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enough sleep
2005-06-30-- Posted by: allegra

Katie's off job hunting today with Wendybird; Keith and Paul are due back on Canada Day but since they are flying standby they may not make it back; off to Glenn and Marilyn's for dins on Saturday; the yucca filamentosa exploded into bloom yesterday; Pokey caught and brought home a live bird of some description, which he let loose into the house with the attendant disarray - John's portion of the house, I am thankful to say, not mine. I had wondered if he was going to be a hunter after watching him with that crow, and he hasn't disappointed me. Mine have brought live mice in, but they had the decency to despatch same on the kitchen floor. Gizmo and Eddie, Jeff's cats, have caught everything under the sun and killed it on the living room carpet... to the point that my brother is expert on dealing with the most atrocious stains and has this 'amazing stuff' that reduces the damage to a vague, unclassifiable blotch; although if you hit the place with fluorescene you'd think different. (Isn't that the stuff they use on CSI? I don't watch network TV but that doesn't stop me from paying attention to what people talk about.) Cousin Gerald sent me last night's link. He also sent me a link to the best television ad I've seen in many many years.

Nita is moved into her sublet until school starts up in the fall.

This is a note to those just joining us that my host is in England, so everything is 8 hours ahead. My posting window for getting it into 'today' starts at 4 in the morning. Yes, eventually I will get a local host.

Pic is of Paul and Rob of Nine (sorry 'bout the red eye) at last year's Holiday Celebration, which was in the same hotel as the liability seminar. You can tell what kind of person I am by the fact that a) I had fun at both and b) figure this was likely because of the food.

Have a kickin' Canada Day; if you're on the other side of the line, have a safe and terror free Day of Independence, and remember that your founding fathers wanted you to be free of tyranny. I still think that the Declaration of Independence is one of the finest products of collective human inspiration, and I salute all those who honor it.

Catacombs of Paris
2005-06-30-- Posted by: allegra

Revive your rusting French and play follow the leader through the catacombs of Paris. They were down for ten hours, and if you can read, say, grade eight french you should pee yourself laughing, I know I did. The human who wrote it is a complete card. Even if you can't read French the ambience is cool (and did I mention damp) and the Medusa is def trif. I now know the French for "The water is sparkling clean, but I wouldn't advise you to drink it." http://cata.riffzone.net

I found the pic on necroticobsession.com. Isn't it amazing which websites come up when your search criteria are 'rats' 'catacombs' and 'leptospirosis'? I had no idea there WAS a website called necroticobsession.com. And then I found this guy.

Oh my god. I was looking at motorcyle mags tonight. I think I want a scooter. It's a very retro looking thing.

Writer's group was great.

Went to see Mike for dins and got so thorough-lee stuck in traffic (Ironworkers Memorial comPLETEly crapped, apparently people were stuck on the bridge so long that they were peeing off the bridge deck. (Hope they checked the "look out below" first.))that it took me 90 minutes to get from SFU to Broadway and Commercial, calice tabernac. So I bailed on that and ended up eating at Quizno's before getting to Sabena's place on West 10th. I have a wonderful anecdote which I can't post, but can share that I groomed a cat I never saw before today with my own comb for about 10 minutes. What a suck!

Okay, this pic is just plain tacky, so wait for it.

I was so stressed out today that I was indiscriminately handing out neckrubs. One of my coworkers pretends to faint when I do that, which when he is standing up presents a very amusing tableau.

I am terrified of dying. No matter how many times I tell myself that it's like childbirth, I'm going along for the ride whether I want to or not, it still scares the hell out of me. I'm really happy to be alive, and take no pleasure A-tall in the notion that I'm going to join my ancestors. Then I see pictures like this and temporarily feel better.

Family Pic
2005-06-29-- Posted by: allegra

Jim P sent me this a long time ago. I have wanted to post it for a long time with my comments, but first attend to the way the pic looks. The children are all looking at the camera. The adults, for whatever reason, appear to think that a piece of something has stuck to the back of Jim's head. We don't want to know what... because his uncle looks amused, his grandmother repelled and his mother stunned. Jim himself looks like he has accomplished something Le Petomane would have been proud of.

I have wanted to post a picture of my urbane and camera shy webmaster for a long time, and this is perfect. You can't see all of him, but what there is is really hot. In 1959, I was pretty cute too, in a bald headed, diaper wearing, spherical-headed sort of way. You will note that absolutely nothing has happened to Jim's smile in the intervening years, apart from the fur (which he still has). Hopefully the notes will be clear, unlike the last time I tried to do this.

Great aurora pic
2005-06-29-- Posted by: allegra

Sorry, no attribution or date, but it's from Voisey Bay, NFLD.

This is not a cute animal picture
2005-06-28-- Posted by: allegra

This is Spider's Genitalia

Maria M. Ramos GS

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Princeton University

This is the image of a dissected and cleared “epigynum”—the genitalia of a female spider of the species Nephila edulis. The large spheres are the spermathecae, or sperm reservoirs.

Oh come on, if I didn't post stuff that's revolting once in a while, there'd be no attraction. And the next time you say "uglier than the ass end of a spider" you'll really mean it. Because, even programmed as I am to see the beauty in all of nature, this is a powerfully creepy pic.