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absolully

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on March 2, 2010

how true savage chickens, how true.

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crackdown on pajama-wearing while shopping

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on March 1, 2010

The British supermarket Tesco has made the controversial move of enforcing a no-nightwear policy for shoppers at a Welsh branch. In a Daily Mail article 24-year-old, mother of two and frequent Tesco customer, Elaine Carmody, is quoted as saying, “I’ve got lovely pairs of pyjamas, with bears and penguins on them. I’ve worn my best ones today, just so I look tidy.” Unfortunately, Tesco’s security guards weren’t feeling the tidy pajama argument and Elaine was still asked to leave.

Elaine, I think it’s time for you to invest in some pajama jeans!!

Related: You might recall hearing about China’s anti-pajama-wearing-in-public law

update: world’s tallest dog

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 25, 2010

The world’s tallest dog is no longer the white Great Dane, Titan or the harlequin Great Dane, Gibson. The new holder of the Guinness World Record for tallest dog living is Giant George who stands 3 feet, 7 inches tall from paw to shoulder. Giant George lives in Tucson, AZ with his caregiver, David Nasser. Click here for a little BBC video story about Giant George taking the title.

cassava + latex allergy = recipe for disaster

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 24, 2010

there’s a correlation between suffers of latex allergies and people who are (potentially fatally) allergic to cassava. weird. here’s a clinical case study about cassava’s cross-reactivity with latex allergies.

o. also, if prepared incorrectly, cassava (the main ingredient in tapioca) can produce cyanide. huh, interesting.

sleepin’ bags

Posted in the beautiful, the funny, Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 20, 2010

i REALLY WANT THIS sleeping bag by Eiko Ishizawa.

i also want the Selk bag pretty hard since it’s multifunctional as pjs, a snow suit, a space walker costume, romantic evening-wear and the ultimate snuggie destroyer.

smart scarf

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 20, 2010

i wish this scarf with built in pockets came in non-hipster plaid, but this is still a super great idea scarf. blue tartan or brown plaid = my faves

wintercheck-scarf

beers for me!

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 17, 2010

I recently went to Woodwork, a lovely new bar on Vanderbilt that plays loads of soccer games and has an extensive beer menu which includes Green’s gluten-free beer, Endeavor. Mr. awesomepants ordered it and we were both incredibly surprised and pleased! Dis beer is deeeelicious!

Woodwork is a lovely little spot and I look forward to watching some more games before the world cup later this month and getting my beer on. Who knew?

starving away cancer

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 12, 2010

Wednesday, February 10th was the first day of TED 2010 and featured a wonderful talk by Dr. William Li about the use of antiangiogenic substances in foods to “starve out cancer”.

Angiogenesis is the growth of blood vessels. Restricting or blocking too much growth can stave off cancerous disease. What I found most fascinating is the following statistic: in autopsies of auto accident victims, 40% carried microscopic harmless cancers (breast and prostate for women and men respectively). By inhibiting blood vessel growth these cancers remain harmless.

temherte slaq

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 11, 2010

In some ethiopic languages there is a punctuation mark called the temherte slaq that serves to denote sarcasm at the end of a sentence. now i don’t know anything about the structure in ethiopic languages, but the idea of a sarcasm mark is  … huh, interesting.

According to the document, Roadmap to Extension of the Ethiopic Writing System Standard Under Writing Code ISO-10646:

“Graphically indistinguishable from U+00A1 (R) Temherte Slaq differs in semantic use in Ethiopia. Temherte Slaq will come at the end of a sentence (vs at the beginning in Spanish use) and is used to indicate an unrealphrase, often sarcastical in editorial cartoons. Temherte Slaq is also important in children‘s literature and inpoetic use. Debate is needed among Ethiopian scholars to determine if inverted exclamation mark is acceptable.”

John Greenman jokingly talked about introducing a sarcasm symbol in a 2004 Slate article, A Giant Step Forward to Punctuation, which uses symbol very effectively to highlight how destructive (and annoying) the pervasive injection of sarcasm is in communication. It’s a good read.

There was a proposed punctuation mark called the irony mark in France, but it was (shockingly *insert sarcasm mark here*) not accepted into proper usage, nor did it take off unofficially.

Just some things to pontificate over …

sim: earth with rings like saturn

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 11, 2010

sad.

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 11, 2010

RIP Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen found dead in his London apartment this morning. Source.

Waste of VD

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 11, 2010

Not to rain on the red and pink parade but, here’s a gentle reminder truncated from GreenMuze’s 2009 article, Eco-Valentine’s Day

The celebration of Valentine’s Day produces an inordinate volume of post-consumer waste  (2nd only to Christmas). The majority of the long-stemmed red roses are South American imports with a large carbon transport footprint, a great deal of the Chocolate is farmed unsustainably and socially irresponsibly, the papers for wrappings and cards are generally from non-sustainable forestry and production processes, and finally … dirty gold produces nearly 20 tonnes of waste per ounce of gold (more info @ oxfam).

Catching Up with Lexie

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on February 11, 2010

whoopsy … who let her blog lapse?

meeeeeeeee. booooooooooooooooo. fixing it now with this story:

The Mugging of Lexie, an Elderly Westie in Brooklyn per NYPost

tagline: “paws in the air, this is a stick up”

Aw, some jerk stole Lexie’s jacket while her owner popped into a Park Slope market. This = sad. You know what else is sad? Leaving Lexie outside in the freezing cold by her lonesome.

Growing up in Chelsea I encountered 3 issues with leaving my Irish Setter outside while I ran into a shop real quick.

  • Pet Thief: If you have a young dog, a cute dog or a dog that looks v v ‘spensive, leaving it outside is like flashing a computer on the subway in 1982. If you believe that dogs are still (or ever were) sold in the city for parts, like to labs for animal testing, then even a rescued mongrel-pooch is at risk. For the record, the the “dogs are sold to labs” story I heard when I was 10 rilly scared the piss out of me and urban myth or not … I’ve never let the horror of it go.
  • Pet Police: I’ve witnessed extreme pet crusaders (and I’ve related to them as well) berate people who’ve left their pets outside and threaten that if they ever see poochie outside sans owner again, they will take poochie and call animal services on the owner’s ass. We’re wandering into some slippery ethical territory here, but the point is that crazy concerned people can represent just as much of a threat as pet thieves.
  • The guilt: See Trixie’s face? Trixie’s expression is the product of thousands upon thousands of years of evolution and artificial selection to elicit a sympathetic human response. I’m falling for it and it’s likely you are too … Trixie’ll make you feel terrible for abandoning her even for a minute or two. The fact that someone molested her and stole her coat, leaving her shivering in the snow while you were inside all toasty warm getting bon bons … well, you’ll just have bear the burden of that on your consciousness forever.

I’m searching for the article I recently read on evolution and dogs. Will post as soon as I locate it.

new investment opportunity

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on December 2, 2009

somali pirate stock market

from Reuters:

“Four months ago, during the monsoon rains, we decided to set up this stock exchange. We started with 15 ‘maritime companies’ and now we are hosting 72. Ten of them have so far been successful at hijacking,” Mohammed (a wealthy former pirate) said.

“The shares are open to all and everybody can take part, whether personally at sea or on land by providing cash, weapons or useful materials … we’ve made piracy a community activity.”

links i should not send to mr. awesomepants

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on December 1, 2009

new post series theme! these are links that would destroy my boy-friendly-not-too-girly trajectory of emails i send to mr. awesomepants. while i don’t consider myself a major league grrl, my girly bits can lead me into the dangerous love territory of cutesy shite from time to time. so, this post series is dedicated to all the things that would warrant an “unsubscribe” notice from the gentleman.

let’s start with an america’s funniest home videos video! o snap, i found a MIX. (i actually loathe america’s home videos and didn’t even watch this video, but ahv was an obligatory lead in for the series.)

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how about the surprised kitty video everyone is pooping their pants over:

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or BABIES! a new documentary about year 1 of 4 babies living in 4 different parts of the world:

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and i guess i’ll never get to send him any of the shmaltzy super cool Maru stuff either:
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impressive

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on November 19, 2009

i am all accolades and applause for givewill.net

on the givewell website, there’s a page called “shortcomings” offering full-disclosure on minor missteps and errors in judgements. this is a very wonderful thing.

strong work!

 

 

o sick

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on November 10, 2009

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i love coffee

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on November 10, 2009

totes inappropes

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on November 10, 2009

nothing says thanksgiving like a pair of burning indians.

indian_candlesvia Wisteria

funger tutting

Posted in Uncategorized by huhinteresting on November 9, 2009

dancing with yer hands. i nub it!