I'm currently reading "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte, that lady painted up there. I'm about 1/3 of the way into it & this is my favorite passage so far:
"He took a seat opposite Catherine, who kept her gaze fixed on him as if she feared he would vanish were she to remove it. He did not raise his to her often: a quick glance now and then sufficed; but it flashed back, each time more confidently, the undisguised delight he drank from hers. They were too much absorbed in their mutual joy to suffer embarrassment."
Yesterday's New York Times featured an article about some new olde time soda fountains popping up across the country. Though none were mentioned, there has to be one somewhere around the Bay Area. Anyone? Anyone?
Make your reservations now! The world's first tickling spa is now open in Spain. I'm not sure if it's meant to relax or torture.
As I was imagining what the place must be like, Tex Avery's "Shhhh!" popped into mind; about a poor jittery man just trying to relax, despite the crazy folk in the room next door. It's based off of "The Laughing Record #1," originally from Okeh records, but can also be found on the cd "Only in America" from Arf! Arf! Productions.
All of the puns and the timing make it hard to believe that Tex Avery wasn't involved somehow. This cartoon is so similar to Avery's "House of Tomorrow" and "Car of Tomorrow." Walter Lantz is great too though.
"Oh, you get used to anything," I said, annoyed with myself, for actually I was proud of the place.
"I don't. I'll never get used to anything. Anybody that does, they might as well be dead."
"It may be normal, darling; but I'd rather be natural."
"Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell," Holly advised him. "That was Doc's mistake. He was always lugging home wild things... But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky... Good luck: and believe me dearest Doc- it's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where thunder goes and things disappear."
I stumbled on Asobi Seksu a few years ago while putting together a list of songs with titles featuring the days of the week. I couldn't think of a "Thursday" so on a whim searched for it on iTunes. Sure enough, there it was.
Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide & seek containers with other participants.
Owings Memorial Grove (aka Redwood Gulch), off Hwy 1 is the location of a geocache spot... but I didn't know that until after I spent the afternoon climbing the waterfall. Regardless of missing out on treasure, there was a ton of great nature-made monkey bars to play on.
As a general rule, I don't like round buildings; they waste space. However, a half-week's stay at Treebones Resort has made me much more tolerant to round buildings. Treebones features furnished round tents called yurts in addition to traditional camping sites and a human nest.
"Illuminated and electrified by lightning, a roiling ash and gas plume rises over Chile's Puyehue volcano (map) Sunday.
There may be as many as three distinct types of volcanic lightning, volcanic seismologist Steve McNutt told National Geographic News in 2010.
Large, spectacular "natural fireworks" sometimes accompany eruptions, along with an intermediate type, which shoots up from a volcano's vents and reaches lengths of about 1.8 miles (3 kilometers), and finally bolts that can be as short as about three feet (one meter) long and last just a few milliseconds."
"7's the key number here. Think about it. 7-Elevens. 7 dwarves. 7, man, that's the number. 7 chipmunks twirlin' on a branch, eatin' lots of sunflowers on my uncle's ranch. You know that old children's tale from the sea. It's like you're dreamin' about Gorgonzola cheese when it's clearly Brie time, baby."
"This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."
Maker Faire is this weekend! As long as the world does't end before I can drive up there, I'll be there!
Does anyone know what local time today's Rapture is supposed to start? According the billboard down the street, the Bible guarantees it... So what do I get if it doesn't get here on time? Free pizza? Anything?
I've ben a fan of David Rees ever since he started Get Your War On back in late 2001-ish. I remember sending him $20 via Paypal just because and he thanked me for the ability to sew patches on the elbows of his suitcoat, as any self-respecting intellectual would.
That thing is just nasty and there is no way I'd stick my hands down its gullet so as I could catch 'em 'n eat 'em!
That said, god love those nutty enough to noodle (the hobby/skill/craft/art of catching fish by yes, jamming your hands down their throats.) Check out this article. Apparently, the po-po down in Texas don't look too kindly upon people noodling thar fishes!
Has David Landor (the actor that played Squiggy) ever played Napoleon? If not, he should.
There was a recent article about how an entrepreneur forced out of his company spent his separation compensation (aka FU money). He bought:
1.) A trip to Africa
2.) A trip to space
3.) A letter from Napoleon
"This is the Napoleon letter Handley bought (he used it as inspiration when The Hyperfactory was on the verge of failure):
'We are at a time when you need to double the resolve, and double the vigor of ordinary times. Lead by example. Be the first to put yourself in danger. And with the troops that you have, I expect you to defeat double of theirs.'"
What a great quote! (Even if it was from a crazy little man.)
Finally, my tax dollars put to good use! Last week the Centers for Disease Control posted a preparedness plan for the pending zombie apocalypse. Read more here. They discuss how everyone should have an emergency kit, an emergency plan, etc. but say nothing about preferred weaponry. Hmm... Maybe they're leaving that for Consumer Reports.
"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. He said he could put himself together again. But after wasting thousands of our tax dollars, all the king's horses and all the king's men, he failed us. Humpty Dumpty. Wrong on wall sitting."
Prickly critters may use their feet as retinas, study says.
Charles Q. Choi
for National Geographic News
Published May 2, 2011
Sea urchins may use the entire surfaces of their bodies—from the ends of their "feet" to the tips of their spines—as huge eyes.
Scientists had already known the marine invertebrates react to light without any obvious eye-like structures—raising the question of how the animals see.
Previous genetic analysis of the California purple sea urchin had revealed that the animals possess a large number of genes linked with the development of the retina—the light-sensitive tissue lining the inner eyeball in people and other vertebrates.
This and other research suggested that sea urchin vision might rely on light-receptor cells randomly scattered across their skin, which collectively function like retinas.
Scientists had theorized the animals' spines simulate the light-blocking pigmented cells found in most animals' eyes. Because light-receptor cells in the retina can soak up light from every direction, pigmented cells work to block light from the back and the sides so animals can "see" what's in front of them.
Now, however, the scientists have found two distinct groups of bristly, light-receptor cells concentrated at the bases and tips of the purple sea urchin's 1,400-plus tube feet. These long, suction-tipped tubes, located on the undersides of sea urchin bodies, help the organisms move.
The team suspects that sea urchins use their tube feet as retinas and the rest of their bodies to shield against the extra incoming light, said researcher Maria Ina Arnone, a developmental biologist at Anton Dohrn Zoological Station in Naples, Italy.
Prior studies did find the number and placement of spines on a sea urchin could affect how sharp its vision might be, and this new find "might well be part of the picture," Arnone added.
The sea urchin-eye study appeared May 2 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
These kids are pretty good on their junkyard instruments, but I wonder how they would do pitted against Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids band... Fat Albert plays one hell of an airbag radiator. Nah, nah, nah, gonna have a good time!
The All Songs Considered blog has an entertaining post about the different categories of break-ups people have with their favorite bands:
"1. Band You Really Thought You Had Something With — They Said They'd Call But You Never Heard From Them Again This is a relationship that never quite gets off the ground. It's over before it's begun. For me, this is Neutral Milk Hotel or My Bloody Valentine. They put out an amazing record, you get excited about the great life you're going to have together, but then you never hear from them again. What happened? Was it something I said?
2. Your Best Friend's Girlfriend Or Boyfriend You Secretly Want To Hook Up With
I see all my friends with My Morning Jacket, and I think, "I so want to hook up with My Morning Jacket!" They make loving My Morning Jacket look so awesome. Then we finally get together and it's a total disappointment. Basically, it's bands you want to love because everyone else you respect loves them, but it's never what you thought it'd be.
3. The Rebound: Bands You Start To Date After Everyone Else Is Through With Them When early Weezer fans broke up with the band (around the time Make Believe came out, or possibly sooner), you know there was a whole new group of fans that discovered them for the first time. Early Radiohead fans broke up with the band when OK Computer or Kid A came out, but that's when I started to love them.
4. Band You Broke Up With, Then Got Back Together I broke up with R.E.M. about 10 years ago when the band released Reveal. I never thought we'd get back together. But then R.E.M. released this year's Collapse Into Now and I found myself falling back in love. I broke up with Bright Eyes for a few years, but then the band returned this year with one of the most amazing albums I've ever heard (The People's Key), and I was head-over-heels in love again.
5. Band That Broke Up With You This is a band that says it's done with you before you're ready to end it. I really thought The White Stripes and I would spend the rest of our lives together. Then, a couple of months ago, the band told me it was ready to move on. I'm still heartbroken over the breakup."
I broke up with REM quite a while back. We simply grew apart over the years. I still look back on those wonderful IRS and early Warner days fondly, but ever since "Monster," things were just never the same. I wish them well, appreciate all of what they've given me and when I run into them, I always smile and wonder what could have been.
"In Berkeley I was living with Alvah Goldbook in his little rose-covered cottage in the backyard of a bigger house on Milvia Street. The old rotten porch slanted forward to the ground, among vines, with a nice old rocking chair that I sat in every morning to read my Diamond Sutra. The yard was full of tomato plants about to ripen, and mint, mint everything smelling of mint, and one fine old tree that I loved to sit under and meditate on those cool perfect starry California October nights unmatched anywhere in the world."
El Teide, Spain´s highest mountain (@ 3718m) is said to be one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars. Check out this time lapse video that I couldn't be bothered to embed and exclaim, "And how!"
Warren Beatty in his first movie role, Natalie Wood being Natalie Wood and their young, on-screen romance destined to rip the heart out of anyone watching, because, as the trailer points out, we've all lived it.
Playland at the Beach was long gone before I moved here, razed before I was even born. (Note to self: Explore the idea of something being raised before being born.) I love the picture above because if you've ever driven this stretch of road, then you know it looks almost identical today.
The Poop featured a cool photo essay about Playland today, featuring pics from the SF Chronicle morgue.
"You know this one girl like hair like this?" "Yes, that's Ramona Flowers."
A cute & fun movie and based on a cute & fun comic.
The scene where 22-year-old Scott breaks up with his 17-year-old girlfriend after she tells him she loves him is sadly & strangely reminiscent of a past life. (As is the girl with issues working at the record store.)