Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken
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Monday, January 05, 2009

Hydroponic herb garden, Winter 2008/2009 

All plants other the new sprouts and pepper cuttings were started in peat pellets, established in a flood and drain system under 16 hours light/day from 4x54W T5 bulbs with 500 PPM Supernatural GrowAuqa solution for about the first to weeks. The pepper cuttings were put in the hydro system at the same time as the herbs. After about two weeks the solution was changed out and upped to 850 PPM, significantly higher than I intended but everyone seems to be doing OK.

Italian basil, today and on December 3rd, pinched back once two weeks ago at 10 - 12 leaves, maybe a little late,

italian basil

italian basil seedling

Sage today and a month ago. This it the first time I've grown sage, but it seemed to respond violently to pinching back - went from six or 8 to all these leaves in two weeks,

sage

sage seedling

Parsley today and a month ago,

parsley

parsley seedilng

Bhut jolokia pepper cutting, today and a month ago which was about six weeks after taking the cutting,

bhut jolokia cutting

jolokia cutting

Chocolate habanero cutting, today and a month ago - new growth starting at top and base after losing all its leaves to a spider mite infestation,

chocolate habanero cutting

chocolate habanero

Lettuce,

mystery lettuce

lettuce

French rosemary,

french rosemary

french rosemary sprout

Spearmint, started last week,

spearmint sprouts

Tomato, started a few days ago,

tomato sprout

Peas, started a few days ago,

pea sprout

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Our new Republican Party 

Background if you need it. Republcans react.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

New frogs: Campana auratus 

This D. auratus morph is from around Campana, Panama - on the eastern coast. It's unknown whether it exists in the wild any more - its habitat has been extensively developed since it entered the hobby.






I got six of them from Amanda last Friday. They are juveniles, about 3/4" from snout to vent.

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Frog update 

Close up of a Brazilian Yellow Head D. tinctorius. They are about an inch or perhaps a little more long.


Close up of a green and bronze D. auratus - the black is turning notably more bronze every few weeks.


The D. azureus lovers. Still no fertile eggs. Maybe they'd feel more amorous if they didn't ust crap where ever they happen to be.


Sad news: I moved my 4 near-adult leucomelas to a new vivarium today and discovered one has escaped! Judging from their reactions to a recorded call I believed I had two males; I haven't heard a call in a week or more. I either had one male - the escapee - or hopefully the remaining male no longer feels compelled to call. I've read leucs have two calls: one territorial that mostly occurs an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset and another call to woo females that occurs whenever they feel so moved. Indeed, the vast majority of calls I've heard have been between and hour and two after lights on, so I'm hopeful once they're sexually mature I'll get some fertile eggs. I moved my juvenile banded leuc in with the remaining three. The old, unplanted viv:


Anyway, the viv would have been escape-proof if the guy at FCA would have made and shipped my custom tops by now. I paid him in full - including shipping costs - on October 13. Everyone who keeps aquarium animals knows how it feels to lose a pet due to human error; I did take a risk by ordering the tops at the time when they shipped, but like, he said he'd ship the tops in two or three weeks. It's been ten.

UPDATE 12/24 11:45 AM. I still have a boy! My ears are plugged with a cold and the pipes in the building can actually sort of sound like a leuc call, but after wondering if I was just hearing what I wanted to hear for the last few hours, I finally and conclusively heard a call with my ear right up to the vivarium. There's still a boy, fantastic.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

I can't get enough of the shoe thing 

Also from Rami.

From b3ta board.

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Recent cartoons from the Arabic press 

Thanks to Rami for sending and translating!



Translation: Kiss goodbye



Translation, quoting a famous Arabic song: "If I only knew my ending I wouldn't have started"



Translation: Bush entering history carrying a shoe on his back



Translation: The historical day of December 14th



Translation: We stand on solid ground in Iraq (Interpreting: we stand with our feet solid in Iraq)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Biblical teachings and ideology: BOO! Science YEA! 

I was too caught up in partisan rhetoric at the time to realize my passion for knocking on doors was primarily driven by a desire to hear an announcement like this from the president-elect. Awesome. YAY! We did it!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Beautiful things, these are 

I've had a croton on and off for my entire life, but I've never had one bloom!

blooming croton flower

Dave's Garden lists blooming as "inconspicuous/none". I got this specimen from HomeDepot so doubt it's an uncommon variety.

Here's a shot of some of the most erotic parts of my car.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

My eye 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Post election olling 

Just wanted to chime in here about the post-election polls. Given the extraordinarily high post-election numbers for Obama, the desire for change has been proven by numbers but the impatience of the American electorate combined with two unpopular wars and an collapsing economy, Obama is going to have to absolutely charm America to avoid collapsing approval ratings.

I hope he can do it. The best thing we can hoe for is hope.

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Nother trampling 

Sri Lanka - A 48-year-old woman who was on her way to the Kandy High Court to be present as a witness in a case was attacked and trampled to death by a wild elephant en-route.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Shit damn 

As a rabid American-style leftist, I believe we should take a controlling stake in any company we bail out, but this letter to TPM was an eye-opener. Given the $billions we've granted the financial industry, denying the auto industry a fraction of that would be obscene.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Avatar maker smackdown 

Two are clearly the favorites ... click to create your own.





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Friday, November 28, 2008

Rampage in Indonesia! 

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - A man was trampled to death and a home destroyed after sixteen wild elephants rampaged through a village on Indonesia's Sumatra island, officials said Wednesday. Villagers in Aceh province's Cot Pangee tried for days to scare away the elephants, yelling and making loud noises, but the animals instead became more aggressive, said Andi Basrul, of the Conservation and Natural Resources Agency.

Over the weekend, one elephant trampled to death a 30-year-old man and a group of 15 animals destroyed a house and tore through several acres (hectares) of farmland Tuesday, he said.

Villagers say they have increasingly been terrorized by the animals. In May 2007, wild elephants searching for food in a village inside the Bukit Barisan National Park on Sumatra island trampled to death a woman and her 3-year-old daughter. In October 2007, a wild elephant stepped on the head of a 14-year-old boy and killed him after the teenager's motorbike hit the animal on Sumatra island, where most of the country's 2,500 wild animals live.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Herd makes double hit 

RANCHI, India: Rampaging tuskers trampled two people to death in Khuti district of Jharkhand on Monday, the police said.

According to the police, a herd of elephants entered into Husir village, around 70 km from here, early morning and trampled Budhu Gudia to death.

The same herd of elephants then killed Nathniyal Orayia in nearby Nimda village. The elephants also damaged a few houses in the two villages, said the police.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Presidential election results predetermined 85 million years ago 

No lie!

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