All posts for the month July, 2013

i am awesome-o-you-have-a-question?

Published July 8, 2013 by lisaolisa

South Park's A.W.E.S.O.M. - OAlthough effective at scaring the crap out of people, he’s proving less adept as a docent. His evil masterminds say that at least he can help people buy train tix from a vending machine. So can a stripe of paint on the floor and some pictures on the wall, which would cost, oh, I don’t know, a KAJILLION? percent less to develop and deploy. Honda robot Asimo has rough day on the job


why i stopped supporting peta

Published July 7, 2013 by lisaolisa

Pit bull looks to PETA for helpPETA does a lot of good to raise awareness of the barbaric way humans treat the powerless. But their philosophy that no animal should be captive on principal is warped to a degree that every animal once captive should be dead. Their shelter is merely a waiting room for the kill chamber.

Dragging a reporter to 3 locations where dogs are mistreated does not support their rationalization; every shelter and rescue in every town could do the same. I don’t accompany them on rescues, nor do I conduct behavioral assessments of their intake, but, statistically, their survival percentage does not correlate with other established rescues.

Animals we’ve created who can’t survive on their own or lack habitat that we’ve destroyed deserve our protection. Domesticated animals are by the nature of their engineered domestication born with our original sin, but that does not make their existence inherently miserable. A living happy dog that used to be sad is a greater moral victory than a dead sad dog never given the chance to know happiness, warmth, love, and care.

PETA people, have any of you ever created their own little domesticated animals in your own image? Should I raid an orphanage full of human animals, give them the needle, and end their sadness? You say death is the only antidote to abuse. Child abuse has made them screwed in the head and irreparable, hasn’t it? Besides, if I wanted to heal them, I’d need to devote time and money.  I’d rather devote both to spectacle.

At least they don’t gas them.

New York Times: PETA Finds Itself on Receiving End of Others’ Anger

yay, cardinal!

Published July 5, 2013 by lisaolisa

Beyond giddy to have gotten a peek-a-boo view of a male Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal) on the cedar fence two mornings in a row here in Pittsburgh. I haven’t seen one since I moved, and I don’t know how many years it was before that I last did. I don’t know if I’m more unlucky than average, but for the amount of years I lived in their year-round territory, I’ve seen almost none of them. Like, twice before 1980 and not again.

planning out a tattoo

Published July 3, 2013 by lisaolisa

Here are some pictures to go with my words so Matt has an idea of what I’m explaining terribly.

My drawing skills peaked in 5th grade with a pencil horse head on loose leaf that people later didn’t believe I drew, so here is a hodgepodge of web images that, cobbled together, would be close to what I see in my head: a heart with a not-too-curlicue ribbon horizontal across the front, pierced by cupid’s arrow from the top right to the bottom left, and, if I can withstand the additional time, offset by my favorite daylily.

Step 1: Start with a sort of Sailor Jerry heart, like the example that says ‘NAME’, similar to the stand-alone, which has a ribbon that is a little bit too froufrou.


Step 2:

Make the red more candy apple red and the texture a little less two-dimensional — sort of like the stand-alone. I just don’t want it to be so shaded that it looks like it’s trying too hard to appear three-dimensional, like the UI of OS X first release did.

Step 3:

Use a more contemporary Flash font, with serif and just a little embellishment, like the home page of The Body Shop website does, to spell out ‘SWEETIE’. Here are some bad examples:


Step 4:

If I’m still in the chair, which is doubtful, add the little flower details like the example, except instead of pansies, use my favorite flower: Hemerocallis ‘Strawberry ‘Candy’. This example appears true to color on the PC I’m using:


If I were made of stronger stuff, I’d use an Anna’s hummingbird up top and Lonicera ‘Goldflame’ on the bottom. That’s what we have in our garden and they are very special to us.

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