Monday, August 31, 2009


The weather is getting cooler and I'm starting to think about boots. I've wanted a pair of Frye boots for years, but they're expensive as hell ($200-$500 range), so I haven't been able to justify buying a pair yet. The two pairs above are the kind I want: stompy but tall and narrow around the calf, so they fit under a pair of jeans.

I like this pair of Victorian hooker-style boots, too. Can't imagine how I would wear them though (and the heels would probably destroy my arthritic feet).

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sappy song du jour

Time takes a while to break ya,
and now only fire can wake ya

Friday, August 21, 2009


Let me be the only one
To keep you from the cold,
Now the floor of heav'n is laid
Its stars of brightest glow,
They shine for you
They shine for you
They burn for all to see,
Come into these arms again
And set this spirit free.

-Annie Lennox

In my garden...

A Saddleback Moth caterpillar. This is why I don't mind letting the weeds grow; they attract some nice insects.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Beautiful Vieques

Filmed after snorkeling at Pata Prieta on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Narration by Davin with special guest appearance by myself at the end.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Puerto Rico so far

I'm getting a lot of work done, but still having fun. I've only made it to the beach once so far, but I should have more time for that (and some snorkeling) this weekend. Yay!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Looks like a band photo

Booth Street Kidz

Osmoderma sp.

Captured by Jade somewhere in the back yard.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I wish I could find these at the pet store

Coconut crabs. Aside from their larval stage, they're entirely land-dwelling. They can also climb trees.

Art prints

I've had these prints forever and just this week bought frames for them. "Neptune" is by Steve Thomas, who does all kinds of beautiful steampunk-y retro-future art. "Neptune" is going to go in the spare bedroom. The other two will go in the main bedroom (which I am finally going to finish painting). "The Desert" was a print I got at the Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ right before I moved here, and "Insect Diversity" was produced as a limited edition print for a science awareness campaign by the Entomological Foundation.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Jumping spider appreciation

Today I stumbled on this Flickr page by Opo Terser, who takes amazing macro photos of arthropods. He seems to like jumping spiders in particular, and I've included several of his pictures here. I think these little spiders are both fascinating and absolutely adorable, and yes, I know that's a little weird.