Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sights of the Season

Little Guests in the Moon Palace, via Dangerous Minds    





 

 This Chinese poster isn't actually in celebration of Easter or Spring, but rather to promote that country's space program. 

How come NASA doesn't have any cutsey posters urging today's kids to put down their iPhones and their Redbulls and take an interest in space? When was the last time you heard a little boy or girl say they wanted to be an astronaut when they grow up? Does the US even have a space program anymore? 

At any rate . . . this art made me think of the coming Bunny-themed holiday, which I personally prefer to celebrate in a very non-traditional way. Except for the mass consumption of chocolate part. 

Enjoy your whatever-you-celebrate however you want to. Hopefully with (paid) time off!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means . . .

...Wienerdog Wednesday!!!

Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum


































 From the Wienerdogs in History Category:  "John F. Kennedy with "Dunker" during tour of Europe in the summer of 1937, The Hague, August 1937."

Remember the days when those who grew up in privilege also felt an obligation to serve those without? I'm not raising the Kennedys up to sainthood, but there was -- and continues to be -- something about them and their call to public service that seems far too rare in the majority of 1%-ers making headlines today. 

(And the Bush dynasty doesn't count!)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wienerdog Wednesday

(Source: Eleanor)

                                          
There has been plenty of opportunity this winter to stay inside and scan the interwebs for graphical depictions of sausage dogs. Resident dachshund Scooter Pie is more than ready for Spring to arrive - and so are the rest of us!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mondays are still meh...

"Crows in Moonlight" by Ohara Koson (1927)

This month's full moon, the Crow Moon, supposedly signals the end of winter. I think some of the local crows will be unhappy with this morning's freezing rain, though.

I'm ready for winter to  be done, myself. This year the persons who decide to do such things decided to name all winter storms the way they name hurricanes, and since this week we are being ravaged by Wiley - or Waldo, depending on your weather source, the end of the alphabet must surely mean the end of winter.

It remains to be seen whether or not my muse comes out of hibernation any time soon, however. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday meh, with bonus wienerdog!


Artist unknown.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Meh, News You Can Use edition


(A reminder that there are worse jobs than mine out there.)

 By David Glenn
When Carolyn Edelstein’s friends and family gathered for Thanksgiving in 2012, the conversation kept turning to feces.

Ms. Edelstein, a graduate student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, had recently seen a close friend suffer through an infection with Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that can cause severe and sometimes fatal diarrhea. After several rounds of antibiotics failed, her friend finally turned to an experimental treatment: a stool transplant.

The procedure is just what it sounds like. Fecal material from a healthy donor is placed into the patient’s intestines via colonoscope, enema, or a tube routed through the patient’s nose. . . . .

 "If you’d told me a year earlier that I’d be leaving school to run a nonprofit stool bank, I wouldn’t have believed you," Mr. Burgess says. "But I think this is an opportunity to make a real dent in the C. diff. epidemic, and also to move forward with the science of the human microbiome."

The full text article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed requires a login, but I believe I've captured the essence of the report here.

I guess one good thing about working at a stool bank is that your boss couldn't realistically ask you to have lunch at your desk....



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wienerdog Wednesday, Windchill Edition

A dog and blanket --
Remedy for winter days.
Keep your wiener warm!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Meh, Stay in Behd edition


...and that's just what I chose to do this holideh morning. But now I'm up and need to pretehnd to be productive. 

Evehntually.
(Some painting by Mehtisse)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wienerdog Wednesday, DIY edition






















How to Draw a Dachshund, via ma petite citrouille

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wienerdog Wednesday,, Warmup Edition



Today's wienerdog gives us a welcome break from the unseasonably cold weather many of us here in the U.S. have been experiencing. 

Ahem. Eyes on the dachshund, boys.