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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Ghetto Garden

This corner was the first piece of the Ghetto Garden I ever planted and over the years, I've grown a lot of stuff in there. Now it's self-sufficient with a mix of perennials and self-seeding annuals. The only thing I "planted" in here this year was a zinnia, and that little bastard hasn't even bloomed yet.

Here's one of my new beds. In this one I'm growing way too much stuff, but it seems to be going alright. In the foreground, I'm using the "Three Sisters" method again.
Now that's what I call a squash blossom.
You can see the plant that came from in the background of this pic. The tomato plant in the foreground has so many blossoms I had to pinch some of them off.

Monday, July 04, 2011

That's One Way to Put It...

BoingBoing posts about a guy I never heard of dying, but includes this:
"Len Sassaman, a cryptographer, activist and biopunk died yesterday, he lost the battle against depression in Leuven, Belgium."
You know what that means, right?

Suicide!

Of course, "losing the battle against depression" is a much nicer way of putting it. It takes the responsibility away from Sassaman. He wasn't the architect of his own death; he was an innocent victim of battle.

I can't accept that. The truth is that he may have fought bravely (in the battle against depression) but in the end, he surrendered.

As a guy who has had his own battles with depression, I'm going to take a different tack, one I stole from Will Smith in Ali. "You're facing a man who's willing to die before he lets you win."

That's right, even if I have to keep fighting until my natural death, I will.

This Month's Emusic Selection

There was an unintentional theme: colors and animal anatomy. First up...

Red Fang - Murder For the Mountains

SeanH turned me onto this band and I like what they do. It's all about the riffage, the beerage, and the beardage. I'm not sure why they picked this song for their latest video --the last 30 seconds are unbearable-- but the video is good cheeky fun.

One thing you'll never see in a Red Fang video, though: Girls.


Black Tusk - Passage Through Purgatory

I admit: I downloaded this record mostly because the name was reminiscent of Red Fang and the cover art was reminiscent of the Baroness records. Turns out, it is indeed a John Baizley painting. And in case you didn't know, Baizley is not only a prolific cover artist, but he's also in Baroness. Talented guy.
If you're not already a fan of this music, though, this Black Tusk record won't make you one.