Saturday, June 30, 2007

man versus nature



In your face, nature!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


This should be fairly self-explanatory.

Monday, June 25, 2007

oh, possom

"When threatened or harmed, they will 'play possum', mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. The lips are drawn back, teeth are bared, saliva foams around the mouth, and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands."

I know just how they feel.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


"A watched pot never boils," is how the saying goes. This afternoon I put that to the test. Of course, I gave up watching eventually because it's so painfully boring, but I do believe that an empirical study of the claim would yield it a clear falsehood. Therefore, I submit that the saying be changed to the following:

"Waiting for water to boil is time misspent, unless you're into that kind of thing, in which case 'whatever floats your boat,' figuratively speaking. Such activity may also be considered fruitful in the service of scientific inquiry."

My water did eventually boil, and here's a little of what came as a result:

It's tortellini, by the way, and despite appearances, worth waiting for the water to boil.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


This is my first tomato of the year. It may not seem like much of an accomplishment, but considering the competition I have with various rodents, I'm very pleased with it. I should say "was" pleased, since this photo is pre-consumption.

Here are other people's pictures depicting purity.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

how I see myself

This photo assignment was almost as painful for me to realize as it is for you to look at. If someone asks me how I see myself, the answer's going to depend on what day it is. Today, I felt like a problem child.

Sunday, June 03, 2007


There's a mnemonic phrase to help identify poisonous snakes, but like many of these phrases, I can never remember how it goes. "Black and yellow . . . " Then what? "Don't worry about it?" "It will kill you?" I think it's supposed to rhyme, and that the last word is "fellow," but that didn't inspire enough confidence to befriend this one.

Research tells me this is a black-neck garter snake and harmless. Black and yellow, and I still have no inclination to touch it.