Archive for the animals Category

Katamari Man

Posted in animals, art, balls, games, japan on December 4, 2010 by John

Nice! Keita Takahashi, the man behind Katamari Damacy, and his wife Asuka Sakai have started up a blog, Uvula.

Via the Bygone Bureau’s Best blogs of 2010

Beach Creatures

Posted in animals, art, monsters, poetry, technology, the ocean, tubes on September 3, 2010 by John

This is a few years old, but worth digging up. Beautiful machinery. Great, great, great.

Horsing Around

Posted in animals, asperger's syndrome on March 24, 2010 by John

Horses: better photobombers than humans?

I don’t know why, but I found this inordinately funny.

Case Study

Posted in animals, black people, The 80s on January 9, 2010 by John

The first clip came from a list of ten amazing sounds here.

Fireflies

Posted in A Put It Up Summer, animals, charlamagne, EAST COAST, NYT linking, science, serious sex on June 30, 2009 by kevin

I saw two fireflies while walking around Brooklyn last night and have to say I was fascinated. My neck was craning in ways that probably made me look silly to everyone else around. The New York Times posted a pretty interesting article + video on Firefly mating today.

Apparently, female fireflies generally prefer males with most conspicuous flashes. Drawing further upon this idea, they found that Photurus (a predatory firefly that eats other fireflies) was more likely to notice the males with the brightest flashes as well.  So these bold male fireflies are rewarded for their bravado with the possibility of love making or a decoy bug that “pounces, bites, sucks blood — all the gory stuff.”

In short, the conspicuous flashing simply draws the attention of a Photurus who uses its light to respond in what would be the female version of the affirmative. Death or love awaits the male who takes the chance. For some reason, I found this all very relevant.

On a lighter note, what are your experiences with fireflies? I want to see more.

It’s Nuts Hot Out There

Posted in A Put It Up Summer, animals, G&T's with tags , , on June 27, 2009 by John

Here are a couple highballs to ‘beat the heat’ with.  One not in the book, one modified.

biscuit & the fizz

Apricot Fizz

1 ½ oz Brandy
¾ oz Triple Sec
1 oz Apricot Juice OR One Apricot, Muddled
Dash of Peychaud’s Bitters
Soda Water
Build in a short glass over ice.

I was supremely pleased with how the subtle apricot and the bitters came together so well.  It’s not a light drink per-se, but definitely summer.

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Pink Gin Tonic

2 oz Gin
1/2 Lime
4 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Tonic Water
Cut the lime into wedges. Build in an ice-filled short glass.

Ok, I’ll say strait up that this is not better than a regular gin & tonic, but its worth experimenting with.  And if you’ll let me wax poetic about it, I’d say its like sipping on British Rangoon.  Tastes imperial.

Furry Friends

Posted in 2009, animals, EAST COAST, internal, women on June 5, 2009 by kevin

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I would just like to introduce you all to my new kitten. She is possibly the most playful, affectionate (to an absurd degree) and superlative cat in all of Kings County (or at the very least the 94th precinct). She was rescued from what is essentially death row for kitties and, as I type this, she has gone from climbing up my shirt to sitting calmly on my stomach. She seems to be reading what I am typing. I am getting a little self-conscious.

Her name was Alice when we got her and it might stay that way, although we are going to give it a week. She is known as a Hemmingway polydactyl because she has an extra toe on each paw (which makes her slightly more clumsy and more adorable). Apparently Hemmingway wrote about a colony of polydactyl cats once. Anyhow, I just thought she needed to be introduced to the blogosphere. She will soon be a money making youtube hit, I’m sure of it.

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