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Botanical Parlance

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Thanks Wikipedia, this clears everything up:

A banana is not a berry and also a false berry.

Someone needs a lesson in chartsmanship.

Further reading. I could explain why I ended up on this page but it’s a better story not to.


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October 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm

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Usinger’s Famous Sausage

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When I was a kid, every year our Milwaukee cousins would send us a Christmas basket of Usinger’s Famous Sausage. It was amazing. It always came with a little sausage knife:


When my mom converted, we stopped getting the delicious sausage basket and started getting these odd Hanukkah baskets which consisted of an odd assortment of what a midwesterner thinks Jews would like in a gift basket. Once it came with an electric menorah. We never got summer sausage again. I think I was more pissed about that than the whole “no more Christmas” thing.

I bought my parents a Usinger’s basket (pictured above) for their anniversary last year. I think it’s pretty much the best anniversary gift I’ve ever given. Now I get the catalog too which arrived in the mail this weekend.


To learn more about Usinger’s and Fritzie the Elf (pictured above), check out: http://www.usinger.com/index.php

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October 7, 2008 at 10:07 am

A little perspective…

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From Wikipedia:

The Dymaxion map of the Earth is a projection of a global map onto the surface of a polyhedron, which can then be unfolded to a net in many different ways and flattened to form a two-dimensional map which retains most of the relative proportional integrity of the globe map. It was created by Buckminster Fuller, and patented by him in 1946, the patent application showing a projection onto a cuboctahedron.

I’d never heard of a Dymaxion map until last week but they are pretty neat. Buckminster Fuller is pretty awesome. It’s just a reminder of how subjective the maps we grew up with can be. Does this look weird to you?


This is probably a good time to plug one of my favorite blogs, strange maps, who surprisingly haven’t done a post on the Dymaxion Map yet.

You can order a Dymaxion Map poster here

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September 23, 2008 at 10:14 am

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Radiohead / Remix / Reckoner

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Radiohead is doing another remix contest at http://www.radioheadremix.com – this time for Reckoner which is one of my favorite songs on the album. Check out the entries, vote for your favorites… I like the Iskra String Quartet version

Here’s the original:

I’m aware very few people read this blog and the ones I know who do don’t care about Radiohead but whatever –  deal with it. The next post will probably be about Battestar Galactica or knitting.

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September 23, 2008 at 7:34 am

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Postcards from My Momma

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My sister posted this to “Postcards from Yo Momma

ayuda, por favor

Can you tell me how to say “wobbly bookcase” and “dust” (v.) in Spanish?




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September 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm

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“I’m talking about drawing a line in the sand, Dude”

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Lebowski Fest will be in San Francisco on Sept 5 & 6. I miss it every year! I’ll have to content myself with endlessly quoting lines and watching the Wii version of one of the best dialog scenes in the movie.

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August 30, 2008 at 11:47 am

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I’m Fracking Magical

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If you are one of the 4 people who reads this blog, you know I love Battlestar Galactica. While I could go on a rant, similar to my Bowie post, on all the reasons you should watch it, instead I present you with an amazing flickr site of ceramic animals done like cylons. My favorite, for obvious reasons, is the unicorn:

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N.B.: These are the “classic” style cylon centurions – newer models are hotter and get naked a lot. Oh and there’s a t-shirt:


For the uninformed, “frack” is how BSG gets away with the cast swearing like sailors.

Link (via AV Club )

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August 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm