Wednesday, November 26, 2008

So you think you can dance?

Returning to my habit of finding weird and wonderful creatures, I would like to introduce you to the manakin bird. My particular favorite is this fellow.

Wonderful, eh?
This manakin bird can and does moonwalk as part of its mating rituals. In very 70s yellow trousers as the witty Stephen Fry opined.
On a side note, he said that on QI, a wonderful British "game" show that never fails to amuse me.
Anyways, the manakin bird is found in southern Mexico and in some parts of South America. It comes in many species and I think our funny fellow in the yellow trousers is a red capped manakin.
Once more, I marvel at how awesome and wonderful nature is.

Friday, November 21, 2008


Ah, Friday. The end of the school week always comes most gloriously. My first week sans midterms was pretty awesome, with a distinct and awesome lack of homework due in the next few days. This weekend is mine to chill in. No school.
Oh, who am I kidding?
I just know that that one chem problem will bug me.
Or I will probably want to start my project early.
I am such a keener. Sometimes, that's not so awesome.
So, I will make it a point to try to keep real work to a minimum. Go out have a good time and overall relax. My body and mind will thank me.
Stress is a terrible thing. Relaxation is a wonderful thing. Everyone should have a way to relax.
And relax I shall until finals.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Little joys are the best

Today was a good day. While it was insanely cold after a beautiful past week, the sky was still blue. I got actual work done. Which isn't getting done now since I'm currently composing this blog post. But whatever.
I derived a lot of happiness from just little mundane things I did today. I vacuumed my room and did my laundry. Mundane, huh? But I really like the feel of freshly-vacuumed carpet and the lovely warmth of clothes that the temperamental dryer actually decided to dry this time. I worked on a lab for geology, a class in which I enjoy the lectures but loathe the labs. But I savored the quiet of the library, with only the occasional rustle of papers and zip of the backpack.
By the way, isn't the zipping sound of the backpack the most annoying thing when it's dead silent?
Oh, and I learned that one of my favorite sayings, "meh" just got added to the Collins English Dictionary. The dictionary defines "meh" as an expression of indifference or boredom, or an adjective meaning mediocre or boring. Examples given by the dictionary include "the Canadian election was so meh." It became popular after a Simpsons episode. Crazy.
But I digress.
Get out and enjoy life. Or stay in and enjoy life. Just enjoy life, eh?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

In the beginning...

So here I am. Published on the interwebs with not much more than random strange musings on life that don't fit into regular conversation to offer.
I suppose the title of the blog is worth some explanation. Or at least it will give me something to post. I needed a name for the blog and was drawing an absolute blank. I wanted something unique that someone would need to click on to understand. Myxomycota does somewhat resemble a Superman villain (something picked up from wikipedia, not from actually reading the comics), but it is nothing more than the phylum that contains one of the most amazing things that exists on our earth; Slime molds.
I was absolutely obsessed with slime molds in middle school, even going so far as to do an entire project proposal on slime molds. I can't even remember what the purpose of my proposed project was. All I remember is that I needed space heaters to encourage them to move their tiny purple butts.
But anyway, slime molds are absolutely gorgeous. When you hear (or more probably if you're here, read) the words "slime mold" you probably imagine something like this.
And you would be entirely correct. Above is the aptly named "Dog's Vomit" slime mold.
But, slime molds come in all shapes and sizes. These photos were found at

Isn't nature beautiful?