À la découverte de la nature [002.023.006]

Zenaida macroura

Tourterelle triste / Mourning dove

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Aujourd’hui, notre exploration de la nature nous amène à découvrir la tourterelle triste.

Son nom scientifique est Zenaida macroura (appelé aussi en anglais Mourning dove).

C’est une espèce d’oiseau de l’ordre des Columbiformes, de la famille des colombidés (qui regroupe les différentes espèces de Colombes, de Tourterelles et de Pigeons) et du genre Zenaida (où l’on retrouve les différentes espèces de tourterelles) — nommé ainsi par l’ornithologue français Charles-Lucien Bonaparte en l’honneur de son épouse Zénaïde. Le nom de l’espèce signifie “grande queue” en grec alors que le nom vernaculaire fait référence au chant de l’oiseau et au sifflement de ses ailes durant le vol qui évoquent une expression plaintive.

Répartie sur un territoire qui va de l’Amérique Centrale au sud du Canada, c’est un oiseau élancé, de taille moyenne (de vingt à trente centimètre de long), à la tête arrondie, au bec court et dont le plumage est dans des tons de gris ou de bruns. C’est un oiseau percheur et granivore. Il passe du temps au sol à la recherche de graine. Il n’est pas trop difficile mais préfère les pignons de pin. Il ne gratte pas le sol mais picore les graines qui sont bien visibles. Sa démarche n’est pas sautillante. 

C’est un oiseau monogame, qui préfère nicher dans les arbres. Sa population importante, estimée à 130 millions d’individus, fait que l’espèce n’est pas considéré en danger immédiat (préoccupation mineure). Ses prédateurs sont les rapaces diurnes, les corvidés, les chats domestiques et les chasseurs humains. C’est un animal qui est souvent considéré comme un symbole de paix.

L’individu observé ici, dans le parc Frédéric-Back, est possiblement blessé car il reste au sol pour une période prolongée et ne s’envole pas à l’approche des humains. Il continue simplement à picorer les graines sur son passage.

Ceci était une présentation de la tourterelle triste. N’oubliez pas de toujours rester attentif à la nature qui vous entoure. 

(Sources: Wikipedia et divers sites zoologiques)

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J’ai fait ce petit vidéo (de 1m52s) pour faire un essai avec Premiere Rush qui m’est offert gratuitement avec mon Plan Photographie de Adobe. Je commence à avoir fait pas mal le tour des possibilités avec iMovie d’Apple et j’aimerais pousser un peu plus loin les montages vidéos intéressants sans me ruiner financièrement. Malheureusement, si il offre beaucoup de possibilités, Premiere Rush m’apparait un peu décevant car la majorité des fonctions qui valent la peine sont premium et demandent donc un abonnement ($12.99 par mois avec Adobe Express). Il y a quand même une grande variété de trames musicales ou d’effets, et les titres sont ajustables (ce qui est une grosse amélioration). Et il y avait des pages titres vraiment superbes mais que je ne pouvais pas utiliser faute de pouvoir exporter (l’utilisation de fonction premium sans abonnement bloque l’exportation). Je vais probablement me réessayer avec Rush (il y a sûrement de quoi faire des montages intéressants même sans les fonctions premium). Sinon il me faudra peut-être me résoudre à essayer DaVinci Resolve qui je crois est encore gratuit mais semble incroyablement compliqué à apprendre et utiliser…

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Voeux de saison (urbi et orbi)

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Bon Nouvel An mes petits lapins 🐰! Que ce nouveau cycle solaire ☀️ vous amène paix ✌️, santé ⚕️, longévité et prospérité 🖖!

Happy New Year my little bunnies 🐰! May this new solar cycle ☀️ bring you peace ✌️, health ⚕️, longevity and prosperity🖖!

سنة جديدة سعيدة أرانب بلدي الصغيرة! أتمنى أن تجلب لك هذه الدورة الشمسية الجديدة السلام والصحة

新年快乐我的小兔子们! 愿这个新的太阳周期为您带来和平、健康、长寿和繁荣!

Feliĉan Novjaron miaj kunikletoj! Ke ĉi tiu nova suna ciklo alportu al vi pacon, sanon, longvivecon kaj prosperon!

Frohes neues Jahr meine kleinen Häschen! Möge dieser neue Sonnenzyklus Ihnen Frieden, Gesundheit, Langlebigkeit und Wohlstand bringen!

Καλή χρονιά κουνελάκια μου! Είθε αυτός ο νέος ηλιακός κύκλος να σας φέρει ειρήνη, υγεία, μακροζωία και ευημερία!

שנה טובה ארנבות קטנות שלי! מי יתן ומחזור השמש החדש הזה יביא לך שלווה, בריאות, אריכות ימים ושגשוג!

Buon Anno nuovo miei piccoli coniglietti! Possa questo nuovo ciclo solare portarti pace, salute, longevità e prosperità!

明けましておめでとう、私の小さなウサギたち! この新しい太陽のサイクルがあなたに平和、健康、長寿、繁栄をもたらしますように!

NISpu’ Hoch yIHmey chu’ nI’taHvIS nItlhdu’, yablIj neH!

Annum novum felicem mihi parva lepores! Utinam hic novus orbis solaris pacem, salutem, longitudinem et felicitatem vobis afferat!

Feliz Ano Novo meus coelhinhos! Que este novo ciclo solar lhe traga paz, saúde, longevidade e prosperidade!

¡Feliz año nuevo mis conejitos! ¡Que este nuevo ciclo solar te traiga paz, salud, longevidad y prosperidad!

З Новим роком мої маленькі зайчики! Нехай новий сонячний цикл принесе вам мир, здоров’я, довголіття та процвітання!

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Living Pain

You have probably noticed that I haven’t blogged much in the last month and half. It’s because I have not been feeling well. In the last year and half I have been experiencing migraine (often triggered by crouching, sneezing or coughing) and changing medication about every six months trying to find one that is more effective (like Rizatriptan or Amitriptyline). So far the medication was reducing the frequency and intensity, or eliminating some of the triggers, but not making the migraine disappear. Unfortunately the last medication (Topamax) has not been effective at all and in the last month or so I have been living in almost constant pain. It is quite frustrating. 

A few months ago I also started a new job (support staff in the technology department of a law enforcement agency) that is exciting and stimulating, but the migraine makes concentrating and multitasking difficult. I come back home exhausted — I must also admit that I am not getting any younger (I just can’t believe that I am sixty!!) and don’t have the energy to write or, sometimes, even read. I just eat, watch tv and go to bed… That’s not good. And winter is coming…

I am already doing my best to be healthy: good diet, biking to work (in summer), walking in the park as often as possible. I’ll be trying to do more. I’ll ask the neurologist to change the medication again. Lately, I tried to catch up a little on my readings and this week-end I am trying to catch up a bit on my writing. A little.

Curate vosmetipsos et salvi sitis, lectores mei!
<Take care and be safe, my dear readers!>

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Status report (early July)

The life in the time of the coronavirus continues… 

This is my fifth status report since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic (the other four were in March, mid-April, the end of April, and in mid-May). It has now been fifteen weeks (or one-hundred and seven days) since it has all begun. It has been forty days since the beginning of the slow re-opening and my return to work (thirteen days since we’ve restart taking the public in the library for a limited offer of service). 

On the domestic side of life, I can say that I feel I have not been doing much in the last month and half… I didn’t do much around the house (it was either too hot or raining). As usual, I probably watch too much television: like rewatching the Ghost in the Shell: Arise series and several movies (also, to fill the time, I started watching again the 2004 series of Battlestar Galactica). However, I have been reading enough to catch up on my tsundoku… (hurray!) and write a little about my readings (dBD #141, La sphère d’Or, Unbeaten tracks in Japan, I’ll never tell, De Gir à Moebius, and several other French comics that I covered in the article “Sherlock Holmes en bande dessinée (2)”).

Weather — The temperature was unusually warm lately (above average) and often quite dry. So much so that the vegetation in the parc often took a yellowish colour. Thankfully, it rained periodically enough to keep everything alive. In the last week or so it has been quite hot and humid. Enough to discourage any sustained outside activities, although we still take our daily walk.

Health — With the confinement (probably because of slightly bigger meal and less activity) I have gained weight. My blood pressure and glucose are also higher (maybe because of an increased stress?). I have also experienced digestive problems, my usual recurring pain at the end of the digestive track as well as some chest and shoulder pain (probably muscular). Overall, I feel in good shape but it could be better. Unfortunately, I know that with age nothing gets better…

Work — All is fine at work. My usual library being still closed for renovation I was assignment to another one. This new place is at a nice location (at walk/bike distance from home) and has a nice team (although, since the people of my library working there are in extra, we perform mostly boring jobs). However, there was one painful incident: a customer refused the answer the covid “questions” and to sanitize his hands upon entrance. As I was insisting (to follow protocol), he became increasingly disagreeable, up to implying that I was doing so because of my ego or because I was racist. I was just trying to do my job. I was putting my health at risk (and the health of my family) in order to give him access to the library and he has shown absolutely no appreciation or gratitude for it. All I ask is some respect. If I was hurt by being called a racist (and I will come back on this subject) what really pissed me off was that my colleagues didn’t show much support when I tried to explain that he refused to follow protocol and insulted me. I don’t know, maybe they just didn’t understand me well: it is hard to express yourself calmly when it’s hot and your are talking through a mask and a face-shield. What happened to “we must absolutely ask ALL the covid questions and not let anyone in that doesn’t answer properly”? And then they told me “you know, we get insulted all the time. You have to get used to it” implying that I was weak to let it get to me. We are supposed to have a policy of not tolerating any disrespect and bullying (no respect, no service) and, yet in the end, that man received the service he came for. If you are tolerating such disrespect OF COURSE people will feel empowered and continue with the same behaviour. It is the wrong attitude. Anyway, that incident bothered me for weeks as I kept thinking about it…

One thing that I spent a lot of time on lately, was shopping for a nice electric bike or scooter. In this epidemic, I want to avoid public transportation (bus & subway) and if my work place for now is at a walking or biking distance, it is quite tiring in the summer heat (and I am closer to sixty than fifty years-old after all). I rented one for a week and I liked it a lot, but when I wanted to purchase one not a single store in the metropolitan area had any in stock. I guess everybody had the same idea at the same time and I was too late. An electric BIKE looks cool (particularly the Banana Boss, the Rad Runner 1, the Maxie Large, or the Paris) but it is quite expensive and a standard bicycle seat is really hard on my backside. Strangely, a scooter is less expensive, as well as being much more confortable and versatile. I’ve been checking several nice models (Écolo, Tao Aquarius, Vienna, Gio Italia, Mignon, UQi Pro, etc.) but now I found a good store and I am just waiting for them to receive some stock later this month… (Search eBike on the blog)

Many important events happened in the second quarter of 2020 ( the end of May, June and the beginning of July) but I don’t want to spend much time on those current events. However, the world stage was dominated by the three great plagues of the era. First, the coronavirus. So far, the world has suffered over 10 million cases of infection resulting in over half a million deaths! We dealt relatively well with it in Canada, but the U.S. in on the verge of total catastrophe as it reopened too soon and they are now seeing an horrible surge in infection (over fifty-thousand new cases each day!). 

The second plague is Trump. I would think that we would get used to it by now but his mishandling of the coronavirus response (no national coordination, not enough test and PPE, not urging confinement, distanciation, and wearing masks, etc.), his constant lying, and his rhetoric encouraging hate-speech and inciting to violence kept making everything worse. Sometimes, I think he just doing it on purpose. If he is not a Putin agent, he is certainly an agent of chaos. He loves it. I can’t wait until November… 

The final plague is racism. Following the death by police abuse of George Floyd and many other subsequent similar baffling incidents, the American urban areas erupted in spontaneous protests against this pervasive institutional racism that literally plagues the U.S. How did we moved from a pandemic to riots in the streets? (Without much social distancing hence the cases surge) We all hoped that it was getting better but I guess we got negligent — the coronavirus confinement and Trump inducement somehow seem to have put salt on the wound — as it now seems worse than ever. It must be dealt with once and for all. With police reform certainly (defunding, demilitarizing, new structure, call it what you want — I always thought we should have several level of policing: the unarmed street or biking cop, the patrol police answering to theft and hold-up, the inspector, the riot police and now we should have a force of psycho-social worker for domestic violence, teenage trouble, neighbour disputes, etc.), but the disease goes further than that. Social reform and massive investments to reduce inequality (in education, in job opening, in housing, etc.) are necessary. With the recent movements like Me-Too and Black Lifes Matter, I feel that the world is effervescent and on the verge of great changes, just like in ’68. However, we will have to be patient. Real change takes time. But now the seed of change, the idea that it is possible, has been planted in people’s minds. It only remains to take care of it and watch it germinate… But the first step toward that change is for American to go vote in November.

Racism has always bothered me. All my life I tried to treat everybody equally, not letting their opinion, behaviour, the size of their nose, the colour of their eyes, hair or skin (pink, brown, “black”, “red” or “yellow”) distract me from the fact that we were all the same. Human beings. I always tried to be tolerant (sometime failing: for a while I became quite intolerant toward religion, but now the only thing I can’t tolerate is intolerance — and stupidity). When I was a teenager I thought that the best way to solve racism was to intermarry and eventually we would all become of the same skin colour (that’s what I did, unfortunately I never had kids — too much trouble!). However, skin colour is just an excuse for racists: in fact they are just afraid of the difference (people thinking, dressing, talking, etc., differently than they are). There are many culture on this world and, if we just learn about them, we see there is no reason to be afraid. We discover that this difference is beautiful, that it is a wealth. Those people usually are against (or ignorant of) science. Science is telling us that, genetically, we are all the same and that there is only one race: the human race. I always wanted to write about this complex and touchy subject (and someday I will). Unfortunately, whatever you say or write will always receive criticism: you didn’t say this, the way you say that is discriminatory, it is not enough, it is too much, etc., so I am waiting to have the right words. However, if you stay silent,  it is worse because they say that you are complicit, that you are encouraging racism by saying nothing. I prefer to show support by my actions: I won’t protest in the street but I’ll always try to be equitable, unbiased, and just. If I see someone being discriminated (racially or otherwise) I will try to defend them. And I’ll stay silent. If I scold you for doing something wrong (like misbehaving in the library or trying to cut the waiting line to enter the bus) and you answer be accusing me of being racist, I’ll stay silent. But just know that calling me a racist is the worst insult that you could give me…

I feel the end of this year will really be difficult… Take care of yourselves and stay safe !

Also, I found time to stay a little acquainted with the affairs of the world and gathered a few notable news & links — which I now share with you (in both french or english, slightly categorized, but in no particular order — note that, to save on coding time, the links will NOT open in a new window), after the jump.

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Status report (mid-May)

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The life in the time of the coronavirus continues… 

This is my fourth status report since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic (the other three were in March, mid-April and the end of April). We have now been in confinement for eight weeks (or fifty-six days).

I have not read or written much in the last couple of weeks. Maybe because I was getting tired of my routine. Also, since I keep myself busy during the day, I read mostly at night. And for now I am still stuck reading the epistolary travelog of Isabella Bird in Japan which is a little laborious to read (lots of descriptions). As I keep falling asleep, I read barely a dozen pages every night, therefore it is a long enterprise. I want to start reading something else during the day (some manga or comics because it is “May, the comics’ month”) but there’s so much work around the house (gardening, painting, doing laundry, shopping for groceries, etc.) and other distractions (shopping online for a new TV, ordering gardening supplies, watching or reading news) that I never get to it. I also undertook tasks that were rather time consuming: editing a video interview with an author, updating the blog indexes and finally putting together the 2019 “notable news”.

Unfortunately, this joyous preview of retirement is coming to an end and I will soon have much less time to read or write. I have been recalled to work… at the community gardens! I chose to work in a library to stay involved with culture and, obviously, there nothing more cultural than to oversee the operations in one of the borough’s community gardens. Considering that we are in one of the boroughs with the worse coronavirus infection rate, within the worse city and the country’s worse province, I was quite reticent to expose myself to possible contamination by going back to work, particularly for a job that I didn’t choose. However, I didn’t have much choice (apparently they don’t give a damn if I bring the virus home and cause the death of my immunosuppressed sibling). To minimize the risk, I opted to work in the closest community garden, avoiding public transportation. And I’ll be very careful in protecting myself. Working outdoor, at walking distance, cannot be so bad (unless the weather doesn’t cooperate)…

I conclude with a list of posts where you will find links and suggestions to fill your confinement and entertain yourselves:

Take care of yourselves and stay safe !

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Indexes Update (Feb. 2019 – Apr. 2020)

Spring is not just the time to do some maintenance around the house. It’s a good time to do it for the blog too. I haven’t updated the Bibliography and indexes of Book reviews as well as Movie & TV series reviews in over a year! It’s a lot of work but it helps the readers to find their way around the blog.

It’s also a good time to look back at statistics. In those fifteen months I have posted 417 posts (an average of 27.8 per month) and received 7068 visitors (an average of 471.2 per month). This includes about 90 book reviews and 45 movie & TV series reviews — that’s a good ratio 2/1 of books vs media reviews! Overall, since its beginning in late 2017, this blog has produced 1041 posts and has received 24,110 views, 11,655 visitors and 141 followers. It’s good as the blog is getting better, but those numbers are no where near the stats I was getting with my previous hosting service. I don’t know what WordPress is doing, but it’s doesn’t reach as many people. I guess I’ll have to pay more to get more exposure…

In this list, I have left out the blog entries that were mostly pictures or short reflection — it’s worth mentioning if it’s over fifty words. Check it out after the jump >>

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De l’écriture (4)

L’écriture c’est la solitude et le vide. Comment puis-je écrire quand tout bouge autour de moi, avec toutes ces boîtes qui parlent sans cesse et jouent de la musique. Je ne peux plus réfléchir ou me concentrer avec toutes ces voix dans ma tête. Et mes mots sont évanescents. Je tente de m’y accrocher mais ils me délaissent. Pour écrire je dois faire le vide mais il y a de plus en plus de monde autour de moi. Étrange en ce temps de confinement. Mais là est le paradoxe, car c’est de tous ces gens, de toutes ces boîtes, ces livres que j’absorbe les émotions, que je suce la vie, aspire le vécu, arrache la connaissance pour nourrir mes mots et combler l’absence et le vide en moi. C’est une balance, un cycle émotionnellement difficile à atteindre et à maintenir…

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Status report (End of April)

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The life in the time of the coronavirus continues… This is the third status report since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic (the other two were in March and mid-April). We’ve now been under confinement for six weeks (forty-two days — a true quarantine) ! 

Despite the apocalyptic feelings we get from the news, the moral is good. However, I am still slightly apprehensive that this heavenly isolation will ends. It starts to feels like an early retirement. But the world has to follow its course and the show must go on. I could be recalled to work anytime within the next two or four weeks. In order to avoid giving the impression that I had been sitting idle through this paid leave, I’ve sent to the libraries’ blog a few reading comments (manga and comics — since “May is the comics month”) that should be posted in the following weeks… (I’ve already contributed more than a dozen comments in 2017-18 and now more are coming).

Evidently, I kept busy. Beside my weekly postings and writing about the latest Notable news and Earth day, I took a break from reading and commented mainly about movies (The trip to Spain, Steve Jobs, Colette, Book Club) and a superb anime TV series (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045). I wrote less because there was still a lot to do around the house: plumbing projects to finish, tiles to be replaced, a tree stump to be removed (although I’ve quit on this one), gardening, etc. 

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Although I still have some gardening and painting to do, I am planning to go back to reading and writing about it. I still have a few novels to read (now I am reading the Japan epistolary travelog of Isabella Bird, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan — it’s so long and made mostly of descriptions) but I will concentrate mainly on manga and comics (I still have plenty of those to read!) because “May is the month of the comics” (Mai, le mois de la BD — for lack of activities in the libraries, the NFB is offering us a selection of films made by cartoonists or drawn from comic books). 

Indeed, May is at our doors! May, the most beautiful month of the year! The warm side of Spring that brings back the colour green, leaves on the trees, bugs & birds and… flowers! And, of course, the latest Star Wars movie (episode IX), The Rise of Skywalker, will start streaming on Disney+ on May the 4th [be with you]…

Stay safe !

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Status report (March)

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The life in the time of the coronavirus continues… I’ve now been in self-isolation for over a week (actually for about ten days) and I am doing well. There are no signs of any symptoms so far and I am in good shape (physically and mentally) — although I still suffers from kidney stones from time to time. I try to stay fit by doing at least an hour of walking (if possible reaching ten thousand steps) and thirty minutes of cardio (by shovelling the backyard or sweeping the driveway) every day — while keeping my distance from people which is really not a problem for me. Unfortunately we had a couple of days of rain and I couldn’t reach my goals during that time. 

I also stay fit mentally by keeping busy with my blog and doing stuff around the house. First, all this reading is a great help in lowering my tsundoku pile. Second, since I am theoretically still working for the library, I try to do some reference work by writing as much reading suggestions and comments as possible. I have everything I need here to keep busy.

The moral is good — despite spending lots of time watching the news, both local and American. I really don’t mind the isolation. Now-a-day — with tons of books & Dvds, the television and the internet to make the mind travel — can we really be isolated anymore? In a way, the only apprehension is about going back to work and ending this very productive streak. However, the way things are going, I don’t think I have to worry about that for a while…

At first I was hoping to read a book and watch a movie every day, but all the walking and doing chores around the house take some time. I have not written as much as I would have liked. So far, I wrote a list of thing to do to keep busy during the isolation, my usual “Natural Friday” entries (about the dodo and the megaladapis), a comment about the second volume of Histoire en manga, a suggestion list for long series of manga in French, and a series of articles about Ghost in the shell Stand Alone Complex (manga, anime TV series, 2nd Gig, Official Log book 1, and movie) as well as the original manga. More (so much more) is in the works.

In the meantime, things are not doing so well around the world. We seem to cope well here in Quebec, but the situation looks dire in Europe and, particularly, in the U.S.. Here are some links to keep yourself informed:

Please, stay put and safe — and keep reading.

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Blogging at the time of Corona

 

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I am now on indefinite leave
It would feel like staycation
If it was not for this doomsday vibes

The coronavirus (COVID-19) unleashed itself on an unprepared world. Now, we are all in self-confinement to create the social distancing necessary to slow down the onslaught. Therefore the library is closed. We worked for about a week without the public (it was quite fun), but now they have sent us back home (with pay!). I am glad because I was worried that travelling everyday on the bus and the subway would put my family at risk (one of my siblings is immunosuppressed). The governments (both federal, provincial and municipal) asked us to stay home, so we do. I don’t know how long it will last; it might be anything from two weeks to two months. 

I will take advantage of that time to catch up on my reading and movie viewing, do a little clean-up in the house and maybe (if it last for a while) start gardening. I will definitively blog more during this period, mostly to post my reading or viewing comments but also to try to entertain you with bits of knowledge and wisdom. I have already post a list of activities everyone can do during this confinement period.

Hopefully everything will be well. In the meantime, please stay all safe.

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