Prairie Oyster

Art, Halliburton, and Dinner with Boogerbrain
May 23, 2006, 11:09 pm
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Just saw a recent project of Meg Hunt’s called Disconnect the Dots, in which she and other illustrators send each other artworks to finish. Seems like a fun idea, if I knew any artists or was at all bent in that direction. Maybe I could find someone to finish my knitting projects. Or my grant proposals. I like this one, by Meg Hunt and completed by Patrick Murphy.

I love Meg Hunt’s characters. Also Secret Friends Society (Hope Larson and Kean Soo). You should see Salamander Dream, you’ll die of cuteness overload. It’s kinda sad too, so be warned.

I think Bush should just be referred to as President Halliburton from now on.

Once again this year, between July and September I will be exactly twice the age of my lil brother, Boogerbrain (15 and 30). Aw. He’s so puny and pimply. You’d think he’d be wise enough at this point to realize he doesn’t have to answer to Boogerbrain anymore, but he still does.

Mom took us to a psuedo fancy dinner at a PF Chang’s tonight. When asked what his fortune was (i.e. outta the fortune cookie) Boogerbrain said, “A strange man will show up at your house and recongize your talents.” What a snot. Afterwards we watched Kimodo vs. Cobra and I tried out my Double Cobra Attack on him… which was pretty much a 15-minute noogie.

See you guys in NYC tomorrow!!


Another way to hug a tree… Or cut it down.
May 20, 2006, 11:47 pm
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So I read this today and thought I’d share it. Turns out I have yet another consumer habit to kick in order to be a good treehugger and liberal. But I think this one will be a heck of a lot easier than giving up shrimp. Damn that’s hard!

I don’t know why I didn’t realize this before (probably because I’m none too smart), but by having a bank account or credit card and by paying said company for this service, I’m also supporting whatever nefarious activities they invest in. Like giving money to the Republican party or, say, bailing out Enron, paying for logging in Indonesia, building pipelines in the Arctic. All that fun stuff.

It’s not all that difficult to find more reputable companies though. And I’m pretty excited about the prospects!

Here’s the article at Co-Op America. Care of Tree Hugger.

New York and Climate Change
May 18, 2006, 11:01 am
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Brazen Hussy and I are now pledged to go see An Inconvenient Truth opening weekend. On a related note, I just came across this at Mongabay. Folks at Columbia’s Earth Institute determined the distribution of low-lying coastal areas that are the most susceptible to the effects of severe climate change. Here’s a map of the areas in NYC (click on it for a bigger image):

As I have been saying.. Bye Bye Staten Island! Although, bye to Coney Island too.

This, of course, reminds me of the Daily Show’s ‘War on Terra’ spots I was showing to my undergrads. Here’s one of them, but not the episode with NYC underwater. Darn. Still, it’s pretty damned good.

Dr. Hello Kitty
May 16, 2006, 11:02 pm
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I’ve told some of you about this before, sometimes even remembered to give the url. Here it is in all it’s brilliance, The Hello Kitty Psych Test.

When I took the test a couple years ago I had a lower stress profile, she told me I should buy a puppy. This time I’m supposed to learn Karate. Huh.

Same Sicko, Same Crankypants
May 16, 2006, 10:34 pm
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Would cleaning an attic and moving a 300lb couch out to the barn make you sick? How about give you a a 101 degree fever for a few days? I got sick. Good thing I’m visiting the Fam, I got to act like a real baby.

I have a lot of good news, it’s true. I am really excited about my new life as a forester out West, the prospects of that excellent grad program, I FIXED MY COMPUTER (more about that later), and I got my awesome t-shirt from WFMU in the mail finally (“Eat Flaming Death, fascist Media Pigs!” indeed). And yet, I have officially descended from that wonderful cloud of joy I was on a few weeks ago. I’m back to being my normal cranky self. The universe can feel free to realign.

I also found that old Japanese soda bottle La Blonde gave to me many years ago. I’m not sure if she meant to show me the resemblance it had to myself, or was just asking for me to throw it out for her, but I kept it. I personally see a pretty apt resemblance in the expression. That’s how I feel…. all the time. Of course when I showed it to my mom she said “Aw! It’s my little crankypants!” So there you go.

As an update the soda has been discontinued! But fortunately good old google helped me find a picture, so I’ve made it my new icon. Awesome.

The ‘E’ Word
May 9, 2006, 2:07 pm
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Here’s quite a nifty collection of images for use in pro-evolution lectures. This beauty was ‘borrowed’ from the Institute of Creationist Strategies. I added a frame to it… just to make it purty.

OH and there are stickers too!

Not that I plan on teaching again any time soon, of course, but evolutionary theory was pretty fun. I included a bit about postmodernism, to discuss alternative paradigms. Here’s my favorite image from that, I wish I remembered where I got this from! Sorry whoever made it!

May 6, 2006, 11:54 pm
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Here she is. In a rare moment when she isn’t lying on my feet or other appendages. All wet, pond-smelling, 90-pounds of her.

Also known as ‘The Doze’ and ‘Princess Dozerina’.