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flicker and die

Posted on May 25, 2016 at 6:48 pm
Mood: bembradium
Now Playing: Quilt - Eliot St.
These are some new thoughts I had regarding radio. I didn't share them with Phyllis' owner nor the woman in the blue windbreaker, so I'm not going to do any more ninja edits over there. I looked up WAAF's playlists to see if they played any Days of the New, and if they did, if it was Touch, Peel, and Stand, and they didn't, but they did play two Evanescence songs in a row and I'm weirded out by this because I don't think they played Evanescence back when they were a new thing and I didn't think there'd be more than one Evanescence song on their rotation, and I thought bands with female vocals were anathema. Stereogum says it was because of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

I think I can count the bands with female vocalists I heard on WAAF on my fingers.

I also checked to see if they played Limp Bizkit recently and they didn't but they seem to play Kid Rock a lot. They haven't played any new Deftones or any Deftones songs at all but that makes sense. Instead of going back to My Own Summer after going through the White Pony singles a la Days of the New, they stopped playing Deftones until Minerva. This has nothing to do with perceived quality because they played We're Not Gonna Take It and Cum On Feel The Noize in one hour. I think they go out of their way to play the worst 80s music they can find.

Bay State Rock is still a thing but the stuff played doesn't show up on Tunegenie.


Seagull food is haunting my dreams. Not the dream I had before going to the wildlife center, that was the sort of dream you don't ever want to wake up from.
And the strange thing is I have no idea who I was with in that dream. Someone I just recently met or someone only in the deepest recesses of my memory or a composite of various relations or...
A few days before that, I dreamt I was at the wildlife center, mixing together seeds and fish.

Thankfully Miranda and Anya (or perhaps Annia) made the food for the animals in med ward. Except for the bobwhite's food but that's just greens, mealworms, and game bird feed.

Somebody brought us really limp carrots.

Ziggy got a haircut and a bandana. Zack said he acted embarrassed at first and wouldn't go inside and was checking himself out in the mirror and either he thought he looked good with short fur or concluded that there are other dogs out there that went through the same thing.

A few weeks ago, I saw this cart with a chainsaw attached to it that was used for irrigation, which would be great in a zombie apocalypse. Michael says that zombies are the least threatening apocalypse because they're basically just humans without any advantages. Now, if Skynet was using the zombies as a diversion, that would be another thing.

She mentioned her name but I promptly forgot it. Lindy or Lindsey or something. Recently, she saw saw a ruby-throated hummingbird dancing and the female was sitting up in a tree, like "eh." She told of a phoebe and a cowbird that tried to take over her nest. Actually, we think a snake ate the phoebe's eggs because they're the only thing that would eat an egg whole. Maybe an oviraptor but they're quite extinct and they're from Mongolia and maybe they didn't eat protoceratops eggs but were actually tending to their own eggs.
A raccoon peeked his head out of a box while some interns were weighing him or keeping him in the box while they cleaned his cage out or I don't know.
The cygnet vomited in terror and the gosling ate the vomit.
Some of the larger ducklings are bullying the smaller ducklings and not letting them eat. I feel like I'm in opposite world, where ducks are assholes and swans are beautiful birds with lovely personalities. Or who knows, maybe in Opposite World, swans grow up to be really nice birds that look like exceptionally ugly turkey vultures.

The ducks keep swimming even when they're up against the edge of the pool.

Sarah is from New Jersey and grew up in Singapore, which I think qualifies as a megacity in Asia but wasn't exhibited in Megacities Asia. I think Lianne is from New Jersey too. Sarah talked about someone stalling in a four way intersection. I can't think of any worse places to stall, except for railroad tracks, and in that case, you abandon the car.

There was a woman with blue hair and cherry blossom tattoos and two triangles, one on each wrist, one solid black and one an outline but I don't know her name or even why she was there because she vanished after rounds. Maybe she was buying us greens. Maybe she was visiting. Maybe she had a pet that needed to be tended to.

Lauren has tattoos of black flowers on her hands and arms. It looks really cool, like fingerless gloves. She's a vegetarian and has been a vegetarian since she was twelve but doesn't mind cutting up mice and chicks for the fox and raccoons to eat.

Cristina is from Ecuador. Ecuadorian food has a lot of rice. Rice with beans, rice with chicken, rice with fish, rice with potatoes. They do have ceviche but it's different from Peruvian style ceviche and they eat it with rice on the side, of course. Also, they like plantains with rice and possibly olives and pigeon peas, which reminds me of Puerto Rican food. Wikipedia's picture of Ecuadorian ceviche depicts it as being made with tomato sauce. Somebody said she should make us an Ecuadorian dish, as long as she doesn't use the fish bucket to make ceviche. That would be a crime against humanity.

One person had a bat earring, one had a snake pendant and knows people with octopus pendants. I've seen someone wearing a Lego octopus as a pendant. Or rather, I've seen a photograph of someone wearing a Lego octopus as a pendant.
Anya is right: we should wear name tags. She was at the MFA recently but not to see Megacities Asia.
She doesn't want to intern at a zoo because that's all cleaning poop. Or maybe that was Miranda or Taylor or Sarah. Or maybe that was everyone's stance. Anya, or was it Taylor, has four cats and a horse and wants a dog.
Sarah took care of raccoons at a place in New Jersey or something and everything's in the same room and the raccoons chitter and screech at them while they're making food.

Miranda says Paris is on her bucket list. Just see it before it's part of the brave new world of National Front run France. I'm not sure what their stance on art is but I can't imagine it being anything less than hostile.

There's a finch in boarding. his partner died recently, he prolapsed or herniated his organs through his cloaca and we (not including me) had to put them back in. I wondered if he was one of those birds that just gives up on life when their mate dies.

Shannon, I thank, has finches. They're not talkative, just pretty.

A raccoon came to us with second degree burns because he was stuck in a fireplace or he was living in a fireplace and people tried to smoke him out or something like that.
If you're going to eat raccoon poop, make sure it's fresh poop.

This is the cutest fox picture ever.

burning question: if a giant brogmoid were holding up the world, where would he stand?


sparks in everything

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 11:04 pm
Mood: leptopsaltria
Now Playing: Richard Strauss - Salome
Someone wrote "dream, but don't sleep" on an empty payphone cradle.

One woman had a Shakespeare and Company bag and I'm not sure if it was the bookstore in Paris or the Lenox theatre troupe but she liked my insult t-shirt anyway.
Anna asked another passenger "does it look like me?" while I was drawing her. I couldn't not draw her because she noticed me and was smiling.
She said "you're cool" to me and I lament that there's no way to express tone because there are many different ways to interpret that. She meant it in a good way. A very good way, I mean.
She's not an artist, she's a nursing student. In response, I showed her the baby pictures, and she says that waps really nice of me. She asked me if I ever draw the animals.
Across from me, a mosquito was bothering someone who wasn't me. She thought it was a wasp.

Here are some stuff that caught my eye at the Harvard art museums. The modern, contemporary, impressionist, post-impressionist art is on the first floor, and as you go up, the art is older and the architecture is newer, so like at the Worcester Art Museum, I went backwards through time. Well, almost; I started with Beckmann, went backwards to Impresssionism, and then forwards to modern and then to contemporary, and then went upstairs for Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolism. Unless you're talking Chinese art, where the neolithic, predynastic, Shang, Spring and Autumn, Warring States, Han art is on the first floor, while Song and Ming are on the second floor.
On the fourth floor, there is a reception room with sheet aluminum folded into convex and concave forms and spray-painted with a standardized shade of yellow. The visitor's guide depicts what looks like a violin between two video screens. That wasn't there, so I just assumed it was taken down. The wayback machine has nothing so maybe it's not a work from the past but from the future. Even further up is the lightbox gallery.
I'm going to stop ninja-editing now. Okay, just this one last ninja edit.

Joan Miro - Mural
there is an episode of the Simpsons in which Homer pronounces his name wrong and a student corrects him, also pronouncing his name wrong.

I knew this was a Beckmann when I saw it.

Pear Tree by Gustav Klimt

Gustave Moreau - The Infant Moses
in real life, it's as tall as I am.

There are multiple paintings of this subject, with variations.

Jacob and the Angel

Hey, this guy has a vagina bone. Seriously, that's what someone in #gazorpazorp thought the iliac crest is.

As I said to Jackie, this is what I love about Boston: access to arts and culture.

It's impressionistic still but at the same time, the subject matter is entirely unlike most of the Monet paintings we know.

The Power of Death

Aubrey Beardsley

A necklace made of really delicate beads of woven hair.

What they point out is that the work references the indigenous Tasmanian custom of long shell necklaces and how the use of coal draws attention to the coal mining on Tasmania that led to the genocide of the native Tasmanians.
What they didn't point out is that those antlers come from an invasive species.

To The Convalescent Woman

Flying Books Under Black Rain Painting. Its position and size make it hard to get decent photographs of the entire thing.
the rain is ink, the books are The Book of Disquiet, Amerika, and Ulysses.
On the other side is 258 Fake. Fake sounds like fuck in a Beijing accent. 7677 photographs mostly taken with smartphones arranged by theme.

These two were meant to be viewed by anyone entering the building, without having to enter the galleries.

There is a mobile of giant metal triangles in the courtyard.

There were Medals of Dishonor, responses to fascist aggression in Spain, on loan. There's a full text of a German book that includes the wonderfully and grotesquely evocative descriptions in only mildly butchered English. Check it out!

There's a bookstore near Harvard Square so I picked up books two and three of the Radix Tetrad by Alfred Angelo Attanasio, The Martian Inca by Ian Watson, and The Probability Pad by T.A. Waters. I'll have to pick up Through The Heart by Richard Grant next time I'm there assuming nobody else has the idea to pick it up. And one day I'll find Saraband of Lost Time and Rumours of Spring.
Thankfully even with the Rabid Puppies doing their best to make the Hugo Awards as valuable as a Prometheus or Dragon Award (no offense, but this was ruined before it even began), I can feed of stores from harvests past.
I'll have to pick up Through The Heart by Richard Grant next time I'm there. And one day I'll find Saraband of Lost Time and Rumours of Spring.
I don't know what to think of Raven Books. They didn't have anything by Ian Watson. They seem more focused on academic works, so if you're into niche academic stuff, check it out. Somebody drew The Kiss in chalk on Church Street, so I'm glad I took that detour.
And I probably wouldn't have met the same passengers I met had I not went down Brattle street to find naught but a table of books including one in Finnish.
Screw TV from alternate realities, I want sketchbooks from alternate realities.

The people behind me at CVS thought that they were in the longest line they've seen. The people in front of me wanted to make rose corsages so they'd be immune to silence and can pick fights with those damned sylphi entites that have conquered Boston.

She said that sadly her name isn't Lauren, which made me think that it is something like Rory but I hope not.

I don't normally go to the Museum of Fine Arts while on a Braintreebound train.

Lindsey studied fashion design in school. She had trouble thinking of what year she graduated. I'm thinking 2018 seems like a long way away, but not really, because oh shiiiit, it's 2016.
I thought Tanna's name sounded Finnish but it's Italian according to her. Wikipedia tells me nothing, except that it's an island in Vanuatu and a genus of cicadas. Maybe it's Italian for Tanya. Her sister is an artist and she's going to suggest drawing people on trains to her.

Somebody drew angry eyebrows on the baby changing table's depiction of a baby.

I remarked that it looks like armor in the photograph but from up close, it looks a lot flimsier.
The pin shirt was turned on because it's Wednesday but there's too much ambient noise for the connection between your voice and the vibration to be noticeable.

#1 take off your shoes and wash your hands

I'll tell you what Harvard isn't producing. Competent web designers. Although I should have known that whenever I use Facebook's search feature. Actually, I don't know how much control Zuckerberg has over the workings of the search feature, or where and if the people with control over the search feature went to school.

He arranged kitchen items to evoke both urban neighborhoods and the sustenance a city requires.

#2 Untitled

Topography of discarded plastic bags.

#3 8' x 12'

Installation is the dimensions of a typical family dwelling in Dharavi, Mumbai's largest slum, or more acccurately, informal settlement consisting of about a million people living on some 500 acres of land. The cityscape within uses the same materials people use to build their homes, mostly bits of aluminum and car parts. Somebody noticed wire supports. It's not a map of the city nor is it meant to be.

A woman had a pikachu hat and a t-shirt depicting the Happy Mask Salesman in mask form advertising a three day sale at the Clock Town festival, featuring the keaton mask, the Fierce Deity's mask, the Goron mask, the Zora mask, the Deku mask, and the Mask of Truth.
On the hierarchy of t-shirts I've seen people wear, it's up there with Crime Sucks and Dear Diary, Today A Monster Stole My Muffin.

#4 temperature

There are bits of old fragments of cloth embedded in these bricks, which were taken from razed apartment buildings in Beijing.

#5 venu

Venu is the Hindi word for bamboo forest. It's a lightweight, flexible, and strong material but people would rather live in houses made from brick or concrete because it's more modern. Inside, you have hanging cotton rope and vibration sensors and motors.

#6 build me a nest so I can rest

This work was commissioned specifically for the Museum of Fine Arts, and is made from clay birds sold as trinkets and children's playthings altered and repainted to look like Mumbai's native migratory birds, which reflects her own life and how people are moving from rural areas to cities and her family having to move during the partition of India.
The 300 birds all hold quotes from various works of literature.

Alas, she was murdered recently.

#7 doors away from home - doors back home

Hu made this from doors salvaged from Ming and Qing homes that were being dismantled.
From above, they form the character for wood, 木 (mù) and the walls enclosing it transform it into 困 (kùn), which means to become trapped or surrounded.

I love the logographs made from gaudy bits of jewelry and trinkets and keys and cartoon characters and knockoff Legos.

A few weeks ago, I found some of those sticky beads and I picked them up for art purposes.

Some of the doors are really ornate. There's one door I particularly like but nobody else feels the same way and I can't find any pictures of it.
It resonates with Boston's razing of the West End, and how nobody cared about historic architecture back in the 50s.
His art made Shanghai introduce historical preservation.

A man told me to visit Seoul and it's changed a lot since the 60s.

#8 super-natural

Molly wanted to build something similar out of blue objects. Her friend said that blue has been scientifically determined to be the most soothing color. The artist picked green because the objects are greener than the substances used to make them.

To them, the frog umbrella stood out. To the woman in the Majora's Mask shirt, the dinosaur stood out. I can't find the dinosaur in any pictures.

All of the objects from Boston will be donated or recycled. All the objects from Seoul will be used in other exhibitions, possibly with local green objects from other places.

#9 drifting producers / escapement

in Seoul, a park displaced machinists. They go on and off and make noise. One of them I didn't get to see in action.

Molly, so says a nametag she was wearing, has a pendant depicting the Venus of Willendorf and a patch saying "stop rape culture," and I find it weird that Return of Kings denies rape culture when they are rape culture. You can't do that.
She knows it isn't in the country. I guessed Germany, or maybe France. It's located in Bécs/Vienna. If I see her, I'll let her know. Or if I see anyone else with a Venus of Willendorf pendant, I'll let them know.

They were letting people go in Living With Pigeons; inside, there is a pigeon nest among stacks of shelves. Getting up is the easy part, getting down is the hard part. Crab-walking down the stairs helps.
One of the docents had an owl tattoo.

Lois Russell made a basket out of USB cables and bits of gearwork.

I looked at the caste paintings. There was nothing about the term Hispanic/Latino but the caste system is a mess and is inconsistent and it's flexible and people could move up a level if they paid some officials and people who were 1/8th native were considered Spaniards but people who were 1/32 black had a caste of their own. Zambo wasn't on the MFA's list but it's on the Wikipedia's list. Hispanics have long since abandoned Mestizo but white people who are totally into scientific racism have adopted the term for "anyone from Latin America"

The woman with lavender hair and the woman with pink hair and the man with uncolored hair wanted to see if the breathing lotus had motion sensors because they noticed it was kind of deflated so we all grouped together and got distracted by a squirrel was climbing on the walls of the museum, and we all started singing "spidersquirrel, spidersquirrel, does whatever a spidersquirrel does, can he swing from a web? no he can't, he's a squirrel. Look out, he is a spidersquirrel!"
The man was talking about a hedgehog named Elvis and saying that without context, people are imagining a guy with a bouffant.
Elsewhere was a woman with purple hair and a woman with green (Terra, not Rydia) hair.

The sign said that the artificial lotus will live longer than the real plants.

The woman with the two children said that the woman I was drawing's makeup made her look like Jasmine from Aladdin. My drawing, however, just makes her look grumpy. Don't quote me on this because I can't tell the difference between Mexican and Filipino. Mexican Mexican, not "anybody south of the Rio Grande and that includes Brazil even though they don't speak Spanish and Guyana and Suriname even though they don't even speak a Romance language) and I can't tell the difference between Hispanic and Nepali either but I think she's Indian, while Jasmine is Uyghur.
I think maybe the people at Chutneys are Nepali.

I met a cairn terrier named Phyllis. Her owner used to work for PetCo so she knows about the Wildlife Center. I tried to draw Phyllis but she gets it: dog anatomy is different and there's a lot more fur, and they don't pose like Anna or talk to their friends or look at their phones like pretty much everyone else. Phyllis doesn't like baths. I told them about how once I spent a summer weekend at my grandparents' and my aunt's cat was there and when I got back home, I wasn't used to dog smell. That's the last ninja-edit, I swear.
The woman in a blue windbreaker (she needs to join the woman with the rose corsage in her fight against the sylphi entites) has a tattoo of the northern lights right below her clavicle, a colorful band around her wrist and some lyrics I've forgotten from a band I've forgotten that she was into in high school, and some music notes. She said the band is obscure and I said that I listen to some really obscure stuff too but pop culture has fragmented and when I was in high school, it wasn't as fragmented.
I mentioned the tapes I made and the time I spent listening to them and then posting my thoughts on them and wondering what I was thinking some of those songs and maybe I recorded them thinking it was something else which I've done plenty of times or maybe I recorded them thinking they'd be some sort of flash in the pan. You know how it is, a band release a hit song, for example, Days of the New's Touch, Peel, and Stand, which I guess isn't terrible but it's a bit repetitive and too long for its own good and it gives me no reason to buy the album, and then they release some better songs like The Down Town and Shelf in the Room, and then they play those for a month or so and then go back to the hit single and then they release a new album so they'll play some stuff from that, and then go back to Touch, Peel, and Stand.
Linkin Park and Korn were kinda innovative but wore out their welcome after about 200 or so listens.

The radio station I used to listen to hasn't changed their playlist (hey, there's a new Radiohead album out. Let's play Creep!) since I stopped listening. Actually, that's not true, there's more 80s schlock rock and glam metal. I speculated that the key demographic changed from 18-35 males to 18-49 males, if not 18-65 males and they're losing the 18-35 part of that so they have to appeal to the older crowd. Also, they haven't played music on the typical weekday morning in around five years even though I'm pretty sure the only reason anybody listened to the Hill Man Morning Show instead of Howard Stern is because they actually occasionally played music during the morning commute.

She tracks buses but not trains because the red line is reliable-ish, while buses come when and if they feel like coming. I told her about Atlas Lab's first concert and my plan to time travel my way around the lack of a train station in Union Square.

She says there's a stretch of highway in Somerville where one can reach 88 miles per hour if you do it at 4 in the morning.

There are two rules of time travel: you can't actually interact with yourself without either fainting or destroying the universe and you can't kill Hitler or you've removed your impetus to go back in time, but maybe you could go back in time to visit a relative and because you're there, kill Hitler. Except I don't have any relatives in Germany at that time. Maybe I could go see some of the so-called degenerate art before they destroy it.

She says you have to be careful when time traveling and creating new realities because you might stop existing.

I thought she was going to mention Rick and Morty and the time they sat around watching TV from alternate realities but she mentioned Fringe instead and how it was filmed around Boston.

burning question: what's your favorite mask to wear in Majora's Mask?


cherry blossoms on the river of souls

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm
Mood: solmissus
Now Playing: Radiohead - The Numbers
Spring is the starving time for birds as well as humans. I had to resort to giving some of them waxworms (the larvae of Galleria mellonella) instead of mealworms. We had a fairly good selection of veggies (I gave carrots, green pepper, squash, and cauliflower) but only a papaya in the fruit department. Some people say Patriots' Day is the turning point from cold spring to hot spring but that I attribute to the same phenomenon that makes people think Hispanic is synonymous with Mexican, even though Salvadorans slightly outnumber Mexicans and there are twice as many Dominicans as Salvadorans and twice as many Puerto Ricans as Dominicans. I usually say Ascension Day but Ascension Day has come and gone.
Speaking of unnamed phenomena, I haven't seen any daisies.

I had the idea to rub a surgical mask with rosemary or parsley and wear that while making seagull diets. Maybe some kind of citrus. It's not the texture I can't stand because I don't actually have to touch it. It's the smell. Gourmet sashimi this is not. In fact, this stuff could probably down a Scandinavian.

One of the interns, I think her name is Jen or something, had a pet cicada for a few months.

Here's a fun fact about owls. Great horned owls mate first and hatch first so they can eat all the other fledgelings.
Emily or Lianne says that's evil. I'm going by the whiteboard so I don't actually know who's who but she's probably Lianne. There's Anjali as well but I don't think anyone around is Anjali.
If Jean was around, she'd probably cry and then stab Priya with a syringe of atropine because Mondays are for good news and only good news, fucking damn it.

Tiffany, who is the only person on Earth with her name and will most likely be the only person with that name until the end of time, thought she added Conor to Snapchat but it turned out to be a different guy with that name and she sent him gross pictures.
She slept a lot this week and isn't used to it. Nobody leaves the wildlife center behind.

I told them not to feel bad about sending gross pictures to Gregory Mertz because he's a Neo-Nazi. This isn't quite true; I was mixing him up with some identitarian blowhard; he's merely involved with the National Organization For Marriage and a global version called CitizenGo and he said Frozen was part of the homosexual agenda and they better give Elsa a boyfriend in any sequel or so help him. So don't feel bad if you send him gross pictures or videos of chicks getting beheaded and dismembered. Just draw some lines somewhere. Don't invent Smell-o-Vision for the sole purpose of sending him the fish bucket. Although once someone invents Smell-O-Vision, you are free to send him all the fish buckets in the world.

Jack, who might very well be the only person with his name out there, found some thank yous addressed to the wildlife center. One depicted two guys giving a high five with their tongues. The other had a snake saying he needed to go to the wildlife center because he was too short and a turtle saying he needed to go to the wildlife center because his legs were weird. One of them had Waffle sitting on a table and I'm not sure if he just climbed up there to steal toys or if Zack is examining him.

Here is a story about seagulls. Once Hannah worked at a boys and girls club and one of the kids was in time out and a seagull stole his bag of chips and flew off with it. Also, she once ate a dog treat as a dare and was left wondering just how dogs can clamor for those things. The same conclusion Wes of Scary-Crayon came to but he ate pup corn and not a Beggin' Strip.

burning question: what is the most annoying overplayed song on classic rock radio?


footfalls of the past

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 6:46 pm
Mood: astraspis
Now Playing: William Basinski - Disintegration Loops 6
The composer William Basinski once tried to salvage some earlier recordings but couldn't, so he just recorded the tapes as they decayed away into nothingness.

He's going to grow up to be an asshole but aww. He's living with the six ducklings right now and they're getting along.

When I arrived, a gecko got her stuck egg removed.

Extreme Stop & Shop, he called it.

I went to feed the robin and he flew into my face and landed on the floor. I went to feed the blue jay, Jacob said "oh, he's not going to be doing any flying because his wing is messed up" and he flew into my face and landed on the windowsill. "Seems like he's doing better." They should be grateful because I made super-awesome food for them; dog food, mealworms, earthworms, papaya, red bell pepper, grape, pear, cucumber.

Robins and blue jays get the same exact thing.


Tiffany was talking about someone she knows who has never heard of Columbine. A while ago, I realized that all of the internet's initial reactions and their misinformation to Columbine are forever lost to the aether. Jedi Council doesn't go that far back. ILX doesn't go that far back. Gamefaqs doesn't archive its forums as far as I know and when Columbine happened, there wasn't a Gamefaqs anyway. Some asshole put a robots.txt on Barbelith. Let it be said that there is a special place in hell for people who buy a domain name and don't do anything but block the previous site from the internet archive, where they eat naught but burning hot coals and drink naught but burning hot cola, and also they're forced to play the DOS versions of Mega Man and maybe Bart vs. The Space Mutants and The War in Heaven.
I didn't keep any sort of journal at the time. I might have saved some films from Myth II around that time but they were on a zip disk. They wouldn't specifically be about Columbine but I dunno, maybe someone mentioned it. Remember how I brought up a friend who gave me some really terrible relationship advice? I remember him saying that he always wore a trenchcoat to school because Rick Blaine and Inspector Closseau can't both be wrong, or maybe it's because he was obsessed with The Matrix, and he said he doesn't care if people discriminate against him because everyone who knows him knows how non-violent he is. Also, they know not to go to him if they ever need relationship advice. If you don't remember Columbine, you probably don't know what a zip disk is. Anyway, since the heads actually touch the media, they're really prone to fucking up and corrupting the data and if you were really unlucky, you could corrupt a disk in one drive and then damage another drive with that corrupted disk. The world moved on to CD-R soon after.

I think he was born in the mid nineties so that actually makes sense. He'd be too young to remember the news or the sea change that came with it, and it's been eclipsed by Virginia Tech and Newtown and their disinformation campaigns. If I remember correctly, Cassie Bernal's story was a chain e-mail that got out of hand, as chain e-mails are wont to do.

I started high school in 1999 and I wanted to see if the student handbook mentioned anything about shootings but I can't find it. I still have the padlock for my locker, though.


burning question: so, regarding the Philippines, are things really so bad that people would flock to this kind of guy or is it kind of like in the US where half the population is just nuts and constantly seeing phantoms where there are none?


journey's rest

Posted on May 03, 2016 at 8:37 pm
Mood: psednos
Now Playing: Radiohead - Burn The Witch
The rain gods granted my wish. The Mayfair was postponed and I'm really happy because I knew it would be craptacular out, rain or no rain.
Waking up on sunny days is a tug of war between the sun and lovesickness on one side and the cold on the other, with the cold winning.
Yesterday, it was cloudy, so I overslept anyway. And it's supposed to be like this for an entire week. Eat a dick, May.

It smelled like one of the animals ate some poop and then threw it up and then died from poop poisoning anyway, and guess who was tasked to bring those dishes downstairs to the kitchen to be washed. The answer is me. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've been incapacitated by a smell at the wildlife center, and I've dealt with some pretty reeky things.
Tiffany knows exactly who is to blame: the herring gull. They eat a mixture of dog food, mice, and some kind of white fish that is slightly past its expiration date. Factor in that it's been sitting in, well, not quite room temperatures, but a room that isn't quite cold enough to stave off further decay, and you've got a recipe for some offensively noxious smells.

I once thought that we deliberately set out to make feeding as unpleasant as possible for the raccoons but Tiffany says jamming it down their throats makes it faster and it means we don't have to help them swallow it and the raccoons hate us once they grow up no matter what.

I also learned that northern flickers look less like woodpeckers and more like mourning doves with black spots on their underbellies and a black gorget and red crescent markings on the napes of their necks.
I had to look up their picture because the label fell off and I was mistaking her for a mourning dove.

We're going to release a snapping turtle. It's all about striking up a balance: enough water to keep pressure off of their plastrons and prevent major sores and ulcers but not so much water that their shell fractures can't heal.

And there were baby ducks! Someone found six of them in a storm pipe with their mother nowhere to be seen. They're in good health. In fact, I found one of them outside the kiddy pool.

This baby owl is only a few days old.

Désirée and Cody showed up and I learned that Cody never actually volunteered at the wildlife center, he just knows people who do.

burning question: is there a reason Google's map is displaying in Korean, but only a certain distance from Harvard Square?


modern luminescence

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm
Mood: artediellina
Now Playing: Fat Tulips - So Surreal
It was too nice to last, of course.

It felt like there was a lot more empty space at the MFA, perhaps because there aren't many people there on a Sunday morning and perhaps because they rearranged the impressionism and post-impression galleries to show Monet's predecessors in the hallway and then a gallery devoted entirely to Monet.
I saw the pairs of Picasso, TechStyle, a few of the Megacities Asia works that were scattered about the museum, prints of London and Edo, and Lawren Harris' paintings of Canadian snowscapes, before I had to go.
London is depicted in subdued pastels, while Edo is colorful and bold.

Snake Ceiling
Inspired by a visit to a school destroyed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, where he saw scattered backpacks and pencils. It's designed to evoke not just a snake but a line of children walking to school hand in hand.

Chaosmos Mandala
This was made by a Korean artist and if you can't tell by looking at it, the room is lined with reflective watery stuff and there's a rotating chandelier covered in multicolored lights that represents the celestial realm and a chair you can sit in so you may be part of the art.
Remind me to get the description of this when I inevitably go to see the rest of Megacities Asia. There are descriptions for #3, #8, Doors Away From Home, #6, and Venu out there on the Tumblrverse.

Illuminated pillars made from cheap plastic containers.

Living With Pigeons
This was intentionally placed in the room with the Boddhisatva statues. Song Dong says "my work being here is not an honor for me, but for those living in poverty"
Song lived in a courtyard-style house, where the cramped living style would foster community.
As Beijing expanded, these houses were demolished.

An enclosure of 64 Forever brand bicycles. Ai Weiwei left a Beijing of cyclists and tree-lined avenues for New York City for twelve years and then returned to a Beijing of multilane highways and traffic jams.
Marcel Duchamp made Readymades, one of which is an inverted bicycle wheel and fork on a wooden stool.

Breathing Flower
It looks like it's made from inflatable pool rafts and is meant to contrast with the natural but carefully manicured lawn.

Fruit Tree and Zodiac Heads are elsewhere in Boston.
I don't know, I lost my pamphlet, probably while playing with Leo the Bernedoodle, which is a Bernese mountain dog and poodle mix.

#techstyle is pun for the whole family.
there was a dress with solar panels that could charge a phone. I swear John Brunner predicted stuff like this in Stand on Zanzibar. There are people with purple-dyed hair in Brunner's 2010 as well as at the MFA in the real 2016. In Stand on Zanzibar, one woman wears a dress with a printed circuit and she can shift her belt buckle to change the broadcast, which doesn't require fabric printed with circuits in real life.

Giger Shoes

There's an iPad and you can have the dress display hearts or stars or snowfall, or in by far the most popular case, Hokusai's Great Wave. In the background is Pinhead's formal wear. When Pinhead's shirt is turned on, the pins vibrate with the ambient noise and voices in the gallery.

hey, it's an animated gif of the wave.

Here's the dress with stars instead of the Great Wave.

I have no idea what setting it's on.

splash dress

in real life, it looks more like glass and less like water.


It's based on sound waves.

The Bird and the Beetle
It looks like some sort of armor.
Speaking of armor, there's a mesh of interlocking 3D printed bits that feel more like armor than clothing.

A tuxedo made from the night sky.

Wearable art.

She had a leg deformity and chose to have it amputated.

Visiting Picasso paintings:

The Rape of the Sabine Women, inspired by the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Someone said the lines in her face represent her aging but the painting she was paired with was made later.

Head of a Woman (portrait of Marie-Therese Walter)

The Rescue. As you've seen with The Rape of the Sabine Women, Picasso gave the same title to multiple works. A painting titled The Rescue sold for 31.5 million dollars at an auction. This is not that painting. The flecks of white are narcissus flowers.

the human form reduced to its constituent lines and curves.

Seven Diadems
From above, they look like walnuts, not submerged heads.

I don't know what beaverboard is but it sounds Canadian. Brand name of pressed paper, apparently.

He mostly depicted the arctic as sparse, desolate, empty, and unpopulated, but one painting depicts an Inuit dwelling, so life, even human life, finds a way. It's hard to imagine anything living in his landscapes, and no sounds but for that of dancing chill winds cold enough to freeze time itself. When there are trees, they look like they have been dead for millennia.

Most of the ruins are ancient. There are some Piranesi prints. There are a few pictures of Palmyra; the captions remind us that the objects depicted in these photographs are now destroyed and I have a hard time being sad about that. I wasn't going to see them, not as long as Bashar al-Assad and his wife live.
There aren't any pictures of The Dopey Lion. Seriously, he looks stupid and should be Syria's mascot. Maybe he could be seated upon a throne of corpses, propped up by a donkey and an elephant.
No ruins of the modern age: Aleppo, Detroit, Ordos, Varosha, or Pripyat.

I ganked this. I had a burning question about whether Sad Puppies 5 will happen because they've become irrelevant and they nominate works based on not wanting everyone else to figure out how few of them there are and there's really nothing else you can do with Sad Puppies but strap them to the backs of people who list their relationship status as single when they're not until they decompose.
burning question: if the color of your teeth no longer reflects personal hygiene, will people start wearing like neon green or purple teeth or whatever matches their outfit?


bird claustrophobia

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 10:59 pm
Mood: phasmatocottus
Now Playing: Henry Cowell - Symphony no 7
At first I thought it would be a quiet day and at least there were two Waffle clones
hanging out upstairs, and one of the Waffle clones had only three legs.

Last night's dinner for the seagull didn't look like that when whoever made it made it. The window was open so it was fucking freezing and it didn't help with the smell. Even taking the garbage bag out didn't help.

We weren't supposed to give the goose food, so we took it out and the goose is like "nope" and kicked the bowl of pellets over and Jacob's like "you god damm asshole!" and I was laughing really hard.

A rabbit was horribly bitten and bruised. I think we were planning to give him steroids. Someone said "that's nature" and also "steroids are nature too."

Conor put some sticks in the owl's cage so he can "pretend he's a real owl" and not just a captive according to Jacob. "He says thank you."

"He's a growing boy. Or girl. He's a growing ice cream cone." Because that's how you hold a rock dove.

The sparrow would bite us but he wouldn't bite the syringe.

She looks really sad and she flipped herself over in the soaking bin because she's stupid and not because she died. She's alive, kupo. She needs a cupcake to get her blood sugar up or something says Tiffany. And she has head trauma so we set up some oxygen therapy for her.

"community mice. Cut them with your teeth. Cutting of the mice is an adrenaline rush."

Oxytocin helps mammals deliver their babies by inducing cervical dilation. It also works on reptilian and avian oviducts. While only mammals produce oxytocin, the other vertebrates produce hormones that do more or less the same thing. It also stimulates the myoepithelial cells, ejecting milk into the mammary duct but she isn't a mammal. It also causes memory lapses and fond memories of the final stages of pregnancy. It causes lovey feelings and infatuation and limerence and may be able to treat cocaine and heroin withdrawl. It increases trust and empathy, reduces fear, and breaks the chains of racism. It's a wonderful, wonderful molecule. Also, she was pissed off afterwards when we had to administer fluids but if I was pumped full of oxytocin, I'd be the opposite of pissed off. Dehydrated turtles have loose-ish skin. I suppose you could look at their mucosa, that is, if you could get their beaks open.
While wood turtles are found in New England, this one was a pet.

We have a tiny chicken egg laid by a normal chicken.

Maegan had for lunch a sweet potato that didn't cook properly, some tomatoes that were probably cooked too much, strawberries and kiwis. Like me, she's not big on lunch, and everyone she interacted with except for me made snide comments about it. She said that she had Wendy's a few times and pizza a few times, because someone asked if she was a vegan.

Opossums make weird alien noises according to Sam and the sucking sound they make haunts Tiffany's nightmares.

Here's another owlet. Again, I had no idea we had this guy. Maybe I'm mistaken about what kind of owls I brought up last week.

burning question: Who built this door, space dwarves?


distance and mortality

Posted on April 24, 2016 at 11:06 pm
Mood: plactopecten
Now Playing: Casey Desmond - Swim
It was both PAX East and Japanfest today. I'd probably have went to JapanFest had I not been going to see Verdi's Requiem. At JapanFest they had mostly traditional music like koto and taiko drumming and some stuff from Studio Ghibli movies.

Mariah and Darren are from the ass end of nowhere in Pennsylvania, and were both dressed in Aperture Labs costumes.
I told her to be thankful she isn't getting on at Haymarket because the Orange Line is easy to find but the Green Line isn't. South Station isn't that bad but some of the glorified buses go directly to the airport. We would have had a proper subway line but despotates and banana republics stole our money.
Mariah went to New York when she was really young to see the Lion King on Broadway but is overwhelmed by the sheer size of New York and prefers Boston and it's smallness and only feels comfortable in crowds of fellow nerds like at PAX East and not crowds of business types, and not New York and their disbelief in maps. I said I spend my time amongst artists, musicians, actors, poets, dreamers, eccentrics, and revolutionaries. Mariah's a dreamer, or perhaps an eccentric, or maybe both.
And there are people out there who don't want to be exposed to other cultures and I said that if they don't like it, they can go live in Provo or something.
I mentioned that I've also been to DC, where you aren't allowed to eat or drink on the trains there. She immediately got nervous about having a drink with her. She thinks that everyone in DC is hyperfocused on their work.
Darren agrees with me about the drive through Baltimore. It goes through the industrial part of the city and stinks to the highest of heavens. I've never been to Philadelphia but the public transit there is okay, they guess.
Mariah volunteers at a wildlife rehabilitation center and it's baby season there too and there are a bunch of squirrels obviously and some baby owls. They're a lot like the New England Wildlife Center except without seabirds, I guess.
I don't know how this came up (yes, one of our vets is from Pennsylvania, but that wasn't it), I think I mentioned some kind of animal. I'm not sure what the context of it was but I think it's because I was going through color portraits and mentioned that Christina was an artist and so I showed Mariah the owl of paradise she painted.

Another reason Boston is superior to DC: Puppy on the train! Puppy, puppy, puppy! Specifically, a six month old miniature husky.

London is depicted more [this section has been removed] age: Aleppo, Detroit, Ordos, Varosha, or Pripyat.

I saw a woman with purple hair and a woman with teal hair.

Verdi's requiem opens with a choir of anguished parishioners.
The tenor is the hero of the story who gets into trouble, while the bass is the father, either in the literal sense or in the religious sense.
The vocals here are muted against the orchestra, likened to angels struggling against a wind of terrible destructive power.
A full third of the work is the Dies Irae. In between the Dies Irae and the Offertorio was an intermission every time Verdi conducted it and none now. Oddly enough, there were more intermissions back in Verdi's time; there was an intermission after every act in the opera, while today, people have places to be and tv shows to watch and livejournal and/or tumblr entries to write (writing a personal entry on Wordpress or Blogspot and possibly Typepad will get you exiled to an alternate reality), and plus getting 220 people on and off the stage is a pain in the ass.

The sanctus is a complicated fugue for double chorus.

The last movement of the requiem was originally composed for a requiem for Rossini with all the movement composed by different people but it wasn't performed until 1980 or so. The rest of these movements were composed by Buzzola, Bazzini, Pedrotti, Cagnoni, Ricci, Nini, Boucheron, Coccia, Gaspari, Platania, Rossi, and Mabellini. If you have no idea who these people are, I am not surprised. The dies irae motif originates in that.
Like Beethoven's 9th, the Requiem's themes unify us: the cycle of life and death and the fear of death and the unknown.

It's hard to follow along with the lyrics in the booklet, because they repeat sections a lot.

I had chicken chettinad and manchow soup and the people next to me were at the MFA earlier looking for animals in art. They were at the MFA because she was looking for animals in art.
Yiorgios wrote a piano "concerto for vocalist" for his girlfriend to perform in. She started in pop vocals and moved on to operatic and is kind of in between soprano and mezzo-soprano, if that makes sense. She once sang along with an accordionist in Sydney.
They both saw The Consul because they had friends playing.

Willow, Lynne, Ren, Toby, and Ronan were at Anime Fest. Ren had colored streaks in her hair and I am not the first person to bring up Ren and Stimpy. Lynne plays violin, while Toby plays viola and wore a flower garland. Willow has a dragon pendant. Lynne had a thing hanging from her bag that depicted the character in a region-locked game. I said "So, proxy?" and she said "yep." To hell with region-locking, I say. Toby mostly plays Kingdom Hearts. They all met after a festival on the train. Not this one, kupo.
Aisha (one more crack about giant monster hands and I swear I don't know what I'll do but it will be bad, and oh yeah, I don't know if they grade sand but: coarse) wasn't part of the group and wasn't at Japan Fest but was interested in the discussion about anime.
I couldn't not draw a guy with a dog hat. Actually, he's pretty sure it's a cat hat. Another guy was amazed at just how many French revolutions there were. Five republics and also a few resurgent kingdoms, empires, attempted junta, and a Nazi puppet state.

I also went to the MFA but I'm not going to post about that just yet. Even if it was but a brief visit, I need to find the descriptions.

burning question: What kind of puppy is the cutest?


swimming with eels

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:10 pm
Mood: Harpegnathos
Now Playing: Stephanie Meyers - Double Edge Sword
There's nothing like happiness to make me forget that all I had to eat today before spending the first perfect day of the year at the ICA was a few pita chips, all I had to eat yesterday was a hamburger and some fries and a few pita chips with spicy hummus, all I had to eat the day before that was a bagel, some rice, four dolmas and a salad, and a butterscotch candy, and I can't remember what I ate Monday but I'm sure it wasn't impressive.

My sandwich survived my journey home relatively intact. I was going to get something at Bon Me but they were shutting down for the night.

A woman had crescent moon earrings and a trefoil tattoo on her wrist. Her friend looked a bit like Gabriella with a Sterling Archer cleft chin and glasses.

I overheard "I want to be taxidermied" at South Station. Also I heard an erhu.

The docents are dressed in black and wear glasses, except for Olivia or something, who is the one exception to the latter part. Actually, there were probably a few exceptions. One of the docents had teacup earrings. One of them had a black scarf. She works with glass.

Walid Raad had photographs from the Lebanese Civil War. Some of them depicted bullet holes covered by colorful circles.

I told one of the docents how I've read about the war in Lebanon but couldn't make sense of it or understand the different coalitions even in the context of the war. On one side, democratic socialists, phalangists (a form of fascism popular with Maronites), pan-Arab secularists, Shi'ite fundamentalists, and neo-Nazis. On the other side, Maoists, Likudniks, Hamas, and more Christian fundamentalists. Speaking of the coalitions, one of the photographs referenced betting on horses and how the Maronite nationalists and socialists went with one set of horses and the Islamists and Marxists went with other sets. I compared it to the collaborationist Yugoslavian groups and Slovakia's and Bulgaria's alliance with Nazi Germany, even though as Slavs, they were destined for the death camps.
That's war for you.

There's a film made from exposing a frame every time he thought the war was over. The film lasts over a minute and the photos move by really quickly.

The only part that remains from a car bomb after it explodes is the engine and that ends up tens or hundreds of meters away.

"A museum for ants."

In the media room, they prompted us to write down a cool fact. A few of them are in Korean or Hebrew or Arabic. Someone says that some colors look better than others but I disagree: all colors are equal but some combinations look better than others. "you are always beautiful. No matter what. Age 8." Some stuff about the sun: the sun always sets but actually it's the Earth that moves. I said that war is incomprehensible and that all the insects on Earth weigh more than all the humans on Earth.

All the sculptures are Italian, says the docent, and made between the Roman Empire and right now. Most of them are faces or full body, and the ones that are abstract may be abstract representions of faces or bodies but one of them is noteworthy for being a finger with the photographers reflected in the fingernail. His notes go into more detail on them. The notes I found are a bit out of date and don't mention the deaths of Cecil the Lion and some protestors in Luanda and FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK. I haven't used "fuck" here in a while.

She isn't an artist but she does write poetry and literature and says it's hard to get a bad song out of her head but bad music can be processed in a few minutes while it takes a while to read a book, so there really is no place for the A THRONE OF BONES and Asulon: The Swords of Fire of the world. Exhibit B: Jean-Christophe Valtat's Luminous Chaos still hasn't been released in paperback and there's no sign of Suspended Citadels whatsoever. Conclusion: Amazon is bad for literature.
Some other people looking at this were talking about an assignment in which they were given a book, drew something in the book, and gave it to the next person to draw in.

One for each day of the year. Somewhere in Canada, a library threw a whole ton of magazines away and this guy made them into art.

Most of the dolls are Janus-faced and most of their faces are Harvey Dent-faced. A few have a watch face or the back of a hat. Butterflies. Birds. A rifle. the words Love, Amor, Amore, and люблю. A leg, to match the finger. A skeleton with a feather.
They reminded me of kachinas.
From another room came music redolent of gamelan.

The woman with short solid blue hair and a blue jacket with pink on it (her companion also had hair that transitioned into blue) says that all of her art is accidental, as I was showing them the paintings of people with multicolored hair and bringing up my frustration with trying to get the same effect I got once.

One of the room contained things I've seen and talked about before so I'm not going to talk about it again.

The cube of pins weighs two tons according to someone on twitter and at least a ton according to the glassworker docent. The strips that surround it are magnetic but don't pick up the pins. When they fall out, someone picks them up and carefully reattaches them.
She really loves my linework and how there are multiple people on each page.
She doesn't really understand magnetism.
Art and science are the same thing, really.

Speaking of Harvey Dent, I met a Scottie named Bruce and yes, he is named after Batman.

A kid asked about the expansion of the universe making more stars and I said that it doesn't, it just leads to more empty space between the galaxies, and I told him that every atom in his body is there because of a supernova, but only elements up to iron can be fused in stars because the fusion process gets less efficient as it fuses carbon into helium and neon and magnesium, oxygen fuses into helium and silicon and sulphur, silicon into nickel, and then it reaches iron and the energy needed to fuse iron into heavier elements is greater than the energy released by the reaction, and then when it goes supernova, stuff collides and from that, we get our gold and bismuth and praseodymium and astatine and californium.
The sun, however, will probably only fuse a bit of carbon and oxygen, if even that.
The book Eternal Light has a wonderful description of the death of a star.

"Wanna go for a swim?" he asked his friend.

A woman was jumping rope amongst four giant monolithic sculptures.

There was a woman with rainbow hair and a colorful fenghuang tattoo on her arm.

Some kids in front of a fountain with something about Boston and Massachusetts welcoming refugees were having a battle with balloon swords.
One kid decided that his balloon sword was actually a machine gun.
Anyway, I just love how Boston has multiple gamelan ensembles and multiple Balkans folk music ensembles and I love how the Mad Geniuses recently railed against multiculturalism, because why have something like Boston when you can have Provo or Colorado Springs?

The pillars on the garage were wrapped in colorful designs. This is Luna Moths by Cei Lambert.

A woman had cotton candy swirls of blue and pink but alas she got off the train as I got on. Plus I don't carry gel pens with me.

I got another EP from Matt Minigell and drew a portrait of him because I had time and a place to put my sandwich.

"I think it's good," a guy said because my subject didn't react. Probably too busy playing with her hair and/or phone.

The woman with dark eyes is a singer. Well, not professionally, just something she does in her spare time, but Emma was that too and look at her now.
The woman with blue eyes dropped and cracked her phone recently and I told her that the worst thing is when everything goes alarmingly smoothly for a while, full of things like obtaining undin halcyons on your first attempt and no unexpected vanishing acts, because you know the universe is preparing something exceptionally bad for you to run into . In my case, the lens of my glasses popped out while I was crossing the street but luckily I found a bit of string. Which actually held together amazingly well.
They were at the mfa to see TechStyle and Picasso Paired but only the woman with dark eyes saw Megacities Asia. They said they saw me drawing Matt from the other side of the train tracks.

That guy in the suit and tie with a beard and earrings kept getting off and we couldn't decide if he was actually leaving or just being polite again.

burning question: what kind of ass would be late for his own birthday?


the lost way

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 6:40 pm
Mood: Aneuretus
Now Playing: Mini Dresses - Are You Real
A woman who had short purple hair with streaks of bright pink in front had a sketchbook with her but she said nothing was worth showing me. I don't have many stories about people worth telling you, so it balances out.
Except for this one: Cody or Cory, who is studying to be an orchestral composer, once walked in on his parents watching Twister and for a while every time there was a thunderstorm, he thought there would be a tornado. I'm not sure what, if anything, Mallorey or one of the gift shop customers, said that may have prompted it.
Also, Mallorey spells her name really weirdly. I'm not sure what her biggest fears are. Maybe alligators, crocodiles, Predator, and brain aneurysms, or if she ever has a son, he brings home a whore and says "we're married" and the whore has bangs. I don't know, Malory Archer hasn't revealed her three biggest fears. Ant infestations, maybe.
For some reason, I had the Lithuanian Dance from Mlada stuck in my head.

Elsewhere, there was a woman with white-blonde hair with pink streaks and a woman with dark rust (autocorrect turned rust into Rudy for some reason) brightening into incandescent red.
And I met a Pekingese dog named Wonton with a pug's face and a super-soft long coat. There's a Chinese folk tale about a lion and a marmoset falling in love and the result of that is the Pekingese.

I don't have any new insights on Mahler's 9th since a great & terrible beauty.

Matt Minigell was playing guitar and singing at the Park Street platform and was selling CDs on the principle of "pay what you want" and there were four CDs left, one with an unknown tracklist, two with four songs and one demo with a handwritten tracklist of nine songs and a thank you list that includes Mary Lou Lord.

I wanted to redraw someone because of the way we was positioned while standing but she had to get off, alas. I didn't have much time to talk because I was tired and I have to get up early to write this.

I ran into Gabriella while leaving the station. I could tell it was her even from behind because she dresses completely unlike anyone else I've ever seen and also because of her hair.

burning question: did you want to finish shutting your big fat negative-wordsy mouth?


dry and disconsolate

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 12:08 am
Mood: elassodiscus
Now Playing: Puppy Problems - Practice Kissing
Here are some more things that actually happened last week that I would have just edited in had people not already seen the entry and had I not thought of it several days after posting.
1. One time, flooding in enrichment was so bad that water actually seeped into med ward. For those of you unfamiliar with the layout of the wildlife center, enrichment and med ward are across from each other. This makes it sounds less messy than it actually is. The door to med ward is near the door to the hospital corridor, and the door to enrichment is around the corridor.
2. Turtles return to the same place to lay their eggs every year, which works, I guess.

Today, we received two batches of raccoons, one all-male batch brought by a guy who was taking care of them for a month after the mother died, which is a bad idea for many reasons.

Tiffany found the modo dead when we were going to medicate it.

Jack and Matt found a turkey egg (it's about the size of a chicken's or mallard's, mostly cream-white and dotted with specks of brown) somewhere and put in the incubator to see what will happen, even though it's probably no longer viable.

Tiffany had frozen rats and chicks thawing in the sink and took a picture of it with the caption "worst jacuzzi ever."

Once an owl died because it ate towel, so we use newspapers to line owl cages instead. Owls really aren't that smart. The owl with one eye was being "a feisty little jerk" so he got to be in a selfie with Tiffany. He was angry afterwards, as if to say "I didn't say you could take pictures of me. Rude!"
He made a noise that reminded me of a dog's whimper.

The red-tailed hawk is a diva, says Tiffany.

I was tasked to find a couple of tiny cockroaches for the salamander. 1. It's like frigging Indiana Jones in there. 2. It's very hard to tell what's a tiny cockroach and what's just a molting. 3. Sam is disgusted by the cockroaches. 4. But I'd rather deal with cockroaches than Nazis.

I really thought Zofia would be around. I thought there'd be more people visiting or volunteering too, because it's a state holiday and a day off from school. On the other hand, marathon traffic. I don't have much to say because I spent a good portion of it cleaning up old paperwork.

burning question: how much do editorial cartoonists make and how often do they find themselves ducking bullets?


rays of ashen light

Posted on April 12, 2016 at 7:24 pm
Mood: arabica
Now Playing: Airiel - Flashlight Tag
Either Amy or Alianna almost ran over a squirrel in the wildlife center's driveway and I jokingly said that we just released it back into the wild. I say "either Amy or Alianna" because this actually happened on Friday and I just remembered the incident.
Thing is, a few of our animals have been eaten by raptors upon release. I imagine raptors hanging out near the soft release cages, where we put animals like opossums and squirrels and give them some food and shelter for long enough for them to find other sources of food and shelter.
They're like the spiders on the people movers at Logan, who learned that they can let their webs run into the flies.

A mallard laid an egg and I don't think it's viable anymore, after all, it's been sitting on a shelf since she laid it. I don't know what else we could do with it, maybe sneak it into another mallard's nest. Maybe if the x-ray machine was working, we could, I don't know, x-ray the egg to see if there's anything developing inside it.

No hawk weighs a gram, Jacob says.

We know he's (a parakeet) eating because he regurges it on us, says Tiffany.
He's regurgitating because he most likely has a crop infection.

Big owls can hunt with missing eyes. Smaller owls might need binocular vision to hunt moths and such, or they might not; there hasn't been much research on this. No matter what, the screech owl with a missing eye is going to live out the rest of his life in captivity.

X-ray machine wasn't working, which is most unfortunate because an African spurred tortoise ate a needle and it's stuck in his cheek. I also couldn't clean upstairs because I couldn't fill the mop bucket.

We're finally going to get temperatures that stay above freezing for a while, so the salamanders are getting released. We released the flicker and he was like "eff you all" and flew away.
The main difference between flickers and woodpeckers is that flickers hunt grubs and ants on the ground, while woodpeckers find their food inside of trees.

Priya didn't want to show the tour group our flying squirrel, for fear that he'd escape.
A kid asked if Spyro could breathe fire.

"I shouldn't chip paint off of the highway and eat it is what you're saying," says Tiffany. Not unless you want to end up like the people who maintain the sjwlist.

Squirrels should weigh 200+ grams, be able to crack nuts and acorns, and be able to climb. We're giving them some peanuts to try. I'm pretty sure the largest squirrels we have weigh around 150 grams.

burning question: Ian R. MacLeod asks: Why do the names of people who send spam e-mails all sound as if they've come from a 1920s romantic novel?


sundered earth

Posted on April 08, 2016 at 9:01 pm
Mood: habroptila
Now Playing: Bedroom Eyes - Lorraine
Sam has "vivo per lei" tattooed on her wrist.
I've never seen the spelling Maegan before but it exists, apparently.

Amy had feathers in her hair from goose manhandling earlier in the week and nobody told her. This goose and the gull made things incredibly difficult for everyone.

Zack dropped one of our new helmets. "It works," Tiffany triumphantly proclaimed.

We have a pipe near the window propped up with the couch; I think we're using it to grow beans. I say propped up but it was tilting over. Aliann said she saw Jess walk up and hit the pipe.

You can buy dandelion seeds, for when your enemy has a perfect lawn you want to ruin. Or if you want to eat dandelion leaves, I guess. They can be consumed raw or cooked like spinach and they have a diuretic effect. I don't know why anyone who actually wants dandelions would need them. You can't ever not have dandelions everywhere.

The flicker got out and flew just fine.

The swan is almost ready to be released.

The gull has both lead poisoning and rodenticide poison, because they're scavengers.

Tiffany says that the goose got shot and then noticed some bullets that missed him and he's like "here, let me get those for you."

Sloths are slowly vicious, according to Tiffany who petted one at a sketchy place out in the desert somewhere.
The sloth in the video is Romeo, who hangs out at a sloth sanctuary and tries to cross the road to mate with the captive sloths. I can't imagine sloths mating but I'd imagine it's like anything else except in slow motion. Sloths move like they're in a bubble of distorted spacetime. As far as they're concerned, they're walking around normally. To us, it just looks like the video is at half speed.

Gabrielle, who has purple hair and a beardie named Chomper and a pendant depicting a silver rose in a silver heart and an upside down obelisk made from a brown gem of some sort and also some facial piercings, says that opossums look like giant ferrets and once rescued a baby squirrel she found on her porch after a rainstorm and nursed it back to health with a hair dryer and kept it near a heater and fed it puppy formula. Just until someone could come and get it, I mean.
Unlike Gabriella, she does have to share her name with a character in a Tom Kratman novel.

We should be getting opossums soon and everyone thought there would be raccoons by now.

A tree fell on the wildlife center's driveway and Zack and Matt are taking a chainsaw to it, and gave bits of it to the goats to play with, so the goats weren't interested in Gabrielle.

Lisa is a 17 year old chinchilla with messed up teeth.

Tilly and Cleo were back.

we have a Russian tortoise named Leonardo. He's shy and Matt has never seen him eat.

Zack is getting a tattoo of a hammerhead shark so I suggested dunkleosteus, and he thought about a dinosaur but I say no, he should stick with an aquatic theme.
Maybe a lunaspis or an asterosteus or galeaspid. Or a stethacanthus for the hammerhead to bang himself against.

We had to clean out some cages for the squirrels. We couldn't find a metal basin for one of the cages but Tiffany did find a couple of soaking bins that needed to have the literal and figurative shit nolvasaned out of them.
"this is a squirrel mansion" vs "squirrel trailer park" and they can stick their "stupid little squirrel heads" in there.

Tiffany mentioned more snow but she has no idea if there's going to be more snow.
I'm seeing conflicting forecasts, all of them coldish. Let me put it this way: the last time it was above 80° F in April was 2012. It has only been above 70° F in April three times since then and not at all in 2015. There's three periods of seasonal depression in a year, all of them different: the end of daylight savings time; that period of spring where winter's chill lingers indefinitely; and the aestival solstice, when you look back and realized that you squandered spring and then realize that there weren't any nice days to squander.

burning question: If April showers bring May flowers, what do April snowstorms bring? I say depression.


pastoral drone

Posted on April 03, 2016 at 9:44 pm
Mood: Carpilius
Now Playing: Guillermo Sexo - Meow Metal
Scathiel is like "lol nope." He's not particularly sophisticated. After all, he likes to freeze pretty flowers so that nobody else can enjoy them.

Thinking I was going to lose power due to a snowstorm, I posted this around 12:44 and set it to show up at 9:44. That didn't happen, even though everything is a weird sort of frozen and there are bits of ice falling from nowhere.
Basically, you get a few minor details and miss out on some spelling errors and other typos.

There was a man with a milky blue curly mohawk waiting for a B train.

Brenna, who is not the same Brenna from a few weeks ago, kept twirling around when I was trying to draw her but mostly made smiles and dewy eyes at me after she saw her portrait. I was so distracted that I almost missed my stop.

A woman with vivid purple hair and a woman with milky pink streaks in her hair walked by as I was eating, along with a girl with a bubble wand.

The pianist used every key on that piano and spent a lot of time playing rapid-fire sequences of nearby keys. Between the first and second movement, everyone stopped to take a coughing break, but the second and third movements had no discrete boundary. There was no encore, but he did troll us. Maybe he was just tired after playing that.
Mahler's first symphony was composed in 1887 and 1888, premiered in 1889 with five movements, and premiered in 1898 in the four movement form we know today. Originally, the second movement was a Blumine, which is never played with the symphony as a whole but there are recordings out there. Originally, the symphony was broken up into From the days of youth, "flower, fruit, and thorn pieces." and Commedia umana, which explains the jarringness. Originally, it was a symphonic poem, not a symphony.
The first movement is pastoral and described as langsam, schleppend, which translates to "slowly and dragging," which really isn't apt. It contains birdsong and distant hunting horns and fanfares. Second movement continues the pastoral feel, in a Landler and trio.
The third movement is a funeral march based on the children's song Frère Jacques, or Bruder Jakob to German speakers, or Are You Sleeping, Brother John to English speakers, played in a round, of course. Nevermind that John and Jacques are not related, despite John being derived from Jochannan. Later in the movement, there's some klezmer and a melody from Songs of a Wayfarer and then a klezmer funeral march when the three ideas unify and then fall apart.
The fourth movement, much like Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, quotes the other movements and that includes the Blumine. Mahler described it as the cry of a wounded heart.
It was a critical failure. There's a caricature from a Hungarian newspaper with the caption "hatàs" or "effect" and I have no idea why "reklam" or "advertisement" is written on the drum but the tuba Gustav is sitting on is spewing out dogs and dancing rabbits and cats and a rooster and even a boar grabbing some other animal by the tail. The audience was horrified.
After the concert, someone brought up the Rite of Spring and the riots it caused.

At Symphony station someone posed the question "who do you prefer, Beethoven or Mahler?" to her friend. She prefers Mahler's scale, but really, they're both different moods. One of her eyes is blue. One of her eyes is mostly blue but there's a splotch of brown on the lower part.
Her friend plays piano but since she lives in a dinky apartment, it was downgraded to keyboard, and teaches math. I'm not particularly well-versed on the state of education but most problems stem from a combination of lead and people who don't want to pay for it.
She's seen Mahler's second symphony, with the BSO and with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Neither of them are artists.
She asked me if I drew anything besides portraits and I told her about how I want to get back into sculpting and she said that's really hard to do on a train.

I'd say Kate is from the Carolina who's capital isn't Charlotte but that applies to both Carolinas. I agree with whoever said that Charlotte should become the capital of Best Carolina because their governor has been pushing anti-GBLT laws. No burning question about that because the proper order always includes BLT.
I thought she was British, but maybe I just suck at accent identification, or maybe she spent some time in England, or maybe I thought she was with the German speaking people.

At Park Street, one woman said "it's a bird, its a plane, it's a mouse." and her friend wondered how anyone could possibly mistake a rat for a bird. Then they realized they were waiting on the wrong side of the platform.

On the way home, there was a woman with blue hair who held a broken drumstick.

burning question: If the USA broke up USSR style, what would be the equivalent of Turkmenistan? All I know is that New England would be Ukraine, if only because the first thing New York would do is try to annex any Yankees fan territory in Connecticut.


lost children

Posted on March 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm
Mood: Poicephalus
Now Playing: Malory - Floating
Despite the school group that came in, it was a fairly unexciting day. One of those kids said the egg incubator looks like a bomb because of the red light on it.

According to Tiffany, the red-bellied parrots don't really talk, but they do chatter in something that kind of resembles human language.

Our vernal pond upstairs now has a fog light now has a fog machine complete with colorful lights and some nematodes.

The bullets in the goose were all over the place in the x-rays and Priya was amazed that there were no fractured bones, and she said that it definitely wasn't a shoot to kill operation. Jacob said that he thinks the goose was trying to abduct a child and got shot in self defense.

Jacob explained it like this: 350 kg is six people all stacked on top of one another, 350 g is a typical rock dove.

We could build a jetpack using the hose in the janitor's closet.

Blue jays eat a mixture of wet dog food, suet, mealworms, fruit and berries, and vegetables (not greens). Ideally they'd have earthworms in there but we don't have any. Grackles eat a mixture of wet dog food, mixed seeds, suet, and mealworms, while the baby squirrels get weaning plates of mashed up strawberries and bananas, some rodent blocks (read as blocks of food for rodents, not as blocks composed from rodents), and cheerios. What that translates to in the wild, I can not say, especially at this time of year where there aren't any rotten crabapples laying about.

Dog food, I've learned, is surprisingly difficult to cut up.
Amy had to cut up rats with a cleaver because the scissors that we normally used vanished and she is very grateful she isn't a hawk.

burning question: Justice Scalia was wearing SOCKS. Who puts socks on if they know they're going to die?? It's almost as if he WASN'T PLANNING ON DYING that night.


the magic kingdom

Posted on March 27, 2016 at 8:50 pm
Mood: Leodia
Now Playing: Rose Polenzani - Easter Hymn
Japan is like a country ruled by The Clock King.

Rachel really likes the name Florentine. She knows an Esther too. I know an Esther and an Astrid and several Emmas and a Ruby so I guess people are picking old fashioned names and expecting them to become popular.
She loves the book Catch 22 and I said that Ants-In-My-Eyes Johnson has no problem seeing that he has ants in his eyes, but maybe that's because his name is Ants-In-My-Eyes.

Rachel was talking about the valedictory speech at her high school, when the valectorian, whose name was something like Daphne, talks about a time she needed help with something and that something was calculus, and she brought up a woman whose husband deliberately hit her with a car and she stressed forgive and forget and she's back together with the guy, and Rachel's like "that's not a healthy relationship." The salutatorian speech was by some guy whose name is not the male version of Chloë, whatever that is, nor is it Bryaxis, was by some guy who was equally sheltered.
I also neglected to ask about if they remembered what they learned in elementary school social studies. This is because someone somewhere said that in East Germany, they didn't teach about the second World War in school, apparently, they only taught about the Great War because they were trying to erase the past or something, and she's most likely going by personal experience even though she was nine when the Berlin Wall came down.
I don't know what I learned in 3rd grade social studies.

Sam didn't offer her opinion on ghettoization in Europe. She found a sequined Minnie Mouse headband and called herself the Easter Mouse. Her hair had pink in it. I guess she's going to Disney World or Disneyland or maybe Euro-Disney.
So I had to explain Fairyland and how part of it is set in the ruins of Euro-Disney. I remember reading that Disney didn't allow him to use the name Disneyland or Euro Disney but I can't confirm it.

A disneyfied bluebird flies up to the window. Its brown, human eyes, with coy, fluttering lashes, stare into Alex’s. It chirps a merry song, and then swoops away across the sunny meadows.
slipped through.

Lauren knows someone who's name is Elizabeth Emma Louisa something and that's because her grandmother and her sisters had those names.

There were Hanukkah chocolate laying about and I told Lauren about the time I ate a lollipop with the message "make smart decisions!" affixed to it, which probably wasn't a smart decision, except I called it a jolly rancher, although I've eaten old jolly ranchers before. I checked. Chat logs don't lie but memory does.
It's been eight years and I'm not dead yet.
The worst thing about old candy is when the wrapper fuses to the candy. That applies equally to cough drops.
Lauren says that jolly ranchers are the last thing she worries about when it comes to expiration dates.

I wondered about the far right in Belgium, and Rachel says there's a far right everywhere. You know what I mean, though. A prominent far right like France, Austria, Norway vs. a marginalized far right like in Portugal or Ireland vs. a far right that was co-opted by the mainstream right, like France or Slovakia, vs places where left and right don't really mean anything, like Slovakia, Russia, or Serbia.
Anyways, I'm hoping that Marine Le Pen dies in a car crash or goes hunting with Dick Cheney. The world would be a better place with her gone but if Arabs were to kill her, that would just make her a martyr. Obviously, if she's president, the damage is already done.
In fact, if people piss me off, I'm going to tell them to go hunting with Dick Cheney.

Rachel was at AnimeBoston and lined up to watched bad anime and she got there just in time to get in, where she watched one anime about vampires or something and a trailer for a show that Arnold Schwarzenegger (I am so grateful spell check recognizes his name because I can't spell it for shit) commissioned in which he's a transformer who fights crime.
Someone said he saw a guy dressed as Ants-In-My-Eyes Johnson.

burning question: do Trump supporters care about any freedom aside from collecting assault weapons and paying too much for shitty health care?


paying for the past

Posted on March 25, 2016 at 8:54 pm
Mood: Colobocentrotus
Now Playing: Big Monster Fish Hook - Lava Land
I went to the wildlife center today instead of Monday because I slept late thinking the snow was worse than it actually was and thought we'd be getting more snow than we actually were. I'd probably have went Monday had I known.
Tyler said he'd do the same thing in my situation.

Amy is afraid to eat lobster but likes all the other seafood and can't think of any way to cook calamari aside from frying it and I can't think of any way to cook it either. I guess there's hibachi grilling it.
Tiffany says she's eaten crickets but they don't taste like anything and we eat lobster (some of us do, anyway) and they're basically giant sea cockroaches.

Alianna was around too, and so were a lot of people who were just around to check the place out because they had a day off from school or had to take their pets in to get checked up or whatever. One of them had a cardinal tattoo mostly obscured by the hood of her jacket.
Greta thinks baby owls are freaky, had a boa constrictor once but mostly isn't capable of loving snakes, and her friend prefers mammals over anything else.

A woman brought her snake in a pillowcase but it decided to take a shit in there. She might be a volunteer if she weren't so busy. Her name was something like Catherine or Christine or maybe even Claudia or Caroline.

We have a new baby turtle that's about the size of a quarter. This one has pneumonia.
The bigger turtles will leave us when the overnight lows are above 50°F, which means some time around Ascension Day.

We have eight or so baby squirrels right now and some of their eyes are open, so we're phasing out syringe-feeding them and giving them plates of food to eat.
We watched a video of a dog adopting five baby cheetahs, which is unusually large for a cheetah litter, and Tiffany says we should replace the squirrels with cheetahs.
Cheetahs are really inbred due to a prehistoric population bottleneck. Michael heard that all cheetahs are capable of accepting skin grafts from one another and if that's true, that is not good.

One of the screech owls is getting his eye removed Monday and one of the owls needs to be looked at again because one eye is hemmhoraged and one eye has a detached retina.

Priya is sad because yesterday we had to put a seagull with necrotic bone in his wing down. On the bright side, one of the three woodcocks got released. The other two died. This is actually really impressive, because usually all the woodcocks die.
The undin halcyon she carries around reacts to her sadness. Yeah, I think it's undin, not mardu.

Shorty was our receptionist.

Tiffany was talking about when she saw the Palmer-Kelly turtles fighting or whatever and I said I've seen them getting it on before.
"they're all senior citizens."

Matt can't find the med ward and he needed to find a pair of safety goggles before we allowed him to have pizza.
Teddy wanted some pizza for himself.
Tiffany doesn't like pizza meats but I'm the opposite and prefer when pizza is so covered in toppings you can't see the cheese.

Our machine couldn't read a swan's lead level because it's so high. It's down to 12 now.
A while ago, we had one goose that had seizures from lead poisoning.
Since raccoons are scavengers and therefore eat dead animals or their remnants that were shot with lead bullets, there's a tendency to mistake lead poisoning for rabies and distemper.

Tyler said he liked loons until we got a loon that kept trying to stab him.
This happened last week but I forgot to post it here last time I posted about the wildlife center and I told Stephanie about it.

I was going to ask something about Trump or Antonin Scalia or ghettoization in Europe (I'm sure Samantha will have something to say on this on Sunday) but somebody on Ferretbrain asked this:
burning question: How do you become the Sad Puppies organiser anyway? Divine right? Killing and eating the heart of your predecessor? Satanic pacts? Who gets to choose who drives the clown car?


triangle of tragedy

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 8:19 pm
Mood: tetracerus
Now Playing: Phil Ochs - Here's To The State Of Mississippi
3 hours until the vernal equinox
It's like Callabrion was trying to force his way into heaven for the last few weeks but Scathiel isn't letting him take control of heaven without a fight, and with the vernal equinox, things are going from bad to worse.
I was bewildered by a sunshower when I got off at Park Street, and then the sunset was unreally yellow.

A kid explained communism to his friend as a thing where everyone gets the same thing no matter what they do and people drink Pepsi instead of Coke. Actually, he just sort of implied the last part.

Catherine remarked at how crowded the train was.
She's not an artist but she's a teacher and some of her kids are sketching a Van Gogh portrait. She imagines a sort of Humans of New York with my stuff and asked me if I've sketched people anywhere else.
She said that one of her favorite things at the MFA is the wire sculpture above one of the entrances to the contemporary galleries.
I still think Katherine is the correct way to spell it.

The woman with a floral scarf was really happy to be drawn and I wanted to talk to her a bit more but she got off at Downtown Crossing while there was a crowd of people between me/Catherine and her.

I saw a woman with subtle purple hair, a woman with lilac-coloring in blonde hair, a man with neon red hair, and a few women with green hair.

Someone was talking about how Goethe wrote The Sorrows Of Young Werther to come to terms with his own suicidal feelings regarding unrequited love and his friend's suicide and after it was published, people all over Europe started killing themselves in imitation of Werther.
The plot is this: Werther is smitten by Charlotte but she's already betrothed to Albert (the t is silent here) and she has 8 siblings to take care of, so Werther kills himself.

Everyone was dressed in what I think is Edwardian-era fashions.
Werther never leaves the stage, and whenever he has an aria, what I think are scenes from old films are projected on the back walls. The team imagined it as Werther looking back on his life and the ARTery sees it as Werther's presence affecting everyone's lives.
Also, I think that Sophie, Charlotte's sister, had a thing for Werther.

It starts out giddy and then becomes darker and darker as Werther sinks into despair. It begins with kids rehearsing a Christmas carol in July, and as if in response, the air outside became numbingly cold.
As the opera goes on, Charlotte's dress fades from green to white.

Esther painted a rainbow aster and loved her way-too-quick portrait. I've drawn better portraits between two stations, you can just ask Olivia, but I've never dropped things while the train took a sharp turn.
The only variant I've been exposed to recently is Eszter, which makes sense, as the name Esther has long-since fallen out of fashion and much like Albert or Cantianilla and not like Emma or Ruby, has not experienced a resurgence.

I don't have to ask how to spell Amanda, Meg, or Natalie, although I do instinctively type "mega" as in "mega man" and not as in "megan" when I mean to type "meg."

Amanda's boyfriend doesn't discriminate with the Dune books, but I've only read five of Frank's books, will probably read the sixth one of these days, and most likely won't bother with anything not written by Frank.
I told Amanda why I'm waiting to read Game of Thrones and how I own Heresy and Inquisition but not Crusade. There are reviews of Crusade out there. Maybe they were advance copies. I couldn't find the fucking thing anywhere. Also, it is 2016 and I have no idea if Luminous Chaos will ever be released in paperback or when the third book is coming out. Also, I have not a clue what's going to happen to The Spindle of Necessity by Valente without Night Shade Books around.
Michael Swanwick once said not to make your first novel part of a trilogy.
I told her about Paula Volsky and the idea of a hereditary magicked class becoming obsolete due to technological progress, and The Black Company. If A Game Of Thrones is a fantasy War of the Roses, then the Black Company is a fantasy Thirty Years War.
You could make the case that the Congo Wars were a modern day Thirty Years War.

Meg has a necklace that was a watch and on the other side, it's a skeleton watch. The glass it's encased in is lensed for easier viewing.

burning question: wait, Charlotte isn't the capital of North Carolina?
I know what the capital of Turkmenistan is, by the way. It's Ashgabat. In my defense, Pat McCrory himself called Charlotte the capital and he lives there. Also, in my defense, Turkmenistan is a special kind of crazy.


hope's reach

Posted on March 14, 2016 at 8:52 pm
Mood: Colobocentrotus
Now Playing: lovesliescrushing - anella in aqua
5 days until the vernal equinox
It reached 77° F last Wednesday.

There's a new Airiel song and it's really good. Around this time two years ago, I guessed that lovesliescrushing's fantomaera and ximre and as-yet-untitled album would be released some time around Ascension Day of 2014, Airiel's EP would be released on October 21, 2015, and that I shouldn't hold my breath for any Eyeless in Gaza box set.

The funny thing is that Airiel is releasing an EP soon, the box set was released at the beginning of 2015, and there's no signs of fantomaera or ximre.

I can't get Collecting Bugs and Pieces legitimately. Someone posted a torrent some time on Friday and it was as dead as liberté, egalité, fraternité on Saturday afternoon, which makes sense because there are only a few people who have even heard of Big Monster Fish Hook and nobody's going to increase their seed ratio with this. Way to get my hopes up.


Matt was around because it's spring break and I guess Priya (I called her Emily to her face and then Priti on this journal only because I'm bad with names. But it's Priya. I came to this conclusion based on two things. One of these things I refuse to go into and the other thing is that Priya carries with her a Mardu halcyon at all times) just showed up but it's nice because Tyler didn't arrive until 10:30, and that probably had something to do with the jump forwards. If he's anything like me, it will take him about a week to restore equilibrium. I love daylight savings time and its later sunsets, I just hate the actual act of jumping forwards.

1. The mouse we found in the bucket had a long tail. 2. a "field mouse" in North America is a vole, which has a short tail. And no Eurasian field mice have been introduced to North America as far as I know.
Conclusion: I think it may have been a jumping mouse.

We're down to four baby squirrels.

"He's physioed. Sorry, modo," says Matt.
Jacob had blue wrap for the bird's wing and he said that he's carefully cutting Grover's skin.

The raccoon with the peanut butter jar on his head's health has declined upon arrival and he tries to eat anyone who gets near his mouth, which makes it tough to administer medications.

We have a blue jay that can't fly. The x-rays look normal but he's very skinny so maybe that's why he can't fly.

Over the weekend, we had an owl who's leg was hanging on by a thread.

Tyler wanted to get tiles for the screech owl's cage because every time, the owls tear something to shreds. This guy was eating his perch. "Chew on that, screech owl."

Tyler brought up the time we had a tern and someone weighed him wrong so he got way more meds than he needed and he was actually doing well until we brought his meds down to the normal levels, at which point, he died.

Matt says that Burlington is three times anything Maine has to offer outside of Portland.

A woman had tattoos of a barn owl and a shark.

There are canada geese the size of swans in Minnesota and also canada geese the size of ducks. A swandugoose or swanada.

We had a purple gallinule once after a tropical storm and Tyler wonders just how we released him. Probably something like "all right, buddy, find your way back to Florida."

Jack drew a scene from The Giving Tree in marker on his laptop. Or maybe it was I-want-to-say-her-name-is-Heather-but-I-don't-think-it-is-and-actually-I-really-don't-want-her-name-to-be-Heather. I actually don't know and I don't even know what letter her name starts with but I do know they needed a white sharpie and I know now that a white sharpie is a thing that exists and apparently they're used with slate repair.
I asked him if he wanted a bird made from rarefied starlight or a sine of alpha greater than one but he said those might be outside my grasp.

In Florida, there's a sketchy place that doesn't check any of their birds for lead poisoning and puts owls on the toilet.
burning question: does every country have its own Florida? Like Saxony and Queensland.

mervyn pumpkinhead

England Calling

Posted on March 07, 2016 at 11:07 pm
Mood: litocranius
Now Playing: Littlefoot - Black Hole
12 days until the vernal equinox
The weekend was the last tough stretch of winter to get through, I think, and I hope.

The bobwhite and one of the swans were released. We have a swan, a squirrel, a big brown bat, a hawk who's been around since before Atlas Lab was a band, a mourning dove.

Michael found a field mouse in a bucket along with his friend, or what was left of him. He was thirsty and was eating some bits of snow but he didn't seem to want any of the apple Zack gave him. "Last time I ate, I got stuck in a bucket." He probably jumped in because they're pretty good jumpers.

Tyler said he was going to sit there and look sad, or maybe that's what Jacob suggested he do. I actually missed the context of this.
He told a mourning dove "Was that delicious? No, didn't think so." and then "Don't see us. If you get comfortable with us, you'll get attacked by a cooper's hawk." and I think he almost gave him the wrong food or put him in the wrong cage so he's like "it's new. I hate new. I want the same thing." and Jacob said modos hate change.

We started out with 11 baby squirrels and now we're down to seven. One of the squirrels was pregnant and if you know what you're looking for on the x-rays and if you had the x-rays and since I don't have them, you're not going to have them either, you can see vaguely squirrel-shaped blobs. They might be on Facebook but Facebook search is an assload of fuck.
"It wasn't our fault they died. It was their fault for being bruised."
We've never really used the ultrasound and we're looking for an excuse to use it.

Tiffany made salads that looked tasty aside from the somewhat overripe squash spiral-cut into mush she brought in. She says that humans are pickier than they need to be. In other words, that squash probably is edible. It just won't taste that great. People will eat anything that won't kill them, and by anything, I mean anything, and by anything, I mean fermented squid and also dovekies that have been fermenting in a sewn up seal carcass.
Nigel gets a salad with rapini and cilantro garnish. He's 22 years old so obviously it's working.

There was a wet dog odor in boarding.

She told Tyler that he could have some of her raw juice and that it tastes like compost. Uhhhh, phrasing.

A woman brought in her Russian tortoise. She also has a Bernese mountain dog, a Russian blue cat which is slate gray and most likely has jade green eyes, and a hermit crab she claims she's had since 1994.

Tiffany says "I'm not super into science fiction but I do love a good dystopia."
I told her about how Ian MacLeod is related to Donald Trump, who is totally dystopian by the way, and the settings of The Light Ages, which depicts an England where a magical substance aether was discovered and society became ossified into a guild system and stifled the development of technology, and The Summer Isles, which depicts an England after a fascist revolution and a very British fascism unlike Italian or German style fascism. Actually, it seems to be a lot like German fascism, only virulently anti-Irish , I haven't read it yet, and I'm not going to read it for a while. As beautifully written as The Light Ages is, it's definitely a downer.
German fascism won, by the way, except it's riding on a wave of anti-Muslim and anti-refugee sentiments and not anti-Jewish sentiments. Arab fascism limps on even after Gadaffi's death, propped up by Russia and still as ugly as ever. No concessions will be made. Nothing will ever change.
She says that the Republicans are too chickenshit to run one of the moderates (relatively speaking, of course) as an independent candidate and they won't get any votes. We're not going to see the dissolution of the Republican party that we want but we might see them fragment into their constituent parts.
She brought up Trump's Nazi salute and I brought up Bolt Bus and the British Union of Fascists.

And Michael said that he learned a possible reason fascism didn't actually take hold in Britain: because they were the largest empire on the planet. Fascism appealed to countries like Italy and Japan, which were late to the empire-building party, or Spain and Portugal, which lost their empires long ago, or Germany, which was late to the party and then lost their empire.

There was actually a Scottish fascist party that decided to drop anti-Semitism from their platform and become anti-Irish instead. Membership numbered somewhere in the single digits.

Incidentally, the dispute between Italian Fascism and German Fascism reminds me of the dispute between the Mad Geniuses and the Popoli, except the Mad Geniuses are extreme constitutionalists who want to undo most reforms made after 1860: end direct election of senators, bring back poll taxes, end birthright citizenship, go full on Starship Troopers and make citizenship something you have to earn, restrict voting to taxpayers for good measure.

burning question: Abalin, Abalin, do you love him loud enough to listen when he's calling?

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