Child well-being worsens in U.S.

Regarding its key economic indicator, the Kids Count report said 18 percent of U.S. children — 13.3 million of them — were living in poverty in 2006, up by 1 million children from the 17 percent rate in 2000. It said child poverty increased in 32 states during that period.

“It’s disconcerting, because between 2000 and 2006 the economy was doing pretty well,” said Beavers, who predicted the poverty rates would worsen amid the current economic downturn.


I watched The Blue Planet – Deep Sea last night. It’s “an immensely fascinating BBC documentary about the creatures that live thousands of feet beneath the waves.”

You have to watch this! 

Single-horned ‘Unicorn’ deer found in Italy

By MARTA FALCONI, Associated Press Writer
Yahoo News

ROME – A deer with a single horn in the center of its head — much like the fabled, mythical unicorn — has been spotted in a nature preserve in Italy, park officials said Wednesday.

 unicorn deer found in italy

“This is fantasy becoming reality,” Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, told The Associated Press. “The unicorn has always been a mythological animal.”

The 1-year-old Roe Deer — nicknamed “Unicorn” — was born in captivity in the research center’s park in the Tuscan town of Prato, near Florence, Tozzi said.

He is believed to have been born with a genetic flaw; his twin has two horns.

Calling it the first time he has seen such a case, Tozzi said such anomalies among deer may have inspired the myth of the unicorn.

The unicorn, a horse-like creature with magical healing powers, has appeared in legends and stories throughout history, from ancient and medieval texts to the adventures of Harry Potter.

“This shows that even in past times, there could have been animals with this anomaly,” he said by telephone. “It’s not like they dreamed it up.”

Single-horned deer are rare but not unheard of — but even more unusual is the central positioning of the horn, experts said.

“Generally, the horn is on one side (of the head) rather than being at the center. This looks like a complex case,” said Fulvio Fraticelli, scientific director of Rome’s zoo. He said the position of the horn could also be the result of a trauma early in the animal’s life.

Other mammals are believed to contribute to the myth of the unicorn, including the narwhal, a whale with a long, spiraling tusk.

Geoff is my favorite part of the show. Aparently he isn’t only talented at making cakes, but he can play the guitar and sing too!

Stumble Upon has really helped relieve my boredom… behold… Telephone Sheep by Jean Luc Cornec

Sheep made from telephone parts displayed at the Frankfurt Museum of Communications.

Telephone Sheep by Jean Luc Cornec

Telephone Sheep by Jean Luc Cornec

Telephone Sheep by Jean Luc Cornec

I can’t stop laughing at this. It’s so good!

“London-based Levitate Architects came up with this ingenious solution to a book storage problem and created a loft-like bedroom nestled under the roof of the top-floor apartment.”


This typographic clock called Analogy by Jesson Yip is pretty much the coolest thing ever.

analogy typographic clock

“Analogy is a typographic clock which explores the numerical and spatial qualities of digital and analogue clocks. This piece considers the relationship between the two, fusing them together to create a new hybrid format. It gives an everyday object a twist to make it something that people will notice.”

Click here to see it in action!

Part of my favorite set:

Another good one:

nom nails

Harlequin Ducks

Harlequin Ducks

Harlequin Ducks

Harlequin Ducks

Aren’t they beautiful?

The Harlequin drake is very distinct and can be confused with no other waterfowl species. The basic body color is a deep slate blue, enlivened by white stripes, crescents and spots on the head, neck and scapulars. The sides and flanks are chestnut colored. The bill is blue-gray with a pale nail and the legs and feet are grayish.

Click here to listen to them.

I recently stumbled upon Daily Walks, photography by Diane Varner. She has hundreds of amazingly detailed and colorful photos taken on her daily walks in Northern California. Here are some of my favorites. It was hard to choose, I clicked through every single picture!

Diane Varner

Diane Varner

Diane Varner

Diane Varner

Diane Varner

Diane Varner

Diane Varner

While screwing around on the internet last night I found these two cute bags.

1. “I don’t get wasted” Organic Cotton Reusable Shopping Tote by Origins Organics

i don't get wasted tote

As someone who doesn’t drink (and never has) and likes organic/green stuff, I thought this bag was really awesome. Up to $120K of profits from the bag will benefit the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), a not-for-profit organization that offers grants to organic farmers. It doesn’t look like you can buy it online, but apparently it’s only $10 at Origins stores (looks like they are in most Macy’s stores).

2. “Hot dog” tote bag. From fred flare

Dachshund toteDachshund tote

I kind of have a thing for dogs with little legs! They don’t have a Corgi tote, but this Dachshund is just too cute. I can never spell dachshund, so I googled it…

cute daschund puppy
Awww! I <3 puppies.

I always recycle, I can’t stand to see bottles, cans, paper, etc thrown away, but instead of reusing water bottles and then recycling them, I’ve decided I’m going to get this SIGG I AM NOT A PLASTIC 1.0L (33 OZ) reusable water bottle.

SIGG I AM NOT A PLASTIC water bottle is proud to partner with SIGG to create a re-usable water bottle so we can all do our part and ditch the plastic!

Some info from the SIGG website:
• SIGG bottles exceed FDA requirements and have been thoroughly tested to ensure 0.0% leaching – so they are 100% safe.

• SIGG bottles are manufactured in an ecologically-friendly environment and are 100% recyclable after their very long lives. In fact, most SIGGs in Europe are still being used 10-20 years after purchase.

• SIGG Switzerland utilizes only foodgrade, 100% safe paint in the manufacturing of our water bottles.

• SIGG bottles absolutely do not contain any of the following harmful ingredients: antimony, arsenic, soluble barium, lead, cadmium, mercury and selenium. The paints used to decorate SIGG products are completely safe and in compliance with ASTM F963-2007.

• Most disposable water bottles (e.g. – Evian, Dasani, Aquafina, etc.) are made of PET plastic. According to the American Recycling Institute, only 14% of these bottles are recycled. Most of the PET bottles end up in litter or trash where they can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade, filling our landfills and injuring wildlife.

• Americans are currently adding 30 million PET water bottles to our nation’s landfills – everyday

• Even if PET bottles are sent to the recycling center, they are really being “down-cycled”, converted to a lower form of plastic, much of which goes unused.

• PET is a petroleum-based plastic. Manufacturing and transporting bottled water (especially from distant countries such as France and Fiji) unnecessarily burns fossil fuels – approximately 1.5 million barrels per year according to the NRDC.

Only 14% are recycled?! That’s terrible. I’m disappointed in you America :(

Little changes can make a big difference. Start today!

Update: I got to see the rest of my family for mother’s day and my brother gave me my birthday present…
Whispering Meadows 0.6 Liter Sigg Water Bottle
this beautiful Whispering Meadows 0.6 Liter Sigg Water Bottle! It’s so cute. It has an illustration of a field with ladybugs. I used it all day today. Thanks Mike!

I think I’m still going to get the other one for Jeff. Saving the word, one water bottle at a time ;)


I was just watching tv and a commercial for M by Mariah Carey Gold Deluxe was on… a $600 value for $75. $600?! Who in the world would pay $600 for perfume (or parfum as Mariah calls it)… I guess no one, that’s why it’s $75.

This makes me laugh:

“I absolutely love the parfum…Wearing M by Mariah Carey Gold is a very sensual and glamorous experience. It is almost like being wrapped in liquid gold.” – Mariah Carey

M Gold

Mark Beemer and the Shirts for a Cure project were just featured in the May 2008 issue of Alternative Press. Click here to check it out. The Syrentha Savio Endowment (SSE) was started by band photographer Mark Beemer after he lost his wife Syrentha to breast cancer. SSE provides financial assistance to underprivileged women who cannot afford expensive breast cancer medicine and therapy. The Shirts For A Cure Project (SFAC) was launched by SSE to give voice to the social concerns of punk bands and their many fans as well as to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention.

I’ve supported both of these charities since I heard of SSE at the reunion shows Kid Dynamite played in Philadelphia in 2003 to benefit SSE.

Instead of having favors at our wedding reception we donated money in our guests’ name to SSE.

SSE wedding donations

At the Kid Dynamite show I bought the blue version of this shirt:

kid dynamite liberty bell sse shirt

I also have this Hot Water Music shirt (which I happen to be wearing today)

hot water music shirts for a cure shirt

And Jeff has this Rise Against shirt:
Rise Against shirts for a cure

I think the next one I’m going to get is this The Loved Ones shirt… or you can get it for me, I wear a small :)
The Loved Ones Shirts for a Cure shirt

Shirts for a Cure is a great charity! Support it!