Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Free ride from the Pacific

Hurricane Patricia was a Pacific hurricane that made landfall on the Mexican Pacific coast. The moisture was driven over the mountains into Texas to create, with a cold front, a very cold wet weekend. Just a little tree damage.

How many Pacific creatures were transported to Texas?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Smart Wasps

Paper Wasps are common here, and build their nests suspended from a narrow stalk in protected areas, usually under furniture. These wasps found a stronger enclave.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Panorama of Nations, published in 1892

This is a huge book of 1000 pages that covers the culture and people of the world as viewed by the American authors in the late 19th century. Here is one of the pages on Japanese culture.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Matilda the Musical

This was a wonderful, clever, production.

But, to get the one flaw out of the way first, the kids singing in English accents was bad.  Really bad. They needed subtitles.

But that should not stop you seeing this.

Matilda is a really smart girl with the worse parents in the world. They call her "boy," they dissuade her from reading, and she escapes to make-believe and storytelling.

The library scenes where Matilda tells her stories has spooky paired voices, sparkling back lighting, and shadowy characters. Really magical.

The school is run by Agatha Trunchbull, an over the hill Olympic female hammer thrower, who calls the kids maggots, and in on heart stopping scene swings an innocent girl around and around, and out through the window. But the lights go out, flashes go off, and then we see the girl falls back to the stage and is caught by the students. A scene to die for.

It has a happy ending. Her parents have to leave to Spain to escape the Russian Mafia after selling them junk cars.  They do not want her, so she is "adopted" by her teacher Miss Honey.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

House Numbers

Deed Restrictions are the most local laws that apply to me and often the most arbitrary. Here are the words fron the lastest Newsletter:

And this is what I have from Istanbul:

It is almost correct, but subjectively it could be argued it does not "match the colors of the house."

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sunset over the city hall

The Houston City Hall was completed in 1930 and reflects the Art Deco style of the time.

Picture taken from the balcony of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Refugee from Alaska

This car was spotted in Sealy Texas. It is a long drive from Alaska to Texas.

The license plate may be a clue, V3GGIE. The driver could have been hounded out of town, as one of the last vegetarians left in Alaska. Not a an easy place to live if you are not a carnivore.

PETA is an animal rights organization, "People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals." In Alaska they wear T-shirts with the PETA logo followed by "People Eating Tasty Animals."

Monday, October 5, 2015


Firemen do not make fires and this eye does not receive light, but it glows in the dark and wriggles its way towards you in the dark.