hummingwolf: (My world is askew!)
Proposal: Name hurricanes after politicians who deny climate change.

But maybe you'll think twice before signing that petition: some folks wonder if the NSA's surveillance program is really meant to spy on environmentalists. Now, that may sound like excessive paranoia to you, but as Paul Bibeau says on his Goblinbooks blog: "The NSA Is Beyond My Ability To Satirize It."

In other news, the olinguito is rather cute. Also, lobster baby!

Pictures of the moment

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 02:16 pm
hummingwolf: Snowflake-like kaleidoscope images (Kaleidocoolth)
While looking online for photos of the petunias I was tempted by yesterday, I realized that the pot in which I saw the Phantom label also included Black Velvet petunias. This page currently has pictures of both petunias as well as Pinstripe petunias. I am amused by the fact that such gothy flowers need plenty of sun.

Anyway, you need to see this picture: Black Velvet Petunia at the North Carolina Arboretum. If I had a flickr account, that photo would be favorited instantly. Of course, then I'd have to favorite about half of these fennec photos, because it's almost impossible to find anything more adorable than a fennec.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
An interesting look at Vogue magazine covers from 2010. Even more images were posted originally on LiveJournal's fashin community.
hummingwolf: animation of green and gold fractal, number of iterations increasing with time (Iterations in green and gold)
Now wearing: Old-looking blue jeans, brighter blue mock turtleneck (or something), white socks, brown & silver shoes, old glasses I really need to do something about, and boring underwear.

Now hearing: Well, I would like to say it's my personalized Launchcast station; but that was discontinued a month ago, so I couldn't possibly be listening to that, right? ("Kuos" by Banco de Gaia.)

Now seeing: Computer screen as I sit here trying to think of what to type. Shifting my eyes to the left, I see a grey day out the window. The tree nearest the window is just starting to put out little green leaflets, which will soon grow into bigger leaves, which will provide food for what may be a massive infestation of Eastern tent caterpillars. I never wrote about those last spring, but I was utterly fascinated with those fuzzy guys in their teeming thousands as they took about three days to defoliate the old tree. Since both tree and caterpillars are native species, they do have a working relationship: tree puts out a set of leaves, caterpillars munch on them, tree mopes for a while, then tree puts out more leaves. Here's hoping the tree is healthy enough to put out an entire second set of leaves this year if it has to.

Now smelling: One of the spicier herbal teas from Celestial Seasonings. ("Not Yet Remembered" by Harold Budd playing on my nonexistent station.)

Now tasting: See above.

Now feeling: Sleepier than I should be, but less headachy than I have been.

Last meal eaten: Egg substitute, mushrooms, mashed potatoes, onions, and corn fried in olive oil & topped with Swiss cheese.

Pie eaten on Pi Day last week: Bacon and onion quiche (store-bought).

Beverage drunk to excess on St. Patrick's Day: Green tea.

Are there more of my kind? Possibly: see here for possible evidence.

Number of library books currently checked out: Hmm... four returned yesterday, three checked out, so... nine.

Wasn't there some New Year's resolution about reading all those books you bought last year? Um, yes. (Now playing: The Police, "Driven to Tears.")

Now reading: M.M. Manring, Slave in a Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima. Marketing, racism, sexism--what's not to love? You gotta admit, the 1919 advertisement titled "The Cook whose Cabin Became More Famous than Uncle Tom's" has a certain undeniable OH AUNT JEMIMA NO quality to it.

Speaking of racism... O HAI RACEFAILZ: Notes on Reading an Internet Conflict.

Mutant joke of the week: Two Cows: SF Version (see both the comments there and the original post; link via [ profile] supergee). (Now playing: Underworld, "Dirty Epic (Dirty Guitar Mix).")

Cuteness of the week: On Monday as I was walking down the alley, a wee child with whiskers on his face and his father (or guardian) were in one of the back yards I passed. I soon discovered that the little boy had a tall paper hat--he was the Cat in the Hat! The father said, "Apparently it was a very exciting day in school today. Who knew?"

Synchronicity: That night's House, M.D. episode had a cat as a major character.

Last TV show watched: Wednesday night's episode of Lie to Me.

Dream of the week: The one featuring Dean & Sam Winchester and Castiel. Mmm... Castiel.

How much TV do you really need to watch? Less than I have been watching lately.

Miles walked today: Probably a little over two. I wasn't feeling terribly ambitious (and now it's Sting, "Love Is the Seventh Wave").

Have you anything else to say? Not that I've managed to think of in the last few minutes (Liane Foly, "Des Heures Hindoues").


Saturday, August 9th, 2008 12:16 am
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
As they ask over on Drawn!, who knew that this was even a genre?

Satirical Maps of the First World War.


Friday, January 11th, 2008 11:24 pm
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
For fellow fans of House, M.D.: The Metaphorical Medicine of House. Includes bits of interview with the technical advisor for the series.

The 2007 International Privacy Ranking from Privacy International. According to this report, the U.S. privacy record isn't the worst in the world: in 2007, this country actually ranked better than Singapore, Russia, China, and Malaysia. Woohoo! We only did worse than nearly everyone else on the planet. On the plus side, as about half of you lot have already noticed, "A telephone company cut off an FBI international wiretap after the agency failed to pay its bill on time, according to a U.S. government audit released on Thursday." While one must admire the elegance of the checks and balances set forth in the United States Constitution as well as the nobility of much of the Bill of Rights, one sometimes suspects that the greatest guardians of freedom in this country are general laziness and incompetence.

On an entirely different note: Ghee Happy, "a brand that celebrates Indian/Hindu mythologies and culture thru design and storytelling in a fun and charming way." Do check out the free Kali desktop. (This is one of those links where it's hard for an outsider to tell just how serious/reverent/etc. the artist is being. That odd Spiderman Ganesh photo going around a while back was from an actual Ganesha festival, was a serious attempt to meld East and West, even as it seemed to so many people that it must have been blasphemous. So I at least feel compelled to reserve judgment about the cute little deities, just admiring the cuteness.)

Last and probably least, a link for my own reference, though it could be useful for anyone else with an analog TV: The US Government's TV converter box coupon program.

There was going to be more to this post, but I decided I was too sleepy to say it.
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Cuddly plush toy)
Here to read a MegaHAL poem for all you storytellers out there is our special guest, Al Lopacino! Alfer Pacez? Oh, whatever.
The faces of Morph of Jennifer Lopez and Al Pacino and Al Pacino combined together -

I'm surprised how well the faces work together )
Disciples filled with the process of storytelling that in a variety of organisms--so
many similarities to the meaning of life and soup and add more stock as needed. Serve hot,
our prayer of thanks.

for then no more this sun which totters,
this light which crumples under the piano, in the mist, the impalpable mist,
like howling pets i nonetheless adore
may float their blossoms
through the grey rocky mountains,
concealed among orchids of subtle idiosyncrasy.

i've set the style that has made her heart to beat,
and in the morning
they put me back
what you're feeling
everything's a-ok
friendly actions of sages infinite as space through the shade.

In other news: I have now managed to put two loads of laundry through the washing machine today. Woohoo! (Some days you need to celebrate any triumph, no matter how minor.)

Your Daily Birds

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 10:31 am
hummingwolf: Gold starlike kaleidoscope images. (Gold stars)
The tawny frogmouth is one of the most muppet-like creatures in existence, particularly in the albino version. Go see for yourself! (Link via [ profile] urbpan.)

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Friday, July 20th, 2007 10:43 am
hummingwolf: animation of green and gold fractal, number of iterations increasing with time (Iterations in green and gold)
In spite of the fact that I woke up early this morning (or perhaps because of that fact), I've been moving much too slowly to do the thing I wanted to do before going off to do that other thing I want to do. So instead, I'm reading stuff online and wondering when the tea will kick in.

One thing I ran across is an article challenging guidelines on teen depression. I can't actually tell you what the article says, though, because my attention has been eaten up by the fact that the UK really does have an organization with the acronym of NICE. "NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health." People who remember the C.S. Lewis book That Hideous Strength will understand my problem here.

In other news, [ profile] languagelog has a post with some fun fruit fly gene names.

Man with tiny brain lives entirely normal life. Insert your own commentary here.

Gosh, this is a surprise: "Body image was significantly more negative after viewing thin media images than after viewing images of either average size models, plus size models, or inanimate objects. ... Results support the sociocultural perspective that mass media promulgate a slender ideal that elicits body dissatisfaction."

"The Pentagon told Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton that her questions about how the U.S. plans to eventually withdraw from Iraq boosts enemy propaganda." My main question is still why Hillary Rodham Clinton is the front-runner when nobody actually wants to vote for her. But anyway, "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hit back Friday at a Pentagon aide who charged that her questions about Iraq withdrawal planning have the effect of helping the enemy - calling the accusation a spurious dodge of a serious issue."

How much does this stuff matter in the grand scheme of things? Well, size isn't everything, but Universcale may still give you a sense of perspective.
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
Both links full of graphical content, but no video.

First link via [ profile] nancylebov: This are serious thread. If the words "lolrus" and "Orly" mean anything to you, you need to see this.

And via [ profile] polonius: Parody Magic Cards, which will probably be of most interest to folks who have some actual clue about normal Magic cards.
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Cuddly plush toy)
Now wearing: Black shirt, blue jeans, white socks, boring underwear, and glasses I would really like to get replaced.

Today's television: Smallville finale: It was enjoyable, but certain characters should be deader than they probably are.

Supernatural finale: Oh, Dean! And [spoiler]! And ohh, [spoiler]!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Yeah, that ep made me rather squeeful.

Today's walk: I've been keeping approximate track of how many miles I've walked in the new shoes, but I already forget how many of those miles were today. It's roughly 18 miles since last Friday, though. The right shoe started making an odd squeaky sound today. Is air leaking out of my Nike air shoes already?

On today's walk, I saw a man and a woman chasing a ferret. Well, am not sure if the woman was chasing the ferret or following along behind so she could laugh at the man.

Also on today's walk, I checked out the bird's nest I first saw on Mother's Day--the nest that was built about five-and-a-half feet above a sidewalk, right where most adult humans can bump into the branch it's built in without even trying. A couple days ago I managed to count at least three baby birds alive in the nest begging for food, so perhaps the location wasn't as bad for survival as I'd thought. Today as I stood and looked at the little birdlets with their fresh little feathers growing in, zoom! goes something past my head. Look up, and there's angry Mama Robin glaring at me. "It's okay, I won't hurt them! I promise!" Zoom! goes Mama Robin again, just barely not touching my hair. I back up a bit, try to reason with her... ZOOM! at my head. At this point I decided to leave the family alone, assured that Mama Robin really is very protective of her cute little babies.

Music of the week: Been listening to two albums by Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies (Tenterhooks and The Parish Notices) as well as all of Kalinnikov's symphonies (all both of them). Didn't set out to listen only to music you've never heard before; it just kinda worked out that way.

Today's reading: Lots of stuff on LJ. Very little out of the library books that are due soon. Maybe I'll make up for that tomorrow.

Today's napping: Rather a lot. Tried to deal with my tiredness through use of...

Today's beverage: Entirely too much black tea.

Candy of the day: Crispy, crunchety Butterfinger. I was more in the mood for peanut-butteriness than I was for chocolate, which was weird.

Fruit of the day: Fresh strawberries! Mmmm, lovely, lovely strawberries.

Useful stuff done today: I think I balanced my checkbook or something. This really wasn't a day for getting much accomplished, though it started out promisingly. I feel like I must have cleaned something, but I can't remember what. It wasn't anything here in my bedroom, that's for sure.

Linguistics for the day: lolcat linguistics.

Headline of the month: A May 3 story from the Associated Press which [ profile] mariness linked to yesterday. The page she linked is no longer online, however this still is. In the words of Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, "So you just can't improve on that. Anyway, my compliments to the AP headline writer, who had a good day that day."

our daily breast

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 09:14 am
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (one)
Via [ profile] squidpiggy: Stephen King "considers the story of Anna Nicole Smith, the little girl who became a princess"--as well as the stories of other famous young women: A Modern Fairy Tale. Makes me want to go listen to my Carpenters albums and eat something fattening for Lent.

Reality related to that fairy tale, via [ profile] mister_wolf, who was looking for good, realistic references to help him with his artwork: A gallery of normal women's breasts. Not safe for work unless your work requires you to look at women's breasts, but a site with lots of non-sexualized pictures of people who don't live in fairy tales.

Art link of the moment

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007 04:10 pm
hummingwolf: Mathemagical animation made out of string. (Incredible String Thing)
Because a [ profile] fipplebuss post reminded me of it:

Inversions by Scott Kim. The site hasn't been updated lately, but it's well worth looking through if you haven't seen Kim's work recently.

In the news

Thursday, December 21st, 2006 02:57 pm
hummingwolf: Mathemagical animation made out of string. (Incredible String Thing)
Via [ profile] rsschristdot:
BOSTON (AP) -- The "crazy, crazy Jewish fun" of Kosherland looks a lot like the board game Candy Land, except gefilte fishing substitutes for visits to the Ice Cream Sea.

In Catholic-opoly, like Monopoly, the job is to bankrupt your opponents. The difference is it's done "in a nice, fun way."

And role-playing can get pretty realistic with the Biblical Action Figure of Job, which comes complete with boils.

Maybe it's just me, but some of the games described in the article do sound kinda fun.

In other news, "Lawmakers have drawn up a resolution naming Jesus Christ as the honorary king of Poland, but have failed to win support from the country’s powerful Roman Catholic church."

[ profile] delish_fractal brings us Christmas Science, featuring useful links like the NORAD Santa tracking page and the science of Santa.

Something to do when you're bored at Christmas: Construct complex fractals out of light using a few shiny Christmas tree ornaments. Pretty!

Via [ profile] rssworldmag: "A Commack School District bus driver says he nearly lost his job because he refused to take off his Santa Claus cap while driving his route... Mott said he was told that a parent of a child complained to the district about Mott's headgear, saying that the child doesn't believe in Santa Claus and was bothered by the hat."

Via almost everybody: The title of the next Harry Potter book has been revealed! It is behind the cut, for those who don't want to know. ) And ten zillion fans are already complaining about the title and wondering what impact it will have on the epic Snape slashfic they're in the midst of writing.

From [ profile] bbc_scitech: "A Japanese man has survived for 24 days in cold weather and without food and water by falling into a state of "hibernation", his doctor has said." Another version of the story here.

Woman with two wombs gives birth to triplets. Or, depending on how you look at it, twins and a singleton all at the same time. This is what I'm wondering: What are that woman's menstrual periods like?

Also from the BBC: "Robots could one day demand the same citizen's rights as humans, according to a study by the British government." I wonder what MegaHAL thinks of that idea?

From [ profile] endicottstudio, we get Yuletide Goblins of Iceland. So cute!

Site of the morning

Wednesday, April 14th, 2004 06:11 am
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Cuddly plush toy)
This was mentioned on [ profile] vidicon's journal way back in October, but [ profile] fiachra made a post reminding me of it today, so:
Look at these pictures. People with slow connections should keep in mind that this is a graphics-heavy site--the pictures are the reason why it exists. But those images are worth it.

And now I must hurry up and get outta here. Have a good day, y'all.

(no subject)

Tuesday, February 17th, 2004 12:15 pm
hummingwolf: animation of green and gold fractal, number of iterations increasing with time (Iterations in green and gold)
Sunday night and yesterday I was in some really nasty, all-over body pain, the kind that makes the comparison to getting run over by a truck sound like an understatement. If I'd been able to get online at the time you all would have been treated to a whine/rant about how much I loathe my life and want to die and why am I still breathing here anyway? Later in the day (and I really wish I knew why) the pain eased up a bit. After that, I felt much more hopeful again. So it's official: Pain is depressing.

Some of you may remember that when I first got food stamps, I was told to try to spend them down because if I didn't, I ran the risk of having my benefits reduced. Well, since I had hundreds and hundreds of dollars' worth of food stamps credited to me retroactively, I didn't spend them down and I did have benefits reduced even before I could spend them. So anyway, after all this time, finally I have the chance to spend my monthly food stamp allotment before the end of the month. I'm hoping that if I do that for a few months in a row, I can get my benefits increased again--not that they'll ever be a huge amount, but even 50 cents more per day would be awfully nice. My plan for this afternoon: Stocking up on brownie mix and instant mashed potatoes.

Note to self: When you have a working computer again, visit


Monday, April 22nd, 2002 12:57 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (one)
I'm subscribed to Yahoo's mailing of their weekly website picks, so today I get the mail and read this description of the site at

"Medireview Illuminated Manuscripts

"Spanning both the religious and the secular, these illuminated manuscripts from two museums in the Netherlands contain an impressive amount of information on medireview times. The Highlights page features many Biblical topics, from the creation of the world to Christmas to the Seven Deadly Sins. Browse the manuscripts and you'll find domestic scenes, historical portraits, and Greek and Roman mythology, all beautifully painted and gilded. If you're feeling adventurous, step to the dark side with tempting devils and gory murder and torture -- maybe that's where the slang "getting medireview" comes from. (in Literature)"

Hee! Getting Medireview? Every instance of "eval" has been replaced by "review"? You just know Microsoft is to blame for this.

In other news: I still need sleep. Expect nothing sensible from me today.


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