Saturday, November 13, 2010

Quote O' Teh Day

"Boys and girls and music, why do they need gin?"
--among the whimsical blurbs my local jazz station, KPLU, inserts on an occasional basis between tunes. Sounds like it's from a movie or TV show, but who knows. Oh, it also sounds like Betty White.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nature Lovers

Twenty-two breathtaking nature photos from European photographers.

Science Babes

Real Equality

I've always contended that we will have equality in this country when incompetent, stupid and unqualified women have just as much chance at succeeding as those of the opposite gender.
Sarah Palin aside, Josh Marshall notes two other indicators of our social progress. From the great state of Florida, we have Joyce Kaufman and somebody named West.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Hard not to root for it, one of about only 3,000 tigers left in the world thanks to poachers. I rooted for Grendel, too. My bad.
Fabulous writing.
The temperature is 30 below zero and yet, here, the snow has been completely melted away. In the middle of this dark circle, presented like some kind of sacrificial offering, is a hand without an arm and a head without a face. Nearby is a long bone, a femur probably, that has been gnawed to a bloodless white. Carrion crows flock in the trees overhead, and their raucous kvetching tells Trush that whatever murdered this man is still around; the kill is being guarded.

I Didn't Know That Dept.

Something they grow from discarded human infant foreskins is commonly used in face cream.
Yeah, I know.
So here's the thing. I think there's a great story here. Who collects foreskins, for example? What hospitals cooperate? Or are they all Chinese baby foreskins? Do the Chinese even do that to baby boys? The public has a right to know.
In fact, I think there's a whole series in health recycling. I mean, what else do they sell?
No, I have not been drinking.

Breakfast At Ginger's

I know this woman.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Nora Ephron Is Divorced

Twice. And married three times. You do the math.
And almost always makes me feel lighter. But older.
The point is that for a long time, the fact that I was divorced was the most important thing about me.
And now it's not.
Now the most important thing about me is that I'm old.