Sunday, March 01, 2009

ooooh i'm not happy with this.

i came back to reactivate my blog and stupidly went ahead and "upgraded" my template, thinking i could just paste the old one back in. now there are all these code restrictions! so not sure if i will still use blogger. working on getting this to look the way i want without all the built in extras. if i can get it to work, i'll be here in the future. if not, i'm moving to a different provider.

i am NOT happy with this, google :( and normally i like things done by google, but not this.

Friday, January 06, 2006

the elfchicken has relocated

Someday in the future I will use this site again regularly, but until then,

please visit me at flickr

which I update weekly.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I am NOT!

You Are 31 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

joyeux jour de la bastille!

"em, mais, quel est le jour de la bastille?"

and let's not forget this guy...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

where are all the coastal fireflies?

I grew up in an area where summer was synonymous with cicada and cricket song and firefly light shows every evening. Where are they? Why aren't there any in Boston? I have seen them farther inland, near the Berkshires, but not near the coast. In the case of cicadas, one does hear them from time to time near Boston, though their songs are limited to occasional hot August days. Sadly there are none at night, nor are there crickets. I am convinced that it has something to do with the fact that it is neither hot nor humid enough here in the north. But fireflies--what is the reasoning for their absence? Lack of uncut grass? The salt air?
I swear I saw two tonight while I was out watering the garden this evening...


"For whatever reason, the greater Washington [D.C.] area is a major epicenter of firefly activity. There are many, many species," says Jonathan Copeland, a biology professor at Georgia Southern University and one of the country's top firefly authorities. "It probably has something to do with how humid, how hot, how moist it is."


He thinks light pollution at night may be one reason. "That's noise to them, and might be affecting successful mating."


Decoding the Flash of Fireflies from All Things Considered, July 10, 2005


fellow firefly country ex-pats reminisce and commiserate together...


Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Monday, July 04, 2005

Monday, May 02, 2005


American Cities That Best Fit You:

60% Philadelphia

55% Chicago

55% New York City

50% Atlanta

50% Boston


Your Linguistic Profile:

45% Yankee

35% General American English

15% Dixie

5% Upper Midwestern

0% Midwestern

Your Japanese Name Is...

Shina Sato

Thursday, April 28, 2005

still here, but

this has been more my thing lately:

elfchicken on flickr

Friday, March 04, 2005


haven't been feeling very verbal lately as i have been typing a 56 page paper for work.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

snow duck

does anyone know what kind of duck this is?

is it an eider, by any chance? I saw it a few weeks ago in Duxbury,MA.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

That last post was a bit ironic, since I was down for the count beginning Super Bowl night and lasting through until the following Monday! Well, if there's anyone out there still reading, I made it through my first week back at work after being sicker than I have ever been, inundated with the flu and a bacterial infection. It was a horrible, surreal eight days that both made me at once sick of my house and appreciative of it and of life in general. I am now in the process of rebuilding, and it's going pretty well so far, but slow. I saw a bunch of films, most on DVD, and most of which were ones I had already seen. Some excellent films I must recommend that I have seen of late: Dogtown and Z-Boys, Open Water and Million Dollar Baby (there were a bunch of others that weren't as impressive). There are so many I want to see right now but that's as far as I have gotten, only one in the theater. I am also trying really hard not to bake lots of sweets, but it's gotten cold again so it's not easy. That's my update for now, I will try to be more dedicated to updating this thing from now on, as I know there are some of you who do read it. Ciao~

p.s. I re-linked both videos from my Feb. 4 post, hopefully they will stay live for a little while anyway.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

yo he creado... la mamba

en una racha iridiscente mágica de mohair, la mamba nace.