June 21st, 2006

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Day 100!!!

I actually made it! Yay me!

I stopped at the park on the way home and took a bunch of pictures. I wasn't sure which I liked best so when I showed them to hellbob I made him pick. So, my final picture is that thing I won't eat, but which looks cool...

a mushroom!

My second place runner up was this one, an evil Asian Lady Beetle:

And to finish with my new addiction, a bird picture. This is a Downy Woodpecker:

So, do I start at 100 again?
Or do I keep going and keep numbering with 101, 102, etc to see how far I get?
Or do I just take a break for a bit?

Pondering the Picture Project...

Well, I've achieved the goal of shooting at least one picture a day for the last 100 days. 


I honestly didn't expect to make it to 100 without having to restart at least once. When I tried to shoot daily last November I actually missed either two or three days. There were some days in the last 100 where i literally only took the one picture. There were also many days where I got more and couldn't decide on just one.

Whether or not I continue on with this is gonna be decided by if I take a picture today or not... I haven't been really inspired lately until going to the park yesterday, but if i do another 100 that will take me through most of the summer which would include things like a Mason Jennings concert, CONvergence, a weekend at my parent's cabin, a weekend at Rick's step-mom's cabin and my Trip To LA To Touch James Marsters Again.

I'm thinking I'll continue on with the goal of just seeing how far I get rather than a set number...

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thoughts floating away...

So many things I was going to post about today and I managed to forget almost all of them...
Must remember to write thoughts down since they are fleeting creatures.

hellbob & I have acquired a Becca! We get to keep her at least through the weekend, possibly next week too! She is down here from Fargo working for the NWA unions and the hotel had goofed up her reservation so rather than switching to a different hotel she has moved into our uninhabited basement.
I told her to see if she could get them to just give her $50 a night cash for her new residence since that would still be cheaper than the hotel was. She didn't think they'd go for it...

Shamelessly stolen from raven_arani

Cool article about gay animals.
hellziggy's LiveJournal... Bringing you everything you need to know about all-male giraffe orgies!

The effeminate sheep & other problems with Darwinian sexual selection.

From the JUN/JUL 2006 issue of Seed:

Joan Roughgarden thinks Charles Darwin made a terrible mistake. Not about natural selection—she's no bible-toting creationist—but about his other great theory of evolution: sexual selection. According to Roughgarden, sexual selection can't explain the homosexuality that's been documented in over 450 different vertebrate species. This means that same-sex sexuality—long disparaged as a quirk of human culture—is a normal, and probably necessary, fact of life. By neglecting all those gay animals, she says, Darwin misunderstood the basic nature of heterosexuality.

Male big horn sheep live in what are often called "homosexual societies." They bond through genital licking and anal intercourse, which often ends in ejaculation. If a male sheep chooses to not have gay sex, it becomes a social outcast. Ironically, scientists call such straight-laced males "effeminate."

Giraffes have all-male orgies. So do bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, gray whales, and West Indian manatees. Japanese macaques, on the other hand, are ardent lesbians; the females enthusiastically mount each other. Bonobos, one of our closest primate relatives, are similar, except that their lesbian sexual encounters occur every two hours. Male bonobos engage in "penis fencing," which leads, surprisingly enough, to ejaculation. They also give each other genital massages.

As this list of activities suggests, having homosexual sex is the biological equivalent of apple pie: Everybody likes it. At last count, over 450 different vertebrate species could be beheaded in Saudi Arabia. You name it, there's a vertebrate out there that does it. Nevertheless, most biologists continue to regard homosexuality as a sexual outlier. According to evolutionary theory, being gay is little more than a maladaptive behavior.

Clicky here for the rest of the article.
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