Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I adore Scotty's BBQ in English Station, KY, but damn, this giant HDTV smack dab in the middle of everything drives me up the freakin' wall. I sit at a bar to be hypnotized by tequila, not television.
Someday I will have a bar, and it will either have no TV whatsoever, or it will have one placed inobtrusively that plays nothing but obscure old black-and-white films like The Great Gabbo, The Magic Cloak of Oz, and drive-in theatre intermission films. And when you ask me to turn it to "the game", you will be mocked and ridiculed mercilessly.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
As Sammy Davis Jr. once said, "what is all this shenanigans??" I went into a back room of my art studio (which is actually a turn-of-the-century outbuilding behind my house) that I'd not been in for some time. There, on a shelf, I found a huge honkin' pile of what seem to be insect eggs, larvae, pupae, whatever. Thousands of ants are going nuts trying to frantically haul them all away somewhere. How did this drama come to pass? From whence came the eggs? Are they even ant eggs at all, or eggs of something else that these guys are going "hey, woohoo, free lunch!" over? Mine is not to question why. I closed the door and proceeded to banish this creepy-crawly image from my head.
Except now I've just restimulated it, dammit.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Man, it's like Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom out here. Last night I saw this thing dangling from a stack of comic books in my art studio. It's hanging by two massive furry claws, and has weird mantis-like appendages folded up under it.
I nudged it with my finger, and was shocked when it didn't immediately fly away as a moth should. I was also stunned by how thick, solid and furry it felt, as opposed to your common moth that seems flimsily held together. I became convinced that I was in possession of a baby bat, and grabbed the camera. Later it did fly away and I realized it was indeed a moth, but of a kind I ain't never beheld. Any guesses from the peanut gallery?
Friday, June 17, 2011
"Whirlygig" maple seeds from a tree in my yard.
According to NASA, "Autorotation takes place because of the asymmetrical nature of maple seeds (and of paper copies). The center of mass of the seed is shifted well to one end while its center of lift is approximately in the middle. In a complicated process, the forces at work as the seed falls combine to begin a circular rotation of the seed about its center of mass. The rotation actually inscribes a cone around the axis of fall. The shape of the cone will vary depending upon the aerodynamic qualities of the seed's blade (wing). A blade with minimal lift properties will inscribe a steep-side cone while a blade with strong lift properties will inscribe a very flattened cone."
(And hey, there's another bonus bug that wasn't visible when taking the picture! Everybody take a drink!)