Ladybug News

They were certainly hither-ing and thither-ing at my house last weekend. Every corner of my living room ceiling is now filled with a score or more of ladybugs, as tightly crammed as the mosh pit at a Green Day show. Dave Brooks

This article appears to be somewhat serious. They’re here. They’re there. They’re everywhere. And they’re smelly. Please tell me (in a response/comment) if you see any huge swarms of them – I haven’t seen any since Friday. And now, if you’re feeling somewhat afriad, here’s another, more humerous article on the ladybugs –

No one can recall when the killer ladybug assault began.

Invasion of the killer ladybugs :: Phil Kadner :: Daily Southtown


Plague of the Ladybugs

To all of you who live in my city, I’d like to let you know that the ladybugs are back. Or rather, they’re coming back. And they’re coming back in huge numbers. An entire wall of my school was covered in the red-and-black insects, and many had found their way inside by the end of the day. Will they stay? Will they leave? I don’t know. Insectophobes, beware! Insectophiles, rejoice!

I’ll keep you posted.

The Arboretum

I went to the Arboretum yesterday and took around two hundred and fifty pictures. Here are the best eighteen. One of my favorites is below –

I’m sorry for the low resolution – I can’t upload tons of photos at high resolution under the free account restrictions. Enjoy! Please comment, here or on my Flickr account!


Harry Potter News – Finally!

After a long break in Harry Potter related splendiferousness after the release of the 7th book and 5th movie, Rowling has finally provided us with new news relating to the series. HOWEVER, the following text DOES CONTAIN A SPOILER! PLEASE DO NOT READ IT UNLESS YOU HAVE FINISHED THE SERIES!

Here’s an excerpt from an article from the Guardian Unlimited (of course it’s in white – highlight it to see, but SPOILER ALERT!) –

The author replied: ‘My truthful answer to you…I always thought of Dumbledore as gay.’ The audience reportedly fell silent – then erupted into prolonged applause.

So there you have it. I wonder what the Potter-haters-turned-lovers will think now…

People Are Actually…Serious?

Yes. Finally, a candidate I would vote for. Sad to say, Colbert’s may only be a mock candidacy. Although, to be honest, he’s probably the most likeable candidate out there. His ratings are respectable (unlike the current president’s, who, we are constantly reminded, has a lower approval rating than herpes), and yet, he speaks to Bush’s fans in the language of truthiness, one they can understand. So if Colbert were to run, he’d actually have a pretty good chance of winning.

Sit up and pay attention to Colbert campaign

I’m beginning to consider whether or not there’s a chance that I might decide to think about even imagining if Colbert did remotely well in the primaries. He’s not a politician, he has no political experience, and no real-time qualificiation to become our president. Why would anybody vote for him? Would you? Why not?


It’s a big day for me in the blogosphere! First of all, The Discombobulator now has over 500 hits! Second of all, the esteemed blog RealClimate has accepted my comment on their recent post. Their post pertains to the British judge’s ruling about the showing of An Inconvenient Truth in public schools, and my comment relates very much to one of my previous posts.

What else makes this a big day? Today is the second day of Stephen Colbert’s official candidacy! Truthiness and justice for all…

…really, what is Colbert thinking? If he’s just doing this for kicks, well, is our political system really a playground? Is he actually going to take this seriously? Which candidate is he really trying to draw votes away from? What do you think?

I’ll post more on this as it develops.

Words for Rice

My friend stumbled across this great site a few days ago, and I thought I’d show it to you. It’s called FreeRice. You answer vocabulary questions, and for each question you answer correctly, a company pays  for 10 grains of rice to be donated to someone…probably someone in a third world country. So far, I’ve donated 2050 grains of rice! I’ll keep my running total on the “About” page. Remember, a small amount of effort can make a huge difference! I got 1500 grains in about 10 minutes! Enjoy!