5/17/16

she has funny cars

Lately I've been listening to Jefferson Airplanes album Surrealistic Pillow nonstop. I have it on vinyl (thanks dad) but have also been playing it via youtube when I'm so pathetically lazy to the point that I can't bring myself to get up off my butt and flip the record and click play. These, in truth, are the days I most pity myself. I am lame. I am human.



Listening to this album makes me long for the ability to dance in impressive ways and move beatlessly to the music. Jefferson Airplane, for those unfamiliar, was a band in the 1960s, originally from San Francisco, that pioneered the psychedelic rock movement. Its original members included Marty Balin, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Grace Slick. Founding band member Marty Balin was inspired by bands like the Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel and wanted to continue merging folk music with classic rock to create new, groundbreaking sound. In addition to inspiring young and rebellious youth everywhere, they also headlined Woodstock in 1969. Two songs on Jefferson Airplane's album Surrealistic Pillow were included on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." My favorite song on the album is "She has Funny Cars." 



The drum in the beginning of "She Has Funny Cars" reminds me of this old Disney cartoon called Blame it on the Samba from 1948. Supposedly, the "Best Animated Short" category at the Oscars was created in response to this animated cartoon. 

Here is a quick interview with Jefferson Airplane and talk show host Dick Clark. 

here i am. back again. fuckin' around.

I've been home from college about a week. I finished my first year and survived. I still have no idea what I want to study and I'm considering transferring. Things are good though. Just feeling restless.

My goal this summer is to get my written and visual work published. I've had this goal for two or three years now, but each time I've made it I've failed to actively pursue it and submit my work. I think a lot of it has to do with self doubt, but I'm slowly getting over that. I'm starting to believe in myself more and I'm also just pushing myself to produce as much work as possible. I'm excited to start sharing it more formally.

Right now I'm in the process of creating stop motion movies, drawings, and writing essays that I'm hoping to submit to different online publications.

Soon I plan to make a *real* and *professional* website for my writing and artwork. Hopefully publications will tkae me more *seriously* if I do that.



photos from stop motion video I'm making. 
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Besides that I have my same job at the Sockshop - I worked there last summer as well. I think it'll be fun, but I'm hoping to get an internship at a museum or art gallery. Sadly I missed most of the deadlines for museum internships, so I'm hoping a kindly patron at an art gallery will have my free labor.











chopped my hair off at school. feelin' good.

 sending love to my roomies <3 
 with anthony getting tacos
me and max, somewhere?




yes, the bathroom is sick as fuck.

7/16/14

Carnivorous Plants Part 1

Environmental science, botany, and ecology are becoming huge passions of mine, and I'm going to begin documenting my discoveries here. Ever since losing out on a summer job opportunity to learn and talk to the public about carnivorous plants, I've decided to pursue learning about them on my own. These are just some beautiful photographs and facts about specific types of carnivorous plants, which I acquired from National Geographic.

Drosera regia
 South African king sundew. Its leaves can reach 2 feet in length.

Drosera stolonifera
Bugs are drawn to what look like dew drops, but then find themselves entangled in sticky tentacles.

Nepenthes lowii
 A tropical pitcher plant attracts bugs with its sweet smell, but bugs find themselves slipping on the plants slippery surface and into its open maw.

Dionaea muscipula
 The Venus flytrap uses electricity to capture its prey. When one or more of its surface hairs are brushed twice, which is an energy-saving system used to detect prey from other stimuli, a electrical charge signals cells on the outside of the plant to expand, morphing the plant bodies shape from convex to concave and snapping the two lobes shut. The hair-like spikes on the end of the lobes are called cilia, and when the lobes close they mesh together inexactly, allowing small prey to escape so the plants energy isn't wasted digesting small prey that can't provide it with sufficient nutrients. 

Nepenthes alata
 Here the silhouettes of two bugs can be seen. The red color at the top of the plant has a waxy texture, preventing bugs from climbing out of the plant as enzymes at the bottom of the tube leach nutrients form the bugs.

Sarracenia flava
Plants require nitrogen in order to survive, but since most carnivorous plants live in bogs and nutrient poor areas, they rely on consuming bugs and insects to attain the nitrogen their environment doesn't possess.

Sarracenia hybrid
To avoid consuming pollinators, pitcher plants keep their flowers as far from their traps as possible via long stems.

Darlingtonia californica
 This California pitcher plant grows in mountainous parts of the West Coast and is an oddity among its kind. Unlike other pitcher plants, its leaves contain no digestive enzymes, and instead it relies on symbiotic bacteria to turn captured insects into usable nutrients.

Sarracenia hybrid
Carnivory is certainly not the most efficient way to acquire nutrients, but it is certainly an exotic adaptation.

Sarracenia flava
Some scientists believe that this stalks squiggly vertical vein is intended as a ladder to guide potential prey to the plants trap. Others argue that it's structural reinforcement. Nonetheless, this species can grow up to 3 feet tall, and often tips over when overfilled with rainwater or the husks of prey.