Maryland Frogs and Toads

What an awesome article about the frogs of Maryland. Thanks for posting this.

The Frog Lady

***This post is a part of myserieswhere this year I will be highlighting all of the different states native frogs and toads. Check outthispage to see all of the United State’s native frogs broken down by state. ***

Here are the frogs and Toads that can be found in Maryland:

American Bullfrog(Lithobates catesbeianus)

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The American Bullfrog is the largest frog in North America. They are typically green or gray-brown with brown spots. They can grow up to 8″ in length and weigh up to 1.5 pounds. The bullfrog can be found near large permanent bodies of water with vegetation near the shorelines. They are abundant within the state of Maryland.

It has a very deep call which resembles the mooing of a cow. Watch the video below to hear! Both genders of the bullfrog croak. Their calls may be heard day or night between April and…

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Kolibri OS: A diminutive surprise




One thing that is pretty widely known about hummingbirds is that they are very, very fast. They are also very, very lightweight. I recall one time watching in horror as one flew into a glass window and plummeted three stories to the ground.

I was sure that it was going to be a goner and yet somehow, someway, some shape, some form it was still alive. In fact, its heart was still beating at what appeared to be a million miles a second. I remember its beautiful plumage and just being rather concerned about its future. More about that here.

Despite this being several years ago the scene plays like reed that were wound around my head.

It is as the result of the above characteristics that the Kolibri operating system is so very, very well named. I was to find this out for myself just a few minutes ago…

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Just saying hello

Thought I would give you all an update as to what’s been new, well not exactly new but I suppose new to you LOL!!! These days I ride either of my two bikes quite a bit and I will be talking more about my adventures on them pretty soon so stay tuned.

I hope you all stay healthy and well despite all the craziness that’s all around in the meantime.

Episode 50: Interview with Clem Lefebvre



Charles and Rothgar’s final episode is the long-awaited interview with Clement Lefebvre, creator and maintainer of Linux Mint.

News & personal updates

0:01:23 This is the last episode for Rothgar and Charles. A new team is gearing up to continue producing the podcast.
0:03:02 Rothgar (Justin Garrison) attended CES, and wrote articles detailing the best and worst of CES.
0:03:22 Rothgar will be speaking at the Southern California Linux Expo in February.

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I’m still alive!

Yeah, I know it’s been quite some time since I have done a post here but rest assured that I am indeed alive and well.  While I have lots and lots of material over the past few months or so I just haven’t felt like writing it down.

Nevertheless, I intend for that to change really soon.  Now that some years have past I think Its time to reflect on some things I wrote about before.

Needless to say that I still love Linux and continue to use it everyday.  I also continue to love getting out into nature and have some pretty cool experiences to share about that as well.

All these and more are coming soon so stay tuned in.


Oh, and before I forget. I have an irc channel on freenode ##forthenerds.  Please feel free to join us.



Why are there toilets on my openSUSE wallpaper?

First of all, the entire wallpaper is here:

On the right-hand side, there are these cool line-art cad drawing with Geeko in the middle. The problem is that these aren’t just just random lines nor are they circuits boards or anything like that. These are architectural blueprints. There are 5 full bathroom and a small piece of a 6th. There’s also a couple of conference rooms.

My proof:

Why do I care?

I think it’s hilarious. It’s a strange decision for a wallpaper and I bizarre easter egg to find.

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Anacostia River Web Series Launches Today

I am so happy so see talk about this river that has endured the onslaught of man for centuries.

krista schlyer

River of Resilience story map commemorates the Year of the Anacostia by exploring the history and restoration of a national river watershed.

Over the past four centuries the Anacostia River has been given many names: the Eastern Branch of the Potomac, the other national river, the dirtiest river in the nation, the forgotten river. But for millennia uncounted prior to European arrival, for every creature that lived within the watershed, this river was simply everything.

How does a river transform from essential to forgotten in a span of 400 years?

This question is one of many addressed in River of Resilience, a nine-chapter web story structured as a journey from the headwaters of the Anacostia in Sandy Spring, Maryland, to the confluence of the river with the Potomac in Washington DC. River of Resilience is a story of time and place, a visually-rich geographic narrative of a…

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Hello Miss Antenna

I never cease to be amazed by the utter stupidity of people.  This story took place a few months ago in Baltimore.  I had recently gotten on the Lime bus headed north and there was two young ladies that had children with them. Well one of the ladies sits in front of me and I notice what looks like two metal antennas coming out of her cheeks.  (I swear that the reception on my phone got better when she sat down). it was hard not to notice the rather unique body modifications and thought they looked pretty stupid but I was able to maintain my composure nonetheless.

So they see this older gentleman on the bus and refer to him as their uncle and they have some small talk and then he looks over at Miss Antenna and asks:  “What is that on your face”?.  Now this was the straw that didn’t merely break the camel’s back no that joker broke in several places and I was unable to hold back the laughter.  At that Miss Antenna turns to me and in a very upset tone asks:  “Are you laughing at me?”  Now in my mind I’m like..”Duh lady you know good and well you got the antennas sticking out of your cheeks and you chose to come out the house looking like that so of course I am laughing at you”.  I kind of just paused and didn’t quite know how to respond. I clearly couldn’t say what was really on my mind lest this woman spaz out and I end up being yet another story that ends up here.

Dude with smart mouth gets stabbed on Lime bus

So her friend/relative looked at me and said…..”Just say yes.”  I sense that was probably the best thing to do so I said yes and that seemed to satisfy her and so we continued on the bus. Thankfully they got off not long afterwards and I was just left with a story to tell.

Goodbye Miss Antenna!