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West 116th Street July 31, 2009

If only all thesis projects could be this fun. Here is a blog by a woman who works at Columbia and is also getting her doctorate there. Very funny for academia.

Read the W. 116th Street blog.

Very funny post on cable TV. I’ve been there. They just won’t let go.

Irina’s new blog.

 

Just where did they come from? July 30, 2009

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180px-Kangaroo_and_joey03For those of us who have wondered where kangaroos came from, here is the answer:

A writer asks: “The question is not how the escaped from Australia etc, but how they got back there. But the evolutionist faces this problem as well. Would one of you care to volunteer your answer?”

The marsupials and placentals diverged from a pantotheran stem stock in the late Cretaceous. The first marsupials appeared in North America approximately 80 million years ago, e.g. Alphadon (marsupials can be distinguished from placentals by their dentition – marsupials have 3 premolars and 4 molars whilst placentals have 3-5 premolars and 3 molars). Towards the end of the Late Cretaceous, marsupials start appearing in South America (Peru and Bolivia). In the Eocene marsupials radiated into Europe, North Africa and reached Asia by the Oligocene. However these groups rapidly became extinct. South America parted company with North America in the Eocene, effectively blocking the rapid radiation of placentals in North America at this time from spreading to South America. During the Eocene, marsupials reached Antarctica, which was attached to South America and Australia at this time. Marsupials could follow a belt of Northophagus vegetation all the way around from southern South America, across Antarctica into southern Australia. The first marsupials appear in Australia in the Oligocene via this route. Australia parted company from Antarctica in the Miocene, effectively isolating the marsupial fauna here.

Read more …

If you want to read in plain English, here’s the Wikipedia version. But, frankly, I like the other … it makes me feel smart.

 

Drought-Resistant Landscape Plan July 28, 2009

drought_tolerantI’ve found a lovely, easy-to-execute design for a drought-resistant planting bed. Save water and make the world a more beautiful place. Discover it here …

 

Loran Scrugs – Recycled art toys & whistles July 27, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market on 1000 Markets.

Meet Loran Scruggs who designs marvelous fun art toys and whistles from tin cans, bottle caps and found objects!  Loran is one of the newest merchants in the Reclaimed to Fame Market.  Her shop can be found at http://www.1000markets.com/users/loranscruggs.

Loran has been making things since her earliest memory of making a dragonfly out of smartie (candy) wrappers.  And to this day she is still using food packaging in her art.  She makes whimsical toys, art and whistles from colorful tin cans, bottle caps and found objects.  She enjoys how time stops when she is in the ‘flow’ of creation.  She says “I’m interested in joy.  Color is joyous for me so I use painted tin cans for their color and glint.  A lot of my work reference childhood and play, for myself play is a time of being in the moment, no past or future worries, a time of joy.  I hope that my work puts an amused smile on peoples faces, for when we smile we are in the moment, engaged, attentive and happy.”

 

How to draw your own landspace plans July 26, 2009

final_planFor those of us who have no fear of rushing in, this is a great article on how to draw your own landscape plans. I must admit, it makes me tired just reading it, but it’s very illuminating, if only just enough to persuade you to hire a pro. Read more …

 

Learn Landscape Design in Stella’s Yard July 25, 2009

landscapeI’ve discovered a wonderful site for the DIY gardener. Stellasyard.com offers free landscape plans (with wonderful articles that explain the basic concepts of landscape design) and tips on earth friendly gardening. More here …

 

Australian BootyHuggers from ClintonCharlie July 24, 2009

I’ve been hearing rave reviews from my friends down under about ClintonCharlie’s BootyHugger jeans from designer Clint Webster. They are made just for curvy girls with a soft denim with a touch of stretch that hugs in all the right places and are super comfy. This is the bootleg version—the skinny version is just as popular for Bondi-bound surfer gals. Next up, a high-waisted version. Visit ClintonCharlies’s website here.