here there be fireflies

Of both kinds...

Being out in Iowa has its pros and cons just like any other place. As my girlfriend says, "I like IC because there's animals everywhere." That seems like it could be a reason to dislike a place, but the home of the Hawkeyes is, actually, boiling with rabbits and finches and...fireflies.

Cooooool. 

I spent some of my youth vacationing in Texas, and a bunch of time spread out across some other dubiously Southern states, but I don't think I've ever seen fireflies before tonight. They're a little disorienting but very enchanting, especially after you stop wondering about them and just enjoy them as part of your walk. It's little things like this that make life interesting. Discovering fireflies.

Here's what they look like when they're all flashing in unison. Apparently.

Also, Firefly is seriously threatening Keen Eddie [where have you gone, Mark Valley?] for the heretofore-uncontested top spot in the long list "Things FOX Screwed Up." [Although as I get older, the glow puck's idiocy grows greater and greater in my mind.] Besides being well-acted and scored, there's something about the set design of Firefly that impresses me more than any other space series I've ever seen. Sure, Serenity [the ship itself] is super endearing, with its nooks and crannies and open areas, but all the other locales have been awesome too. And I'm only through three episodes.

You should probably buy it. 

And in case anyone forgot how stupid the glowpuck was...