Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Who is your favorite Ghostbuster?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Hot Fuzz



I've been avoiding Hot Fuzz because I thought Shaun of the Dead was only pretty good/okay (same goes for Spaced). I only went because Philip and I wanted to go to the movies yesterday and it had the most potential of everything playing.

I was surprised how much liked it. There are a lot of similarities to Shaun of the Dead, but I enjoyed this one so much more. The main difference is the lead character is a super man instead of a loser. It made a huge difference to me that the main character was based on being awesome at everything and doing everything right instead of doing everything wrong. Nick Frost played his usual loser character, but this time he was a loser who was learning instead of just staying the same forever.

One of my favorite British actresses, Olivia Colman has a pretty big part in the movie. She had a small part in The Office UK and a bigger one in Green Wing (which is a great show by the way).

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I was hoping someone would know

My science teacher friend identified the bird. It's a starling.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

There was an animal in our wall

Yesterday, I heard some scratching and chewing noises. At first I thought the animal was inside, but it was coming from the wall. I put in a maintenance request and they said they would send out pest control the next day.

The animal was scratching, on and off, all day. When Philip came home for lunch, we decided we couldn't trust pest control not to kill it. We were going to get it out of the wall ourselves.

Our apartment has a bookcase built into the walls, and that is where the noise was coming from, so Phil pulled the entire bookcase out of the wall in one piece. (It was only held into the wall with a couple long screws and spackle along the bottom).

Philip went back to work and I went to the store to get supplies:
a spackle kit
a long, thin hand saw
thick gloves for both of us

I also assembled stuff we already had, that I thought might be helpful:
hamper
cat carrier
blanket
flashlight

I sawed 3 sides of a square hole and then picked Philip up at work. I hit a stud when I was sawing, so the hole was smaller than I wanted it to be. It wasn't big enough for either of us to reach in with our hand. Philip sawed the last side of the hole and I looked in the hole with a flashlight and didn't see anything. Since hearing it scratching and chewing all day, I wanted to save it, but I also was pretty nervous it might suddenly jump out of the hole in the wall. Philip was convinced it wouldn't jump out and we'd have to retrieve it with our hands.

We decided to make the hole bigger. As Philip started sawing again, a bird suddenly popped her head out and really startled us. I am embarrassed to say, I yelped. A second later, the whole bird jumped out and walked around on the floor a little. She let me take her picture.

Philip put on the gloves and tried to pick her up so we could let her outside, but the bird started flying around the house. I opened the front door, and she flew outside.

She is standing where our bookshelf used to be. That object below her in the photo is the drywall from the hole we sawed.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

My cat's name is Corvine

An NYU grad student invented a crow vending machine. The goal of the project is to see if they can teach crows to buy peanuts from the machine with coins they find.

This link is to a video of the student's thesis presentation for this project. In addition to talking about the project, it also includes a lot of interesting general information about crows--their use of tools, the way they learn, and my favorite: their use of crosswalks.

I am kind of disappointed that the student is not a goth.

Here is the website on the project if you don't want to watch the video.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A dozen red lead sinkers

Squidglass made me this custom Sylvia Plath pendant.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Phoniatrics

My poem Mumble is up on Juked today.