birdcam update: the missing sock feeder

birdcam update: the missing sock feeder

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Hey, a squirrel is suspected in a rather fine update in my absence:

True, Roscoe isn’t actually touching the sock in that shot, but he clearly was spending a lot of time climbing on and around it on the morning in question.

A few months ago I had one of these sock feeders fall off the corner of my house where I’d hung it; my investigation in that case showed that the problem was the knot, which had basically untied itself under the weight and jostling of an endless progression of Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches. The CONE SF sock feeder hasn’t had the same level of finch attention, but it wouldn’t surprise me if a single active squirrel could do as much to tug a knot loose as any number of finches.

Elanus' blog here also has great shots of hummingbirds and other birds I hadn't identified.

Looks like the squirrels are getting back in, gotta grease the pole later.

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Dave

I read that men shrink an inch every 20 years after turning 20 years of age.

twodogkd

I was interested in "The Case of the Mission Sock Feeder" http://www.elanus.net/sutro/2007/06/10/the-case-of-the-missing-sock-feeder.
In looking over the comments about the squirrel and the sock and why the sock disappeared from view, I clicked on the link to this blog by Donna Bogatin, for example: Craigslist’s Craig Newmark: ‘My life is a sitcom’ http://blog.insiderchatter.com/2007/06/06/craigslists-craig-newmark-my-life-is-a-sitcom/.
Looking at the blog and the comments thereto, I decided I wanted to reply to Comment 1 to that blog: "Deep Jive Interests » Will No One Say What Everyone Is Thinking? Craig Newmark Was Lucky As Hell. End of Story. — June 6, 2007 @ 10:07 pm", but could not do so on that website which required logging in.
So here is my reply reply to "Comment 1" above:
In my opinion Craigslist was not started by luck. Here is the Craigslist story from my perspective:
Craig emailed comments on topics to friends, the emails I understood were referred to as Craig's list, and were highly popular. I was never on that email list. Later Craig started a S.F. community website called Craigslist that took on a life of its own. Craig and three friends worked to get the website going on their own time, and did so due to their interest in creating a local San Francisco community website that gave people a way to get help with housing, and more.
I had a similar experience to Craig, but on a much smaller scale in population/circulation, where I worked to provide the community with information for free. I spent every hour of my time off work, working to compile and distribute information about events, people, and where to learn about this community. I shared that information for free, and like a small whirlwind it took on a life of its own with great interest pouring in from across America. But unlike Craig, I was not ready or prepared, and did not have connections and vision to keep up with that whirlwind, and my community project died on the vine, though my efforts did help others.
Craig's found a way to deal with the little whirlwind that was the early Craigslist website. Once started it did take on a life of its own. Without the vision and guidance provided by Craig Newmark, Craigslist would not be what it is today. Craig has kept Craigslist locally focused — Craigslist sites each serving the local area, people dealing directly with others in their communities, which is a large part of the reason for the success of the Craigslist community websites.
Regarding monitoring posts to the website, Craig does what they reasonably can, but Craigslist Community websites, are self moderated sites, the "self" being the local communities that use the local Craigslist community website. Craigslist users are charged with monitoring that site and flagging off posts/threads that violate Craigslist Terms Of Use (TOU).
I say the process process of monitoring a Craigslist community site, is like tending a community garden. Craig has given communities across American and across the world Craigslist community gardens, and it is up to local residents to decide what they want in their garden, and to pull weeds as their pop up. So the community can embrace the website and use it to its fullest, pulling the weeds (flagging posts) that they do not want in their community or that violate Craigslist terms of use) and developing a wonderful resourse where commmunity members may learn of events, find housing, sell items, learn about what is happening in the local community and more. Or the community may ignore the website, not monitor it and weeds will poliferate and it will develop into a place no one wanst to visit, filled with commerical or inappropriate postings.
This reflects real life, learning the best way to tend a garden takes time. Figuring out what will grow or what works takes time. So learning how to use the ad categories that are to serve only the local area, and using the discussion forums that are world wide forums, takes time. The learning process in ongoing just like in real life. New people are coming on board daily and learning about Craigslist community garden in their local area, what it is and how it works.
Craigslist users learn of Craigslist by word of mouth, or by emails from folks. As such it takes time for new users, and in particular for the folks using new Craigslist sites to understand how Craigslist is supposed to work, what is and is not allowed, and that Craigslist users control what is on their local Craigslist community website via the flagging process.
Craigslist's popularity has brought with it some undesirable folks who, like in the hardscape world, would try to take advantage, but like in the hardscape world people need to take care. Just like in the hardscape world no one can control or edit all public interactions, it is not realistic or possible for anyone to monitor or control all the millions of Craigslist postings. However like the real world, some folks who step far out on a limb — doing things against Craigslist terms of use and/or that are illegal or just not condoned in the local community — will be addressed one way or another. For example, just like in the hardscape world, police can and do monitor certain sections of Craigslist site for illegal activities. Many other items will be flagged off by the local community. Craigslist staff remove other more serious matters if brought to their attention.
Craig involved the public in decisions about changes to the website essentially from the beginning of the Craigslist website. That is why there is a Craigslist feedback discussion forum, where registered/logged in users may make comments about improving Craigslist.
This forum is one tool Craigslist uses to obtain input on changes the site needs. So decisions made by Craig/Craigslist staff are not made in a vacuum. While there are thousands of suggested changes, and some regularly recurring suggestions such as search engines to search more than the local Craigslist site, Craig and Craigslist staff are wisely keeping the Craigslist websites local, and making other changes over time to address issues raised.
I have been using Craigslist since BEFORE Craigslist incorporated. I watched it grow and change. I particpated in some of those changes. I also attended one of the early classes Craig gave on building community websites, back when Craigslist had around 200,000 page views a month or more.
Like so many businesses that are extremely successful, the Craigslist website was started out of a genuine interest in the community, and with no thought of making money whatsoever. Craigslist succeeded because of Craig's motivation was an INTEREST IN community, and providing a means for the little guy to reach out to others in their community, and this appears to me to REMAINS the HEART and SOUL of Craigslist today. PROFIT was not a motivating factor. Craigslist is not about making a profit, although the site of course does make money, primarily on its Job ads on certain sites. That is why the website says no to banner ads and doing many other money making things that would KILL the Craigslist website.
Craig is about community, about people, about making the world a better place. It is about leveling the playing field dominated by big money, so that the little guy can be heard.
Craigslist was not a lucky creation. Craigslist was created with heart, and caring about the community. That is why Craigslist is a success.
Should also say Craig had others helping him in the creation of Craigslist, the spread of the word about Craigslist, and the hundreds or thousands of people who volunteer on Craigslist, helping answering questions and more. Craig has thanked some individuals and companies that were involved with Craigslist at the beginning and that helped Craigslist get started and evolve on the Craigslist website.
Therefore I would state, LUCK did not start Craigslist. Craig's concern about the community and developing ways for the community to get help, get places to live, and more is what started the tiny whirlwind that has grown and spread across the world. It would seem that love of community and interest in helping others, rather than greed and goal of money for money itself, is the key to Craigslist success. Luck had nothing to do with that.
Thanks for asking.
Should say that 87 year old Grandma Edna Gordon, Hawk Clan, Seneca Wisdomkeeper, in her little home on her reservation in New York State, is also creating her little whirlwind, like Craig with a focus on getting away from greed, corruption, and materialism, and getting back to a more natural way of living. I told her about the Sunlight Foundation what it is doing, and she was very excited as it fit in to what she has been working on for the past 20, 30 or more years. Her book, Voice of the Hawk Elder, tells of her Broomstick Revolution to sweep out injustice . . . and discusses getting away from materialism and back to a more natural way of living.
Who is Grandma Edna? A Dunkirk Observer article gives a great snapshot about her here, http://observertoday.com/family/articles.asp?articleID=18175
Grandma Gordon of Indian Country is starting a whirlwind, and what she calls "relays" across America, trying to sweep out corruption and have folks look to nature for guidance in living. When I learn more of what she is doing I will post another reply here.

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