March 5th, 2002

battyden

Lawn Dick update, and bees

There were three new stinkhorns yesterday, and there are four new ones this morning. I can only see two new eggy structures they grow from, so I think I'm down to the last of the crop. I'm a bit upset about that.

I checked out the compost bin through binoculars yesterday and decided the bees seemed more at home than you would expect for insects after fermenting mango bits. Last night I lifted the lid and could see by the light of the moon a small mass of the insects huddled in one corner. I shot in a blast of Mortein Fast Knockdown and ran. This morning there is a pile of dead bees in one corner. Hanging above them was the honeycomb. It's about as big as my hand, has cells on both sides and is maybe 1cm thick. If I hold it up to the light I can see the floors of the cells on this side are supported by the 3-way intersection of the walls on the other side. Clever bees!

But my compost bin is not for you. There are too many kids in this area.
battyden

I miss Bloom County



From today's User Friendly

One of the saddest comic's I've ever read was the very last Bloom County. When Calvin and Hobbes sledded off into the distance for the last time I was left with the impression that they were still out there doing little kid and tiger things, we simply were no longer watching them. But Breathed dismantled Bloom County in such a way that there was no doubt the county was gone from all but memory. Opus walking off into a blank, white distance was a final image.

I really hope Opus gets his wish for wings that work.
battyden

Lawn Dicks

Only one new stinkhorn tonight, but it's the biggest I've seen. The slugs have already chewed through the base and made in fall over.

Shoo slugs! Shoo!

I could only see one new eggy structure. I think This Is It.

I'm a bit sad about that.
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