Ways to Identify Birds?

Spring has sprung, the grass is ris,
I wonder where the boidies is
The boid is on the wing,
But that’s absoid
From what I hoid
The wing is on the boid! – Anon.

There are two ways for the amateur birder to identify birds: by how they look and by how they sound. The best guides will walk you through identification by narrowing categories – shape, size, color – and then show you photos of possibilities.

– One of the most comprehensive online guides is All About Birds by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The guide will help you identify birds you see. There are also tips on how to attract birds to your yard.

If you get bored with your local birds, they have several bird cams you can watch.

– eNature.com has a regional finder so you can see what birds are in your area and how to attract them. You can find birds’ migration times and routes. There’s an audio section with recordings of the calls of over 550 North American Birds.

Don’t forget to check it out again in fall. It has a list of the 15 best places to see hawks during their fall migration.

– The Guide to North American Bird Songs and Sounds lets you try to identify birds by their songs. Look through the options to find descriptions that most closely match what you’re hearing. Is it one note or more? High or low pitched? Does it change? When you’ve narrowed it down, listed to the recordings and see if you can find a match.

Every year in February, people join together for The Great Backyard Bird Count . You can do it from anywhere in the world. All you need to do is record the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count. Then enter the information online. The site provides instructions and tools to help you identify the birds.

It also recommends some phone apps to help you:

Merlin Bird ID, which is free for Android or iOS.
Audubon Bird Identification, which is $3.99 for Android, iOS, Nook, Kindle, and HP Touchpad.


I’m going to start off by saying that a discussion of web hosts can be almost as contentious as a discussion of politics. You will never get complete agreement and the web hosting company that’s best for you very much depends on the type of site you have, what services you need them to provide, and your skill level and experience in operating a website.

Along with links to their websites, I’ve also linked to their social media pages. I wouldn’t rule out a company just because it isn’t very active in social media, but I might give extra consideration to one when I can see that they take the extra step to be helpful to their customers.

I’ve also included information about where the servers are physically located. You may like doing business as close to home as possible. Or, you may have a preference of location due to that country’s laws – either something to avoid or something that attracts you to there. I don’t see the legal aspect as a huge consideration right now, but I can see the possibility of it becoming more important in the future.

When you begin your research to decide what kind of web hosting you need, you first need to decide if you want shared, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a dedicated server. Read this for a good summary of the differences.


10. Web Faction – Hosting for developers.

They have a turtle on the index page of their website! That’s not the only reason I picked them, but I do like turtles. (Who doesn’t?)

They have data centers in the US, Europe, and Asia.

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9. Vidahost - UK web hosting and domain registration.

Data centre in Slough, Berkshire, UK.

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8. Digital Ocean – American VPS based in New York City.

Leases data centers in the US, Europe, and Asia.

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7. Stablehost – Shared and VPS hosting based in Arizona.

Data centers in the US and Europe.

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6. Nixihost – Shared and dedicated hosting. Caters to individuals and small to medium-sized businesses.

Headquartered in Houston, TX. The dedicated servers are in Orlando, Florida.

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5. Namecheap – Popular domain registrar that also provides shared web hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting.

Data centers in the US and UK.

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4. Amazon Web Services – You already know Amazon as an online store and provider of streaming video and music. Guess what? They also provide web hosting with the same great attitude towards customer service.

Global data centers.

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3. Rackspace
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2. Codero – Years of experience and a reputation for reliable up time.

Data centers in the US.

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1. InMotion Hosting – Offers a variety of plans from basic to dedicated hosting. 24/7 live support.

Data centers in the US. (Washington DC and Los Angeles, CA)

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Top 20 Companies?

These are the top twenty ranked companies according to a Harris Poll that ranks them by consumer perceptions of social responsibility, emotional appeal, products and services, vision and leadership, financial performance, and workplace environment.

1. Wegman’s Food Markets – privately-owned supermarket in the Northeast US.
2. Amazon.com – largest internet-based retailer in the US. It began as an online bookstore but now sells everything that’s legal to sell. Except Confederate flags.
3. Samsung – South Korean conglomerate company, popular among consumers for its electronics.
4. Costco – American members only warehouse club.
5. Johnson & Johnson – American medical and pharmaceutical products company.
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6. Kraft Foods – American food manufacturing company, best known for its bright orange macaroni and cheese. (Update: Kraft merged with Heinz, owned by #11, Berkshire Hathaway on July 2, 2015, becoming the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world.)
7. L.L. Bean – retailer of outdoor apparel and equipment. Preppy.
8. Publix Supermarkets – employee-owned supermarket chain based in Florida and operates in several states in the Southeast US.
9. Apple – maker of iPhones, iPods Mac Computers, and Apple TV.
10. Google – American technology company, probably best known for its search engine (which we love). It has also developed several excellent products including Chromecast, Google Fiber (fiber optic communication, not a breakfast cereal), and Chromebook, plus too many other products, apps and services to list here. Let’s just say Google is everywhere and we love it, but not in some weird Stockholm Syndrome way or in some we’re-just-sucking-up-to-get-better-PageRank-way, because that would be wrong.
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11. Berkshire Hathaway – conglomerate that owns Dairy Queen, GEICO, Fruit of the Loom, Helzberg Diamonds, BNSF, FlightSafety International, NetJets, Lubrizol and interests in several other companies.
12. The Walt Disney Company – American media and entertainment company, best known for its animated movies, theme parks (Epcot is best!), and former child stars who get featured regularly in the tabloids.
13. Sony – Japanese conglomerate producing electronics, movies, music, and games.
14. CVS – US pharmacy chain.
15. Microsoft – American technology company that makes computer software, Xboxes, and the Bing search engine.
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16. Lowe’s – American home improvement/hardware and appliance stores.
17. Kellogg Company – American food manufacturing company that makes snacks and breakfast foods, including cereals.
18. Chick-fil-A – American fast food restaurant with the best chicken nuggets ever.
19. The Boeing Company – American company that makes airplanes, rockets, and satellites. It’s the largest aerospace and defense manufacturer in the world.
20. Intel Corporation –  American technology company that makes semiconductor chips.

Other Ways to Say Someone is Drunk?

inebriated, foxed, boogaloo, decks awash, half seas over, hosed, totaled, stinko, intoxicated, polluted, soused, bent, jolly, pissed, in one’s cups, blind drunk, elevated, high as a kite, shot, bombed, boozey, boozed up, on a jag, jagged, oiled, buttered, lubricated, stiff, on a binge, hitting the bottle, zonked, plotzed, soaked, stoned, buzzed, cock-eyed, legless, zonked, liquored up, mellow, sloshed, groggy, snuffy, full as a goat, full as a tick, potted, bombed, stinking drunk, fried to the eyebrows, fried to the gills, lush, tight, feeling good, feeling no pain, pixilated (that sounds like one that should be from the computer age but it’s from the 1850s), plastered, have a snoot full, flooey, busted, crocked, half-crocked, shit-faced, spiffed, squiffed, blotto, shellacked, swackered, juiced, tanked up, woozy, pie-eyed, boiled, shickered, pickled, lit, lit up like a Christmas tree, ossified, wasted, hammered, tipsy, blitzed, crapulous, sozzled, three sheets to the wind, trashed, buttoned, bibacious, flushed, had one too many, hooched up, off the wagon, red-nosed, and seeing double.

Best Movie Bad Guys Quotes?

Some of us like going to the movie theater with its giant screen and surround sound. Some like watching movies on TV with family and friends. Others prefer a little bit more one-on-one movie time with just them and their computer or phone. No matter what watching style suits you best, we can all appreciate a really good bad guy. He usually won’t win in the end, he won’t get the girl, and no little kid is going to say, “I want to grow up to be just like THAT guy!”, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t get some of the best lines ever written.

Here’s a few of our favorites.

Patrick Bateman, American Psycho – “I have to return some videotapes.”

Hannibal Lector, Silence of the Lambs – “I’m having an old friend for dinner.”

Vito Corleone, The Godfather – “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver – “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talking… you talking to me? Well I’m the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to?”

Norman Bates, Psycho – “We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?”

Auric Goldfinger, Goldfinger – “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!”

Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects – “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

Tony Montana, Scarface – “Say hello to my little friend!”

Dean Wormer, Animal House – “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son.”

The Joker, The Dark Knight – “Why so serious?”

Terminator, Terminator – “Ill be back.”

Hans Gruber, Die Hard – “I am going to count to three, there will not be a four”

Hal-9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey – “Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye. ” 

Scar, The Lion King - “Long live the King!”

 The Wizard of Oz, The Wicked Witch of the West – “Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!”

 Nurse Ratched, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – “You know Billy, what worries me is how your mother is going to take this.”

 Barack Obama, Weekly Address August 15, 2009 – “No matter what you’ve heard, if you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it.”

5 Pillars of Islam?

These are the five main obligations of faith that a Muslim must fulfill.

The first is the belief that “There is no God, but God (Allah), and Muhammed is his prophet.” This is called shahadah and it is a statement of faith in only one God and in the finality of Muhammad as prophet.

Salat is second and it is the ritual prayer that is performed five times a day: at dawn, midday, afternoon, sunset, nighttime. Prayer is done facing in the direction of Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.

Muslims must give a sort of religious wealth tax, zakat, where a fixed proportion of their wealth is collected and used to benefit the poor, debtors, volunteers in jihad, pilgrims, and tax collectors. Traditionally it is 2.5% of a person’s wealth (the value of all of their money and possessions), once per lunar year.

Fourth is required fasting during Ramadan called sawm. All adult Muslims are required to give up food, drink and sexual intercourse during daylight hours. It is a test of self-control that helps bring the person closer to God and increases their awareness of the suffering of the poor. At sunset they break their fast with a meal called iftar.

The fifth pillar is the Hajj. It is the requirement that those who are physically and financially able to must go to Mecca once in their lifetime. The number of people making the pilgrimage has reached two million.