20131010

Amazing software that can translate animal sounds into English words. What are they saying?

I was experimenting with Voice Recognition software trying to "train" it to my voice when all of a sudden it started wildly typing text on my screen that I had not said. Confused, until I realized it was picking up and translating the voice of my 8 yr old Modena Pigeon, Simon, who was in the room with me cooing with vigor .

This is what it actually typed
"and move and moo moo moo move the Moon and moo move and move move moo in and move and move move the move the move and move move move and moo move moon if in to move moon to moo moo
move the the move and move the Moon and the move and the the Moon and the Moon and the Moon and the Moon and move moo moo and move in and…" etc. - - - .
Now if I could just get him to express his thoughts a little more clearly…

20130227

How do you allow Pigeons in the house?

How do you allow Pigeons in the house?
Velcro and 2.5 live in the outside aviary, free to fly outside, but they (and Tuna cat) come in/out of the house thru a special insert I made for $7 for the patio door.

They usually fly to the Family Room hutch (Rubber mat on top)... or into the living room then on top of the Doves Aviary (Screen roof over Aviary, sand floor like a litter box). see link= https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151485803695295

Sometimes they fly down the hall 3rd door on the right to my office and spend the day with me. There I have special Perches with a rubber mat (see pic), on top of a file cabinet where they like to sleep, and a special perch with tray, over the computer keyboard where they often take naps. They are never in the house unattended. 

Simon Pigeon can, but rarely flies. That's why HE is able to mostly live in the house but occasionally he wants to go outside. He has a special area in the family room where he hangs out. Simon and Tuna cat sleep on my chest while I watch the TV news.
He usually spends the day with me in my office sleeping on my shoulder or the back of my desk chair, or...I've learned to type with one hand because he insists on being held and cuddled a lot.

When inside, they spend almost all the time in designated areas that are easy to maintain. They are odor free (unlike chicken poop).  Not too much different than cats or dogs in the house (except for feathers instead of fur to clean up).


Often they sit in front of the door, sometimes peck on the glass (Can't reach the doorbell).

2.5 just likes to come inside and take a nap.

Velcro loves to sit in my office with me. 

They like this spot in the family room because that's where the action is... and they can watch TV too. (Rubber mat on top)

I provide treats for them on top of the Doves aviary (screen top).  The Dove aviary has an easy to clean sand floor.

They like to stay up high so I place these on top of the tall file cabinets. (Rubber mat, easy to clean).
Simon loves to lay in the sun.

They both love to be hugged and cuddled. 

After looking out the patio door at the snow, Simon turned around and sat in front of the fireplace. (smart).

Simon, warming his toes after being outside in the snow.

Simon likes to watch TV with us.
When I'm outside... Simon wishes he could be outside too.

Henry loves Simon, and Simon loves the attention.

Simon the navigator.  He LOVES to ride in the car. 


20130208

HOW TO get a large tube into a small hole (Learned the hard way).
Many/most modern small gas devices use a fuel line pressed into a hole in the gas tank. These tend to last only a few years, get brittle then leak at the point of contact.
It's usually impossible to push the proper size tube into the hole, it must be pulled thru the hole.
1) Cut the tube at a 60-70 degree angle.
2) Drill a small hole on the backside of the cut.
3) Insert a small wire into the hole.
4) Fold the wire so it will not come out of the hole. The wire will guide the tip of the tube thru the hole opening.

5) Push the wire thru the gas tank hole from the outside, grab the wire thru the tank filler hole.
6 ) Pull wire, the tube will easily go thru the hole and into the tank.
7) Pull the tube far enough so you can remove the wire.
8) Pull the tube back into the tank until it's about 1/8" above the surface of the tank.
9) Connect other end of tube to carburetor.
10) Done.
 

20130207

Know what this is?

Stuff my sweet little Dove cleaned off my desk. She's mischievous and gets bored.

THIEF CAUGHT on security camera stealing food. He and an accomplice made 252 return trips in just ONE night.
. . This was before I tightened security. Ever since, they have not returned.
 
This is the food shelf of the Pigeon Aviary.
This was before I tightened security.... They haven't been back since. 

20130124

Male makes female very happy (almost).

Male makes female very happy (almost).
So sad, her cries were so sad and forlorn...you could hear the painful anguish in her voice. She was mostly silent but would occasionally call in vain to her lover but there was no response. I could no longer stand hearing her sad cries because I could easily feel her pain. Since her partner had died (age), I just HAD to find another male for my young 1 yr old female Zebra Finch. After a month long search I finally found a male finch yesterday (on sale yet).
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. . The difference was TOTALLY AMAZING, I mean really really amazing.. Now her exuberant song is one of extreme joy and pleasure You've never seen so much extreme happiness... she is ecstatic with joy. The most pleasant sweet chirping sounds she now makes. Yes, they are madly in love, lots of hugging, cuddling and mutual preening. I can see that it won't be long now.
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. . She is SOoooo anxious to mate. She keeps trying to lure him to her nest. She flies to him to get his attention then to her nest where she crouches down to wait for him...again and again and again. He excitedly joins her but doesn't know what to do so flies away. He is only a few months old and apparently not old enough to mate yet. Yes, She is a cougar finch, not a Zebra Finch, but soon it will not matter.
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. . The most important thing is that she is now so overwhelmingly happy. Now I love to hear their constant gentle but enthusiastic conversations. Nature the way it should be.
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. . In my home office I enjoy having passive company. I tried mice (ok, but smelly), fish (ok but not to interactive), crabs (indifferent), turtles and snails (boring). For 5 years now, I have a large finch cage just a few feet away and it's perfect. They are constantly hyper active and constantly in pleasant happy conversation.... quiet enough to easily ignore if desired, and they only require minimum maintenance. They always seem so happy and cheerful... it's catchy.
 

20130122

I MUST have one of these. . . Yes., I must.
 
Fancy Pigeon = pink-necked green pigeon (Treron vernans)

"If all pigeons looked like this, I might not consider them flying rats!
This is the pink-necked green pigeon (Treron vernans) and it's honestly not photoshopped.
They're found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Photograph: by Chong Lip Mun"


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=533184863369196&set=a.456449604376056.98921.367116489976035&type=1
Well this makes it obvious that more guns makes us all safer.


http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/19/1473881/two-people-accidentally-shot-at-a-gun-show-safety-checkpoint-on-gun-appreciation-day/
Did you know that Nutella gets as hard as a brick when in a cold cupboard on an exterior wall (about 45-50 deg with outside temp -10). It can be dangerous when trying to extract it from the jar, chunks fly out like shrapnel.
$100 to $350.00 for a Pigeon at a show I went to this weekend. Jacobin Pigeons, but other breeds are less expensive. Breeders from all over the USA were at this specialty show = Fantails, Modena (like my Simon) and Jacobins.
I ALMOST came home with a Jacobin... fell in love with several, they are so gentle and so very beautiful, but too delicate to live in my Aviary with the others.
These guys take it very serious. One fellow from S Dakota (a heart surgeon) has a Pigeon loft 40' by 80' with many hundreds of Jacobin Pigeons. I only have 3.

Keep in mind that these have been caged for 3 days so are a bit messy.  
The Fantails are rather odd and I don't care for them.
The Modena (Like Simon) are very husky stocky birds with an attitude, but have very beautiful feather patterns.
The Jacobins have a beautiful arrangement of feathers that form a large Puff around the sides of the head. They don't fly too well, but can.
Fantail judging

Fantail - Yes that's how they normally look. How do they fly?


Faintail judging

Modena (Like my Simon Pigeon).

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Jacobin

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Jacobin, one I considered buying

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Jacobin, One I considered buying

Jacobin, One I considered buying

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$350 Jacobin

This fellow (Heart surgeon) has a 40x80 Jacobin loft for a hobby


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