Short Story of the Day, Flash Fiction, Mantis by Gina Chung

“The difference between sex and death is that with death you can do it alone and no one is going to make fun of you.”

― Woody Allen

(click to enlarge) Adam, by Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, plus admirer Cullen Sculpture Garden Houston, Texas

When I was a little kid – kindergarten… maybe first grade – I remember finding a praying mantis at recess. I don’t, never kill bugs (except sometimes spiders) and nobody else would have – even at that young and cruel age. But someone said that praying mantises (what is the plural of “mantis”? manti? mantis’s? – so I looked it up) are protected by law and if you kill one the police will find you and levy a hefty fine, at the least.

I’m not sure why that made such an impression… but to this day, more than a half century later, I remember it, remember the bright green mantis and the other child seriously warning the rest about the protected status of the Mantis.

I still get a thrill when I come across one – they must be very special and rare to have a law passed to protect them.

Mantis by Gina Chung

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As a Bee is Caught in the Lasso of Perfume

“She sat beside him on the bench, and her presence troubled him. He was inside the atmosphere, or light, or scent she spread, as a boat is inside the drag of a whirlpool, as a bee is caught in the lasso of perfume from the throat of a flower.”
― A.S. Byatt, Angels and Insects

Dallas Arboretum Dallas, Texas

Dallas Arboretum
Dallas, Texas

Who needs a macro.

What I learned this week, March 29, 2013

‘Voodoo Chile’ on a Gayageum

I think these are really cool… but then….

The 12 Most Controversial Facts In Mathematics


You Are Not a Unique Snowflake: Desk Jobs Suck Everywhere

Decorating a Barren Memory Palace

Recently, at the suggestion of my son, Lee, I read Moonwalking With Einstein, the book about memory by Joshua Foer.

Now it appears that some of the memory “tricks” might be useful in treating depression and other mental illnesses.

Annals of Justice, Division of Jury Duty

Our government, I am more and more convinced, has degenerated into a mechanism whose most palpable effect (not its purpose, of course) is to irritate citizens by wasting their time and requiring their collusion in an endless bureaucratic paper chase.

My Tech Top 10
An interesting list – Actually, I only agree with one of his choices. Bet you can guess which one.

The only way to drop into Rio. I’m glad I was able to watch this on youtube – now I don’t have to do it myself.

Don’t try this at home, kids.

The Bizarre History of Insect Head Transplants

The entire process seems to have started in 1923, when a biologist named Walter Finkler reported that he had managed to successfully transplant the heads of insects. He’d been working with water boatmen, meal worms, and common butterflies – both in adult and grub form. The transplantation process was not complex. He’d grab two insects, cut off their heads with sharp scissors, and switch them. The fluid that the insects themselves leaked cemented the new heads in place. After a little time — a 1923 article says a few weeks — the insects were healed up and doing whatever their new heads told them to do. Finkler claimed that the heads of female insects on male bodies continued female behavior, and the head of one species of butterfly kept the habits of its own species, even when its body belonged to a different species.

3 Great Horror Films You Might Have Missed

All of which are available on Netflix.

FAA Evaluating the Use of e-Readers on Airplanes

CREE LED light bulb demo at APEC

OK, I know this song is very popular… and the video is over 54 million hits. But I really like it so I’m putting it here so I can find it.

If for some odd reason you haven’t seen it, you can thank me.

Risk and Reward

15 Mid-Century Modern Dream Homes that will Kill Your Children

Salad is more dangerous than beefburgers, leading food expert warns

Is alcohol more dangerous than ecstasy?

Alcohol More Dangerous Than Heroin

Combining Energy Drinks with Alcohol More Dangerous Than Drinking Alcohol Alone

Tanning indoors is more dangerous than tanning outdoors

Lack of Trust is More Dangerous Than Terror

Bottled Water Is More Dangerous Than Tap Water

Processed food business is more dangerous than tobacco industry: expert

Madison King at the first Patio Session

Madison King at the first Patio Session