Friday, January 30, 2009

F#ck winter



Cold, snowy and windy today. Jade and I are going to stay home and read papers.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hey, the sun is out today!


And it's early and I have to teach in an hour, so I'll just post some silly posters I made on the Obamicon Me website. This site lets you upload pics and color them like the famous Obama Hope poster, above. Turns out that the artist that made this poster also made the Andre the Giant "Obey" posters and stickers from a few years back. I learn something new every day, isn't that grand?




Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gloomy weather sinks in



Eventually too many sunless, cold days start to affect my mood, no matter how much I try to distract myself with every task and hobby I can think of. On these days it seems that all of my concerns are expanding and overlapping into one tangled mat of roots and branches that I will never be able to tease apart and solve. Pulling one thread free just reveals another matted ball of hassles at the other end. I have to resist the urge to just curl up in bed with warm blankets and purring cats, sinking into my dreams sometimes for 24, even 48 hours before I finally stand up and look around as my mind slowly comes back online. It's a surreal feeling, having slept that long, to return to waking life again.

But in the end, that's the coward's way out. Things aren't all that bad, just in turmoil right now.


So, here's to not letting things get complicated. Right now, I prefer to think about bugs. Today I learned that a species of dung beetle has been discovered that no longer eats poop, but has instead become a specialist predator on giant millipedes. The beetles hack off the heads of the millipedes and then drag the bodies to a safe place to eat, just like they would a ball of dung. I'm guessing that since these guys are specialist feeders, they're still going to have small mushroom bodies. Maybe even smaller than their dung-feeding ancestors, if they are truly restricted to just one species of prey. When your options are that slim, it's easier to evolve innate mechanisms for quickly detecting and handling prey; behavioral flexibility and the requisite large brains are less important when you have few potential choices to make.

But hey, someone send me the brains and I'll put my money where my mouth is on that particular hypothesis.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Something new


I haven't colored my hair in years, but recently I've been thinking about it again. Today I decided to just go ahead and do it, with blonde streaks around the face. I've had this particular 'do several times in my life, and I've always thought it looked pretty good.



In even more exciting news, I'll also be starting the semester with a new jump drive. It just so happens to be the coolest jump drive ever, a designer drive from Mimoco. And it even comes with this cute little hoodie to keep it cozy while I'm wearing it around my neck like a big nerd.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back home to the kittehs



I guess they missed me- they are much more clingy and cuddly than normal. They both slept with me last night, Jasper curled up by my left hip and Jade laying along my right leg. And above is me trying to eat a bagel with cream cheese while the vulture kitties watch.

In other news, I am going to go swimming tonight. Yay me!