Monday, July 02, 2007


Sort of. It actually moved here. Update your RSS. This is the last transmission.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

OOPS! I moved!

I've moved the blog. The new address is: The new feed is: If you're subscribed to this blog you need to subscribe again.

Where's that pizza already?

Also, what's his name already? Yesterday I was close to calling him The Dude ala The Big Lebowski. That would work much better if I also had a Walter and a Donny, and I'm not about to. Not to mention the rug I would need to tie his room together too. STFU Donny!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Action Cats vs Laser Cats

Action Cats

Laser Cats

Green Tree Frog

Green Tree Frog, originally uploaded by michael rupert.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Saturday was Caturday - LOL Etc.

Think of a name to go with this face

What's Up?

Long story short, I got a kitten. I adopted him from the Orange County Animal Shelter this past Caturday. They called him Elvis. I'm not sure what I'll call him yet. He's a sport. More later...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Lions, Water Buffalo, Crocodiles - Battle Royale

A battle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in South Africa's Kruger National Park. It's an epic battle with an ending I never expected.

More wild animal video footage

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Dramatic Chipmunk - er Prarie Dog

The sudden push in, dramatic music, and in ur face shot of this guy is being touted as the best 5 seconds of video on the internet by many blogs. I'll agree with that today.

You Stay Classy Something Mobile Company

This is a snippet from an email that went to all in our company regarding building rules. I have no idea what spawned this email, but lately nothing surprises me about this place and the people working here.

In accordance with Exhibit D from each of your office Leases, “Tenant shall not cause or permit any improper noises in the Building, or allow any unpleasant odors to emanate from the Premises, or otherwise interfere with, injure or annoy in any way other tenants, or persons having business with them.”

Please do not let anyone from your office conduct themselves in an unfit manner when outside your office. This includes riding scooters/skateboards through the corridors. Thanks for your help in this matter.

The real origin of Laugh-Out-Loud Cats

Who knew they were IN UR NEWZ PAPER HAS'N CHEESEBURGERS in the early 1900's. LOL

Apple iPhone

This is the best Apple iPhone writeup I've read yet. Here are a few of my favorite bullets.

  • Takes Polaroids

  • When moved from hand to ear, makes Lightsaber sound effects

  • Comes with an iPhone hat, so people know you own an iPhone during the brief periods you're not using it


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Microsoft Surface - Big Ass Table cracked me up with this parody of Microsoft's Surface commercial.

Obituary of the year

Immendorff was discovered naked having his nipples licked by a retinue of seven young filles de joie, while 11 grams of cocaine lay ready for consumption on a Versace ashtray nearby. With an obituary like that, how can you be remembered for anything else? Found via Fark. Link

No Hand King

No Hand King, originally uploaded by michael rupert.

When I still worked downtown Raleigh, I would see this guy every morning on my way to work. We've since moved to another office. Traveling West on I-40, we spotted The King doing his thing. Hopefully I didn't interrupt an important call. Yep, he's even on myspace.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hooray Beer!

I like Red Stripe, it's beer! I also like their new commercials.

Embed a flickr slideshow on any page with 123Flickr

Web site 123Flickr lets you embed Flickr slideshows on any web page. Found on

Monday, June 18, 2007

Americans In France

My friends Kent, Josh, and Cassey aka Americans In France played their third show Saturday night at The Cave in Chapel Hill NC. They don't have a website...yet. The place was packed and they rocked as usual. (My 1964 Gibson SG Jr. was on loan for a few songs - nice!)




Thursday, June 14, 2007

Alternate Sopranos Ending

I watched the Sopranos on HBO and I was a little disappointed by the ending. I get it, but I didn't love it. I knew it would only be a matter of time before fans created alternat endings. I can't wait for more of these to show up. I love the music reference to the finale of The OC (by Imogen Heap) (no I've never watched The OC) which was lampooned by SNL in the following skit. I guess it's a comment on what a great TV series would be like with a mainstream pop ending. The cat was Adriana! Oh! Hear what I said? I said the cat was Adriana! Oh!

Sopranos Alternate Ending

Here's the SNL parody of The OC finale (find the original of that one yourself if you must):

Friday, June 08, 2007

Mayaguana Mosaic

Mayaguana 2007, originally uploaded by michael rupert.

You can view the full set on flickr here.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Mayaguana 2007 - Betsy Bay: Graveyard flats

Rainy Flats
We decided to return to Blackwood Point on our last day of fishing. The bonefish were all schooled up into one huge group and trying not to become breakfast for some large barracuda. They were not interested in eating. Rather, they were intent on not being eaten. Such is the life of a bonefish. To add insult to injury, the rain poured on us again and we decided to move to another flat.

Betsy Bay Graveyard
We rolled the dice and decided to try Betsy Bay. Other than knowing where it was on the map, it was new to us. When we nearly drove into the graveyard, we knew it was time to start walking. Now we knew where Trevor's graveyard flat was.

Graveyard Flat
We walked about six miles in bad weather and never saw bonefish. I could imagine fish being there when the tide is dead low maybe, but that wasn't the case.

Betsy Bay
Betsy Bay might not be great bonefishing, but it seemed to have potential for some good snorkeling - maybe next time.

Graveyard Flat
It wasn't the greatest day, but we did get to see the missile tracking station, more ospreys, and stopped at the Northeast point one last time. Tomorrow I'll wrap Mayaguana up and get back to the usual stuff. The worst thing about vacation is it ends.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Mayaguana 2007 - Northeast Point

Smoothest road on the island
On days that bonefishing was impossible or after the bonefish left the flats with the tide, we took a drive down this sandy road to the Northeast point.

Anolis sagrei ordinalis
This brown anole was basking under the overcast sky and allowed me to get close enough for this photo before scurrying away.

Pirate's Well Point
The reef meets the island at the Northeast point, allowing access to the deep ocean from shore. You could see blue tang fish the size of dinner plates swimming beneath the swells around the coral, and there were other players.

Another Grouper
And Another Grouper
I tied a couple of these large green and white deceiver flies in between sips of Kalik the day before hoping to tempt some big barracuda. It proved to be a good grouper fly as well. One of them quickly took the fly and wedged itself in the rocks and coral. I was able to give it some slack line and fool it into thinking it was safe to come out again - landed! These were small and quickly released.

Ain't I purdy?
My father caught this houndfish. It's like an oversized needlefish with blue lipstick.

Mr Jack
Blue Streak
Bar Jack
There were different types of jacks cruising the point as well. They took jigs and we kept a few of the larger ones by request for Trevor's dinner. The ones with the electric blue stripe are called bar jacks.

Nature's Live Well
The tidal pools made handy live wells to keep the fish fresh while we continued to fish.

Pirate's Well Point
I'll definitely be exploring this water more the next time. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Mayaguana 2007 - Keeping an eye on Cuba Ospreys

Betsy Bay School and Nasa Techno
This used to be a missile tracking station built by NASA to monitor the situation in nearby Cuba during the sixties. It was abandoned in 1970 and is now home to a family of Ospreys. The yellow building in front is a school.

Osprey Radar
This is located in the Betsy Bay settlement of Mayaguana. It is also near the graveyard flat that we visited on our last fishing day. Notice the weather in paradise...

Monday, June 04, 2007

Mayaguana 2007 - Usual (flats) Suspects

Da-dum da-dum da-dum
Lemon Shark at my toes
There are other players on the flats. Lots of them, like these lemon sharks, are also hunting bonefish. We were fortunate that they didn't swipe any of our hooked fish.

Blackwood Point Ospreys
Graveyard Flat Osprey
Mayaguana has a healthy population of Ospreys. I'm sure bonefish isn't on their every day menu, but I'm sure they pluck them from the water every now and then. These were much more approachable than the ones I encounter kayaking on Jordan Lake here in NC.

The better to eat you with
Mr Teeth
You can't write about flats players without mentioning Barracuda. Meet Mr. Teeth. He would like to steal all or a neatly cut part (sometimes all but the head) of your bonefish. We were fortunate, and I caught several Barracuda after the bonefishing tide passed. They're great sport on a fly rod and take handsome photos.

Been Baracuda'd
This is what's left of a Lefty's Deceiver after several barracuda thrashed it. They were still chasing it when it looked like this - voracious predators! Note the wire tippet. It is nearly impossible to catch them without it.

Mayaguana - Bahamas Air

I finally got my luggage back late last night - nearly a week after returning. Here are a couple of photos of the Mayaguana Airstrip. Yes, that's it. I can't remember ever boarding a plane without security before. The best part about traveling with Bahamas Air was not crashing. That's all I can say for them.

Mayaguana Airport

Mayaguana Airport Terminal

Friday, June 01, 2007

Bonefishing in Mayaguana - 2007 - Blackwood Point

Mayaguana  Bonefishing 2007 - Deep Water Shrimp
This is the fly that all of my fish took. It doesn't look like much out of the water. To a bonefish underwater, it looks like a shrimp. The rabbit fur undulates in the water and gives it the look of swimming legs. We were told that we needed pink. I lost my best fly with the right amount of pink on the first fish I hooked. Natural colors always work.

Mayaguana Bonefishing 2007 - Blackwood Point Bonefish
Here's a really big bonefish right before it was landed. You can see mangrove trees in the background. Also notice how hard it is to see the fish even though it is up close and breaking the surface. They don't do that when they're not hooked.

Mayaguana Bonefishing - 2007 - Blackwood Point Bone 2
This big fellow was the big fish of the week. It pains me to give credit to my dad for this one (I will take credit for the landing assist), but he deserves it. It was his first bonefish on a fly rod, and really his first real fish on a fly rod period. I think he's hooked a convert now. Nice!

Mayaguana Bonefishing - 2007 - Blackwood Point Bone
The same fish again. What a beauty! We fished the Blackwood Point flat again on our last day of bonefishing. They were all bunched up into one huge paranoid school as they were chased by baracuda. I got the fly to them a few times, but ended up leaving them alone. They were concentrating on not becoming baracuda breakfast. Hooking one would have surely ended in half of a fish or less. It's no wonder why they're so wary.

Link to previous bonefishing post

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bonefishing in Mayaguana - 2007

Curtis Creek, Mayaguana Bahamas
I've decided to blog some highlights of my trip to Mayaguana. I am creating an annotated gallery to include all photography. When that's done, I'll post a link. Until then, I'll start with what this trip was all about: bonefish!

Bonefish - Mayaguana 2007
This fine specimen ate my #4 deep water shrimp fly, which is a variation of a Gotcha. Notice how it matches it's habitat, and it's hydrodynamic shape. They're like underwater cruise missiles. They race away with your fly at up to 32 feet per second. On the first run, that can be hundreds of yards. That is only part of the thrill.

Bonefish - Mayaguana 2007 - Grey Ghost of the flats
Bonefishing is hunting. There are no blind casts. You have to find the fish and present the fly in a way that does not spook this extremely wary fish. It takes nothing to spook them right off of the shallow water flats where they feed. This means that seeing them before they see you is critical. (On this trip, we waded.) Notice the chrome sides. They reflect the bottom so perfectly that often their shadow is the first thing you notice. This is not the bait soaking, gear chunking fishing. It's an active hunt and stalk.

Bonefish - Mayaguana 2007 - Release
All the bonefish we caught were handled gently and quickly released unharmed. It is best to keep them in the water while you remove the fly and take a quick photo. (My father shot the bonefish pictures.) This particular fish was caught and released on a Curtis Creek flat on a day where we had wind gusting to 25 mph and torrential downpours. I was lucky to spot and seduce this fish in a small window of sunlight. The wind, however, never let up. It took some stealth stalking in order to position myself upwind and present the fly to the fish. That is what bonefishing is all about. More to come, as I have time to upload and write...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Back from an adventure

Back from an adventure, originally uploaded by michael rupert.

I'm back from a pretty rough fly fishing adventure on Mayaguana (a very small island of the Bahamas). I have lots of pictures and thoughts to process, but I will post a gallery soon. We had good fishing on a few days in spite of the weather...more on that later.

Friday, May 18, 2007


Hatched, originally uploaded by michael rupert.

Looks like three of them hatched. Here is the mother on the nest. I'll post another picture when I'm back from Mayaguana. I hope there will be three feathered babies to show off.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Shining Cuckoo Clock

Here's Johnny!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! Oh,'s noon. All work and no play... Yeah, you get it. Link