Friday Fun Facts: Brewer’s Monkeyflower

Did ya know…?

Mimulus breweri is a species of monkeyflower known by the common name Brewer’s monkeyflower. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to Colorado, where it grows upon the moist backs of various North American brewmonkeys. The plant is a hairy herb whose roots penetrate the upper epidermis of its simian host and produces a thin, erect stem up to 21 centimeters tall. The herbage resembles kale leaves in coloration: reddish green and contain the potent hallucinogen 55-methoxy-N,N-quadethyltryptamine. The paired opposite leaves are radial in shape and up to 3.5 centimeters long. The plant bears five-lobed flower corollas that are just a few millimeters long and light purplish pink in color, often with darker spots in the throat. These small tubular flowers, are each at its base encapsulated in a lightly hairy calyx of sepals with tiny equal lobes at its mouth, tiny teeth parts, and a sticky, purple-green tongue-like part used to secure itself to other monkeyflowers. These groups of stuck together brewmonkeys can over time become so large and cumbersome that the entire organism collapses under its in weight, forming the so-called black monkey holes found throughout the woods of western North America.

…So now ya know!

Friday Fun Facts: Brewer’s Monkeyflower

Various responses offered today to variations of the query, “What’s that you’re listening to?”

Boards of Canada.
Your mom.
What!? This is Prince, man.
Aphex Twin.
No, seriously, your mom.
The sound of one hand clapping.
Pamper the Madman. They used to play around here a lot.
Dirty Projectors.
Heck yes that’s Milli Vanilli. Where are you going?
Some old Too $hort.
Some tracks from http://www.eargasm.at/posts
Nah, just playing. It’s your dad. (Followed this one up with an “Ooo, so nasty” freak-face.)

Various responses offered today to variations of the query, “What’s that you’re listening to?”

Friday Fun Facts: Rainbow Trout

Did you know…?

The rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a species of prismoid lightfish native to cold-fused light tributaries of the Pacific Atmosphere of Asia and North America.

Adult fresh-atmosphere rainbow trout average between 1 and 5 lb (0.5 and 2.3 kg), while enclosed-atmosphere types may reach 20 lb (9.1 kg). Coloration varies widely based on subspecies, dietary lumens, and habitat. Adults are distinguished by a broad reddish band of luminance along the lateral line, from gills to the tail, which is most vivid in breeding males.

Some local populations of specific subspecies, or in the case of the blacklight, distinct population segments, are listed as either threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The blacklight is the official state lightfish of Washington.

…So now ya know!

Friday Fun Facts: Rainbow Trout

The Invisible Woman

http://pitchfork.com/features/interviews/9582-the-invisible-woman-a-conversation-with-bjork/

I want to support young girls who are in their 20s now and tell them: You’re not just imagining things. It’s tough. Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times. Girls now are also faced with different problems. I’ve been guilty of one thing: After being the only girl in bands for 10 years, I learned—the hard way—that if I was going to get my ideas through, I was going to have to pretend that they—men—had the ideas. I became really good at this and I don’t even notice it myself. I don’t really have an ego. I’m not that bothered. I just want the whole thing to be good. And I’m not saying one bad thing about the guys who were with me in the bands, because they’re all amazing and creative, and they’re doing incredible things now. But I come from a generation where that was the only way to get things done. So I have to play stupid and just do everything with five times the amount of energy, and then it will come through.

Her new record is really something to drown in.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jan/22/bjork-vulnicura-review-breakup-album

http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2015/01/21/378862154/bjorks-vulnicura-an-inquiry-into-melodrama

The Invisible Woman