Archive for 2007

well turn my world upside down

amazing factoid: dr seuss’s name should really be pronounced “zoice” [to rhyme with voice] From a roommate I surely traumatized.  Karma’s a real bitch.

Grand Canyon

I went to the Grand Canyon for the first time the other day. It’s a little like seeing the ocean for the first time. It is so big that my (albeit already poor) depth perception was completely thrown off. Most people said I shouldn’t go on a cloudy day, but I liked the clouds. It […]

do you exfoliate?

Make sure you’re using something like St. Ives Apricot Scrub that has ground up organic things, like jojoba seeds or walnut shells. A lot of brands use plastic to scrub your skin off. This is bad. According to Richard Thompson in Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us They’re selling plastic meant to go right down […]

in vain

I finished reading Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream today. It was an amazing book that detailed our response to 9-11 and compared it to how we responded to another national crisis: the conflicts with Native Americans when the nation was forming. Basically, we create a myth of weak women as a way to make the […]

Walls of glass

Equisetum aren’t the only organisms that use silica in their cell walls. Algae in the phylum Chrysophyta (golden-brown algae) use it to make “seeds.” Golden-brown algae are often found in ponds and shallow lakes that freeze from top to bottom in the winter. How is the poor little alga going to eat or swim around […]