Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Gardened Ruins of Chellah: Part 1

Chellah is the site of an old Roman colony, followed by an Arab necropolis, including mosque and school.  Now, it has a garden and is a tourist attraction. 

 According to the guide, a hallucinogenic tea can be made from these trumpet flowers.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Things In My Garden

My lime tree, rescued from a housemate who received it as an engagement gift but left it outside overnight in winter.  It likes being outdoors in summertime, though.  I am very lackadaisical about pruning, so it has grown very lopsided.  It made 5 limes this year.  Freshly picked limes smell wonderful! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Red Shoes

I love my red shoes.  And as for Mr. Hans Christian Anderson, I bite my thumb at him. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hassan Tower

In Rabat (Morocco) there is a tower overlooking a half-finished mosque from the 12th century. The Sultan at the time began it to be the world's largest (at the time) mosque.  Then he died at the builders went 'meh' and construction ceased.

Old walls around the complex contain pigeons, but not enough pigeons to demonstrate the pigeonhole principle.

Some of the non column and tower parts of the complex:

This is either a guard post or the changing station for Moroccan Superman. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Fabulosity: Moroccan Murals

I just got back from Rabat, Morocco.  This mural was right across the street from the hotel. It is the greatest piece of street art anywhere ever.

Darlings, we are all that cybernetic dead sheep cradled by the Bedouin android. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Musical Coincidence

So I was listening to The Birthday Massacre's Pins and Needles album again*, and I noticed: the chorus for "Midnight" has the same melody as the chorus for "Deliver Me", by the David Crowly band (but I heard Sarah Brightman's cover first).

As far as I know, this is not parody, tribute, or plagiarism, simply different people at different times thinking "hey, this is a nice bit of melody", and doing very different things with it.  Have you ever encountered this phenomenon, gentle reader?

*My uncontested favorite from Pins and Needles is "Shallow Grave."

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Caturday Post: Security Kittens

Guard Dog Security has started outsourcing its security duties to Alert Kittehs.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Fabulosity: Adventuring with a Slightly Used Unicorn

Today, I decided that my new home's decorations should include a doll with a sword, riding to adventure on a vodka-soaked unicorn that I pulled from a dumpster.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Mad Person-Who-Stitches: Master Stitchery

Not mine, however and alas.  Elisheba recently acquired a new costume that has the most fantastic beading and sequining:

And this is the hand stitchery holding down all those beads and sequins:
That is amazing crafts-personship.