Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day 2005

To the flag
Originally uploaded by davebluedevil.

Andy Rooney says:

"On this Memorial Day, we should certainly honor those who have died at war, but we should dedicate this day, not so much to their memory, but to the search for a way to end the idiocy of the wars that killed them."

More from Rooney's commentary.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Daylilies Decimated by Evil Troll Children

Sunburst Tiger Lily
Originally uploaded by !ºrobodot.

Last year I bought some lilies and some daylilies from the plant store. I like to put perenniels in my garden space, because they are fairly low maintenance, and because the space I use is not really my property; it's just an area in front of the building where I rent an apartment.

I was enjoying the sight each day of the greenery growing taller, and the flower buds forming on the plants.

Then, one day, the lilies had no buds. The decapitated plants were still growing, but the buds were lying separately on the ground.

The next day, all the daylily stems were broken about six inches from the budding ends.

I have no proof, but I blame the Evil Troll Children, AKA the Neighbor's Kids. I will not name names here, just in case my neighbor reads this blog, but I wish I had some kind of Troll Catcher or Troll Repellent to keep these Children out of my flowers. Now I shall have to wait till next year to see these lilies. Or look at photos of them.

Friday, May 20, 2005

KOGI and WEL: Today's Walk

KOGI and WEL Today's Walk
Originally uploaded by luckyno3.

These two Corgis, Kogi and Wel, are just about the cutest things on four legs. Here are some more photos of them.

Of course my own dog, Touille, who has her own blog, is the cutest of all. But Kogi and Wel are extremely photogenic.

Why don't I have more photos of Touille up on the flickr website? Well, most of my photos are the old-fashioned kind, made with film and printed out on Kodak paper. And I can't get my scanner to work. The iMac doesn't recognize it. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers several times. My good friend has offered to come by and help me with it, but the house needs to have several boxes and bags of stuff, junk, and detrius removed so that there is a bigger trail to the computer. There's only room for one person to sit in front of it now. If Touille were any bigger than a minute, there would be no room for her and me both in this one bedroom apartment.

Why do I have all this junk? That may have to be the topic of another post. This one was supposed to be about the cuteness of Welsh Corgi dogs. And of my Touille dog as well.

Touille and I walked today also. We didn't have the nice pavement to sit on like Kogi and Wel do in the photo. But we did see a dead bird lying on the sidewalk. And some really nice flowers and trees. I guess you have to take the bitter with the sweet.

Touille sleeps
Originally uploaded by MBK.

My friend Amy took this photo of Touiile. I'd been trying for years to catch her sleeping, but every time I aimed the camera at her, she opened her eyes and sat up. I think Touille must have been really exhausted the day that Amy got her with her eyes closed.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Hear Bill Murray sing "Star Wars" theme

Accordion Guy celebrates the new Star Wars movie by offering an mp3 of the Bill Murray "lounge singer" rendition of the Star Wars theme as performed on Saturday Night Live.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Human Oddities (and Mishaps): blogging is addictive

Amanda of Human Oddities (and Mishaps) has been thinking about the pitfalls of blogging. And the good things too. But she worries that blogging is taking too much time that ought to be used for other things. She notices that she's afraid to express opinions on certain things, fearing that her blog buddies may not agree with her, or that her family may read something too private:

...while I've been able to use my blog to vent and to express myself creatively, I've also censored myself much of the time. I've censored myself about politics, religion, music, pets. I've not blogged about some of the more emotionally turbulent moments in my life.

Now that I've been blogging a few months, I can see why some bloggers want to remain anonymous and don't tell their friends about their blog. I almost wish that I had a different blog for each friend of mine to read, because the types of things that I talk to R. about, I would never tell S. and so forth. I've had a certain post saved as a draft for a month now, and can't get it to a point where I would want my family to see it. (It involves religion.) Forget about blogging my private life. And I can't say much about my job (in a psych hospital) without the risk of getting fired for HIPAA violations.

That's why I think of my blog as more of a light diversion. And I link to all sorts of things which I find to be informative and entertaining, but mostly the latter.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

contemplating my shadow

Originally uploaded by twisteduterus.

Something about this photo really appeals to me.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Breakfast with the Pope

Click on the title to see it.



Originally uploaded by Bill_D.

I love the expression on this child's face. And his rosy cheek is almost as red as the ladybug.

Click on the title of this post to see the photographer's set of "Shots I Like" on flickr or here to see more of his work.

Thursday, May 05, 2005


MorePix 184
Originally uploaded by moonunit55.

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some recognition in other parts of the Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the U.S.-Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico.

Click on the title of this post for more about Cinco de Mayo.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

B&W Tower

B&W Tower
Originally uploaded by BK1.

Black and white photos like this really appeal to me.


Gazebo in Tower Grove Park

1k-5757 - One of dozens of pre-1900 gazebos
Originally uploaded by creativity+.

a set of photos in Tower Grove Park in Saint Louis, Missouri. I can walk there from my apartment.

angles and textures

Originally uploaded by jnathanj.


Originally uploaded by bfelice.

I like this photo a lot.