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Day June 30, 2004

Create Your Own Graffiti


Kinda tricky to use it though.
(via Crazy/Beautiful)

‘Corpse Flower’ to Bloom in UConn Greenhouse


I might have to take a trip to CT to see this. Although they do have a webcam if you want to take a look without travelling.

Within the next few weeks, New Englanders will have the opportunity to see and smell one of the strangest productions of the vegetable kingdom: the titan arum, or corpse flower, which features a gigantic bloom — and a mighty stench — is expected to open sometime near the end of June, at the University of Connecticut’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Conservatory.

Currently, the UConn-based flower bud is more than three feet high and growing by several inches each day. Clint Morse, plant growth facilities manager and the researcher who obtained and planted the titan arum, is estimating the plant will flower between June 28 and July 2. He emphasizes, however, that those dates only represent his best guess.

The fully open flower lasts only a few days, so visitors hoping to catch it at its peak will have to time their visit carefully. The infamous odor of the corpse flower is strongest just as the flower opens, becoming faint, for better or worse, after the first day. Already, gardeners, botanists and curiosity-seekers from across the northeast and beyond are making plans to travel to Storrs to experience the horticultural equivalent of twin NCAA basketball championships.

(via Collision Detection)

Guest Blogger

I am always looking for different ways to improve Cynical-C. My good friend Paul is constantly ferreting out interesting links so I have created an account for him and he will be posting from time to time under the initials pvc. Paul was born in FL but moved to Boston to attend MIT and never left. He must have hated those brutal Florida winters. I worked with him for a few years developing software and he would send me weird links before I had even heard of blogging so I know that he will be a great addition to this blog. He has carte blanche and I told him to post whenever he feels like it so a warm welcome to pvc.

Cool Bus


(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Dead or Alive

Not sure if a celebrity is dead or alive? Check here.

Overclocking a P4 to 5GHz


First item you need is a lot of liquid nitrogen.

Japanese Comic Book Covers


Since the site is entirely in Japanese, I am really not sure what year these comic books are from or what they are about. But they look cool.

Bush/Cheney Mods for Quake 3


Also available are mods for Hillary Clinton and Condi Rice. I wonder if the Cheney mod swears?

Free Hawaii!!

Welcome to the website of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government presently operating within the occupied State of the Hawaiian Islands. Since the Spanish-American War, 1898, our Nation has been under prolonged occupation by the United States of America.

Sorry Hawaii but the last time a state tried to leave the union was in the 1860s and it didn’t go too smoothly. Once you become a state you are a state for life. Kinda like the mafia.


A class of third grade students in Jackson, Mississippi started a “welcome-back-to-school” class project to make a plant pot to take home, and wanted a plant that was easy to take care of. So it was decided to use cactus plants.

The students were given greenware pottery in the style of a clown plant pot and they painted them with glaze and had them professionally fired at a class outing so they could see the process. It was great fun.

They planted the cactus seeds in the finished planters, and they grew nicely, but unfortunately the children were not allowed to take them home. Instead, the cactus plants were removed from the planters, and a small ivy replaced them before the children were allowed to take them home.

When interviewed, the teacher said cactus had seemed like a good idea at the time. But . . . .

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