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the joy of spring

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Tonight’s comic is partly influenced by my cold.  My burning eyes and heavy head made me think of allergies and other joys of the season.  The song is, of course, a butchered version of My Favorite Things from the famous musical, The Sound Of Music.

I don’t feel too chatty, but I do have an amazing link to share with you.  The digital photographer Jeff S. Love was recently brought to my attention.  His work is amazing but I’m particularly fascinated (and a bit repelled) by his anatomical series of tiny human specimens.  They are beautiful and creepy and riveting all at once.  Check it out.

Before I crawl back into a ball of sniffles, guess who finally got to drink some absinthe?

calan and absinthe

Afterwards, I spent a good hour taking pics of frogs and plants and stuff in the dark.  The next day I had to giggle at the fact that everything I photographed happened to be green.  Do I blame the green fairy or was it just a coincidence?  Oh, and the green nail polish was unplanned and out of character for me, but worked out cool for the photo. Premonition? Nah, just another coincidence.  I think.

Anyway, here’s the tree frogs.  Look at the lil guy riding piggyback style.  So cute!

tree frog piggyback

See you next week…

<3 calan

18 Responses to “the joy of spring”

  1. green fairy's long lost cousin Says:

    absynth at midnight
    green fairies linger
    mean upright basses
    give me blistered fingers
    magical nights hanging out
    with good friends
    these are a few of my favoritist things!

  2. insertnamehere Says:

    I know how you feel with the cold. I’ve been sick for the last week with a pretty annoying chest cold. Sick, but not sick enough to get out of doing any work. I personally like your remix, except for the second line. (which is the second paragraph, for help clarifying it). the other ones seem more liquid. I suppose it might be that it seems out of place. Ah well, what do I know? good work.

  3. Andréa Says:

    Love the nailpolish color – it’s one I wear quite often as my hubby’s Corvette is that color. So, did you LIKE the Absinthe? How did you drink it . . . plain or through a sugar cube? Saw the biography of Toulouse Lautrec the other day, and I hope that when I find some Absinthe to try, it won’t make me that much shorter. Maybe it’ll give me some artistic talent, however. One can always hope.

  4. Seraphine Says:

    swollen pink eyelid
    eye shadow or natural
    step closer and see

    the swollen pink lips
    the parting pink toothy grin
    quickly engulfs you

  5. Gabe Says:

    A musical interlude. How pretty 🙂

  6. matthew Says:

    It’s funny to see the absinthe on there. I just checked out a bunch of sites on absinthe not a month ago. And talk about being bummed out. It seems that after plenty of tests and studies on the subject no one can seem to find a reason for absinthe’s reputation as a psychoactive drug. It is basically a liquor. It usually has an ABV of 40-75% which was the reason it was diluted with water before drinking. But since the main chemical Thujone, claimed to be the cause of psychedelic effects, is in absinthe in such small quantity there is little or no chance of actually having a psychedelic reaction from absinthe alone. They also banned this product based on claims form makers that their absinthe had as much as 250-350 mg of Thujone in a bottle. This of course was absolutly false and it was usually more like 3-4mg in a bottle so banning it was a hysterical reaction that hasn’t been reversed yet. The most likely cause of ANY psychedelic reactions from people drinking this stuff was that back in the day malnutrion was very common and mix that with heavy drinking and you would naturally start to have odd reactions in your body.

    Well ok enough of that…class is over for now hehe. Sorry i couldn’t resist talking about it. I’m sure you already knew all that. Thanks for the connection to jeff’s art. Very interesting stuff. Loved the song too. Might just have to come up with my own favorite things lyrics. Good photo of the frog too. Nice detail.

  7. J Says:

    I hasten to indicate hesitance in imparting the following information, and abdicate responsibility in it’s regard as it is untested within my experience and indicate that i have no authority over any else’s actions regardless of regrettable repercussions to recklessness.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfIeNcH8WFQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omcZwTO7xsw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o765KtqVSyI

    also:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_n-gRS_wdI

  8. calan Says:

    green fairy’s cousin – you summed the night up beautifully 😉 your finger still makes me wince a bit. stand up basses are mean!

    Andrea – it had an anisey type of flavor and also sort of tasted green, if that makes any sense. maybe it was inspiring, maybe it was just the atmosphere but i did do a ton of photography and lost track of time. it was a really lovely garden with a pond and a perfect night weather wise so that was pretty inspiring on it’s own.

    one strange thing that happened later that evening was as i was falling asleep i saw these visuals of this stupid 1980’s white kitten graphic they would put on t-shirts and stuff. you’ve all seen it i’m sure. it’s fluffy and has grey eyes and is sort of a line drawing. anyway, i saw that kitten in 3d as if it were a real kitten only drawn and it was morphing. sort of like one bad photoshop jobs after another. it was really creepy to watch. i used to see scary heads morphing in a similar fashion, demonic looking things as a kid but i dont recall seeing the morphing images like that since i was a child. i find it hard to believe it was from just a small amount of absinthe though. i’m leaning towards coincidence. i wasn’t even the least bit buzzed when i went to bed.

    matthew – i went into a bunch of absinthe research about a year ago but i dont remember all the details now. i know it’s harmless and absurd to be illegal in this country. the one i tried came from prague. it is the thujone content that makes the difference and the amounts in it nowadays is insignificant. i thought back in the bohemian days of toulouse, etc it was stronger and that’s where it got it’s rep, but i could be wrong. all i know for sure, is i enjoyed it and want some more. 😛

    J- i dont think that dude knows what he’s talking about – he put pot stems in his absinthe! lol! thanks for the links. coltrane decontructs that song in a much more intelligent way than i could ever hope to. 🙂

  9. Seraphine Says:

    The whole lump of sugar ritual associated
    with absinthe is silly, unless you’re enjoying
    a night out. I pour it into a shot glass and
    drink it straight. Two shots produce an
    incredible rush (and a half hour later, it’s
    gone). It’s not like “regular” liquor, which
    makes me a lot *squishier* than absinthe.

  10. justme Says:

    Acid-green fingernails, absinthe that matches
    Frogs that ride piggyback while Calan watches
    Ironic odes to the joy that is spring
    These are a few of my favorite things

  11. calan Says:

    Andrea and Sera – our host served it with the sugar cube and water drops. i would prolly do it that way purely for the ritualistic sense it gives me. it makes it feel that much more unique. i’m silly. i know. 😛

    justme – you rock! thanks for writing that! you are officially one of my favorite things (til something else distracts me)

    oooh, is that road kill?

    *runs off to investigate*

  12. matthew Says:

    Lol Calan that was pretty funny. And yes justme trumped the hell out of what i was coming up with. Great job!

  13. Rosalie Says:

    Love the piggy back frogs! Huzzah!

  14. calan Says:

    welcome Rosalie 🙂 i just checked out your ugly baby shower art site. love it!

  15. Seraphine Says:

    I didn’t mention… I love
    the green nail polish and
    the photo of the frogs…

  16. calan Says:

    thanks sera. had more absinthe on sunday and took more green pics and ended up eaten alive by something. i have about 30 bites on my legs and they are driving me mental!

    i guess there’s a lesson here.

    kids: don’t drink and play in the garden. idk something like that.

    *shrugs*

  17. Richard C. Says:

    Expansion of powers and bumping off snitches
    Gitmo and Abu Ghraib make them my bitches
    Wiretaps without any attached strings
    These are a few of my favorite things

    Corporate tax credits and cold war defense bills
    Lockheed and Boeing and Exxon help score kills
    Fighters that fly high on faceted wings
    These are a few of my favorite things

    Secret police armed with calmative gases
    Figurehead puppets lead compliant masses
    Gutless insurgents that yield unto kings
    These are a few of my favorite things

    When the press bites
    When the polls sting
    When I’m feeling sad
    I simply remember my favorite things
    And then I don’t feel so bad

  18. calan Says:

    damn Richard, did you write that just for my lil site? i’m impressed. i checked out your link and my fave page is the White House for Kids area. Patriotic coloring particularly. Good stuff. 😉

    Check it out kids!
    http://whitehouse.org/kids/index.asp

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