Bright Lights and City Nights
Random Headcanon: The reason the Wizarding World in Harry Potter uses such arse-backwards technology isn’t cultural elitism. (Well, not entirely.) Rather, it’s because if you enchant anything more complicated than a screwdriver, it tends to become sentient over time. Devices that use electricity are particularly bad for this, and almost always “wake up” eventually. Arthur Weasley’s car going rogue and running off to live in a forest is actually a fairly favourable outcome; the students still tell horror stories about what happened to the guy who smuggled in (and subsequently enchanted) a digital wristwatch.
Jeremy Chong - The Cold City
Found Image Friday : Chill Noise
Inspiration comes from everywhere, everything, everyone and nothing, nowhere and no one at all
Kur was a primeval ocean-Chaos—that Enki conquered.
My kitten is a beautiful creature.
Zen and the art of strolling with your tortoise. If you’re in Tokyo, please keep any eye out for this awesome duo, an African spurred tortoise and his/her human companion. The African spurred tortoise is the third largest species of tortoise in the world. They’re native to the Sahara Desert and the Sahel region of Africa, but this handsome specimen seems perfectly at east on the streets of Tokyo.
The unusual pair have been spotted sauntering through different neighborhoods around the city, most frequently in Tsukishima, which is in an area of Tokyo known as Chūō. It appears that sometimes the tortoise prefers to dress up for these shared constitutionals, in which case the gentleman selects a tote bag that matches his chelonian friend’s attire.“As you’ve probably guessed, the laid-back pair have been getting a lot of attention online. Mixed in with all of the reactions of “LOL!” and “Cute!” is an observation from a fellow African spurred tortoise owner who remarks that the animal must have been kindly and properly cared for over many years to develop the sort of bond where it diligently follows after its master. The two were even spotted in Ginza, which is a decent-length walk even if you don’t have a reputation as one of the slowest members of the animal kingdom.”
African Spurred Tortoises tend to live between 50 to 150 years, though some have been known to live much longer than that. We like to think that this laid-back pair first met when they were both young and have been casually roaming Japan for centuries, taking in the sights, and will continue to do so for centuries more.
My tastes are simple.
(HT Ben Misky)
When you get caught doing something embarrassing..
I've always loved small-town newspapers. Now I have one as a local paper (though more often, I read the online Los Alamos Daily Post. The front page of the Los Alamos Monitor yesterday particularly caught my eye:
I'm not sure how they decide when to include national news along with the local news; often there are no national stories, but yesterday I guess this story was important enough to make the cut. And judging by font sizes, it was considered more important than the high school debate team's bake sale, but of the same importance as the Youth Leadership group's day for kids to meet fire and police reps and do arts and crafts. (Why this is called "Wild Day" is not explained in the article.)
Meanwhile, here are a few images from a hike at Bandelier National Monument: first, a view of the Tyuonyi Pueblo ruins from above (click for a larger version):
Some petroglyphs on the wall of Alamo Canyon.
We initially called them spirals but they're actually all concentric
circles, plus one handprint.
And finally, a cairn guarding the bottom of Lummis Canyon.
All the cairns along this trail were fairly elaborate and artistic,
but this one was definitely the winner.