Archive for January, 2011

Ethio Soul

I seem to not be able to find this particular cassette tape that I bought at an Ethiopian Grocery store in Portland many years ago.  I was my official hyped on legal trucker speed driving music.  There is a melody that has been in my head for over a month,  I couldn’t read the artist name, or song titles on the cassette, so I have no words to jar my memory, just the image of the cover, and yeah…. Gold, red and green, ha ha.  Not on the Ras tip, very soulful tunes.  I need to find this.  Last place I recall hearing it would be Jenns van, on the way back…. There is no way it would still be in that van, this won’t stop me from asking her about it later today, who knows…. until then, maybe this will get me through the wait.

Either there is a very uncanny vibe of all of this sounding the same, or this is the dude… pretty sure this sax is from my jammy jam.  Ok, most likely not.  Rock steady ya’ll.

Blizzle Swiz

Yeah, I rather liked Black Swan.


I”m cool with trying to live up to the expectations of a 9 year old child.  Obama, I’m with that.

Bears Vs Seahawks….. Back when I first started hanging out with my dearly missed friend Doug, back in that day.  I would have been staunchly rooting against the Chicago Bears.  The idea of a Jim Zorn led Seahawks team would have had from jump.  And Steve Largent.  Ok, i’m gonna end the sport tip with this… Go Bears, I’m fully behind most things Chicago Sports, a touch too cool for school fandom.  I don’t rock jerseys and such.  I”m cool with not actually watching this game, they are suppose to win, if they don’t, it will be good that I didn’t sit through that dumb shit, if they win… well cool, the are suppose to.  blather.

Good early moves with my new old sampler, this is beyond getting the ball rolling.  40 year old Rapper in session.

We got some nice Jasmine plants into work today, the smell was a very nice extra benefit.

Arizona shooting, another one…. uhm… ANOTHER ONE!  geeez Louise, let’s us as civilized folks, get this over the top bullets boom under control.  Sure, have your shit for the revolution, and such, but 30 something is a group of people in their 30′s, not a reference to whats in chamber.   Come on gun makers/ammo peeps/NRA/and those other peeps that want as Gang Starr said, “Tons of Guns”… The story of easy guns is a story that has long been told, keep the gats in the legal frame of things, but also in the moral good light.  Gun shop grabs have to stop.

Go Bulls.

a very nice misuse of air plants

So you have been collecting Tillandsia for some time now, you have your nice display ideas for them and they are looking great.    You have been soaking your air plants every 4-9 days depending on how dry and bright your place is, all is going well.  People come over and always bring up how great and interesting they are, and you beam inside because most of your friends have not even heard of such a thing as an air plant.  Well… here is another way you can display air plants, a fresh little look for that special dinner party, or restaurant hostess counter, or storefront window display.

All you need is some kind of glass container, floral cylinders are nice especially if your going for the special event or window display idea, but don’t sleep on the humble little mason jar as a great piece of glass to work with.   The next thing you need are the air plants (the tillandsia in this piece are from Sprout Home) and water.  Typically one should only soak tillandsia for about an hour, every week or so.  That said, we are going to totally misuse these plants by over soaking them, they can be soaked for up to 3 or 4 hours if your only doing this long soak once a month or so.  If you go with this display idea every weekend, your plants are going to start to rot from getting too much water too often.  If this look is something your going to do often, I would suggest having a rotation of plants.  If your rocking a one time event, go crazy!  Tillandsia are pretty inexpensive, depending on the species they can be cheaper than fresh cut floral.

Set out your air plants, set your jars out, and play around with different combinations, just make sure the air plant will fit into the jar that your planning on soaking it in.  You don’t want to damage the plant by cramming it into a space it doesn’t fit into.  I like to soak them root side (the bottom of the plant) up, This will also help by allowing the plants to be removed without bending the leaves back against the grain, they can break off like that.

Place them inside the glass, you can start with large plants, and if there is room, you can add smaller ones into the same piece of glass.  Some very large plants will look great submerged all alone.  Either way, you will find a look that works for you.  The only tool one might need is a chopstick to push down, and arrange the plants.  Some will float around until the air bubbles have all been freed.

Step back and enjoy the little look you created.  These were photographed in a window sill, back light makes these look incredible.  There is a certain bit of optical illusion that goes with submerged structures, so yeah…. don’t get lost.

You want to make sure you pour out the water after your event, and give those air plants a nice shaking to remove as much water as you can from them, and please… let them dry completely out before putting them into any other type of enclosed arrangement, dry or wet.  They need to live the super dry life before they can go to atlantis again.    So there you go, a very nice misuse of air plants.

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