March 5th, 2007

Hearth

Monday

Administration
Happy birthday to maltor!

Hello to new readers beetiger, scrabblewench, and quem98!

Medical
Still achy, but not as bad as yesterday. Will see if a hot bath helps, when Spooky awakens. I think sleeping on an air mattress did me no favors; it was not 100% inflated, you see...

House
Right, then. All the houses around here have names, it seems. And everyone keeps trying to refer to our house by a name in their LJ entries - I've seen Casa di SongDi (um, no), House Shadesong (better, but it omits the other residents), Chateau du Shayara (mmm... better, but not quite right), and other stuff. House Gojirawitz comes closest.

So I discussed this with Adam, and we may appropriate a house name from Kingdom of Loathing, since all three of us are KoL junkies. Names on the table include The Altar of Literacy, Degrassi Knoll, and The Palindome, for starters. Thoughts?

Spooky
Is wonderful and snuggly and just good to be around. :)

She'll be in town through Wednesday afternoon (could use an airport ride - anyone?). We'll be at Diesel tomorrow night. Anyone not going to Diesel who wants to meet her (although I think 80% of the Diesel crowd was at my party)? Anyone want to meet her in a less chaotic environment? Let us know. Our schedule is fairly open. I want to show her Boston, but that takes more than two days... *sigh*

Daily Science
Halkieriids are Cambrian animals that looked like slugs in scale mail; often when they died their scales, called sclerites, dissociated and scattered, and their sclerites represent a significant component of the small shelly fauna of the early Cambrian. They typically had their front and back ends capped with shells that resembled those we see in bivalve brachiopods. Wiwaxiids were also sluglike, but sported very prominent, long sclerites, and lacked the anterior and posterior shells; their exact position in the evolutionary tree has bounced about quite a bit, but some argument has made that they belong in the annelid ancestry, and that their sclerites are homologous to the bristly setae of worms. One simplistic picture of their relationship to modern forms was that the halkieriids expanded their shells and shed their scales to become molluscs, while the wiwaxiids minimized their armor to emphasize flexibility and became more wormlike. (Note that that is a very crude summary; relationships of these Cambrian groups to modern clades are extremely contentious. There's a more accurate description of the relationships below.)

Now a new fossil has been found, Orthozanclus reburrus that unites the two into a larger clade, the halwaxiids. Like the halkieriids, it has an anterior shell (but not a posterior one), and like the wiwaxiids, it has long spiky sclerites.


The Halwaxiids = my new band name.

Daily Scent-stuff
Today, stuff from Sweet Melissa!

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    awake awake
Hearth

Writing Prompts

Ack! I have been forgetting to give you your daily writing prompts. Here's a week's worth at once. :)

* Why that special chocolate costs a hundred dollars an ounce
* What is this?
* Why does this stuff happen to me?
* The shimmer of heat
* Moons
* Ghosts
* Coins

(Some of these are Elayna's. So cute.)
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    busy busy
Everyone here is a crazy person.

New band name

Following a discussion regarding Jesus's possible sexual predilictions (the next James Cameron special!), new band name:

Sloppy Second Coming.

*bows*

They will open for Surprise Anal.

First album name is Ramp Traffic.

...hi. Spooky and I are exponentially silly when our powers are combined.
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    silly silly