Friday, November 28, 2008


Pistachio in Chinese, literally: open hearted nut.
When the lights turn blue I know what to do
I'll drown my tomorrows in an ocean or two
And the pretty little things with their magnets and rings
Blooming like a flower through a series of springs
Thank you Fate and the freight that she brings
Thank you Fortuna and the song that she sings
Thank you to my manager for letting me live
Thank you to my friends and the friends that you're with..
Current music: Church - Block

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Astronomers imaged Tr16-244, along with neighbor star WR 25, as part of a series of studies on star-forming nebulae. They are rare and powerful stars that live relatively short lives, burning through their hydrogen fuel faster than most stars. They radiate brilliantly in ultraviolet wavelengths and appear blue in color. Newly released images from Hubble show Tr16-244 is made up of three stars, with two stars orbiting so closely around each other that they appeared as a single point of light in previous images.
Current music: Etro Anime - Diablo

Monday, November 24, 2008

not a religion, just a technique

laugh awhile, I can make your heart feel

Current music: PJ Harvey - The Dancer

Friday, November 21, 2008

stand back, try science

Neuroscience Podcast, ad from DC metro station

Next episode is SfN highlights. Awesomeness.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Now Accepting Applications

Artist seeks muse(s) to increase and improve creative productivity in multiple domains. Please specify which muse positions you believe you are qualified for, and demonstrate some familiarity with the artist's work. Responsibilities include inspiration, insightful commentary, constructive feedback, emotional support, companionship at cultural events, pep talks, sitting-and-looking-pretty, and dog walking. Also required: basic proficiency in each muse domain as well as math & science, and extraordinary talent/merit in at least one sub-area. General aesthetics, gracefulness, and appreciation for high tragedy a plus. Must be willing to endure suffering and the artist's mood swings, unpredictable outbursts, and other erratic behavior. This is a full time, tenure-track position.

There are no restrictions on gender, height, or previous occupation; the artist is an equal opportunity employer. To apply, send your CV (or 'resume' out there in the real world) to jadism [dot] muse [at] gmail [dot] com, and post a witty reply to this entry.

No Exit sign from baggage claim at O'Hare airport.

Current music: Tom Lehrer - The Masochism Tango (Orchestrated Edition)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

this one's for you.

And this one's for your mix. I have not forgotten.

Current music: Magnetic Fields - How F***ing Romantic

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes. We. Did.

From obamapalooza

Current music: Rodrigo y Gabriela - Satori

Monday, November 3, 2008

as per J's request

that lovely creamy-coconut-citrus concoction from last night... suggestions for a name?


1 baijiu-shot-glass cointreau
1 baijiu-shot-glass coconut milk (optional)
1 glass organic non-homogenized milk (type of milk affects the taste)


Pour into a tall glass in the order listed above.

Note: baijiu shot glasses are much smaller than regular shot glasses.

Current music: Hooverphonic - 2 Wicky

trajectory. how often does 11.04.08 come about?

T - 30 hours 40 min. until the Grant Park rally.

History hangs in superposition. No wait, Psi does not depend on t!

Current music: The Appleseed Cast - Storms

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ginkgo Harvest

Stage 1: Wait for ginkgo fruit to ripen and fall to the ground from a storm or gust of wind. It is their natural inclination to be just slightly larger than chemically-fattened cherries.

Stage 2: Allow small furry creatures to eat the fruit and leave the seeds behind. Depending on their oral dexterity (and something of natural gracefulness in their eating habits), some seeds will be left with teethmarks. Judging from the size of the teethmarks (see below), I'd hypothesize a chipmunk-sized creature.

Stage 3: Wash and dry ginkgo nuts overnight on a paper towel. Crack open ginkgo nuts with a nutcracker. Cover and microwave until you hear a few explosions being tamed by the cover you, ahem, didn't neglect to place on top of the nuts (approx. 1 min. for 25 nuts, microwave-dependent). Consume delicious translucent green gems.


Current music: Nickelback - Someday