Time to Blow the Dust Off This Blog

Oh, hello there theoretical reader. I think I’d like to revive this space.

Sure, I’ll fiddle with templates and plugins and whatnots to avoid actually writing anything. Eventually, however, I’ll settle on a look and begin blogging again until whatever work/life developments once again force me to backburner the whole thing.



Why I Do Not Go in the Water: Hagfish Slime

The Pacific hagfish (Slimius godnowayii)

Really cool story on National Geographic by a really cool writer I’m following on twitter now Rachel Kaufman (@rkaufman).

I have trouble being on the same planet with these creatures, let alone go into the ocean with them.  As Rachel puts it:

Many people are disgusted by the hagfish. These squirmy, eel-looking creatures are known primarily for two repellent traits: eating dying animals from the inside out, and oozing four cups of slime in a fraction of a second.

By Crom’s holy indifference!

Recently, scientists at the University of Guelph published a study that delves into the amazing–and cringingly awful–properties hagfish slime. Apparently, the slime is full of these long (6 inches!) sticky protein threads, which are good for clogging up a predator’s gills and happen to be as light and strong as spider silk.

If, as Rachel posits, this thread could one day lead to clothing, I would cry. A lot.

This is Cronenberg-level body horror at its worse. Cools story, though.

The 10,000 Names of Tonka


A dog this great doesn’t have but one name. He came with a nom de pup of Tonka, one of a litter of “T” names they thought would make him more adoptable, as if he needed help.

Allow me to share some of the extra names he has acquired around Stinkbug Manor.

Tonkey Tonks (walkie walks for Tonkey Tonks)
Baby nummies

More to come…

Pa. Craigslist Killing Suspect A Spree-killing Satanist? Probably not, no.

A young woman accused of murder claims she’s part of a satanic cult and that she’s killed at least 22. Are we priming for another moral panic? “Satanic Panic 2: The Revenge”?

Two people falsely accused of satanic ritual abuse in the 80s were finally freed from jail just last year. The charges against them were just as absurd as some of the claims this woman is making, and they had real consequences. Real lives were ruined.

I’m not trying to make light of this–or even trying to debunk her claims–but I think that it is more likely than not she’s simply not telling, or perhaps capable of telling, the truth. Of course, the fact that she’s probably committed one murder means that people are going to pay attention to her claims.

She may have even murdered more, but that’s also not evidence of a satanic cult conspiracy.



Awesome workout posters with silly names

I’m building a home gym in the garage, all part of the Year of Doing Stuff that I’ve decided will mark 2014. I don’t have much equipment, so I’ve been building up routines that may help.

Free Visual Workouts.

Now, I’m not sure what makes “I Aim to Misbehave” a Firefly workout, but the routines look really good and challenging. Sometimes you just need a plan, and I plan to print a few of these out for the garage wall.