austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Stalked in the forest too close to hide

bunny_hugger had been going out to water the plants, ahead of our amusement parks tour and ahead of what turned out to be six days of the most rain Michigan has ever received, and thought she heard something at the squirrel feeder. When she heard it again and again she got a flashlight and found, yeah, it's a raccoon.

I don't want to sound like I'm afraid of a rival. But we do worry about him deciding peanuts are nice but there's fish in the pond. As there wasn't any time before we'd leave town, we put the net that we normally use to catch leaves in the fall over the pond, and we're looking at things we can do to give the fish somewhere to hide in case a raccoon takes an interest in them. And to how we can prepare a squirrel feeder that squirrels and chipmunks can access but that raccoons will find too much work to deal with. The squirrels wished to point out we could just stop putting capsicum on the bird seed and they'll use the bird feeder.

I've had a bunch of mathematics blog entries since the last time I rounded them up, and it seems to help people to have them all announced like this, so here goes:

I'm not sure I realized just how much of this was mathematics comics stuff, but they're fun writing about.

Trivia: Baylor University introduced, in 1929, the first (American) hospitalization plan, offering up to 21 days of hospital care per year to a group of 1500 schoolteachers in exchange for a premium of $6 per year. Source: An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power, John Steele Gordon.

Currently Reading: The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era, Craig Nelson.


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