The best camouflage you will ever see. This guy comes out of cloak like a startled Romulan warbird, then fires (ink) and hurriedly makes off for a more, ahem, neutral zone. (Also does a great imitation of a walking rock.)
In French: how else?
We saw this while in the excellent Martinsbräu in Freiburg im Breisgau, that jewel among German cities — possibly the most Mediterranean of the cities of the German south.
The whole place is downstairs one level, under the busy city food market above. There are booths and tables set near the big copper brew kettles (the Martinsbräu is a microbrewery) and off to one side, by one of the big tables, pictures of angels are hung on the far wall.
Theoretically, the various angels are supposed to be protecting their charges. But some of the angels look… a little ambivalent.
Apropos of absolutely nothing (except that I want to know where I put this in a couple of weeks, and my bookmark files are beyond congested at the moment):
A comparison of US instant mashed potatoes at Bad Ingredients. (Don’t even ask about Irish instant mashed potatoes. There is only an imported UK brand called Smash ((originally made by Cadburys, and now owned by Knorr, I believe)) that turns out a result exactly mirroring the texture of wallpaper paste. Here in the land of Real Potatoes, Smash is mostly famous for its silly ‘70’s commercials featuring Martians mocking the food habits of those primitive Earthlings; apparently British viewers once voted these the best TV commercials of all time.) Disclaimer: I have sometimes brought home the “Potato Buds” brand for use when I can’t be bothered to boil the real thing. But this would be rare, and a box of Potato Buds would normally last me 3–6 months. That last brand they describe, though? Wow. Anybody know anyplace in New York that carries those?
Never mind. Here’s a compendium of the Smash commercials. (The first one doesn’t have the Martians: the rest do.)
In the Handicrafts Dep't: Knit Your Own "Python/Holy Grail" Death Rabbit of Caerbannog
Oh dear, oh dear. Not safe for those who don’t like the F word and its variants. But visually hilarious.
[tags]Star Wars, gangsta, rap[/tags]
On summer evenings, when the little ultrasonic things that keep bugs and mice out of the house are turned on, if the windows are going to be open, turn the ultrasonics off. Otherwise the local pipistrelle bats come in the windows and start hunting through the house for the strange mutant bat-thing that’s suddenly appeared on their territory and is making these weird noises.
Now playing: Tina Turner & Elton John – The Bitch is Back
[tags] bats, pipistrelle, protected species, Ireland, summer[/tags]
Previously on Metaquotes:
Commune with Cthulhu??? Why would you want to talk to the fictional creation of a 1920’s writer who had lots of personal problems? You might as well summon the Spirit of Garfield to infuse your Lasagne with magikal might.
…Huh? Oh, nothing, Great Old One, nothing at all. Have some tea…
[tags]Cthulhu, metaquotes, tea[/tags]