Rabu, 29 Oktober 2008


(working on a grant proposal to Save the Redwoods foundation, my theme: "Can you save the forest for the trees?" a switch from the old saying "Can you see the forest for the trees?") http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Save_the_Redwoods_League

LOLrus found da bucket!

li'l minisaurus walking the woodland streets asking for sweets

Happy Halloween (see zoo animals munching pumpkins here: Hall-Zoo-Ween ) & Dias de Los Muertos ye'all! May the jack-o-lanterns light your path on this hallowed eve, and the costumed li'l goblins, witches, pirates and princesses get lots of snacks with their calls for "Trick or Treat!" (^-^)

Arts Alive Saturday night: Tuxford Gallery, Mexican theme, "the days of the dead", Brenda Gallery, Mongolian photos and paintings (I made a paper yurt!)

Ahad, 26 Oktober 2008


1st aid medical gauze

Killifish embryos

Shaving cream with water

and this one from Bent Objects: http://bentobjects.blogspot.com/2008/10/literary-interpretation.html

and finally, pass the peanuts

notes: scissoring/swiveling is when 2 lines overlap at a point, and the lines are not anchored, scissoring occurs in 2 dimensions on a square or other polygon but not a triangle, and in 3 dimensions on a cube or other polyhedron but not a tetrahedron, duo-tet, octahedron or icosahedron.

Isnin, 20 Oktober 2008

just because ( me <3 ne )

no emosaurus for me thanks anyways.

Lyrics | Todd Rundgren - Hello, it’s me lyrics

[there's a swedish viking in russia, actually a kampong girl]
[i'm part swede and my home state's football team is called the minnesota vikings]
[there's a waterfall nearby called minnehaha falls, on the mississippi river]
[i think of her when i see water falling, cuz she is mini and she likes to laugh]
[but she is scared of water. and it doesn't really matter at all.]

just trying to say goodbye. cuz she's too far away. and so am i.

i guess nobody will really understand this. me neither. i so much want to talk with her. yet there is nothing i can say. wish i didn't feel this way. rindu. :(

предложение? apenye?

science: study & practice of natural order
religion: study & practice of social order

It is my humble opinion that supernaturalists cannot speak authoritively of nature,
and that naturalists cannot speak authoritively of supernature.

Evolutionary biologists, including human medical researchers, discover the flow of species changes through time by examining changes in organisms (via sexual reproduction mutations and natural selection), they see life as a movie subject.

Theistic creationists, including priests, reverends, rabbis, imams, discover the unity and perfect order of systems at any given time, they see life as an illustrated objective.

Both are right, of course, in their own minds. So there is nothing to argue about.


and finally

i made a snowman today (yukidaruma in Japanese) and put it atop my computer monitor, it is made of paper, bottom ball is ivory snow color, middle ball is blue, and top is a picture of an ink bottle with an Ink People face. the balls i wove like takraw balls with 6 strips of paper. it's kinda cute, like below. see ya ;)

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Sabtu, 18 Oktober 2008

can you hear the thunder in a little girl's tears?



The story on Winfrey’s Web site reads: “Born in China, Betty was separated from her family at age 7 during Mao Zedong’s brutal Cultural Revolution. Tormented by hunger and lack of social contact, Betty went mute (tidak dibunyikan). After four terrifying years, Betty escaped from China by walking 1,600 miles to Hong Kong and later arrived in America with only $20.”

Betty is safe here in Kuala Walu Wiki, Nor Calif. She speaks wonderfully too. :)

"can you hear the thunder in a little girl's tears?"
"can you mend her broken heart, and soothe all her fears?"

(I met her husband, physics professor at Humboldt State University. I don't know why she told him I'm a physicist. That's funny. I can't even do the math, I just guess.)

Congratulations Betty Chinn, such an awesome angel.

And Oprah, good call!

Selasa, 7 Oktober 2008

"a spring in my step"

leaping indri lemurs

springy sifaka lemurs

Top two pics: baby gibbons. Bottom: indri, siamang


There seem to be many parallels between the indri and the siamangs. The abundance of liana vines in island SE Asia for siamangs to swing (brachiate) and the lack of liana vines in Madagascar for the Indris may be why clinging and leaping was adopted among the Indris. Both tend to walk/skip bipedally rather than quadrupedally, and both have enlarged laryngeal air sacs likely indicating past vertical floating in tidal forests.

Inhabits montane and coastal rainforest from sea level to 1800 meters (6). Indris are active during the day and are most at home in the trees, where they feed on leaves, flowers and fruit, but they do occasionally descend to the forest floor to cross small treeless areas or to eat soil (4) (6). On the ground they cannot walk on all fours and so move around on their back legs, standing upright and holding their arms outstretched for balance, skipping in a unique fashion through the forest (6). The indri is one of the most endangered species of lemur on Madagascar, and one of the most threatened primates in the world (4). They live by the coast, where forests have become so fragmented that they are almost too small to sustain viable populations (6).

Except a narrow strip at the eastern coast most of their natural habitat, the rainforest, is destroyed. Indris are amongst the most endangered species.

Even if you are luckily you meet Indris it's more likely to hear their voices instead of seeing them up in the trees. Their voices are said to be amongst the loudest within the animal kingdom. Indris live in family groups and they use their voices to mark their family range.

They give birth to just one young at a time. The young Indri stays in the family for a long time, even if there are younger siblings. Indris are very similar to gibbons concerning these behaviours. Other characteristics of Indris are their large ears, the long hands and the very short tail whereas most other prosimians have long tails. They belong to the few prosimian species which are active during the day; most of the other prosimians are nocturnal animals.

Why is the indri that endangered? Most of the Indri's natural habitat is destroyed by now and the Indri isn't able to adapt to other habitats than the rainforest. The destruction was caused by the growing number of human inhabitants and their need for soil to plant rice which is the common food on the island. Madagascar is a poor country and the methods of planting rice are not very efficient. Conservation societies worked out a masterplan together with the government of Madagascar to use the soil more efficiently, hoping that no more rainforest areas are destroyed in the future.

When elephants weep


Early humans from Africa to Asia: Speed walking or a stroll along the beach?
http://sciencenow. sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/1007/3

Speed walking? Wouldn't they all resemble each other cranially very strongly if
that were the case? There's a lot of cranial differentiation, indicating long term separations between groups geographically.

from 2002
http://www.ncbi. nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12098208


Ok one more entry, about what singles typically are looking for in a prospective mate: "This could explain why women are drawn to indicators of resource and future investment, while men are more likely to look for youth and waist-to-hip ratio - signs of reproductive potential and the ability to tolerate the stresses of childbirth". h/t Ed Yong link: the cost of having children

That doesn't sound very romantic, does it? So analytical. Oh well, that's life.

Sabtu, 4 Oktober 2008

Maskibition show & awards

mask yg alien?

Quite a great collection of masks here at Arts Alive in the Gallery, perhaps 100 or more,personally crafted and decorated in numerous styles and fashions. Will add more pics later. The Darth Vader mask is cute, being made from kitchen utensils.


Maskibition is sponsored by American Hydroponics, Dell Arte and Sun Valley Farms

The Coffee Opp coffee shop is up and rollicking (Kev, our Coffee Opp guest worker/Manager from Mauritia, managed to produce a volcano eruption in the coffee maker, the coffee and grounds looked like lava pouring down the sides of the machine and on the floor, he was too nervous, so many people came. All cleaned up now.)

And dekat sini, in the Municipal Auditorium, a bunch of kids are roller skating, singing and screaming to the music.

Tomorrow morning: live drawing (nude, not me la)
Tomorrow night, punk metal concert. Ear plug time.
Next night: watercolor landscape painting class, with Alan Sanborn

Also fiber arts (weaving), print making, Lunel's yoga class, etc.

"Kembali ke Bali"

Oh, Dell Arte is having their annual Bali study abroad class in mask making, wayang kulit, etc. FEBRUARY 9 - MARCH 12, 2009. I wanna go diving in Bali! Nak ikut? JOM kita pergi main menyelam & mensurfing kan! Full cost $5,000 US... nak duit raya ... sponsor anyone? [hint hint]

Khamis, 2 Oktober 2008

When the rain comes

October begins the rainy season here. Raindrops are falling on my head, plop plop drip drop.

I have a Humboldt Hydroponics hoodie, of forest green hue, so if the rain is mild, I can just cover my hair with the hood. If it rains harder, then I'll need a brolly (payung) or proper rain gear, I think I disposed of last year's set.

In the gallery, the artistic mask exhibition is up 'Maskibition', and the Coffee Opp is getting the coffee shop set up.

Shoshanna's dance group has a benefit for the coffee opp in Arcata: link

I must admit that I've never thought much of belly dancing, but as I watched them perform the sword dance at the Ink People's annual dinner (Brahm Craic), I was impressed with their synchronised and balanced performance art. Much more than simply wobbling their bellies.

Strange medicine? People can be so bizarre, no? Yikes!



Eur-Asian inter-racial relationships at gene expression http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp/2008/10/the_prenatal_wages_of_interrac.php#more

Why did I put this piccie here? I dunno. privyet. zhiv. da zvidanya.

Cinta: Tape (in Spanish, pita in Malay)
Pita: Flatbread (in Turkish, pizza in Italian, pet in Hebrew, pain in French, roti in Hindu)