Wednesday, October 7, 2009

exploding pumpkins

In the 1800's, farmers began to dabble in the art of growing giant pumpkins. Apparently since this time, through breeding hubbard squashes with types of large orange pumpkins, the pumpkin breeders and hobbyists have arrived at a species of giant pumpkin, known as the Atlantic Giant or curcurbita maxima.

But according to NPR, a "bizarre phenomenon has been plaguing New England--exploding pumpkins." These giant pumpkins grow so fast that explode, often in the middle of the night.

Think about that the next time you deign to walk in a giant pumpkin patch at the midnight hour.

Apparently, there is an entire world unknown to me about giant pumpkins. Not only have they been invovled in countless growing contests, but they also have nautical uses. One man has carved himself a ship out of a pumpkin. Roald Dahl must have known about this.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


My front yard is overgrown and undertrimmed. But I think it looks lovely.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

une chauve-souris

Last night my roommate woke up at 1 am to find my crazed cats chasing a bat around the living room. The bat flew into the pantry and disappeared, and despite our best efforts to find it--we banged around and knocked things over for half an hour--the bat was no where to be found. Then about an hour later, I hear my cat jumping up and down in the kitchen; I pulled the curtain back a little to see, and a BAT was flying around in circles. It was not a small bat. It rested on a blanket for a second and my other cat, who is slightly retarded, tried to attack it, albeit inefficiently. The bat flew around some more, and then stopped; I thought it had landed somewhere near the sink. But the bat had disappeared again. And now it's somewhere in my house sleeping. Until tonight.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


I went to a Thai restaurant yesterday with mindy and got musman curry. It was delicious.

It was served with a tidy square of rice.

And I got a green salad with ginger dressing.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I went to a lake last week to go camping. It's a state park and very large; there are trails and ponds and bridges, etc. There were animals everywhere, including

three deer ` a harry woodpecker ` a beaver ` a woodchuck ` seagulls of course ` chipmunks ` cardinals ` a raven! ` two foxes

The foxes were particularly exciting. I saw one fox seven years ago, but two is special. They were crossing the rt 31 at dusk to get a drink from the lake.

There was also an old covered bridge from the 19th century when the park was a private home. There were names carved into the walls. Lots of hearts with one + one other, and a few slanders mixed in, like "Mike G. is Gay."

Cooperstown is definately a homophobic place. Or at least the tourists are. I kissed my girlfriend on the beach and a fat cow in a waterproof moo moo yelled "This isn't a gay beach!" And so I looked at her and she hid her head in her hands. I kissed her again and the woman yelled "Oh my god! Ew!" But she wouldn't look at me.

Later we went into town to get coffees; we were walking and holding hands and after he passed a man said "up next, the homo show." Very orignal, stranger. Hope you're satisfied with yourself.

The woods were very beautiful, but the mosquitos almost bled us dry. It seemed like there were a million little creeks running under every pile of stones and every fallen tree.

The people at the coffee shop and the general store were friendly though. And in the middle of the town there is a beautiful courtyard. My girlfriend said it looked like the ones in Paris, where there are little courtyards are everywhere. I thought it was especially lovely because there were only three colors--green and gray and black.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

les champignons

Monday, July 20, 2009


life on a picnic table.

picnic table graveyard.

atmospheric pressure

Apocolyptic weather scares my cats. They climb on the window screens like tree frogs and make cawing noises. Atmospheric pressure blurs specie lines.

felis-catus---->agalychnis callidryas

Apocolyptic weather is bad for my brain and for my cats, not only because screens are expensive to replace but also because frogs are dying by the millions; species are going extinct every day. According to the amphibian ark :

"Addressing the amphibian extinction crisis represents the
greatest species conservation challenge in the history of humanity. One third to
one half of all amphibian species are threatened with extinction, with probably
more than 120 already gone in recent years."

Habitat destruction is the main cause of amphibian extinction.

Wetlandus-Marshus---->Coporatus Targetus.

But amphibians have special skin; they breathe through their skin. And they also absorb any toxins in water through their skin. And they have tiny bodies that can't handle a lot of poision.