Monthly Archives: June 2012

Father’s Day at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids

John Ball Zoo Entrance

For Father’s Day, we took the kids to the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids. We all had a good time, and the kids were remarkably well-behaved. Reilly fell asleep for a while, so we put the seats down in the wagon and pulled him around while he napped.

Julie really seemed to enjoy looking at the animals. She was fascinated by the big brown bear that kept pacing back and forth in its cage, and she almost started crying when we left the budgie cage, which has 200-300 budgies in it. You can actually go inside and feed the birds seed from a stick! Julie loved that.

Here are some of the pictures I took at the zoo:

John Ball Zoo Entrance

The entrance to the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan


John Ball Zoo Rose Garden

The rose garden outside the entrance of the John Ball Zoo


John Ball Zoo Budgie Aviary

The budgie aviary houses at least 200-300 budgies.


John Ball Zoo Budgies

Budgies at the John Ball Zoo


John Ball Zoo Budgies 8

Julie really got a kick out of feeding the budgies.


John Ball Zoo Budgies

A Yellow and Green Budgie


Budgie at the John Ball Zoo

Someone Feeding a Budgie


Green and Yellow Budgie

Green and Yellow Budgie


John Ball Zoo Budgies

Budgies at the John Ball Zoo


John Ball Zoo Pelican



John Ball Zoo Pelicans



John Ball Zoo Reticulated Python

Reticulated Python

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Why I Won’t Be Joining Thruzt

Let’s start with what Thruzt is: it’s a social bookmarking site. At first glance, it looks great. The layout is styled after Pinterest, but it’s not just for photos. You can share articles too. In fact, most of the content appears to be shared articles.

Just look at this screenshot, and you’ll see why Thruzt is so appealing:

Thruzt Screenshot

It looks great, right? So what’s the problem? Here it is, from the Thruzt FAQ:

Thruzt TOS Screenshot

Let me get this straight: By submitting content to Thruzt, I am dedicating it to the public domain? WHAT?! You have got to be kidding me. There is no way I am dedicating my content to the public domain.

In case you’re not sure just what that means, here is a screenshot of the definition of the Creative Commons Public Domain Zero license:

Public Domain Dedication

And that is why I won’t be posting anything on Thruzt. Unless, of course, they change their terms.

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