A collective term for three species of small sandpipers; the Least, Semi-Palmated and Western, two of which were busily foraging this afternoon on the tide banks of the Siletz River, Oregon.

A least sandpiper, identifiable mainly because of it’s yellow legs, alighting among some westerns. Very small, 5 to 6 inches, they allowed the kayak to drift up within about 5 feet.



The Watering Hole: October 6 – R.I.P. Steve Jobs

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Yesterday we lost a truly remarkable human being, a creative genius and a national treasure. Steven “Steve” Jobs (born February 24, 1955) died at the age of 56 after a seven year battle with Pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his family. I will share that we as a family have been Apple people since 1996 when we bought our first computer – an Apple Macintosh Performa 6300. Looking back now, it had 16 MB of RAM… Hard to believe how far they’ve come,

We’ll never be anything but Apple people. Through the years we have been continually amazed and thrilled with the leaps in technology and the constant innovations. Steve Jobs was a true visionary as well as a very highly respected human being.


The year after his cancer diagnosis, when Jobs was 50, he gave the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Stanford University. It’s an oft-quoted speech, because it was such a personal one. Jobs the showman was quite the opposite when it came to family matters. But in the speech, he shared his thoughts about many personal things, including his own life — and death.

From YouTube:

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

For a transcript of this address, go here. (H/T: Ebb)

To read more about Steve Jobs’ legacy, go here.

Lots of posts and tributes to Steve Jobs on Huffington Post.

A compilation of tributes from Talking Points Memo.

This is our Thursday open thread. What’s on your mind today? (Anything with the exception of Sarah Palin..)