Thursday, March 17, 2011

Photopost: Signs of Spring in Wallonia, Belgium.


bottled tan

Monday, March 14, 2011

On a serious note: another reason to donate.

It's winter in Japan.  Had you remembered?  I hadn't.

It's almost as though this fact didn't make it through in the reports about the quake here.  While we've all been gawking at the tsunami footage, clips of the nuclear plants and so on, what hit me in the gut much harder than any of these already awing and heartbreaking things was the realization that thousands upon thousands of people are currently homeless, short on survival supplies, and in the cold to top it all off.

Even if you only have a little pocket change kicking around, here are some people who are already on the ground in Japan who could put it to good use, helping in a myriad of ways.

I suggest them because they are an established and well organized group and they are already on-site in Japan helping now.  For this particular disaster, medical assistance is going to be one of the major immediate needs.  With this link you can find a branch in your country, click on it, and donate in your currency.

lollygagging with doodlebugs

In the past 9 days, I worked 8.

And so today, on my first real day off as I try (mostly in vain) to Get Things Done Around the house, I pop onto my blog and see a pile of cursory entries.

I'm pretty tired after my workathon week, and so today's entry will be only marginally less suspect as far as quality is concerned, but I wanted to show you a sign I noticed in the kitchen at work that surprised me...
What the heck is a doodlebug?  Is this a real French word approved by the Académie Française, because it sounds a lot to me like whoever made this sign is just messing with everyone.

Moreover, after squinting long and hard at the pictured 'doodlebug', I believe it to be a rubber-bristled broom.  This conclusion got me thinking... do we have an English word for rubber-bristled brooms or do we stick with a Germanic tendency on this one by mashing three words together to describe one object rather than calling it something, for example, like a doodlebug?  I thought English (and not French,) was the language better known for inventing new words...

(Ok, "doodlebug" is in the English dictionary, but it's already taken for ant-lion larvae as well as for certain sorts of divining rods.)

Perhaps our cleaning procedures in the kitchen now involve divining rods?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

One screwy little boy.

I've never found the Mannekin Pis creepy, but in my mind these guys belong in a b-horror flick.