Saturday, October 15, 2005

Hermit Crabs

Hermit Crabs
Originally uploaded by jd230.
These horrendously painted critters were being sold at the Great Mall in Milpitas, CA. It was $10 for a tiny crab, yet strangely only $2 more for one at least three times larger.

The woman selling these also tried to tell me that if you only buy one, they usually die because "they are lonely". It couldn't be because of the miniscule cage they give you, though. Or the disgusting flourescent pink watering bowl they sold for $6.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Shit, here we go again!

In case you slept in today and missed it, London was attacked with a series of explosions that has left at least 40 dead and more than 350 wounded this morning. The attacks took place during the busy Thursday morning rush hour and left carnage and mayhem in their wake.

"It was chaos," said Gary Lewis, 32, who was evacuated from a subway train at King's Cross station. "The one haunting image was someone whose face was totally black and pouring with blood."

"I was on the bus in front and heard an incredible bang, I turned round and half the double decker bus was in the air," Belinda Seabrook told Press Association, the British news agency.
She said the bus was packed with people.
"It was a massive explosion and there were papers and half a bus flying through the air," she said.

It is not clear at this time whether suicide bombers triggered the explosions.

Tony Blair, Prime minister for the UK, called the attacks "barbaric" and said the attacks were obviously meant to coincide with the G8 summit. Our own Dubya even chimed in, calling the attackers "cowards" and saying that "we must never waver in the face of these attacks. We will bring them to justice." So, I guess Iran is next.

A group calling itself "The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe" posted a claim of responsibility for the blasts, saying they were in retaliation for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just like I said, Iran. Or Syria.

On a lighter note, this is the first time I'm blogged in quite a while, and am I rusty! I promise to make more entries, though. Terrorist attacks tend to put the brand to my butt.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Giant Sick Rat in Menlo Park

Originally uploaded by jd230.
This gigantic sonuvabitch was sitting at the corner of Gilbert Ave. and Willow Rd. in Menlo Park. This area is the center of the large rat universe, because they have worse rat problems than new York. I shit you not. I lived in NY and have never seen so many giant rats in one day. And this neighborhood is pretty nice.

Monday, April 25, 2005

The Obelisk is Born

Originally uploaded by jd230.
This is the scaffolding for the first sculpture to be installed on my street. I have seen the plans for this project, and I can tell you now that this is not going to be pretty.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Some Good News For A Change

The Pope has finally succumbed to his various health issues this Saturday, which means the rebels finally have a real chance of defeating the Empire.

His Papal Majesty, who has been described as a "forward-thinking" and "just" leader of the Catholics, had been on a deathwatch for much of the last week. Unfortunately, the Terri Shiavo case had eclipsed Pope John Paul II's own problems. Many Christians were too busy dreaming up assassination plots for Terri's husband, Michael, and his attorney to pay attention to the Big Guy in the Vatican. Consequently, the death of the Pope wasn't as big a bang as he may have wished.

The weird thing to consider here is this; while Terri Shiavo wasted away slowly in her body for 15 years when it was her desire to be pulled off life support if she were ever in the position to be on life support in the first place, the Pope, who was also being fed through a feeding tube, asked only once to be released, and it was so. There were no giant protests, there were no crazy Christians oiling up their sniper rifles. He was allowed to die with dignity. He was allowed to make his own choice and die as he wanted. Terri wasn't given that option. I guess that says something about Catholics, and a lot more about Christians.

But anyway, the Pope is dead. Now we can get a new Pope who hopefully has a more open-minded stance on many of the issues worrying the church today. But probably not.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

A view of Point Richmond

This is the pier at Point Richmond. Once a bustling exchange point for goods between San Francisco and the East Bay, this structure is now a burnt out husk of it's former glory. It's a great place to go fishing, though, since you don't need a liscense to fish off of it. I have no idea why this is the case, but it's clearly posted, so have at it!
This is one of the places that Kelly and I went yesterday on our exploration of various points northeast of her apartment. It was actually a lot of fun, and we found a little gem of the Richmond area, Point Richmond itself. This little town is awesome. Only one Starbucks sullies it's otherwise pristine small town charm. Nex time we go, I'll take pictures.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Portola Valley

Portola Valley
Originally uploaded by jd230.
Well, it has been one weird day out there in cableland. But this view of the beautiful Portola Valley was worth it.
Can you believe that I took this with a friggin' phonecam? Pretty sweet!