Out of the Blue

On my return from a walk yesterday, I startled a female duck that was by the left side of our outside stairs. I glanced down to see if her mate was also down there, and was startled to see her nest. As you can see in this picture the nest contains a full dozen eggs, so she's been one busy little duck. This seems like a bad place for this, as my comings and goings, as limited as they are, clearly disturb her. This is also overlooking a parking lot, which seems like a dangerous place for the littles once they hatch. But I think we're all just stuck with the situation. We have a light on the porch that shines on this area at night, so now I need to figure out if it's better to turn that off, or did she pick that spot because she prefers it that way?

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RedEye9 wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 23:32:
fakespyder wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 22:28:
As much as I think this is an indulgence no-one can afford, it's still pretty cool.
I wouldn't worry too much about the cost.
Considering...
Orange and family squandered over $200 million on golf and travel.
The cost of a single F-35.
Hey, you can get one and a half F-35s for that!
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Kxmode wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 22:01:
Blue, I think Ms. Duck picked the spot because of the light and because two walls protect her. She only needs to watch forward. If she were out in nature, she would have contend with 360-degree threats and darkness.

I'm sure you're right about the walls, and I tend to agree about the light. We're not feeding her or trying to get involved in her business in any way, and she seems pretty comfortable with us coming and going. The wonder twins asked MrsBlue to show them the nest during a video chat, and she found it by itself with all those surrounding feathers covering the eggs. The next time we looked, she was sitting on them again. Clearly she does her best to keep the nest safe when she's off grabbing something to eat.
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Re: Fiber question...
Apr 20, 2021, 14:54
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WarPig wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 23:49:

I pay $94/month for 1 gig fiber. 50GB takes like 3-5 minutes to complete. It's insane.

The new (to us) company here is called ziply fiber. If I sign up before the end of the month I can get the $90 installation for free and get the first year of 1gig for $60 a month. After that it's $80 a month. Seems like a decent deal. Right now I pay Spectrum $75 a month for 100M.

They'd been advertising that this was coming for some time and I've been looking forward to it. Today I got the notice that it's finally here and I almost pulled the trigger, but I'm going to research the company a little first. They can't be much worse than Spectrum though. Actually, I haven't had any problems with Spectrum, but they've treated my mom and sister so bad that I feel guilty using them.

$60 and $80 is an amazing price point for 1 gig fiber and well worth the cost.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 20, 2021, 10:54
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Medusa-NYC wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 22:13:
Always love to hear about poacher getting trampled!

I know right? I'm the last person to wish death on anyone - until you fuck with animals. Elephants are big, slow, and gentle -- until you mess with them. Leave them alone or don't expect me to shed any tears when your dumb ass gets trampled.
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Re: Out of the Blue - Anthropomorphizers
Apr 20, 2021, 07:02
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Re: Out of the Blue - Anthropomorphizers Apr 20, 2021, 07:02
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Anthropomorphizers:

Ducks are slightly a half a notch higher than cattle in the brain power category. Most mother ducks I have observed priority one is keeping her brood unseen by predators. Also ducks seem to be blissfully ignorant of the threat of proximity to people (especially if any said people regularly feed them) or motorcars.

Experts place the average duckling mortality rate between 10 to 70%. Most losses are due to predators which are common and numerous (largemouth bass, northern pike, frogs, snakes, turtles, foxes, raccoons, mink, cats, hawks, owls, gulls, herons, and crows.)

There is a high duck population in my complex due to several morons who feed them every day, so I see a never ending stream of ducklings. These groups start out at around 10-12 but in several weeks time it is rare to see more than 4 or 5 reach adolescents.

So life is stacked against little ducklings, don't add to it by feeding their mom and reducing her capacity to fend for herself and her brood.

"Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss." - The Who.
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Re: Fiber question...
Apr 19, 2021, 23:49
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Apr 19, 2021, 23:49
 WarPig
 

I pay $94/month for 1 gig fiber. 50GB takes like 3-5 minutes to complete. It's insane.

The new (to us) company here is called ziply fiber. If I sign up before the end of the month I can get the $90 installation for free and get the first year of 1gig for $60 a month. After that it's $80 a month. Seems like a decent deal. Right now I pay Spectrum $75 a month for 100M.

They'd been advertising that this was coming for some time and I've been looking forward to it. Today I got the notice that it's finally here and I almost pulled the trigger, but I'm going to research the company a little first. They can't be much worse than Spectrum though. Actually, I haven't had any problems with Spectrum, but they've treated my mom and sister so bad that I feel guilty using them.
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Re: NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight.
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fakespyder wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 22:28:
As much as I think this is an indulgence no-one can afford, it's still pretty cool.
I wouldn't worry too much about the cost.
Considering...
Orange and family squandered over $200 million on golf and travel.
The cost of a single F-35.
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MeanJim wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 21:55:
Cutter wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 16:41:
So I went to the grocery store - or supermarket if you prefer - and picked up some sushi while I was there...

Supermarket sushi. Thinking Sounds risky.
Considerably less risky than gas station sushi.
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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight.
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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight. Apr 19, 2021, 22:28
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As much as I think this is an indulgence no-one can afford, it's still pretty cool.
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Always love to hear about poacher getting trampled!
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Re: Fiber question...
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Apr 19, 2021, 22:07
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MeanJim wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 21:49:
WarPig wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 20:08:
Hey guys, I have a question that I'm betting someone here will know...
We finally got fiber in the area and I'm strongly considering signing up. One of the things I don't know is how the fiber hooks into a router. I have a fairly new router (a Linksys EA9500) and am hoping it will work. Right now I've got cable, so I use a cable modem - what does fiber use? Does it need a modem of some kind or can it connect straight to a router? I've gotten a couple different answers from Google so I'm more confused than usual, and that's saying a lot.

It probably varies by the provider. AT&T started offering fiber, up to a gigabit, in my neighborhood a last year. While I hate AT&T, I'm tempted because for the same price I'm paying for 100/10Mbit cable, I can get 300/300Mbit fiber. Their door-to-door sales have come by twice and I asked if I needed any special equipment or if I could use my own router. One I talked to said the fiber runs to a box outside (or maybe inside) the house, and then it's an ethernet cable from the box to the router. The other one didn't know the details, only that I could use my own router and didn't need any special equipment.

If I get the fiber, I'm thinking of keeping the cable and downgrading it to the lowest plan as a backup so I'll have internet if one goes out. I haven't looked into how to make that work yet though. Are there routers that can handle multiple connections?

I pay $94/month for 1 gig fiber. 50GB takes like 3-5 minutes to complete. It's insane.
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Re: Out of the Blue
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 Kxmode
 
MeanJim wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 21:55:
Cutter wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 16:41:
So I went to the grocery store - or supermarket if you prefer - and picked up some sushi while I was there...

Supermarket sushi. Thinking Sounds risky.

In California, supermarket sushi tends to be avocado and veggies inside a rice roll with sauce. I don't think I've ever seen actual raw fish sushi at supermarkets.
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 19, 2021, 22:01
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Blue, I think Ms. Duck picked the spot because of the light and because two walls protect her. She only needs to watch forward. If she were out in nature, she would have contend with 360-degree threats and darkness.
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Re: Out of the Blue
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Cutter wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 16:41:
So I went to the grocery store - or supermarket if you prefer - and picked up some sushi while I was there...

Supermarket sushi. Thinking Sounds risky.
"The only way anyone can live in peace is if they're prepared to forgive." - The Doctor
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Re: Fiber question...
Apr 19, 2021, 21:49
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WarPig wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 20:08:
Hey guys, I have a question that I'm betting someone here will know...
We finally got fiber in the area and I'm strongly considering signing up. One of the things I don't know is how the fiber hooks into a router. I have a fairly new router (a Linksys EA9500) and am hoping it will work. Right now I've got cable, so I use a cable modem - what does fiber use? Does it need a modem of some kind or can it connect straight to a router? I've gotten a couple different answers from Google so I'm more confused than usual, and that's saying a lot.

It probably varies by the provider. AT&T started offering fiber, up to a gigabit, in my neighborhood a last year. While I hate AT&T, I'm tempted because for the same price I'm paying for 100/10Mbit cable, I can get 300/300Mbit fiber. Their door-to-door sales have come by twice and I asked if I needed any special equipment or if I could use my own router. One I talked to said the fiber runs to a box outside (or maybe inside) the house, and then it's an ethernet cable from the box to the router. The other one didn't know the details, only that I could use my own router and didn't need any special equipment.

If I get the fiber, I'm thinking of keeping the cable and downgrading it to the lowest plan as a backup so I'll have internet if one goes out. I haven't looked into how to make that work yet though. Are there routers that can handle multiple connections?
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Re: Fiber question...
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Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 20:25:
Acleacius wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 20:24:
Take this with a grain of salt but I think they run fiber cable up to the junction, then use high quality cable wire to the house. So unless I'm years or a decade behind, your current cable wired home would work.
Right. It varies. Like I said, I have fiber all the way into the house, but it isn't always done that way.
Opps, didn't see your post. I started typing, then went to make dinner. Came back after about 20 min, doh.
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Re: Fiber question...
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WarPig wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 20:32:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 20:25:
Acleacius wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 20:24:
Take this with a grain of salt but I think they run fiber cable up to the junction, then use high quality cable wire to the house. So unless I'm years or a decade behind, your current cable wired home would work.
Right. It varies. Like I said, I have fiber all the way into the house, but it isn't always done that way.


Okay, thanks guys. This is probably why I'm getting different answers on Google. So it sounds like my router will work just fine, but getting all that fiber goodness into my router depends on how it's brought into the house. I guess I'll just roll with whatever comes with it when it's installed. I do like to own my own equipment rather than renting it, if possible, but it's not a deal breaker.


As long as the fiber modem has an ethernet connection, you should be able to plug in your existing modem no problem. If it doesn't (which would be really strange) you can pick up a fiber to ethernet converter for around $30.
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Re: Fiber question...
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Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 20:25:
Acleacius wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 20:24:
Take this with a grain of salt but I think they run fiber cable up to the junction, then use high quality cable wire to the house. So unless I'm years or a decade behind, your current cable wired home would work.
Right. It varies. Like I said, I have fiber all the way into the house, but it isn't always done that way.


Okay, thanks guys. This is probably why I'm getting different answers on Google. So it sounds like my router will work just fine, but getting all that fiber goodness into my router depends on how it's brought into the house. I guess I'll just roll with whatever comes with it when it's installed. I do like to own my own equipment rather than renting it, if possible, but it's not a deal breaker.

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Re: Fiber question...
Apr 19, 2021, 20:32
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WarPig wrote on Apr 19, 2021, 20:08:
Hey guys, I have a question that I'm betting someone here will know...
We finally got fiber in the area and I'm strongly considering signing up. One of the things I don't know is how the fiber hooks into a router. I have a fairly new router (a Linksys EA9500) and am hoping it will work. Right now I've got cable, so I use a cable modem - what does fiber use? Does it need a modem of some kind or can it connect straight to a router? I've gotten a couple different answers from Google so I'm more confused than usual, and that's saying a lot.

They laid fiber here a few years back. They just run it to the home but the hardware they provide now is all wireless inside the home. I doubt you'll need that router.


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In my neck of the woods the fiber is run all the way inside to the modem.
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