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Armchair Biophilia

February 2, 2012

Armchair Biophilia sounds like a dangerous contagion – it will hopefully be the name of an ensemble-cast movie soon. But it’s also how this video makes me feel: inexplicably warmed at the sight of a pretty building adorned by nature – even though I’m watching it from my nature-less desktop.

I take pretty much anyone I can convince to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – a 20 minute walk from my house. The desolation of the place this time of year can make for haunting pictures. These are some I took on New Year’s Eve when my friends and I went for a walk through BBG.


After we shivered our way through the grounds, we were rewarded by the greenhouse biospheres – deserts, temperate forests, jungles – veritable Brooklyn oases. The terrarium and bonsai exhibits are especially worth the trip.

And I’m not the only one who finds them picturesque. The latest email newsletter from the British clothing brand ASOS contained this charming video of Elizabeth Olsen wandering through the gardens in quirky, colorful outfits, which I would like to do now please thank you if there are any photographers out there, ok?


And I recently discovered the joys of the Linnean Libation League, a bevy of bacchanal botany lovers (oh sorry, I thought we were alliterating everything) after my own heart and attended their Russian Retreat [alliteration sic].

In sum: Long live the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens!

That’s not really an issue though because they’re plants and they’ll live as long as we keep watering and replanting them.

Unless there’s an environmental apocalypse and stuff stops growing, in which case we’re in trouble all around.

So let’s plant more of those green roofs and avoid that!


What A Glorious Feeling

February 2, 2012

These posterized silhouettes of famous movie and tv dances are fantastic.

Just in case anyone wants to know which one I want – see above.

Fist-Bumper-in-Chief Actually a Germophone

January 30, 2012

Have we ever thought that Obama’s obsession with fist-bumping has less to do with hipness and more to with OCD-level germophobia?

At the very least, I bet he gets sick a lot less than most serial hand-shaker presidents.

5 Things to do with a Human Skeleton

January 23, 2012

An all staff email just came around the Museum: “The Sackler Lab is looking to get rid of an articulated human skeleton, its missing a couple of pieces….” [sic]

1. Dress up and sell as HOV-lane passenger.

2. Take it to the gym as inspiration (just kidding, New York City is a bad influence).

3. Take apart and use for 2001: A Space Odyssey re-enactment.

4. Dress in a suit and keep perched on sofa at all times with a scotch in hand.

5. Scare people. All the time. Or gross them out. Either will do.


UPDATE: Skeleton was claimed. Within the hour. #*@&^$!

I hope my Hypothetical Daughter will be Half as Articulate

January 23, 2012

There is Nothing Wrong With Our Clocks

January 4, 2012

This cracks me up. Flavorwire is such a time-suck.


But Poets Have Come Closest

January 4, 2012

“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”
-Zelda Fitzgerald