." Ron Chandler founded the CIFAE and he's writing in from Thailand now to keep us in the loop as he works to assist these amazing animals. Read the rest… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 23, 2008 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Greatings from Thailand



Lampang, Thailand

Hello Dear Friends:

Thailand in general is a mix of complete chaos and very kind, peaceful people. I have been treated very kindly for no reason I think other than it is their nature to do so. I met with the manager of the Thai Elephant Conservaton Centre yesterday, and learned much about the issues pertaining to domestic elephant conservation and the implications on wild elephants and conservations lands; more later with images… Continue

Added by Ron Chandler on November 22, 2008 at 4:17am — 1 Comment

A bit more about Zoobird

In thinking about all the different areas that are being covered in Zoobird it came to mind that this web site, it is a web site? is adding a very important communication vehicle to our community. We have in Gainesville about as creative and aware group of interactors, motivators, and shakers, healers, hmm, what to call us? as any place on the planet. Now, that's a pretty outrageous statement, but after living here for the past 23 years, I can attest to what I know. Not trying to be cocky ego,… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on November 21, 2008 at 1:01pm — 4 Comments

Random Thoughts

Thanks to all of you for contributing your ideas, blog posts, discussions and media to Zoobird! It's a lot of fun and informative, too, isn't it? Thanks also for inviting your friends.

Check the "Latest Activity" section at the bottom of Zoobird's homepage to see what's new in general.

I see that Bob Tuskin is having an event on web radio with… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 21, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Great American Smokeout

(Photo from American Lung Association)

Today, November 20th, is the Great American Smokeout. It's a day smokers are encouraged to quit smoking for 24 hours. This article has some pretty graphic info about what smoking does to your health.

What you see above is a healthy lung.

(Photo from American… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 20, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Central Park Hostel

I just got an email from Drue, former co-owner of Jockamo's, Orlando's best Cajun restaurant, hooking me up with a friend of hers who is in the hostel, budget travel andando, seat of the pants travel world to try and entice me to get involved with the classes he teaches and other possibilities. His name is Jim and I hope he joins Zoobird and the Travelin' Zoo.

Click… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 19, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Great Day at the Garden

Yesterday, I rode to the garden on the new bike. My goal was to peek underneath the leaves of the plant I thought was an arugula, but that I now suspected was a Daikon radish.

And, sure enough, there was the white root that confirmed it as a Daikon!

Click here to read the… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 18, 2008 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Portland Hawthorne Hostel ::: Lunch Buffet Today!

The Portland Hawthorne Hostel is one of my favorite hostels in the world. It's in Portland, Oregon.

Many of you Zoobirds have been to the Portland Hawthorne Hostel. I won't try to name you all! But, don't we have a blast there? Read the rest of this post… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 16, 2008 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Daikon Radish

Day before yesterday, I wrote that this was arugula. But, David Beasley saw the picture and said it was Daikon radish.

This is what the original Daikon radishes looked like. In fact, they caught my attention the day I met Shmal! That's why I took the picture. Pretty huge… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 16, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Feathered Friend from Afar visits the Garden

We have all sorts of visitors at the McRorie Community Garden. Yesterday, a rather large bird dropped by just before sunset.

He saw us and we saw him. When I started taking pictures, he seemed to notice and perked up.

Then, he just decided to chill and lay back.

Meanwhile, our fine friend… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 15, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Vestigial Arugula, Blake's Patch and Collard Green Joy

Blake's patch is a tecnological work of art. It just calls out to the elements, saying "Grow".

This is some vestigial arugula that Sh'mal must have planted in the patch I inherited from him. Thanks, Sh'mal! Yet another gift, and unexpected. It will make for more tasty salads and ... chicken stuffed with arugula and goat cheese! Yum!

I brought some collard greens home tonight from the garden… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 14, 2008 at 11:02pm — No Comments

Grapefruit in Paradise

The best thing about Fall is the ripening of citrus. I had a few of these for breakfast today.

What do the crops look like in your part of the… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 13, 2008 at 9:54am — No Comments

A Path in the Woods

Michael: Well, that's not entirely true. The man who I modeled Pepe on was a real live guy, who wasn't Native American, who was dying of a tumor and who I did bring out a six pack so we could know each other better. Eventually, Arupa and I brought him to the er where he was admitted, told in the er "you have cancer and it'll probably kill you." Nice huh. Anyway, a longer drama till he died in a nursing home where I used to work. I'll take a look, maybe I wrote his true story and will post it.… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on November 11, 2008 at 1:48pm — No Comments



Pepe was almost always with a smile, a friendly hello, an ever present cigarette between his dirty and stained fingers with a beer in an insulated styrofoam jacket in his other hand, sitting on his swinging chaise lounge near his tents. Sitting firmly on his head was his felt western style hat, the brim curved above his ears with Spanish moss running around the raised brim, a small stuffed snoopy dog sitting on top with an… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on November 9, 2008 at 2:57pm — 4 Comments

Dreaming of Black Creek

I've been excited like a little kid since I got my new bike Monday. The short story is I love riding bikes. Bill Hannahs told me about this bike he noticed for sale sort of near me. It was in Florida, at least. So, I drove up the coast of the panhandle to Freeport, FL and wound up getting it. To me, riding a bike is a lucky situation that I can take advantage of because I am usually within biking… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 9, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Beautiful Butterfly Garden

There are many fine things which you mean to do someday, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances.

But, the only time that is surely yours is the present.

Hence, this is the time to speak the word of appreciation and sympathy, to do the generous deed, to forgive the fault of a thoughtless friend, to sacrifice self a little more for others.

Today is the day in which to express your noblest qualities of mind…


Added by Michael Levin on November 8, 2008 at 5:37am — No Comments

Barry Sides ::: In Your Pocket!

So, there I was, minding my own business and as usual, life gave me a surprise: Barry Sides!

I was just riding the new Merckx, I guess we've got to call it "Eddy", and shooting photos of it along side a pristine run of Porsches I kept seeing, and I heard someone say "Hiiiii!" It was Barry Sides! What a happy coincidence.

Right off the… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 7, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Growing at the Garden

The neighborhood around the garden is filled with living, loving people. Jon Trunk watered his patch (in the picture above) yesterday while his wife Pam and their newborn baby relaxed across the street in their new home. I spoke with Kali, another neighbor, as I watered my patch and heard him excitedly say he'd stayed up all night the night before after Obama's win was announced.

All the patches show growth and most have harvestable… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on November 6, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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