Space Birds!

We’re back from our extended February vacation. Let’s jump right into something that’s been itching at me for awhile: Star Trek space birds.

There are two classic Star Trek enemy space vessels that make reference to our feathered friends:
1. The Romulan Warbird
2. The Klingon Bird of Prey

Warbird and Bird of Prey – Both are fairly ominous and dangerous sounding nicknames.

Here’s the thing, I think the Romulan Warbird most closely resembles a Goose and the Klingon Bird of Prey most closely resembles a duck. That’s not intimidating at all.

Bird of Prey - DrZu

Romulan WarGoose

End of Reduced Technology February

Here we are! Ending the last full week of February. Posting should return to normal next week as I come back from the non-technology world – hopefully with exciting tales of adventures! Thanks for bearing with us during all these Pre-scheduled posts!

Pandora One

We’ve been listening to a lot of Pandora at the house and I think we’re going to bite the bullet and buy the ad-free Pandora one. I’m AMAZED that I would consider doing this because the subscription cost is $5/month. PER MONTH. But oh man. Those ads are so annoying. That this subscription is almost as much as Netflix bewilders me.

Does anyone else pay for a music subscription service that’s comparable? and is yours cheaper?


Recently when I was sick I sat down and watched Rubber. It’s a terrible movie about a sentient homicidal car tire that goes around blowing up people’s heads. That’s really what it’s about.

I watched the whole movie and I really don’t know why. It was dreadful. The movie celebrates the idea of things happening for No reason. And while the introduction of the concept is fantastic, the movie loses it quickly and becomes boring fast. Watch the first 5 minutes of the movie then turn it off.

Still, rotten tomatoes rated this movie 67%?


A new painting idea.

I was chatting with Kurt about how I needed a piece of artwork in our music room above the piano. Kurt had an amazing suggestion: Prince.


But, I think I might prefer to try and paint a version of this to hang. I love this idea truly and completely.

A visiting family to the neighborhood

We had a pair of pileated woodpeckers visit us this past month! Pileated woodpeckers are pretty rare. They are the woody woodpecker type of woodpecker with its big red mohawk. The things are HUGE. Adults can be between 16 and 19″ tall. DANG. Think about that for a minute.

I’m grateful that we happened to be glancing out the window when they came through. Yet another bird to check off in our peterson’s guide! (thanks Mykal!!)

Museum Surprise

Did you know there was a contemporary art museum in Connecticut?! I DID NOT. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is in Ridgefield, CT. also known as the “practically New York” part of Connecticut. For such a small state, I’m surprised things hide so well here.

The one thing I don’t like about the titles “contemporary art” and “modern art” is that the titles seems so selfish. Modern and Contemporary are adjectives that describe the current time period. Yet, in the art world these terms lose their adjectival purposes and instead seem to encompass very specific types of art. As an uneducated buffoon of the art world, this is all very confusing to me.

Either way, I’m excited to visit Ridgefield for the first time this February. I thought I had mostly exhausted the major museums of my state.

The Board Room

In doing research for no-technology February I stumbled upon a Board Game cafe in Middletown called “the board room”. For a $5 cover, you go in and can play any of a TON of games that they have on the shelves. On top of that, they have a counter where you can buy tasty gaming treats like cookies, coffees, and mac’n’cheese. Check out the website for more info.

What a clever idea! I’ll let y’all know how it is.