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Friday, December 19, 2003

Flying scales

We have a new Gymnocalycium saglionis and it is a very beautiful cactus. It was found in the back shelf of a local green house and it is about 8" across. Who knows how long it has been living in the green house, and growing bigger every year. It had a circle of weeds around it, and when I began to remove them I noticed that it also had a few scales. Maybe three or four older ones and lots of little ones that were still able to fly. I've never seen scales when they're in their youthful flying stage. They were like little brown flying saucers, and they hadn't bit into the cactus yet. I could poke then with a pen cap and sometimes they would crawl a little and other times they would fly away. When they flew they were so fast that they seemed to vanish into the air. For me, it was really fascinating to find scales in their flying stage because they were actually sort of cute.

Of course I sprayed the cactus with Ortho Rose insecticide, and I sort of felt like I was rescuing the Gymnocalycium saglionis from a major infestation by buying it when I did. This is probably the largest cactus we've ever had (not counting other succulents) and I keep thinking how it is such a beautiful plant. We hope it has lots of flowers in the spring too.

Posted by Stan on 12/19/03@07:00 PM CST ..::Link::..Whisper or Scream?

Sunday, December 14, 2003

UriNational Threat?

From Time, when the captured Saddam Hussein was offered a drink of water: "If I drink water I will have to go to the bathroom and how can I use the bathroom when my people are in bondage?"

Hmm. Wow. The guy's turned sensitive. He can't even pee without thinking about his poor people. Don't think that bothered him any before...

Wonder if Bush's conscience lets him pee freely too.

Posted by Ann on 12/14/03@01:47 PM CST ..::Link::..A Whisper Inside.

I'm a substitute for another pie

So Google has a new service where you can narrow your searches within your operating system. They have one for Apple Macintosh at MMmmmm...pretty logo made out of the old candy-colored iMacs. Cool, I thought, and entered a word for a primarily Mac-specific related problem I was having.

I sure hope this is still in the Beta phase. I got a lot of results for Apple...Apple pie recipies.

Posted by Ann on 12/14/03@01:34 PM CST ..::Link::..Whisper or Scream?
By Stan @ 07:00 PM CST:12:19:03 ..::Link::..Whisper or Scream?