September 5th, 2006 - Open Knowledge
Sep. 5th, 2006
If You Want My Advice . . .
. . . you must be an idiot
By Gene Weingarten
Sunday, September 3, 2006; W48
Dear Mr. Weingarten:
Can you think of anything you know now in your fifties that you wish you'd known in your twenties?
David Gratz, a longtime D.C. reader in his twenties
Yes, David, I have some tips for navigating the exciting journey that lies ahead.
(1) For the rest of your life, you will remain locked into whatever music you currently listen to. Trust me, it happens to everyone. It happened to me. Given the quality of popular music of the 1960s, I am fine. Given the quality of popular music of the 2000s, you are toast. Suggestion: Get a job as a jackhammer operator, wear no ear protection, go deaf. At least your taste in music won't make you a source of contemptuous merriment to your children, the way my parents were to me.
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03:19 pm - Flying wolves
"The wolves were produced in Quanzhou, China, from January to June of 2006. The commissioned local workshop in [Cai Guo-Quiang]’s hometown specializes in manufacturing remarkable, life-sized replicas of animals. First, small clay models were created as movement studies, out of which Cai subsequently developed Head On’s artist editions of cast resin wolves. However, the realistic and lifelike 99 wolves that grew out of these models and drawings possess no literal remnants of wolves: they are fabricated from painted sheepskins and stuffed with hay and metal wires, with plastic lending contour to their faces and marbles for eyes. "
03:26 pm - Giant wasp nests invade 1955 Chevy
"The largest nest Ray has inspected this year filled the interior of a weathered 1955 Chevrolet parked in a rural Elmore County barn. That nest was about the size of a tire in the rear floor seven weeks ago, but quickly spread to fill the entire vehicle, the property owner, Harry Coker, said. Four satellite nests around it have gotten into the eaves of the barn, about 300 yards from his home.
I'm kind of afraid for the grandkids. I had to sneak down there at dark and get my tractor out of the barn," Coker said. "It's been a disruption."
Coker said he may wait until a winter freeze to try to remove the nest.
In previous years, a yellow jacket nest was no larger than a basketball, Ray said. It would contain about 3,000 workers and one queen. These gigantic nests may have as many as 100,000 workers and multiple queens."
It's like a panel from a HR Giger painting.
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