Wednesday, May 31, 2006

beetle breakfast

this morning was nice enough weather for me to sit outside for breakfast. as i munched on my toast (peanut butter and jam), i spotted an iridescent beetle in a nearby shrub. it didn't seem to be too active - more collapsed on the leaf than perched. halfway through my banana, and i manuevered the beetle onto my plate; it was extremely sluggish and sank to its knees in a piece of orange peel (didn't know beetles have knees? well they have at least two pairs!). i decided, in a fit of generousity, to share my banana with it; it was probably the most productive thing i've done today. i enjoyed about two minutes of watching it devour an infinitesimally small amount of banana before it started 'swallowing' repeatedly (okay, so it's hard to tell exactly what a beetle's doing, but it looked like swallowing, or at least nodding its tiny head. it could have been slow-mo moshing, but there was no music.) after a minute or so of this, it woke up! in three seconds it scrabbled out of the orange peel, paused dramatically on the edge of the plate, fired up its wings and, like a minature botanical harley-davidson, buzzed off into the morning sky.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

non sequitur?

taken from the bbc's sport website, this is the full brazillian squad for the upcoming world cup. those who want a proper build-up should read the line up in full, but if you're short on time, just run through the forwards out loud, putting on your best portuguese accent.

Goalkeepers: Dida (AC Milan), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo)

Defenders: Cafu (AC Milan), Cicinho (Real Madrid), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Gilberto (Hertha Berlin), Cris (Olympique Lyon), Luisao (Benfica)

Midfielders: Edmilson (Barcelona), Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyon), Emerson (Juventus), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Kaka (AC Milan), Ricardinho (Corinthians)

Forwards: Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Robinho (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Adriano (Inter Milan), Fred (Olympique Lyon).

i hope he scores the winning goal in the final.