Thursday, June 30, 2011



Aubrey Beardsley, 1872-1898

the peacock skirt

Alexander Voytovych


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

skinny legs and all

Despite its feetlessness, however, its pathetic podalic privation, this roast turkey- or jumbo facsimile thereof- was moving down the highway at sixty-five miles an hour, traveling faster, farther on its back than many aspiring actresses.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

i'd be taking out ads

"If I was gay, there would be no closet. You would never see the closet I came out of. Why? Because I'd have burned it for kindling by the time I was twelve... If I was gay, at this stage of the game—age 37, aging alternative icon—I'd be taking out ads." - Henry Rollins

finally understand

Ichthys (sometimes spelled Ichthus, or Ikhthus, from Koine Greekἰχθύς, capitalized ΙΧΘΥΣ or ΙΧΘΥϹ) is the ancient and classical Greek word for "fish." In English it refers to a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish, used by Early Christians as a secret symbol[1] and now known colloquially as the "sign of the fish" or the "Jesus fish."

Ichthys can be read as an acrostic, a word formed from the first letters of several words. It compiles to "Jesus Christ God's son Savior" in ancient Greek "Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ", Iēsous Christos, Theou Huios, Sōtēr.
  • Iota (i) is the first letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for "Jesus".
  • Chi (ch) is the first letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for "anointed".
  • Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), Greek for "God's", the genitive case of Θεóς, Theos, Greek for "God".
  • Upsilon (u) is the first letter of huios (Υἱός), Greek for "Son".
  • Sigma (s) is the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for "Savior".
Historians say the 20th-century use of the ichthys motif is an adaptation based on an Early Christian symbol which included a small cross for the eye or the Greek letters "ΙΧΘΥΣ".
Fish are mentioned and given symbolic meaning several times in the Gospels. Several of Jesus' twelve Apostles were fishermen. He commissions them with the words "I will make you fishers of men".
At the feeding of the five thousand, a boy is brought to Jesus with "five small loaves and two fish". The question is asked, "But what are they, among so many?" Jesus multiplies the loaves and fish to feed the multitude.
In Matthew 13:47-50, the Parable of Drawing in the Net, Jesus compares God's decision on who will go to heaven or to hell ("the fiery furnace") at the end of this world to fishers sorting out their catch, keeping the good fish and throwing the bad fish away.
In John 21:11, it is related that the disciples fished all night but caught nothing. Jesus instructed them to cast the nets on the other side of the boat, and they drew in 153 fish.
A less commonly cited use of fish in Christ's life may be found in the words of Matthew 17:24-27, in which, upon being asked if his Teacher does not pay the temple (two-drachma) tax, Simon Peter answers, "Yes." Christ tells Peter to go to the water and cast a line. He says that a coin sufficient for the tax will be found in the fish's mouth. Peter does as told and finds the coin.

slaughterhouse- five

"Welcome aboard, Mr. Pilgrim," said the loud speaker. "Any questions?"
Billy licked his lips, thought a while, inquired at last: "Why me?"
"That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?"
"Yes." Billy, in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a blob of polished amber with three ladybugs embedded in it.
"Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why."

So it goes.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

christopher guest

made chuck norris cry.... twice

Thursday, June 23, 2011


i'm going to boston for halloween with rea!!

tickets already purchased.

i don't have anyone to tell so i'm sharing on here :)

now i need costume ideas......

past future perfect

In the corner stands a strawman
with a cocktail
in his right hand
firm handshakes
all around
as he slowly sips away
In the twilight
sits a reader
and the words they
grab ane lead her
to another
world apart
as she slowly
slips away
You can drown me
in my sorrows
that can leave me
on the morrow
but the best part
is the last
let it slowly
fade away
Does it strike you
as an odd thing
how a man keeps remembering
where the future
meets the past
and then slowly
slowly fades
slowly fades

the ocean blue

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Strike a pose and hide

Cuttlefish evade predators by matching not only their colours and patterns to the background, but also their postures.
Roger Hanlon and his team at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, presented the common European cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis; pictured left) with separate backgrounds containing stripes at different angles: horizontal, vertical, and diagonal. The animals raised their limbs to match the angles of the stripes, but didn't respond to a blank background.
When placed next to artificial algae in the lab, the animal struck a pose to mimic its neighbour (right). Similar behaviour was observed in natural habitats. The authors suggest that visual cues are important for such creatures to adopt cryptic body postures and achieve maximum stealth.

Monday, June 20, 2011

best dancing scene

bears and pearls

bomb defuser

.....except i'm not a guy :/


Pulsars are highly magnetized, rotating neutron stars that emit a beam of electromagnetic radiation. The radiation can only be observed when the beam of emission is pointing towards the Earth. This is called the lighthouse effect and gives rise to the pulsed nature that gives pulsars their name. Because neutron stars are very dense objects, the rotation period and thus the interval between observed pulses is very regular. For some pulsars, the regularity of pulsation is as precise as an atomic clock. The observed periods of their pulses range from 1.4 millisecondsto 8.5 seconds. A few pulsars are known to have planets orbiting them, such as PSR B1257+12. Werner Becker of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics said in 2006, "The theory of how pulsars emit their radiation is still in its infancy, even after nearly forty years of work."
The events leading to the formation of a pulsar begin when the core of a massive star is compressed during asupernova, which collapses into a neutron star. The neutron star retains most of its angular momentum, and since it has only a tiny fraction of its progenitor's radius (and therefore its moment of inertia is sharply reduced), it is formed with very high rotation speed. A beam of radiation is emitted along the magnetic axis of the pulsar, which spins along with the rotation of the neutron star. The magnetic axis of the pulsar determines the direction of the electromagnetic beam, with the magnetic axis not necessarily being the same as its rotational axis. This misalignment causes the beam to be seen once for every rotation of the neutron star, which leads to the "pulsed" nature of its appearance. The beam originates from the rotational energy of the neutron star, which generates an electrical field from the movement of the very strong magnetic field, resulting in the acceleration of protons and electrons on the star surface and the creation of an electromagnetic beam emanating from the poles of the magnetic field. This rotation slows down over time as electromagnetic power is emitted. When a pulsar's spin period slows down sufficiently, the radio pulsar mechanism is believed to turn off (the so-called "death line"). This turn-off seems to take place after about 10–100 million years, which means of all the neutron stars in the 13.6 billion year age of the universe, around 99% no longer pulsate. To date, the slowest observed pulsar has a period of 8 seconds.

The first pulsar was observed on November 28, 1967 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish. Initially baffled as to the seemingly unnatural regularity of its emissions, they dubbed their discovery LGM-1, for "little green men" (a name for intelligent beings of extraterrestrial origin). While the hypothesis that pulsars were beacons from extraterrestrial civilizations was never taken very seriously, some discussed the far-reaching implications if it turned out to be true. Their pulsar was later dubbed CP 1919, and is now known by a number of designators including PSR 1919+21, PSR B1919+21 and PSR J1921+2153. Although CP 1919 emits in radio wavelengths, pulsars have, subsequently, been found to emit in visible light, X-ray, and/or gamma ray wavelengths.
The word "pulsar" is a contraction of "pulsating star", and first appeared in print in 1968:
An entirely novel kind of star came to light on Aug. 6 last year and was referred to, by astronomers, as LGM (Little Green Men). Now it is thought to be a novel type between a white dwarf and a neutron [sic]. The name Pulsar is likely to be given to it. Dr. A. Hewish told me yesterday: "… I am sure that today every radio telescope is looking at the Pulsars."
The suggestion that pulsars were rotating neutron stars was put forth independently by Thomas Gold and Franco Pacini in 1968, and was soon proven beyond reasonable doubt by the discovery of a pulsar with a very short (33-millisecond) pulse period in the Crab nebula.
In 1974, Antony Hewish became the first astronomer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. Considerable controversy is associated with the fact that Professor Hewish was awarded the prize while Bell, who made the initial discovery while she was his Ph.D student, was not. Bell claims no bitterness upon this point, supporting the decision of the Nobel prize committee.

Three distinct classes of pulsars are currently known to astronomers, according to the source of the power of the electromagnetic radiation:
so all of this is straight from wikipedia..... more research on this later...


piggy back seat


joy division

pulsar 1.337

his booty is fly

chirp chirp

Now a report reveals that female giant pandas use chirp calls to inform male pandas exactly how fertile they are.
The discovery suggests that panda vocal signals are more important than thought, and will aid conservation of the endangered animal, scientists say.
The researchers from the US and China publish their research in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
During their short breeding season, female giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) make high pitched calls that are thought to solicit male attention.
Given the brief window of opportunity for mating, selection should favour female giant pandas who are able to advertise their fertility and for males who accurately read the female calls.
For female giant pandas who can only conceive on a few days once a year, being able to say 'when' is vital.
However, the information content and detailed function of the 'chirp' and 'bleat' vocalisations has remained a mystery.
To investigate, the research team recorded vocalisations of captive giant pandas in China and the US.
Using these audio recordings and a knowledge of individuals' reproductive cycles, they reveal that panda calls signal the precise timing of female fertility.


Urea or carbamide is an organic compound with the chemical formula (NH2)2CO. The molecule has two amine (-NH2) groups joined by a carbonyl (C=O) functional group.
Urea serves an important role in the metabolism of nitrogen-containing compounds by animals and is the main nitrogen-containing substance in the urine of mammals. It is solid, colourless, and odorless (although theammonia which it gives off in the presence of water, including water vapor in the air, has a strong odor). It is highly soluble in water and non-toxic. Dissolved in water it is neither acidic nor alkaline. The body uses it in many processes, most notably nitrogen excretion. Urea is widely used in fertilizers as a convenient source of nitrogen. Urea is also an important raw material for the chemical industry. The synthesis of this organic compound byFriedrich Wöhler in 1828 from an inorganic precursor was an important milestone in the development of organic chemistry, as it showed for the first time that a molecule found in living organisms could be synthesized in the lab without biological starting materials.
The terms urea and carbamide are also used for a class of chemical compounds sharing the same functional group RR'N-CO-NRR', namely a carbonyl group attached to two organic amine residues. Examples includecarbamide peroxideallantoin, and hydantoin. Ureas are closely related to biurets and related in structure toamidescarbamatescarbodiimides, and thiocarbamides.
Sooooo basically the reason why dog urine will kill the grass is because the nitrogen in urea essentially over fertilizes the grass/ plant and dries/ burns it up!

forget me nots


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Michael J. Kuba

A new method for studying problem solving and tool use in stingrays (Potamotrygon castexi)
Testing the cognitive abilities of cartilaginous fishes is important in understanding the evolutionary origins of cognitive functions in higher vertebrates. We used five South American fresh water stingrays (Potamotrygon castexi) in a learning and problem-solving task. A tube test apparatus was developed to provide a simple but sophisticated procedure for testing cognitive abilities of aquatic animals. All five subjects quickly learned to use water as a tool to extract food from the testing apparatus. The experimental protocol, which gave the animals the opportunity of correcting a wrong visual cue decision, resulted in four out of five subjects correcting an error rather than making an initial right choice. One of five subjects reached 100% correct trials in the visual discrimination task. The ability to use water as an agent to extract food from the testing apparatus is a first indication of tool use in batoid fishes. Performance in the instrumental task of retrieving food from a novel testing apparatus and the rapid learning in the subsequent discrimination/error correction task shows that cartilaginous fish can be used to study the origins of cognitive functions in the vertebrate lineage.


Borneo (MalayBorneoIndonesianKalimantan) is the third largest island in the world and is located north of Australia, at the geographic centre of Maritime Southeast Asia.
The island is divided among three countries: BruneiIndonesia and Malaysia. Approximately 73% of the island is Indonesian territory. The Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak in the north occupy about 26% of the island. The sovereign state of Brunei, located on the north coast, comprises about 1% of Borneo's land area. 

major bodies of water

OrderNameArea in sq mi (sq km)
1.Pacific Ocean60,060,893 (155,557,000)
2.Atlantic Ocean29,637,974 (76,762,000)
3.Indian Ocean26,469,620 (68,556,000)
4.Southern Ocean7,848,299 (20,327,000)
5.Arctic Ocean5,427,052 (14,056,000)
6.South China Sea1,148,500 (2,974,600)
7.Caribbean Sea971,394 (2,515,900)
8.Mediterranean Sea969,116 (2,510,000)
9.Bering Sea872,977 (2,261,000)
10.Gulf of Mexico582,088 (1,507,600)
11.Sea of Okhotsk537,493 (1,392,100)
12.Sea of Japan/East Sea391,083 (1,012,900)
13.Hudson Bay281,893 (730,100)
14.East China Sea256,372 (664,000)
15.Andaman Sea218,109 (564,900)
16.Black Sea196,101 (507,900)
17.Red Sea174,904 (453,000)
18.Caspian Sea143,000 (371,000)
19.Baltic Sea76,762 (415,000)