Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Pond Patrol

Meet Corporal James Harris.

Wow! Who'dda thought there'd be a GI Joe Stop Motion Film Festival out in the world somewhere? It just so happens that I have actually made a stop motion short starring GI Joe, and I just got a message on YouTube from someone who wants to show it in his first annual, GI Joe Stop Motion Film Festival. How amazing is that? So not only did I learn today about this interesting cinamastic event, but I learned a little bit about this guy who's hosting the festival, and what else he does in his obviously plentiful and enviable free time.

Gio Toninelo is the creator of Pond Patrol, a weekly internet series of stories featuring a team of GI Joes characters. The pictures and stories are AMAZING! Check it out. The link above will take you to the prologue of the series, just to start you off.
Have fun!

I'm afraid my movie might be way too amateur for this festival though.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Rose-Scented Shit

It's got to be better than rose-scented shit. Or shit-scented roses.I was so tired today that even during asskickboxing this evening, I just sorta girly punched and pussy kicked my big blue bag. And yawned about 45 times. It was kind of embarrassing. When I got home and started doing some research on something interesting I heard about this morning, I decided that I'd feel more up to a good blog session after a nice hot bath. I sooo enjoy the sensation of procrastination sometimes.
But, right after I got in the tub and long before my little fingers could even begin to think about getting all wrinkly and pruny, someone knocked on the door. (Yes, we're still in the 50's around here and have only one bathroom. I can't imagine why houses were ever built with just one.) Anyway, the monster shitter in the house, who is also my oldest son so I can't make too much fun of him, needs to crap "in like 30 seconds". So, what are my options here? Make him hold it and enjoy my heaven for a little longer, or get out for a few minutes and then jump back in? I quickly got out and thought maybe, just maybe, I'd be able to return to my paradise very shortly.

But no.

No way. After a few minutes I was begging for matches and I don't really even know why. I just knew that somewhere, sometime, someone told me that lighting matches after you excrete (I love that word) takes care of the smell, and I was desparate.
Then I was curious.
Then I was enlightened.
After some internet research where I learned that matches burn up the sulfur in the air, eliminating the source of the stink, I learned about something called Just-a-Drop.

It's a product "not sold in any stores" that will "eliminate 98% of embarrassing bathroom odors... everytime!". All you do is put one drop into the toilet before you shit, and odors are trapped.

I'm not sure if I'm willing to "buy one get one free" for $16.99 plus shipping when I have a bunch of free matches from Vegas lying around the house. But then again, it does come with a convenient carrying case. And this review was pretty good.

Alrighty then. Now I need to go drain the tub full of cold water.

Monday, February 26, 2007


¡amo loteria!

Yesterday I decided it was finally time to check out the little Mexican dollar store in town. My little lambs "umblella" was broken, and I remembered that his Daddy-O had once gotten him a cute one at the Dollar Store and More, so off we went. Somehow I knew before I got to the door that it would smell like laundry soap inside, and I was right. I like that clean scent. I also knew that, being a dollar store, there was going to be a bunch of wierd crap. Of course I was right again.
Amongst the agglomeration of unrecognizable kitchen gadgets, gag "flashlights" that shock the hell out of your hand, and an impressive selection of scented Sweet Love brand douches (in double packs), I found a new, sweet love of my own.
It's a little game called Loteria. I didn't really know what it was when I picked it up, but I was drawn to the cute pictures shown on the box. I figured for $2.99 it would be worth looking at the rest of the "54 playing-cards" inside.
When we got home, I noticed it said "Mexican Bingo" on the side of the box, so I opened it up hoping to read the instructions. There weren't any, but I figured out how to play it anyway. I love the pictures so much that I had to know more about this little game.

It's just like American Bingo, but instead of using little balls with numbers, a deck of illustrated cards are used. And instead of just calling out what's on the card, you're supposed to make up a little rhyme, story, or riddle about it. The players then have to figure out which card was drawn, and mark their boards accordingly. Each card also has a number on it, and the game is so popular is some areas, that people actually use the figures on the cards for numbers. Like, if someone asked me how old I was, I could answer El Nopal, the cactus card.
Loteria originated in Italy, where it was used to make money for the poor. In the 19th century the game had migrated to Mexico, where gambling was illegal. Due to the innocent appearance of the game, bettors could play without being suspect.

I'm totally in love with these game cards. I'm going to collect every set I can find!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Academy Award Winning Answers

95% TinWell, it's the Academy Awards night, and while I totally love watching movies as well as making small dumb ones, I don't really care who wins what tonight. I don't know why, but I've just never been interested. I know what movies I like, and that's all that matters to me.
It would have been fun to go to the big party put on by our local film festival this evening, but I just don't have the dress I imagined making my fabulous grand entrance in. Anyway, since I know basically nothing about these particular awards, I thought tonight would be a good time to learn something.

The first thing I want to know is, who exactly votes?

Voting is done by the 5,830 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Sciences?

Who are these 5,830 peeps?

Well, that's a secret. Members are not publically disclosed, but Sid Ganis is the President, Tom Hanks is the Vice President, and Kathy Bates is the Secretary. I just found out that one of the 42 or so people on the Board of Governors is a local guy I see driving around town all the time.

How can I become member of AMPAS?

I'd have to be invited by a member, and then I think all the other members have to agree. I could also just win an Academy Award which would give me an automatic entry.

Are the voters required to watch the movie they vote on?

No. Can you believe that?

Why is the award statue called an "Oscar"?

First off, it's a statuette you moron. Don't you know anything? And secondly, there is no clear answer. Some say that Bette Davis named it after her first husband Harmon Oscar Nelson, and some say an AMPAS librarian once remarked that the statuette reminded her of her Uncle Oscar.

Is the Oscar statuette really made of solid gold?

Ha ha.


NO. It's 92.5% tin and 7.5% copper, with a gold plating. Gold plate.
And it weighs 8.5 lbs if that was your next question.

How much could Kate Winslet get for the one she's going to win tonight? I haven't seen the movie, but I like her so she should win.

Well, believe it or not, $1.00. That's it. One US Dollar. Winners can only take Oscar home with them if they agree not to sell it to anyone without first offering to sell it back to the Academy for a buck. And you know what that means.

Why is the event always hosted by a comedian or comedienne?

Because A- It would be boring as shit if some regular schmuck had to stand up there droning bullshit for hours and hours.

Because B- Funny people NEVER win. They get asked to work that night so they don't feel left out.

Why are the Awards now held in February?

Because February is "sweeps" month and more than a billion people are tuned in to ABC right now, that's why.

So, that's all I care to know about the Academy Awards.

And to the President of AMPAS, who blessed us with such, um, award winning flicks as Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, for using his "talent" to help decide who wins tonight, I award my Oscar:

I love Lala.

Good night.

Saturday, February 24, 2007


What's going on behind this curtain?

I'm getting ready to head out to a surprise birthday party
for an OLD (she's 40 now) friend, and we've hired a stripper.
Yay. Not yay! Not yahoo! Just yay. Period.

Maybe I'll learn something later tonight.

Update! February 26:
Just thought I'd share what I learned that night. Meet Officer Dick.

Go Officer Dick!

Friday, February 23, 2007

I Hope Google Doesn't Own Comcast

I don't want my CTVI've had my brain on automatic today, and really, it's been quite lovely. I didn't learn anything and you know, it's OK.
Well, I did learn a tiny something.

The Colonel had cable TV installed in our home this morning.

And I was really really really really really really really really really pissed about it. I don't want fucking cable TV! I hate television. We, thankfully, don't even have time to watch a movie these days, let alone mind numbing, retarded ass TV. Plus it makes me ill thinking about giving money to cable companies.

So, we're keeping it for one week and then pulling the plug. Jesus or someone, please help us.

I'd like to thank the wonderful and talented L'Nhoj Yesdnil (?) for this perfect picture here today.

Thursday, February 22, 2007


I, Diva Donna Piranha, claim all rights to this fabulous Andy Warhol tribute art, so don't even think about stealing it. Bitches.

I made this art today, as a 20 year memorial tribute
to the late and still great, Andy Warhol.
For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea.

And another of my favorite Warhol quotes:

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."

He also thought, "
It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger."
Well figgy, now you can. Well, you can't but someone could.
Check this out. LifeGem. Because love lives on... and a diamond last forever.

So what I learned today was that some people have an e-mail addiction, where they can't stop checking any available computer to see what may have arrived in their In-Box, and that if they don't receive an e-mail every few minutes, they'll send one to themselves. I also learned that there is now a 12-step program to help these E-holics.

Now, I don't consider myself an E-holic, but I do leave 1 of my 6 or so e-mail programs running all day, and I check another one just about every hour. I like e-mail. It's handy. I can respond when and if I want to, or just let it sit there for days. I can communicate clearly and specificly with just about anyone I want, and I know I will get a thought out response. Most of the time. Unless the Diva Alert system is malfuntioning. Mr. Howell.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Hedgehog

Bow chicka bow bow, it's Ron Jeremy!I learned a new word today, thanks to Ron Jeremy and one of my favorite peeps, Eric Spitznagel.

"Hirsuteness" means hairy. Shaggy. Covered with long stiff hairs.
I also learned who the hell this Ron Jeremy guy is.

How is it possible that I could be alive and not know who Ron Jeremy is? I guess maybe I wasn't reading the credits all those summer afternoons when my little sister and I would have all the neighborhood kids over for some, "our parents are at work right now" porn festivals. It's possible that back in those early 80's, my moms husband had the best personal porn collection ever, and we had complete and total access to every single one of those Beta tapes. It's more than likely that Mr. Jeremy's 9-plus inches pulsed, throbbed and spewed in front of my young and admiring eyes, but I never wondered who's cock that was.
So last night at Eric's birthday dinner, (where I gifted him of a personally made, dolphins doing 69 necklace) he told how he got a special phone call that morning because of this review in the New York Times. I'm sure he'll be telling the story on his own blog tomorrow so I won't spoil his story here on my little rag, but let's just say that after the stories I heard over our straight Scotch with no rocks last night, I just HAD to know who this Jeremy dude was!
And now I do and I'm eternally grateful because now I have a new hero.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Fat Fat Tuesday

This is NOT me. :(
Out getting beads...

Monday, February 19, 2007

Snips and Snails and Paintball Tales

What are paintballs made from? Ah, teenage boys. What weird creatures they are. Scary thing is, I feel like one myself sometimes. I guess that's to be expected since there are usually at least three of them at my house at any given moment. When I was a little girl, I once made a wish to be surrounded by boys for the rest of my life, but somehow this wasn't exactly what I meant.

I don't know which is worse; getting up at a ricockulously early hour to do the paintball team drop off, or riding home in the afternoon with a car full of sweaty, paint splattered boys. I was on paintball carpool duty yesterday, and since I'd already gotten away with having the Colonel doing the early morning drop off, it was my turn for pick-up. I actually quite enjoyed it.
I like hearing the conversations that 15 and 16 year old boys will have. I like hearing stories from "on the field." I particularly got a kick out of my sons friend who climbed into the front seat of my car and asked completely deadpan, "So Donna, can I buy you a drink?" Shit, I'm still laughing about that.
So anyway, after watching dozens of discarded yet still un-splattered paintballs being eaten by a gathering of crows, there was some argument in my mini-van about what paintballs are made of. I have decided to find the answer myself and end the war, right now.
Here it is.

The outer skin is made from gelatin, and the fill is made from Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and colored crayons. Here's a really interesting video.

Other places you'll find PEG are:
Sex lube, laxatives, skin creams, toothpaste, cough syrup, Visine eye drops, foam rubber, Dr. Pepper and spandex.
PEG has been used to preserve objects which have been salvaged from underwater, as it replaces water in wooden objects to prevent them from shrinking when dried.
It has also been found to speed spinal cord recovery in guinea pigs, and is being tested for use in tattoo's.

All that and a paintball too. Who knew?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Year (and day) of the Pig

I am NOT a pig!I was one whisky shot away from coming home early last night and blogging about disappearing bees, but an impromptu press club meeting around midnight pulled me down for more. My Colonel and I had gone down town to a local bar to hear a few songs of the Whiskey Thieves, with the intention of being home by 11 or so. As we were preparing to squeeze through the crowd and out the door, our good friend David came in, and then Lala with KevyBaby. I ordered what I thought would be my last drink for the night, danced for another hour, and then left at the still decent hour of midnight. A block away from the bar my phone rang, and since I can't say no to my editor (not that I wanted to), our night was instantly extended by two hours and another whisky. No complaints, I just needed to get my blog-lack excuse out there. So now you know. On to today.

Gung Hei Faat Choi!
Today is Chinese New Year which brings in the year of the Pig. For me, the last few years have been the year of the pig, so maybe this year I'll actually stop being so gluttonous. Maybe.
Speaking of pigs....

A pig is only a pig until it's a hog. In the swine world, it goes a little something like this; a young female swine is called a gilt. At 32 weeks old she can become a mommy pig and is then called a sow. Piglet birthing is called "farrowing" by the way. Male pigs still lucky enough to have kept their balls are called boars. An unlucky, castrated boar is called a barrow. Any swine under market weight is referred to as a pig, but once it reaches about 250 pounds, it becomes a hog.
I think.

If you'd like to learn more about your piggy self, try the Draw-a-Pig Personality Test. Here's my pig.

According to this picture, I am a realist. I am direct and I enjoy playing the devil's advocate. I neither fear nor avoid discussions. I am analytical, cautious and distrustful. I am secure, stubborn and stick to my ideals. I'm a good listener and my sex life needs improvement.

What? My sex life needs improvement? How?

Friday, February 16, 2007

Whisky, Whiskey, Whatever

I'll have a Makers with diet Coke please.There's a band in town that calls themselves The Whiskey Thieves, of which friend and fellow columnist JMB has written about numerous times in his Sonoma Valley Music Scene section of our local paper. Thinking he just had a little typo a few weeks ago, I let him know that there was no "e" in whisky. It always drives me crazy to see a word spelled wrong. Well, today Diva Lora (Lala) and I had one of our traditional Diva Picnic in the Plaza lunches, in which our favorite whisky was consumed incognito. When I returned to the office, I had to send an e-mail to Mr. JMB, telling him that I was in no condition to give him feedback on our company website (he is also our new webmaster). A few minutes later I got a return e-mail from him, with a considerate little link to Wikipedia's whisky page, where I learned something about my booze of choice.

The word "whisky" is from the Gaelic word, "uisce" which means "water of life". Indeed.

Traditionally, if whisky is made in Scotland, Canada or Japan, it is spelled without the "e". Whiskey spelled with an "e" refers to that which is made in Ireland. A long time ago, whisky from Dublin was THE shit, so to differentiate it from the rest of the world, they added the cute little "e".
The official ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms)(I love that those 3 things are linked together) spelling in the US is without the "e", but for some reason, most US distilleries use the Irish spelling anyway.
I also learned that "malted barley" refers to barley that has started to germinate but was quickly dried before it could grow more, and that the word "Mod" when used in "Royal National Mod", aka the Whisky Olympics, refers to a festival of Scottish Gaelic song, arts and culture that is held every October in Scotland.

It's been an interesting day today.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

We CAN Feed the World (and reduce waste too)

Here piggy pig pigs!Today I had to do one of my least favorite things to do- spend money on something un-fun. Not being a very domestic kitten, kitchen appliances do not excite me in any way. Well, I probably would have an orgasm if I came home and found my old Kitchen-Aide dishwasher replaced with one like my friend Tim has, but it would just be a mild, single orgasm, and like the excitement of having actual food in my refrigerator, the thrill would be gone within a day or so.
In the fading glow of yesterdays chocolate and little conversation hearts, I bought the least romantic kitchen appliance ever- a garbage disposal. I know I should be grateful that I had the money to buy it, but, ew. I'd rather blow the 90 bucks on drinks and hors d'heurves at my favorite restaurant. Shit, even at my least favorite restaurant.
Watching my handy (and ever-so-appreciated) Colonel installing the damn thing this evening, I kept wondering why on earth we even needed to buy a "powerful food waste disposal."

Food waste.

Those words have been taunting my abdominal roll of fat for the last hour or so. I wondered about the statistics of our food wasting, gluttonous, obese nation and learned this today:

According to a 10 year study by anthropologist Timothy Jones, 40 to 50 percent of US food goes to waste. In California, 16% of disposed material is food waste.

There are numerous contributing factors to these numbers, and there are also several plans in effect to deal with them. Food donations, composting, and smarter buying at the grocery store are the major ones, but here's something I found somewhat clever-
3 college women have started what they call the "IHO" concept. Their idea is to take some of these food wastes and make them into packaging for what they call "street food"- what I'm guessing is what we call "fast food" here in the US.

From dried fish skins to dehydrated orange rinds, these women might be taking things a little too far. But since I admire creativity, especially when used to find solutions to our ever-fucked-up environment, I'd be willing to eat french fries out of a discarded salmon skin. Maybe.
How about I just donate the skins from my next preferred money-sapping endeavor?

While we're on the subject, I HIGHLY recommend one of my favorite movies, The Girl in the Cafe.
Trust me, it's good. It's not one of those sappy romance movies like it sounds. I wouldn't do that to you.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Deathday, Tight Lips

Bloody bricks for saleIf you're looking for sanctuary from pink glitter hearts today, welcome.

Today is Valentine's Day, but the only red hearts here are bleeding ones. Bleeding from bullets. Bleeding from murder. Murder by gansters.
Yep, today is the 78th anniversary of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, when Al Capone's South Side gang went and shot up "Bugs" Moran's North Side gang.
Just to keep my balance on this sugar-coated, red wine and roses day, I did a little reading on this bootlegging business bloodshed. While it is a somewhat interesting story that I've known for years, I think the trivial facts I learned today are more entertaining.

Where once stood the SMC Cartage Company building, where these dirty deeds took place, is now a parking lot for a nursing home.
The former garage was torn down brick by brick in 1967, and rebuilt as a wall in the men's restroom of a bar called the Banjo Palace. Used as a urinal, the wall was painted with targets which drunken patrons would try pissing on. If they were successful, a waterfall would flush away the piss.
When the bar closed, owner George Patey tried to auction the bricks off on a website called, Jet Set on the Net. When that didn't work, he tried selling them himself, brick by brick, but I think he died before he finished.

Feel better now? I sure do.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Goodbye Naive Security

My favorite guest was on the morning radio show this morning. He runs our local internet provider in town, and was giving some updates about ricockulous internet laws and such.

Apparently someone's trying to implement a law that would require internet hosts, like himself, to keep records on all of their customers internet usage, and to disclose them to certain officials if requested. I really hope I misunderstood that, because included on the list of things "certain officials" would have access to is your instant messaging. Not just what dirty little websites you haunt, not just your personal e-mails, sent or received, but instant messaging!

I had NO idea this kind of communication could be stored, let alone read by anyone other than who you chose to have a private, un-trackable, internet conversation with. It makes me sick.

Then he told the story about a teenage couple in Florida who were arrested for having "child porn" on their computers, even though the pictures were of themselves!
"Neither teen showed the photographs to anyone else, --but somehow Florida police learned about the photos."
Somehow. Gee, I wonder.
The main reason they're in court about this is, are you ready, because, "they could have ended up selling them to child pornographers." Yeah. Child porn for sale! We have extremely rare pictures of teenagers having sex, come and get 'em!
Or, "...they could have shown them to their friends." The horror!
Or, "Computers can be hacked," which I guess makes them responsible.

I'm so intrigued by this story about this couple. I guess I'll be grateful that digital cameras and e-mail didn't exist when I was 16, or I might be in jail right now. E-gads, I could be arrested if someone broke into my house and went through the boxes in my attic!
I was totally afraid just now when I typed in "child porn" looking for a shocking picture to put up here today. Somewhere, someone got a blip on their screen. "Oops, someone's looking for child porn. We better investigate."

Today I learned:

Nothing on my computer belongs to me. Nothing on my computer is private.

I'm in a bad mood.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Gift of Nothing

Is nothing really better than something?
I've been sitting here for the last hour wondering what the hell I learned today. I wanted to write about Marc Jacobs and his ricockulous, murderer/dead woman advertising theme, but I actually couldn't find a good image to use as an example except on his irritating, high-maintenance website. If you have the patience, go try to find the ads yourself. Then I saw some photos by Steven Klein for Dolce & Gabbana that made me want to be a fashion photographer, and I wanted to learn more about him. I got over that pretty fast when again, I couldn't find anywhere on the net his image of Stefano Gabbana that I wanted. Kicking back on his own bed wearing nothing but his own brand of underwear and two jewel encrusted crucifixs, he almost looks fuckable in those gold chain, 3 inch spiky heels. If you were a man maybe. I don't know. This picture confuses my sexual reflexes.
I also love his shot of a bald guy lying on coastal, bird-shit covered rocks looking up a woman's skirt as she jabs his chest with a pair of ugly, wicked witch stillettos.
Do you see what looking through a W magazine can do to your mind?
Anyway, enough of that. I finally came to the conclusion that this was a nothing-learned day. But, when I began searching for an image to accentuate my dull day, I learned something. Something stupid, yes, but something is better that nothing right? Maybe.

For about $6.50, you can buy a package of nothing. "For the person who has everything... the gift of nothing is yours to discover..."

The package goes on to read, "Congratulations! You have received the gift of nothing. Absolutely nothing. This is the ultimate in minimalism. Less is more, more or less. Nothing is precious. Nothing is simple. Nothing is sacred. Open the pack and be enthralled when nothing happens. Allow nothing to flow through your mind and calm your soul. Savour the moment. Soon you'll discover that nothing really is so much better than something."

So, I don't know. Did I learn something or nothing today?

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Winged Ant Sex Festival

Today was so beautiful outside that we opened up all the windows and doors and let some fresh air inside. It was a tiny bit cold, but it was totally nice anyway.
After dinner however, we started noticing a bunch of bugs in the house. They were ugly little things with wings, and I freaked out thinking they were termites. Then we found some ants by the front door having a party with these winged creatures, so I was pretty sure they were just winged ants. I decided to look up termites on the internet just to be sure, and I was right. They weren't termites.

Every so often after a few days of rain, ant colonies will send out swarms of winged ants. The winged ones are the reproductive ones of the family and, if they're lucky, other nearby colonies will have sent out their horny, winged members at the same time. For one single day, a winged-ant fuck frenzy occurs, after which the mated females go off and start new colonies while the exhausted males drop dead. Literally. The female eventually loses her wings, and the no longer used wing muscles provide nutrients for her during the early stages of colony development. Luckily for us, very few of these new queens are able to successfully survive this phase and never actually establish a new colony.

Creepy but cool. I totally feel like ants are crawling all over me right now. Yuck.

Oh, and by the way, this is my 200th post!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Get Your GV TV Here!

Good Vibrations television. Now go get some!
It's early yet and I've still to learn today, but I'm heading out the door and I'm sure to be out past midnight. It's almost guarranteed that I'll learn something tonight, most likely something unwholesome, but right now this is it.

Good Vibrations, the "best sexuality product retailer", (aka sex toys), now has it's own on-line television "channel." Filled with advice, information and humor, you can watch a puppet explain fetishes, get some oral sex tips, and everything in between.

GVTV <---- click there

If you're looking for smut, this isn't your place. Good Vibrations is:
"... a diverse, woman-focused retailer providing access to sex-positive products and accurate sex information through our clean and comfortable stores, catalog, and web site in order to enhance our customers' sex lives and to promote healthy attitudes about sex."

I love them. Have fun, and be sure to let me know what you learn today.
And mom, when you place your order, make sure you tell them how you found them. :)

Friday, February 09, 2007

An Inch is An Inch

A cute little rain gaugeIt's been raining the last few days, and while normally I go crazy when my beloved sunshine leaves for a few days, it's been kinda nice. I even learned something from it today.
Watching the rain fall in the back yard earlier, I noticed that the little water bowl we'd used to clean our brushes when painting the other day was full again. Just before the rain started, my four year old complained to me that our cat had drank all of his blue water, and the bowl was empty. So seeing the 2-3 inch bowl full again, I wondered if that meant we'd gotten 2-3 inches of rain in two days. It doesn't seem like it rained that much, so I decided to see how a rain gauge works and check my query.

An inch of water means an inch of rain.

So, yes, it appears we've gotten at least 2 inches of rain. But wait. What if that bowl had been wider? Would it have been as full? So again, I went looking for an answer.

If the bowl were wider, it would collect more water and the level would be the same.

Then I remembered seeing a rain gauge at a neighbors house once, and it looked like the picture I have above. Wider at the top and tapering down. So what's the deal with that?

Measuring smaller amounts of rain would be difficult if you used the Donna method, shown below, The Donna method for measuring rainfalland since most of the time it rains less than an inch, the tapered gauge was created. By having a wider opening at the top, more rain can be collected, and since the bottom is smaller, you can measure smaller quantities using some mathematical ratio calculations that I am not going to get into right now.

Make your own rain gauge with these dandy instructions. You don't really need a dumb little website to show you how, but I thought the "To Print This Page" instructions were pretty funny, so check it out.

Amazing. No. Boring. But this is what I learned today.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

I Milked Your Dog For You

Got dog milk?Beware of the dog-sitter.

It's possible that you too, could come home from an extended weekend and hear your professional dog-sitter (what?! a professional dog-sitter?) say, "I milked your dog for you." This actually happened to the couple that my Colonel is doing work for. Apparently this crazy dog-sitter thought their dog was having a false pregnancy and somehow needed its tits squeezed. How she came to this conclusion I'll never know, but I have images in my head of a Nazi Mary Poppins picking up the animal and saying, "Sheishter. Must milk this weibchen."

I was searching the internet a little bit today, looking for some kind of validation for this random dog milking, but I found none. I did have some juvenile laughs when "Pregnant bitches" kept coming up. And this was pretty funny, Can I give my baby dog milk?
Make sure you read the answers.
There were also a few blurbs about how dog milk is used in homeopathic medicine, but for what I couldn't really find.
So, in some sick and twisted way, I learned something today from an anonymous, flippo dog-sitter, but it's not what you might think.

Some time, I think in 2004 over in Belgium, skeptics of homeopathic medicine staged a mass "suicide" in front of major TV and news reporters. To prove that none of these so-called homeopathic remedies actually work, they decided to intentionally try to OD on large quantities of over-the-counter homeopathic solutions, supposedly derived from deadly poisons. Drinking large quantites of diluted snake venom, arsenic, and deadly nightshade (and dog milk just for fun), the worst thing that happened to these skeptics was a few were feeling a little too dizzy to drive from all the alcohol in the solutions.

No bullshit, this is totally true.

And speaking of dogs, I also learned that there is such a thing as The Puppy Bowl.
I challenge everyone to try reading ALL of this posting over at Vonneguts Asshole. I dare you.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Nancy Pelosi- My Newest Fave

It's about time for Nancy Pelosi

Admittedly, I am not political and I don't pay much attention to politics. I never watch the news and I don't care, let alone know, who or what the Speaker of the House is. Make that didn't know.

Last night, around midnight so it could technically be today, I read a teeny blurb in my
Bust mag that a woman is third in line for the presidency. Not only is that fantastic, she seems to be fucking cool. Nancy Pelosi, once the House Minority Whip, is now the first Speaker of the House. She is a Democratic "liberal", and a supporter of abortion rights, gay marriage and development of technologies that would make the US less dependent on oil.
Now that's my kind of bitch. It's high time we get a woman up there who can do things right. And yes, she is a politician and politcians suck ass, and she has 5 kids which makes her a gross over-populater, but still, she's way better than anyone else I've seen.

Sure. I know. This is month's old, but I'm not reporting the news, I'm blogging what I learned today, and bitches, this is it!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

First Edition Identification. Maybe.

This last weekend I picked up an old book at an estate sale for 50 cents. (fiddy cent. go on, say it out loud) I think it's a first edition of Knock on Any Door by Willard Motley, which is selling on e-bay right now for $375.00. I've been hunting around the marvelous internet trying to find out if I too, can sell mine for some outrageous price, and here's what I learned today.

There's no clear, easy way to identify a first edition book without a specific, How to Identify a First Edition guidebook. I did learn the code for identifying what printing a book is, when it's marked. It goes a little something like this; the lowest number on the little row of numbers going across the copyright page tells you what printing it is.

"10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2" - This is a second printing.
"3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10" - This would be a third printing.
"4 5 6 7 8 9 10 90 89 88 87 86" - This indicates a fourth printing in 1986.

Get it? Ok, so you already knew that. But I didn't.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Smart Wood

So, who's reading my alt text? I love wood.

Have you ever wondered what happens to the trees in forests that have been flooded by the construction of hydroelectric dams?
Me neither. But now I do know what happens to some of them.

They are harvested underwater by a robot.

Controlled remotely from the surface, the Sawfish not only cuts down submerged firs and pines, but also attaches inflatable airbags to the trees so they will float up to the surface.
Water pollution you say? Well, they say these machines use biodegradable and vegetable oil-based hydraulic fluids and are powered electrically.
Ricockulous and expensive you say? For 50 billion dollars worth of lumber that would be wasted anyway, I'm sure it's somehow cost effective.
Shitty lumber you say? Supposedly the quality of the wood is extremely good as it hasn't been exposed to oxygen (so they don't rot) and other wood-decaying fungi.

I wonder why they wouldn't just harvest the trees before flooding?
I wonder why we just don't use more free solar power?
I wonder why I wonder anything?

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Red Wine Benefits

testing out the alt tag things, thanks to Daedalush OwlToday I learn from the daily news, Data and Errata website section of the best newspaper in my hometown, The Sonoma Valley Sun. Written by my very own editor, I bring you the following lesson de jour.

Since I couldn't do it better myself, I quote:

Researchers in the Sonoma Valley discovered that red wine is not only good for one’s heart, but when consumed in large quantities, it also causes mild to heavy intoxication. Described as a euphoric but sometimes disorienting sensation, experts believe intoxication or “drunkenness” occurs when a naturally occurring compound known as alcohol is ingested in excess. Though the active ingredient can be attained from a variety of sources, red wine appealed to volunteers in a recent clinical study because it produced feelings of “sophistication,” “general wittiness” and an “increased fondness of cheese.”

Thank god or whatever that someone in Sonoma is doing extensive research on this. Thanks Daedalush. I'll have the results of my whisky research in next week.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Body Painting and Flight Training

I'm running out for a blind date with a girl, yep, a girl, which I'm pretty sure is going to get crazy since not only are Mel and I on the wild side, but Lala will be joining us. 'Nuff said. It's a good thing I've already learned TWO things today.

Sitting out on the sunny backyard deck this morning, painting with my four year old, I discovered that painting your lover's body with watercolors is highly erotic. For both of you. Some nice long strokes, mixed with a few short quick ones, well, yeah. Plus the texture of the paint, and the cool of the water. You also get a whole new perspective on the skin you see every day. You notice details you're usually too busy to pay attention to. Take a look at my Colonel's blue thumb there. Two coats baby. Two.

After the clean up job, we grabbed some sandwiches and went to one of my favorite spots for a picnic lunch- the little private airpark where you can hang out with private pilots and watch the cute little planes take-off and land. I love airplanes and flying. Ah, the smell of AVGAS in the morning.
Every Saturday they have a BBQ out there, and today I met the guy who manages the pilot owned airport. I told him about how I aced ground school and the two actual flying-in-a-plane lessons I mastered several years ago. When I told him the sole reason I didn't continue was the ricockulous expense of getting a private pilots license, he told me about a brand new kind of flying license you can get.

It's called a Sport Pilot License. It's a little more restricted than the little ole private pilot, but it suits me just fine. You can't fly at night, it's solely VFR (visual flight rules), and you can't land at major airports. So what? It would be enough for me to just take a few joy rides now and then. Oh, and you can only fly with one passenger, so my dream of a 4 seater would have to be nixed. But, you could always go up from there and get your PP later right?

So guess what I'm going to start doing this Spring? Come fly with me. The friendly skies of Donna Piranha. Watch out.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Gobbler's Knob

Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow today!

Hooray! That supposedly means we'll have an early Spring. The way I understand it is, if the little guy starts to come up out of his hole but sees his shadow, he gets scared and goes back down to hibernate for 6 more weeks. But, if there's no shadow to freak him out, Spring is on the way. Unfortunatley his accuracy rate is only 39%.

Jimmy the Groundhog, Holtsville Hal, Dunkirk Dave did see shadows today. I don't think I like Jimmy the Groundhog, Holtsville Hal, or Dunkirk Dave.

I'm going to make my own Groundhog Pop-Up and just look for a shadow myself.

Today is also Purification of the Virgin day, as well as the Presentation, which is supposed to be the day baby Jesus was presented to the temple and his ma got purified. What does that mean really? I don't know. I think it means she attended some kind of purification ritual where she was forgiven for actually having pre-marital sex and lying about it. Truth or blasphemy?

Today is also known as Candlemas Day, the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. Halfway there baby. Halfway there.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Reserved for Later

Doing some film fest volunteering in the city tonight,
so I'm reserving this space for later.
Yes, I'm cheating.