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March 19th, 2008

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  • 09:18 @bobbiejohnson: Fiction if it's Joe Haldeman's little known Vietnam War novel... #
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  • 15:07 @drewb: you know my email address! #
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Coming in for landing

Coming in for landing

The Artist's Palette is one of the most beautiful places in Death Valley, a canyon full mix of coloured soils and rocks covering a whole mountain side.

It's a wonderful place to stop and catch the light at any time of the day. It must also be an excellent place to scrounge food, as a rather tubby young raven spent its time wandering and flying around the cars. I managed to catch it coming into land, pinions splayed wide, after one of its little expeditions...

Death Valley, California
March 2008

Road through the desert flowers

Road through the desert flowers

One for spikeiowa.

Death Valley, California
March 2008

It's one for the Mono, tufa the snow...

It's one for the Mono, tufa the snow

Mono Lake is one of those places you have to visit. The wide salt lake slops slowly under the shadow of the Sierras, the dense water damping the ripples left behind by the wind. At the edge of winter the snow still lies all around, leaving nothing but silence. Walking down the boardwalk to the lake you start to see the strange towers of the tufa pinnacles.

Tufa reflections

Some are still in the water, while others sit in the sagebrush. Left behind when Los Angeles stole the lake's sources and the water level dropped, the tufa are fossilised springs - the calcite crystallising as the cold fresh water met the saline solution of Lake Mono.

Many will disappear soon, as Mono begins to refill after a conservation campaign started to end much of the water extractions. It won't be to its 1940's height, but it will reduce the increasing salinity of the lake, returning an important ecosystem to the dry lands on the west of the Great Basin.
I've been looking for a back-up brain for sometime now, and the latest version of Evernote is an interesting step along that road.

It's a notetaking application that mixes mobile, desktop and web tools to make sure that you can take notes anywhere, and synchronise them through one service. I've found it very useful over the last few days, and it works across my Windows and OS X machines, as well as through my Windows Mobile phone. I can take a note on the road, and it'll be on my desktop as soon as I get back. Clipping tools let me copy text from web pages straight to the web service too...

I've got nine eight seven beta invitations to give away. Ping me if you want one!

Desktop is Windows XP, Vista and OS X Leopard, and mobile is currently only Windows Mobile - Java and iPhone versions should be along soon...