Tuesday, January 31, 2006

FUN STUFF: Root Vue Farm

UPS will be swinging by my house tomorrow... to deliver my brank spanking new Root Vue Farm.

Root Vue Farm you ask? Well, lookit the picture... it's like an Ant Farm, but for plants. See?

This is intended as an educational toy for kids. Pish posh! I say it just looks freakin' fun to grow some stuff in there and watch it progress from seed to seedling to, oh, root vegetable or whatever.

I wonder what I should grow?

Monday, January 30, 2006

PECULIAR PRODUCTS: Crap Coffee

Have you heard of Kopi Luwak coffee?

When I say "crap coffee" I mean it in literal-ish terms. I cannot vouch for the taste, never having tried the stuff, so it could possibly taste like sweet sweet ambrosia.

Luwaks are marsupials which consume ripe coffee cherries... and out come the beans which are collected to sell to discriminating (?) coffee drinkers. Oh, and we can't discuss Luwak coffee without taking a lookit this animation.

I'm sure there are endless descriptions to be found of how carefully cleaned the beans are and how they provide a unique and superior cup of coffee, but I'm just a low-class gal who thinks coffee beans that have been pooped are less appealing than the undigested kind. (Well, we all have to work within our limitations.)

If you've ever had it, (bully for you, for not being too cowardly like some of us) let me know what you thought. Yeah, the chances of anyone reading this post is small enough, but someone that's actually had this coffee is more than a little slim. It does cost oh, about $175.oo per pound, which significantly narrows the consumer base. That's a lotta dough for a cuppa jo! Guess I'm gonna have to stick with regular old coffee. Dang.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

CUTENESS: Lil' Poser, Squirrel With 'Tude

This insanely cute fella can be found on Flickr in mfeil's Flora and Fauna photo set. What a great shot.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

NO BRAINER: Smoking = No Face


By now most people have heard about the first official "face transplant" performed on a french woman last year. (I'll admit that I'd be more than a little curious to see a photo...)




Apparently her new lips are working well enough for her to begin smoking again. Which means her body might reject her new face.

Sweet Hay-Soos! You'd think that the threat of YOUR FACE FALLING OFF would stop a gal from smoking.

Here's a little
Tissue Rejection 101 if you're interested.

Monday, January 23, 2006

MAKIN' STUFF: Cat Fruit Helmets


I'm sure some of you have seen the limecat. (The original limecat site is no more, how sad. But I believe limecat will prevail.) I want a limecat of my own.




On a similar topic, here is a tutorial from Sketchblog on how to make your kitty it's very own fruit helmet.











I feel inspired. I just have to figure out which fruit to use for my kitties.

QUESTIONABLE TASTE: The Pregnant Dress


Mayhaps the use of the word "questionable" is itself questionable. There is NO DOUBT that this dress is terrifying. Look Ma! I'm going to the prom! Certainly one of the most bizarre fashion items I have ever seen. Didn't anyone tell this gal that this was not a good idea? Then again, it's certainly possible she was a few bricks shy of a load (and being pregnant might have made her cranky on top of that), and they just didn't wanna mess with Ms. Crazy Pregnant Dress.

This picture came from uglydress.com, stop on by if you want a little entertainment.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

HUMAN BEHAVIOR: The Teddy Bear Syndrome

I was thinking this morning about the Teddy Bear Syndrome. You know what I'm talking about, those guys that are great, but are everyone's friend, and no one's lover. The same thing happens to women, but it seems to be more of an issue for men. So I did a quick search and found this amusing write-up:

Teddy Bear Syndrome

Saturday, January 21, 2006

PRODUCT FEATURE: Evil Japanese Curry














Yes, "Japanese curry" is a bit general, but the package is in Japanese. I have to take someone's word for it. For all I know it's not even curry. It could be ground up little boys, punished for chewing their fingernails.

Someone at an advertising studio actually thought that this packaging would sell a lot of product. Then again, someone did buy it, didn't they?

Now I just have to get someone to eat it.

Friday, January 20, 2006

WE SHOULD DO THIS MORE OFTEN: Game Night


Last night was the first official Game Night. (Not counting the time we played and said "we should do this more often".)

My friends Angie and Martha (the wifey couple I affectionately call "The Lesbernans" or "The Girlz") and my friend Celena (Weena!) came over.

We played a game called Cranium. Pretty fun!
It has 4 colors of cards/categories of challenges:
Creative Cat (blue): Usually drawing a picture (sometimes with your eyes closed), or sculpting with play-doh-ish clay.
Star Performer (green): Imitate a famous person, perform a charade, etc.
Data Head (red): Answer trivia question
Word Worm (yellow): Spell something (sometimes backwards) or complete a puzzle

Lesson learned on the first night: Never play Cranium against Angie and Martha, cuz' they kick ass. Weena and I were practically in tears by the time the game ended.

Breeders: 0
Lesbernans: 1

As part of my revenge, Splotches attacked Angie.



STAYIN' HEALTHY: What's wrong with you?

Ever feel sick with seemingly random symptoms, and want to figure out what the heck is wrong with you? A few years ago I found this website that helps you with the process. Yeah, it's free.

You simply click on the body part relating to your symptom (there are also lists, if the non-graphical approach is easier) and go through the selection process. So, say you have dizziness. You click on the model's face, then choose dizziness and vertigo from the list of symptoms. That brings up a list of groups of symptoms. You choose the set of symptoms that relates most to you, and click the arrow next to it. Voila, instant diagnosis!

Not really though... of course this is just a computer program and not an MD. Self diagnosis should always be taken with a huge grain of salt, but it can be useful information when used wisely.

Here's the site:
http://www.myelectronicmd.com/step2.php

Thursday, January 19, 2006

MAKIN' STUFF: Brown Bag Gift Wrap

Recently I gave someone a gift (yet another one of my favoritest people in the whole wide world) and didn't feel like using regular gift wrap for several reasons.



A) It's boring
B) I ran out of gift wrap and didn't want to buy more

C) I like to make stuff
D) Favoritest people deserve a little extra.


So, I wrapped the gift in a brown grocery bag. I really liked the result so I'm sharin' it here. First I wrapped the gift (a big ol' book). Then I thought it needed something else, so I made a bow out of the scraps.

Splotches helped.

For the bow, I used 8 long strips of paper. With each piece, you overlap the ends, then put all the loops together, and join them with a staple or however you'd like. I used a metallic button to hold this one together (with needle and thread). Then you attach the whole deal to the gift. Easy! I also had another gift, which was just in a small lunch bag. It is held shut with a glass/plastic eyeball (haha, yeah. It's the kind used for stuffed animals I think.).


All done!

It was a lot of fun doing this- I think next time I will use newspaper or newspaper comics. Oh, or fabric.

Let me know if you have any fun gift wrapping experiences yourself!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

SOCIAL RULES: Half + Seven.

Today I heard about an intriguing social "rule" (you know the kind).

If you are considering dating someone younger (or older, the math can be done either way), you can safely (ha) date someone who is half your age plus seven.

I'm 35.
Half: 35 รท 2 = 17.5
Plus Seven: 17.5 +7 = 24.5

Let's round it down (sure, what the heck) to 24.

Interesting.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

WEIRD SCIENCE: Cancer Sniffing Dogs.

Someone has discovered that dogs can detect if a person has certain types of cancer, up to 99% accuracy, simply by smelling their breath.

That's just a little tidbit, here are the very cool details:

Cancer Sniffing Dogs

Sunday, January 15, 2006

GROSS BUT FASCINATING: Fecal Vomiting

yes, you read that right. Fecal as in poop. Vomiting, as in vomiting.

I hope you are snacking on a brownie or bean dip right now. Or on anything for that matter. Unless it has lots of fiber in it, in which case I won't discourage you. But just stop chewing for a little bit before you keep reading.

My pals and I were recently discussing Howard Stern's rating on the Skank-o-Meter, and someone brought up one "interesting" guest, a porn star who said that you can actually throw up poop. (I forgot to ask him why he was listening to Howard Stern in the first place...)

We all of course began a debate about how unlikely that is and the reasons why. We left it at "well, someone ought to look it up" and of course no one did.

Saturday I went on a little road trip with a couple fellow vegan freaks, and one of them mentioned that there was a problem these days with some children getting too little fiber. Some get so little fiber that they become constipated to the point of developing a bowel obstruction, and then progressing onto... fecal vomiting.

Hearing about this phenomenon twice in one week was enough to prompt me to look it up. Yes, it's real and it happens. It's even in the dictionary.

Let's all just give up a fervent prayer that none of us ever experiences this. I'm an agnostic and still consider praying to be sound advice. When you're talking about puking poop, you just don't wanna take your chances. Ew.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

And they say you can't judge a book by it's cover...

So, about murderers and serial killers. I know people are always saying they look just like everybody else, and seemed liked such a nice guy, and you can't tell just by looking at a person, yadda yadda, but... this guy actually looks like a killer to me.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/01/12/dna.execution.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

And now for a little fun... you can play this fascinating little game called:
"Programming Language Inventor or Serial Killer"
See if you can guess correctly!

http://www.malevole.com/mv/misc/killerquiz/

Back to the "real" world. Darnit.

My vacation was just plain fabulous. There were plenty of frustrations, particularly the getting there and back bits, but they were outweighed by all the fun. I'll be posting details soon!