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I just feel like they ripped my whole identity away with this. Ten years ago in June in submitted my first pics to SS, and that started me on the stock trail. There's absolutely NO incentive to u

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sari I never had any Easter traditions .... for as long as I can remember we were camping over Easter and it was just Mum, Dad and my sister ... we would have a chocolate Easter Egg and that was it.

lol on Bob ....I am sure if she didnt want to do it, she wouldnt! At least you got Marshall to stay still for a photo, for some dogs even that is a challenge. :D

Sheila you will have to keep working on Sebastian .... he might co-operate eventually.

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LOL Sari. Sebastian requires a second person to get his attn for photos because if I crouch down, he's all over me. Won't stay in one place. But he is progressing in her ability to follow basic commands (for treats of course).

 

Wendy, yes. there is hope. he is a smart puppy. Just a bit too playful for his own good sometimes. He tore the stuffing out of the bottom of our bedspread today. Second time he's done that. Usually he's much better about not tearing up stuff, but he's slipping a bit I guess. Might need to block his access to our room on the days that I'm working to decrease the potential for destruction.

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Sheila, the key to starting any of that kind of "trickery" as Bob is showing, is to "sit" and "wait". They have to be down solid. It means they have to stop what they're doing and chill until you give more instructions. Without those, you won't get anywhere with much anything else.

Bob is really easy, Marshall is really scatterbrained, and it's not just because he's younger, it's because his drive to please is not near as high as Bob's.

When Bob first arrived at about three months of age, within a couple of weeks I was able to make her do triangles between "get on your bed", "get in your house" (her crate), and "come here". She absolutely LOVED it. Every which way, back and forth. Too bad I didn't have a smartphone back then, as I could have videoed it; she was too darn cute doing it and being super proud.

 

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Wendy, yeah. He does like attention. Fortunately, the kids took him for a nice long walk today while I was working and he still has half of his chew stick from yesterday. Found it outside when I was cleaning up and watering the garden this evening. The vet did say his teeth are in excellent condition and super clean. LOL. SO at least the chewing is doing that. Hopefully he doesn't lose interest in these new chew sticks as they're about the only thing I've found that he likes. But the bones I used to get him he got tired of pretty fast.

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On 4/7/2021 at 12:28 PM, Sheila Fitzgerald said:

Wendy, yeah. He does like attention. Fortunately, the kids took him for a nice long walk today while I was working and he still has half of his chew stick from yesterday. Found it outside when I was cleaning up and watering the garden this evening. The vet did say his teeth are in excellent condition and super clean. LOL. SO at least the chewing is doing that. Hopefully he doesn't lose interest in these new chew sticks as they're about the only thing I've found that he likes. But the bones I used to get him he got tired of pretty fast.

I think it is more that attention, his mind needs to be kept active. You might need to swap around a bit, bones, chews etc ... like kids they get tired of the same thing over and over

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After a long dry period, I sold a video through P5 not long ago. Actually, this is the first time that Ive sold a GoPro clip in stock. The footage was shot with a GoPro Hero 3 Silver. Usually, if I sell a video, it would be one of the clips captured with one of my Panasonic M4/3 cameras. 

Regardless, video sales are a super rare event for me these days. I know Ive mentioned this before but I used to sell a bit more of them on P5 in the past. I expect it will be a long while before the next one sells.

Gosh, big news on Prince Philip of the English royal family passing away. Certainly lived a long life. I was always amused by his sense of humour which sometimes got him into trouble. 

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Congratulations on the video sale Patrick.

Yeah, the passing of Prince Phillip. Only yesterday I met, greeted and escorted through our work building the CEO and National Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Australia at my job! Our Department (Aust Government of Education) funds the Award. Was just thinking the Duke will almost certainly see 100 which he was only two months away.  

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Nice to read those kind words about the Duke from Australia.  There are close ties between the UK and Australia and of course quite of few of you will have a drop of English/British blood in your veins.

I may go into Portsmouth (one of the saluting venues), or at least to Portsdown Hill, to hear this today:

"Saluting batteries will fire 41 rounds at one round every minute from 12:00 BST in cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, the Ministry of Defence said.

Royal Navy ships at sea, including HMS Diamond and HMS Montrose, will also fire the salute in honour of the duke, who served as a naval officer during World War Two and held the office of Lord High Admiral.

The salutes will be broadcast online and on TV, and the public are encouraged to observe them from home"

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Wendy, yes. we are trying to mix it up a bit. And we might let him play with the stuffed animals for the purpose of fetching games, etc.. But He can't have them without human interaction because he doesn't just destroy them, he consumes them as he destroys them (i wouldn't mind if he just destroyed them and I had to just pick up the mess).

 

I was sad to hear about the passing of Prince Phillip. He definitely lived a long and full life. 

 

I did my first successful editing of footage in Photoshop. Shot some footage and totally missed the logo clear as day on the base of the faucet. Had to clone it out frame by frame (which was freaking time consuming) and I thought I was going to lose some size on the final product, but it exported still as a 4K footage file so I was happy to discover that. Found a PHLEARN YouTube video on editing footage with photoshop to walk me through the process of importing and exporting the footage.

 

Not sure what my schedule is for this week. The state doesn't always let us know where we are going to be deployed for vaccinating til the night before sometimes. The site coordinator at the place I've been working said they requested five of us specifically for this upcoming week (me included) but when I called the state to see why it's not on my deployment portal, they said they have no information on it yet. Beyond frustrating the poor coordination and lack of communication between departments.

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Wendy, overall, he's a great dog. Fast learner and mostly well behaved. We want to get him a companion, but part of me is nervous about that because we might not be so lucky next time on getting a smart dog :) 

 

As for the scheduling, still not sure what's happening. The site isn't showing up on my portal for them but I was able to actually talk to someone today who seemed to know what he's doing and he's following up on it. As of now, the state isn't sending anyone to that site for this week (which is not the impression I got from the person running the site who indicated he was expecting us to be there this week) so i just asked the guy from our agency to touch bases directly with the site manager so there was consistent communication so they'll know we are not scheduled to be there. And hopefully something else in reasonable driving distance will pop up on my site list.

 

And on a good note, my son was able to get a vaccine appointment through our insurance for today due to someone cancelling. So yay. one down. Only two more to get scheduled for their shots and our household will be fully vaccinated (at least the ones still living here).

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Yeah, I heard the controversy over the AstraZ vaccines because of the issue of blood clots, that apparently affect younger people at a much higher rate than the older population. And then the FUBAR with the J&J has pulled most of that out of circulation for the next few months here as well. My husband was able to get an appointment for next month, but they told him he could also call back and see if there are cancellations sooner as they do open up (which is how my son got his appointment for today). That site is so close that my son could take the bus if I wasn't able to provide transportation. it's right on the main bus route.

 

Realistically, I probably won't look at adding another fur baby til after my daughter has her baby since I'll be there to help out and i"m the one who usually does the house training, etc with the fur babies too.

 

Had a nice surprise of two $51 SOD's on editorial images today (and not political). That was a nice boost to April Sales. Hoping for more of those this month. Hit tier 3 for video a little while back and should hit tier 5 for photos this month. Those are the highest tiers I have hit since this started and I don't anticipate getting any higher (at least not on photos. the jump from 2500 to 25,000 is pretty extreme.

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I had heard about the J&J one ... this is the trouble with being the biggest experiment ever :( House training is one of the reason I dont like having pets lol ... it was hard enouhj house training children!

Well done on the SODs, I have never had one for that amount!

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On 1/21/2021 at 6:59 PM, Wendy Townrow said:

As for the invention of removable type, it started way before that, there is even evidence in Egypt where people were erased from history by removing any mention of them in the artworks and carvings. If they are not mentioned then they did not exist and whatever they did is either forgotten about or attributed to somebody else.

I think the original was about movable type, as in printing, but your answer cracked me up. Talk about revisionist history, people were erased from history (or thought to be) with a hammer and chisel. Now we have the Internet and Cancel culture, where anyone can be offended and get some friends to start a cancel movement.

Cancel culture can go too far as a form of censorship, revisionist manipulation of history and thought control. Which is unfortunate, just as much as the fringe groups with their disinformation and believable lies.

And now for the Hummer Thread, something I discovered yesterday by accident.

https://empressofdirt.net/hummingbird-migration-map/

2021 Hummingbird Migration Map. I'll be looking forward to when they return to my area. I'm watching.

Menomonie, Wisconsin  4/10/2021 - Ruby-throated Hummingbird sighted 

In other good news, maybe? I got the first shot of Pfizer last Friday.

 

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I love hummingbirds. They're my favorite bird of all time so far. We get quite a few varieties in California. Congrats on the first dose of vaccine Pete! I got my second dose almost two weeks ago so I'll be in the "fully vaccinated" category tomorrow (since they consider one fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the final dose). I wish they could roll the vaccines out faster so we can get on with life out of a bubble already.

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1 hour ago, Sheila Fitzgerald said:

I love hummingbirds. They're my favorite bird of all time so far. We get quite a few varieties in California. Congrats on the first dose of vaccine Pete! I got my second dose almost two weeks ago so I'll be in the "fully vaccinated" category tomorrow (since they consider one fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the final dose). I wish they could roll the vaccines out faster so we can get on with life out of a bubble already.

We'll see how all of this goes. The better half got hers months ago, she works Senior Health. She's been bugging me to keep trying. I signed up with the county = nothing. I tried one of the local pharmacies, and got a text. By the time I replied, all the appointments were filled. 🥺 I just hit Walgreens one day and there it was. Not locally but I had a choice about 28 miles either North or South, different county.

Didn't the first Hummer Thread start out about Humming Birds? 😍

 

LOL 2010 what shutter speed for Hummingbirds.

After that I actually did go and try to find some. Then in 2014 I put up a feeder, which was taken over by bees and ants. GONE! Turns out the little hummers are very happy with flowers around the yard and I planted some for them. They also like the hanging plants on the porch. Calibrachoa and Petunias, nothing fancy. They love them!

Maybe I'll try the feeder again hanging under an evergreen. The state parks put the feeders there.

I did some barn swallows last year and that's a good trick as they zoom around in fairly erratic patterns. But as long as there's a hummer thread, I'll have get one for the collection, on my shoot list.

Until then I have to settle for Groucho The Duck and his thread.

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lol Pete ... I can honestly say that I have no hummingbirds and not likely to unless I do an illustration of one, Well done on getting a vax ....

I agree that cancel culture is a form of censorship ...trying to make history conform to the "morals" of the current ... as if that will change anything ...

As for putting feeders out for anything, the ants would overtake them here ... I am fighting ant invasions through the house again.

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I planted tons of pineapple sage around the front and back yard. Hummingbirds LOVE those and they flower for months in the autumn. They get lots of hanging flowers in my neighbors yard too plus she has a bird feeder or two set up for them. They are more cautious of feeders in my yard because we have the cats (I'm presuming that's why) so I stopped putting them up because they weren't using them. But I do have a variety of other flowers out for them too. Here's video of one of the hummingbirds on the sage under my apple tree.

 

https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-1060393094-4k-hd-video-one-ruby-throated-hummingbird

 

My veggies aren't doing as well this year. The ones that have sprouted seem to be eaten down to a nub in the ground by something. I think I did better in previous years when I started everything in small pots inside and transplanted when it warmed up. The cold snaps we've been having haven't been helping things. The raspberries are going wild though. We are going to have a LOT of those this year. It's quite lush and green up against that brick wall.

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Pete - you should put moat traps on your Hummer feeders so the ants can't get to them. No use putting a feeder up if you're going to give it up to ants... :P

We make our own, easy enough with some plastic cups / bottles cut in half, and hot gluing a wire through it so you can hang it onto something and then hang the feeder under it.

Also, if you don't have many Hummers, only fill your feeder partially, so you can dump it and clean it up every few days - otherwise it starts growing junk (mold) and makes your Hummers sick or kills them - you don't want that. I try to keep mine so they're empty / near empty by day 2, and then I take them in and give them a good cleanup, put nectar in and back out with them.

No Hummer sightings here yet, just put feeders up a couple of days ago. Nothing is blooming out here, either, so they don't have any "native" sources of nectar whatsoever.

 

Sheila - are slugs eating your plants? If you never see them, it's a possibility. Google beer traps for slugs, and see if you can reduce the amount of damage they're doing.

 

Had a disaster last week when I, being sleepy and feeling sick, accidentally formatted the drive that had all my trail cam videos, and ALL of my old videos, most of which I hadn't submitted to P5 & AS while I had intended to.

I managed to recover them all (I think?), BUT, all my file structures/ folders are gone, and the files have lost their names, which were an integral part of me being able to tell them apart, as well as knowing what's in them by the name. The trail cam videos were also named by date/time shot and the subjects, so I could easily find what I wanted.

Now, all that is gone, all files just have numbers. That's thousands upon thousands of files. To make ANY use of the files, I will have to go through them all and rename them.

I also had a stomach bug (probably why I was feeling so bad that disastrous morning) that ruined half a week for me.

 

In the other news, I did catch this lucky clip one morning -

 

 

 

 

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