1. The sister of mine that writes better than I do, and always always has, has started a blog and I’m working to get permission to share it with you.
This might be difficult in light of the fact that I recently very publicly posted some less than flattering pictures of her on this here blog.
2. Casey Hampton has a fight song!
(h/t @observacious on twitter who even wrote the fight song joke! My work is easy.)
3. Burgher Andy Kelemen is a top ten finalist in the Universal Studios 2011 Halloween Horror Nights Short Film competition!
His is entitled “103” and is the tensest three minutes of the brightest scary movie you have ever seen.
I’m so used to my scary stuff being dark and black and dreary and doomy.
This is stark and white and very discombobulating.
4. This Pittsburgh Gigapan is so awesome and so clear you can probably pick your car out of the Station Square parking lot. I just spent 30 minutes looking at peoples’ balcony furniture on the North Side. Love the red chairs!
Dear CMU, do this again at night so we can look in peoples’ windows.
Signed, Nebby Debby.
5. Benny as a high school senior from Sports Illustrated.
I’m disappointed he was in the class of 2000. I’m old.
I’m VERY disappointed that there are no lasers. WTF?
Someone Photoshop that shit. Put a cat in there too.
Also, you know Benny’s minions are Blingee-ing that thing to sparkle heart heaven.
6. September 3 is International Vulture Awareness Day and the Aviary has a bunch of stuff planned to honor the vulture.
For its part, the National Aviary will hold a full day of activities and programming focusing on vultures on September 3. The day will include a trainer-led feeding in the outdoor Andean condor exhibit; talks; a condor wingspan display that allows visitors to compare their arms with a condor’s wings; a vulture biofact table; and a scavenger fact hunt with prizes for those that find all their clues. Children will have the opportunity to make their own vulture mask, play a vulture population game, and learn about vultures at a special story time.
I need a pin to wear that day that says “I’m AWARE that vultures kick pigeon ass.”
7. While Googling to confirm that vultures do in fact eat pigeons, I stumbled upon this poem by Jean de La Fontaine called The Vultures and The Pigeons. A snippet:
They tried their hand at mediation–
To reconcile the foes, or part.
The pigeon people duly chose
Ambassadors, who work’d so well
As soon the murderous rage to quell,
And stanch the source of countless woes.
A truce took place, and peace ensued.
Alas! the people dearly paid
Who such pacification made!
Those cursed hawks at once pursued
The harmless pigeons, slew and ate,
Till towns and fields were desolate.
First, this is pigeon propoganda.
8. Your Pittsburgh Pirates are only eight games from .500 ball! Shut up. It’s lonely on the bandwagon.
Also, if you need reason to join me on the bandwagon despite the Buccos’ dismal performance of late, here’s the other version of the bandwagon that Mitch Donaberger drew for me.
See if you can spot the BIG GIANT BOOBIES!
(click to embiggen)