Return of the cracked pot friendship tree

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Again, here I sit, waiting for the kids to be released from prison… uh, school. People ask me why I work on my bonsai so much here. I guess I could just take a nap or read a book but, I’m a bonsai guy. Plus I baffle the other parents and get strange looks. That’s worth it, if for no other reason.

The tree today is a Brazilian Raintree. I had been calling it the “Friendship BRT” but since I put it into that pot I added the “cracked-pot” descriptor to it, for the obvious literal meaning and because of its history and what has happened since.

Here’s its history, in reverse order (latest to earliest).

You can see its last appearance if you click here, the one before it was here, and before that was here. There are some good progressions of some of my best…

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Why Do We Itch? | PBS Science Video


It’s one of the most annoying sensations our bodies can feel, but does anything feel better than when you scratch an itch? Ok, maybe *some* things. But itching and scratching are up there. How does this weird sensation work? And what is itching for?

This is an installment of the PBS – It’s OK to be Smart series. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double bars ||) to let it buffer and get ahead of you.  [Chuck Almdale]

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Flying Drones in Malibu is Illegal…


…and has been for a while.

Blue (Malibu residential) and green (State Parks) areas are the local drone no-fly zone.

Most drone pilots probably know this. After all, illegal areas are discussed in the leading drone publications – Rotor Drone and Drone Magazine. They publish links to maps showing where drones are legal and where they are not. That’s how we found the map shown above.

Drone at Malibu Lagoon (SMBAS 8-31-18)

Link to the map.

Drone at Malibu Lagoon (SMBAS Sep 7 2018)

But for the few drone pilots who don’t know, here’s a tip: they’re illegal in California State Parks. Anyone observing drones flying in any State Park should immediately call the State Parks dispatch operator (Sercom) at 951-443-2969.

They’re also illegal along the Malibu Coastline, between Pacific Coast Highway and the ocean, from:

  • Eastern end: Western edge of Topanga State Park, just west…

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Shape Shifting: and the Birds-of-Paradise | Cornell / National Geographic


Several kinds of birds-of-paradise transform their bodies into a dark oval shape when they display. Each species uses a different assortment of feathers on the wings, flank, or neck. They use muscles in the skin to move the feathers into position. The black shape serves as a background for showing off a bright patch of iridescent color to the females. The Cornell Lab’s Ed Scholes explains: . Filmed and photographed by Tim Laman.

There are currently seventy-two short films in the entire Birds-of-Paradise Project playlist, ranging from 26 seconds to 8:29. In the upcoming weeks, we will present some of our favorites.

A film from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If no film or link appears in this email, go to the blog to view it by clicking on the blog title above. If the film stops & starts in an annoying manner, press pause (lower left double…

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