Saturday, March 29, 2008

Random Photos from my Phone

As I don't carry my camera everywhere that I go, I often miss amusing little things that I'd like to preserve for future giggles. On occasion I have my phone with me, and then can take a really crappy image of the thing that is amusing. Here are three of these items:

I know one cat who wouldn't find this to be fun...

Ummm... The big red sign? The sketchy shack it is posted on?

Lady's Choice? Is it really? What's the difference between "sandwich spread" and "tuna spread"?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Moules Frites

To cap a week of generous eating, the Extreme Chef had a gathering for a fabled Quebec feast known as "Moules Frites". We did our best to copy it despite never having actually seen or eaten it before. I contributed the frites.

A little greenery to start things off...

...and olives

the frites, with leek soup instead of salt on them

the green curry moules

crusty garlic bread alongside the chorizo moules

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Philly, the executive summary

I took off on a whim to Philly to visit my friend Chewie, the super awesome dinosaur guy I met last summer in Montana, and geek out for a few days. He manages dinosaur hall at the Academy of Natural Sciences and understands the art of sarcasm so much better than anyone else I've ever met.

I was absurdly amused by the wild ass.

I saw "boathouse row", a lovely double entendre, riddled with rowers on the river in everything: singles, doubles, quads, fours, eights, rain.

I ate cheese steak (see below), and got to briefly experience the awesomeness that is Reading Terminal Market for lunch another day.

I saw tourists running up the "Rocky" steps (that lead to the art museum) - I did not feel inclined to partake in this ritual, even though there is a statue of "Rocky" there.

I got to look in the collections (including some very very awesome specimens, and the Thomas Jefferson collection), and work in the prep lab on some of the very bones that I helped to collect and excavate last summer. I also got to meet very cool museum people, including one of the finders of tiktaalik, which was incredibly awesome. I also extensively roamed the exhibits at the museum - it's easy to spend full days in a place like that.

jaw of tiktaalik - check out that palate and all those little teeth!

Philly Cheese Steak

Disgustingly good. More Philly to come soon.... must decide on which photos to share with all of you!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

St Patty's Pizza

In "true" Irish style I had some friends over for a St Patty's dinner. On the menu was Irish Cider (note the napkins) served in orange and green glasses, potatoes (in their crispiest form), and green pizza. It was delicious. No one's ever called me a traditionalist.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Cute and Stupid

I was driving around the city today, and just beyond the pumpjacks north of Bake-town I came across the two things in this blog post title.

These little guys are just sooooooooooo cute! And while they are probably stupid, I think that the photo below captures a much better example of stupid.

Yes, that is a great big slump. And those are two million+ dollar homes. And to the right, just out the picture is the Kern River. And all that stuff the homes are built on is poorly consolidated sediment within the K.R. flood plain.