Michael Jordan, spam emails, orchids, and ice plant
Let’s get several things out of the way with this one SNIPPETS post.
First, happy birthday to Michael Jordan, 50 years old today, and the 22nd best player of all time, behind a couple of Boston Celtics: Danny Ainge, Ray Allen, Tiny Archibald, Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Kevin Garnett, John Havlicek, Tommy Heinsohn, Dennis Johnson, K. C. Jones, Sam Jones, Cedric Maxwell, Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Bill Russell, Paul Silas, Bill Walton, and Jo Jo White. Alright, so I’m a little biased.
Second, one day in mid-January, I got over 500 emails of which more than half were spam emails. I decided to start an experiment to see if the unsubscribe, opt out, and report spam links on those emails did any good. I started unsubscribing, opting out, and reporting spam emails as, well, spam. Last night, I had just four spam emails when I went to take a catnap with Zoey the Cool Cat. At 6:00 this morning, when I checked emails, I had not a single spam email. Zip, zero, nada! I’m thinking that these unsubscribe, opt out, and report spam links actually do work. Interestingly, we live in a world of instant gratification but after clicking on many of the unsubscribe and opt out links, I was told of my success in unsubscribing and opting out but that it could take “up to 10 days.” Wow. And to think our computers are more powerful than the computers that put man on the moon back in 1969. Ten days is the best they can do?
Third, if you are in the San Diego area, now is the time to head on down to Balboa Park and check out the Botanic Building. It is full of orchids. I’ll be there this afternoon taking billions and billions and billions of pictures.
Lastly, although the East County mountains are supposed to get snow on Tuesday down to 2,000 feet, spring is springing throughout most of San Diego. The ice plants on the freeways are starting to put on their displays which should last from now through mid-May. The deep purple ones are at their peak from now to early March:
The pink ones will be blooming in April and May. This is a picture from last year:
I don’t know where “ice plant” got its name, but here in San Diego they are used along freeways and on steep hillsides. The plant is full of water yet surprisingly requires little water to grow and look beautiful. Planting ice plant, then, is a great way to protect one’s home from wildfires; when the fire reaches the ice plant, it goes no farther. Their tangled mass of roots are also good at holding together steep hillsides, especially during our four-week rainy season. Here are a few more pictures of houses using ice plants as fire defense, hillside holder-together, and sheer beauty:
The pink and purple ice plants are the most popular, or perhaps the most common. There are also orange, yellow, and white ice plants, but they are rare, especially plants en masse.
Ice plants are everywhere this time of year. Take a drive and you’ll see them. However, two of the best places to see masses of the pink ice plant in a month or so are State Highway 125 from Grossmont College to State Highway 52, and Interstate 5 at Cannon Road in Carlsbad.
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Posted on February 17, 2013, in Flora, Mother & Father Nature, Out & About, Photos, SNIPPETS and tagged balboa park san diego, bill russell, bill walton, bob cousy, boston celtics, botanic building san diego, cedric maxwell, danny ainge, dave cowens, dennis johnson, ice plant pictures, jo jo white, john havlicek, k. c. jones, kevin garnett, kevin mchale, larry bird, michael jordan, orchid pictures, paul pierce, paul silas, places to see ice plant in san diego, rajon rondo, ray allen, report spam, robert parrish, sam jones, spam emails, spam opt out, spam unsubscribe, tiny archibald, tommy heinsohn. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.