February 17th, 2005

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Burl Ives

Once a lonely caterpillar sat and cried
To a sympathetic beetle by his side
I've got nobody to hug
I'm such an ugly bug

Then a spider and a dragonfly replied
If you're serious and want to win a bride
Come along with us, to the glorious annual ugly bug ball

Come on let's crawl (gotta crawl gotta crawl)
To the ugly bug ball (to the ball to the ball)
And a happy time we'll have there, one and all and the ugly bug ball

While the crickets click their cricky melodies
All the ants were fancy dancing with the fleas
Then up from under the ground
The worms came squirming around
Oh, they danced until their legs were nearly lame
Every little crawling creature you could name
Everyone was glad
What a time they hade
They were so happy they came

Come on let's crawl (gotta crawl gotta crawl)
To the ugly bug ball (to the ball to the ball)
And a happy time we'll have there, one and all and the ugly bug ball

The our caterpillar saw a pretty queen
She was beautiful and yellow black and green
He said would you care to dance
Their dancing lead to romance
Then she sat upon his caterpillar knee
And he gave his caterpillar queen a squeeze
Soon they'll honeymoon
Build a big cocoon
Thanks to the ugly bug ball

Come on let's crawl (gotta crawl gotta crawl)
To the ugly bug ball (to the ball to the ball)
And a happy time we'll have there, one and all and the ugly bug ball

(Sorry. I just couldn't help myself.)
  • Current Music
    Burl Ives, "The Ugly Bug Ball"
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slogging along

I did 1,044 words on Chapter Three of Daughter of Hounds yesterday.

The case for extant life on Mars is looking better and better. I am heartened by news of "methane signatures and other signs of possible biological activity." I shall be eagerly awaiting publication of the article in Nature.

Yesterday, reading a library copy of Whittier's The Supernaturalism of New England (1847), I discovered that, at some point, someone has written "Christian Science explains witchcraft." on the blank backside of the last page. Oh, I adore idiots who write in library books, especially idiots who use library books as a chance to express their opinions. Anyway, my first reaction was, okay, sure it does. So does real science. So does Christianity. So does Wicca. So do various schools of psychology. These explanations are generally contradictory, of course, but they are explanations nonetheless. There is so little meaning in the statement — "Christian Science explains witchcraft." — that it's almost a tautology. Then, on page 107, in the same hand, I find written, "Christian Science overcomes and vanishes powers and claims of witchcraft." In another place, the same person has written the exact same statement over again, then scratched out "Christian Science" and written in "Jesus Christ." I shall do the polite thing and assume the idiot couldn't help him- or herself, that it was a religious mania, a compulsion beyond control.

Here in Atlanta, the weather has turned cold again. And my mood has fallen with the temperatures. It makes me grateful I got out of the house on Monday and Tuesday, instead of sitting here writing.

I learned last night that the Dresden Dolls will be opening for NIN on at least some of the dates on the new tour. The new NIN album, With Teeth, will be released May 3rd, I think.

Lastly, I've been getting a fair number of inquiries as to where and how I acquire absinthe. It's easy. Just follow the link. My personal faves are Mari Mayans and La Fée. And no, I've never had any trouble with customs.
  • Current Music
    Apoptygma Berzerk, "Help Me"