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February 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

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interrupting regularly scheduled posting

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Just to say Adele’s hair at the Grammy’s on Sunday was fly. Am going out to buy myself some hot rollers now.

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February 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

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from the archives

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If I’m paying twelve bucks for a martini I better be getting more than one olive in it. I’m talking to you, Yoshi’s.

(I dug the above out of my drafted posts from September 2010. I have hundreds of these dumb drafts drafted but not posted and not even fit for twitter. I’m posting this one now because the picture above sort of reminds me of the picture below. I forget where this picture is from though. Some Brazilian architecture firm, I think? (UPDATED – photo credit below) Anyway, the rest are getting trashed. Most of them are about booze or eBay.)

Updating various links later today with new blogs to share with the rar-readers. Also, thinking it’s time for a fresh and clean theme.

Will also eventually replace the stego.

Housekeeping continues. Hurrah.

(photo: quarto & sala

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February 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Posted in drinks, Randoms, work

new years lists

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I’m just going to copy all my resolutions here so you can laugh at me when I fail to keep on top of them. 

  • Use all the food in the fridge, don’t let the farmers market vegetables go to waste
  • Clean out closets, sell nicer stuff on eBay, donate the rest
  • Check bank balance and credit card statements daily
  • Get to work on time (before 9:30)
  • Learn photoshop
  • Watch less television, go to more movies
  • Finish reading things
  • Clean desk and bookshelves
  • Answer emails the same day I get them
  • Volunteer
  • Wash face every night
  • Embrace sensible heels
  • Drink lots of water
  • More scrapbooking, less paper hoarding
  • Floss
  • Blog

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January 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm

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here’s the thing

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I have been trying to get my life in order so I can apply to grad school.  And that means less dicking around on the internet looking at pretty pictures.  But I feel like I have been gone for too long so to make good I will treat you to a quickie image dump and a few random thoughts.  Then I will get back on the blorse (blog+horse) and start talking to the internet again. 

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Fashion Thought: That first picture is basically my high school uniform but I still want caramel-y delicious loafers and some baggy ill-fitting khaki pants for fall.

Organization Thought: I have been feeling an overwhelming need to de-clutter my apt., my email, my office, my bookcase, my purse and my head.  I usually love clutter but now it must go.  Bare white walls with an occasional tree branch.  It’s the new me.

Music Thought: Stream this.

Random Thought: iPod Boggle is the best app ever!

Final Thought: If you can’t smile when you see me.  Don’t.  See.  Me.

 

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September 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Posted in clothes, music, Randoms

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack baack

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Here I am, y’all.  I’m back on the blog, back from the dead and back from Montana, where I spent all last week reunioning with 84 members of my father’s family. Yes. 84. La la lots of relatives. And while I’m still recovering from that long familial embrace, I thought I’d share with you this favorite photo of my grandma and grandpa with 5 of their 10 children (that’s my pops on the far right). 

More tomorrow, little monkeys.  I’m going to see Inception now.  It looks pretty boring.  I would rather see The Other Guys. Man, the movies have sucked this summer.

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August 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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now blooming in berkeley

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Titan arum, or Amorphophallus titanum (from Ancient Greek amorphos, “without form, misshapen” + phallos, “penis”, and titan, “giant”), also known as “the corpse flower,” because it smells like rotting flesh.  Once the official flower of the Bronx, the titan arum was replaced by the day lily in 2000.

From the Chron:

Only a few hundred Titan arum exist, mostly in botanical gardens. UC Berkeley’s garden has a dozen of the plants, all from the same seeds collected in 1995 in Sumatra. The last one bloomed in 2009.

Twelve days ago garden director Paul Licht suspected he might have another bloom approaching when the plant, dubbed Maladora, began to swell around its base.

Then at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Maladora slowly began unfurling her hideous rotting-meat-scented petals.

By Wednesday morning, busloads of thrill-seekers were gathering in Maladora’s greenhouse. The frilly skirt of the flower was 34 inches wide and its central phallus was nearly four feet tall.

“It’s very masculine and very feminine at the same time,” said visitor Yoni Mayeri of Orinda. “I love the texture and the colors, the burgundy, chartreuse, the faint orange. It definitely smells, but I thought it was going to be worse.”

Titan arum isn’t pollinated like other plants – by attracting bees with bright, sweet-smelling flowers. Instead, Titan arum goes after flies.

Flies are attracted to the spoiled flesh odor and creep around the innards of the flower collecting the sticky, snot-like pollen.

Hopefully, those same flies will find another blooming Titan arum and the putrid cycle can begin anew.

“The worst of the smell is at night. It’s a very private, intimate moment for the plant,” said Licht.

After the plant is pollinated, the great display fades very quickly. The phallus goes limp, the flower petals droop and within a day or so the whole production all ends up in the compost heap. What’s left – a hulking tuber under the dirt – will lie dormant for a few months then sprout a new leaf or two.

For those who’d like to smell the corpse stench in the comfort of their own homes, the botanical garden sells saplings for $35 to $50. Only a few have sold.

“I think people are afraid of them,” Licht said.

Not Cromp, though. He has one in his bathroom.

“I love the symmetry, the colors,” he said. “A normal person would describe the color as rotting liver, but to me it’s iridescent mauve.”

 

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July 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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