True story about snow

Cloak of legs.

Imagining a hypothetical tattoo — ideally, it would also go on my coat of arms, knight-style.

If only I knew where my keys are.


(Why not alpha?)


gross, you're filled with worms!

Did you know there are buffalo (Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo) in Golden Gate park? Small range for roving though. DID YOU KNOW “Home on the Range” is the state song of Kansas ??

Estimated turnout for the 99th Bay to Breakers – 60,000. I wonder how many others had my birthday?

The internet is showing me an eagle dropping a tortoise from great heights. Whoosh! Bounce! Split! Ugly fluffy chick chirping happy. Let’s start a campaign to outfit these chunky Chelonia with some utilitarian parachutes. Human technology is way cuter on a smugly smiling turtle.

oh how pretty.

Efficiency above all else! (Some fish eatin’ eagles can spend as little as 8 minutes a day fishing. But not all water contains fish.)

Everytime I feel compelled to spend a lot of money, I go instead to the public library and load up. As much as I can hold! For free! Best Game Show, ever. Also, since a robot scans the barcodes, I check out without fearing librarian judgement. Twilight on CD, baby! A lotta blah blah blah about sparkly vampire’s alabaster skin and topaz eyes–girl’s into rocks I guess.

Additionally, books about bears, vanilla, the albatross, bridges and tunnels, a handbook of different types of survival kits, fiction book about accidentally identical unrelated girls at a victorian boarding school.

Which mispronunciations earn  your disdain?  Nuclear? Library? Larvae? I thought it was “for all intensive purposes” until recently.

Song for today – Sunlight – Harlem Shakes.

Same difference

Reading a book for children about crystals. Produced by the prolific EYEWITNESS series, characterized by the diversity of information and figures. The author(s) judgmental consistency is a little off — crystal healing is described in the same dispassionate, clear style as the piezoelectricity of quartz (and on the same page!) but the curse following the Hope diamond is categorically dismissed. If we didn’t have the word “infamous,” I’d forget that being famous is supposed to be good.

>>Sparkle motion<<

Oh but, did you know that Pedro the Cruel, King of Castile, Spain, gave a HUGE balas ruby to the Black Prince, son of King Ed #3, England, for the latter’s help in winning the Battle of Najera in 1367? The number of carets equals the population of Port Royal, Virginia (2000 census). A balas ruby is actually a red spinel, MgAl2O4, and this one is as big as a chicken egg.

(safe then never)

What is the smallest level of self-preservation? Does information like to continue to exist? I like ways to transmit information, DNA, prions, bits. What is the best (most efficient, most varied but robust) number of bits for encryption?

fatty spheres

Reassuring – the non-human world is still far too complicated to understand in a lifetime.  Layers of approximations in our symbolic replications of lipid membranes–quantum, atomic, course-grained, mesomeric, fluid dynamics. They’d give you a Ph.D. to make it, but still so childishy simplified and imperfect compared to the Real Thing. And all this work, but less effort justifying assumptions. Hilariously, researchers gotta verify that their computer simulated water is actually a liquid.


Does the loss of regional and class-specific accents force a more economically mobile society, or do we just become more attuned to subtler signals of origins? Is social class particularly worth maintaining between generations? Obviously lame, but very stabilizing.

Daisy in The Great Gatsby is so similar to Estella in Great Expectations. My sister concurrs. I’m sure essays have been scrawled. Tempted.

Butterfly not

But purposely creating them is complicated enough to necessitate the boy scouts and sailors. Who detangles? Alexander the Great has a strategy. Topoisomerases untie knots in DNA. Mathmagicians denumerate 128 billion unique knots with the backbone crossing itself two dozen times. This nervous man from Pennsylvania tells me trefoil rotaxaknot attempt one failed.

Do you ever use an acronym so often that its full name is lost?


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