By here's a few pics I managed to take at the flea...
Monday, September 30, 2013
Weekends are busy...
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Then, well this spiny plant was obviously a different kind of spiny plant than that one, so you begin sorting them out, and you eventually separate things into groups of genus's of their own, and so on and so forth. Some of these splits are fairly straightforward... The Giant Saguaro started Cereus giganteus, went to Pilocereus giganteus, and eventually settled into Carnegiea gigantea. And it's fairly obvious that, say, a Mammillaria is not a Carnegiea. And some of those Mammillaria are obviously and noticeably different from the others, let's call them Escobaria... etc.
Then science makes an advance, people look at things under their magnifying glasses... then their microscopes, then electron microscopes, then genetic testing comes into play. All this in the interest of accuracy and making plants easier to ID and actually making it nearly impossible for the average Joe, who let's face it can't reasonably be expected to have an electron microscope laying around gathering dust in the garage, to ID that really cool plant he just bought of the clearance table at Wal-Mart with 100% certainty on his own, so he's relying on the tag stuck to the side of the pot which may or may not be right, because the nursery where the plant came from doesn't have an electron microscope either.
Let's face it folks... you need a masters degree to understand the language in some of those scientific papers, much less the actual science involved.
Well, the work separating those cereus types is ongoing, and as more advances happen, will continue. And some of those diligent little scientists have turned their attention to Opuntia.
At first, Opuntia seems a fairly straight-forward genus. Most of them grow in pads or sections. Most have spines, and at the base of the spine, in the ariole, there are little mini-spines called glochids which are much more troublesome than the spines ever hoped to be. These are collectively called Prickly Pears. Some of them are called Cholla. Most of us can wrap our brains around this pretty easily.
Turns out, not quite as straightforward as we thought. While, most Opuntia are still Opuntia... it is being split into several genera. Currently, according to Wikipedia, fifteen genera. I fully expect more to come... Under the subfamily Opuntioideae, we have:
1. Austrocylindropuntia (cholla-ish)
2. Cumulopuntia (cholla-ish. Actually, even more "ish")
3. Cylindropuntieae (cholla)
4. Grusonia (cholla)
5. Pereskiopsis (most of us wouldn't recognize Pereskiopsis as a prickly pear, or even a cactus)
6. Quiabentia (another that doesn't even look like a cactus.)
7. Brasiliopuntia (prickly pear. A really tall one. You've probably seen little ones as house plants)
8. Consolea (prickly pear.)
9. Milqueliopuntia (stubby cholla)
10.Opuntia (prickly pear)
11.Tacinga (prickly pear)
12. Tunilla (pickly pear)
13. Pterocactus (cholla-ish)
14. Maihueniopsis (prickly pear-ish)
Some sources also list a few others... notable Micropuntia (little chollas) but until everybody straightens themselves out, we're gonna go with what we got.
Now, all this is complicated by the fact that prickly pears are, as a general rule, highly adaptable and highly variable. Hence, the plant in the natural habitat, and the plant you have at home may be the same species, but look totally different, The amount of light, water etc, will all make the plant change it's size, spines, even color. So it's confusing enough.
And now, we get to the plant that started all this... It started when a friend of mine bought a prickly pear on the clearance table at Wal-Mart.
Actually, it was a score. A really nice one gallon pot full of bright green pads, for five bucks. I was a little jealous.
"Where are you gonna put it?" I asked, looking around to the living room windows.
"In the yard," he answered.
"You mean on the patio?"
"No. Out by the garage with that other prickly pear."
"It'll die! It won't survive the winter."
"Hell they grow wild in the pasture..."
"Not this kind. Most prickly pears won't..."
"It's a damn prickly pear..."
"There are like, a hundred different kinds of prickly pears... and most get killed by a hard frost..."
"Whatever..." followed by eye-roll.
So, you're starting to get the idea of why it's kind of important to find out what kind of prickly pear you got...
Anyway, I looked on the side of the pot, and saw the name Opuntia falcate. I whipped out the smart phone, typed it in and... Nothing.
So, I took a couple of small juvenile pads, and promised to get back... In case you haven't noticed, cuttings off plants I have to ID is turning into a very convenient way to increase my collection with no investment of money. Just saying.
They're rooting now... actually, they're very well rooted now and starting to show the first signs of growing.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
blogger public service announcement...
At best, you'll be directed to a page of ads. At worst, you'll be infected with malware or a rather nasty virus.
The new blog, Little Goth Bob's World yesterday got 100+ views from these... in the future I shall call them BLOTIA which stands for Bloodsucking Leaches On The Internets Ass, but I fortunately already knew about them so I didn't click.
They're called Referer Spam, and Google and/or Blogger is unable or unwilling to block them for some reason, and even if they did the name would change and they'd be back in the space of 15 minutes. Even though it messes with your counts on the Stat Page, they are able to exclude the numbers when it comes to your AdSense page and Google ratings, so it doesn't affect that if your worried about it.
If you really need to check or track your stats, there are a few widgets out there to do it. They have no problem blocking these sites... hmmmm.
Now, while I kinda understand what they are... here's a link that explains it a lot better than I can...
Spam Spoiler, a blogger on BlogSpot who knows his stuff.
The basic advice is this. Don't click on them. Ther're not actually reading your page, they're not actually going to your blog, they're not actually sending anyone to your blog. As to the stats... it's an annoyance, but it's not harming you, and since it doesn't touch your adsense or google ratings, it's not costing you anything. (which is probably why google isn't pursuing it) and unless you click the link, it doesn't really have anyway to get you.
It's annoying, because I like to see if anyone is viewing my posts. These numbers are confusing and they generally make the stat page totally useless.
As a general rule... don't click on any of the links on the stat page. If you really want to get on my blog, or anyone elses, do it from your link list, your followers list, or favorites list.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Rik Rak cactus
Monday, September 23, 2013
Bad Hair Day Cactus
Sunday, September 22, 2013
BUGS. way cool BUGS
One of the other dealers at the market makes these... they're real bugs, mounted in realistic settings. After the LG Bob site is going good... this week I promise... I'm looking at finding other things to list. Seriously considering these... they're really fascinating
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Work Work Work...
Just moving and moving all that stuff to the new booth. Finally got it there, and began the slow process of arranging it. Which takes longer than moving it, especially since there's customers trying to shop at the same time.
Did sell a couple of Bob's today, despite everything being an unholy mess... or maybe because of it, and got a bit of the Halloween decor up...
Altogether a pretty productive day...
Friday, September 20, 2013
not a good day...
So, it had rained overnight. I wasn't however expecting 5 inches of water in my booth.
It's not disastrous as it sounds. I've worked enough outside venues to know that you raise everything off the ground. I had some warehouse skids under my shelves, and I've got cinder blocks under other stuff, and 2 x 4's under others, and everything was pretty much safe, but it was an unholy mess.
There was one booth, towards the front, middle aisle, much better location, and out was empty and not flooded. I laid claim and defied anyone to argue with me, and began moving stuff.
About one o'clock, I was pretty much moved, not quite totally, but it started raining again, I was converted in mud up to my knees, my shoes were soaked through, and I finally gave in too the misery and got home.
Now, add to the flooding problem. The county had been alerted to this, and swears they're gonna fix the drainage issue, does drain, just S L O W. They're gonna dig the new ditches, etc, etc, yada yada... but, it's government so it will happen when it happens.
They say no rain tomorrow. We'll see.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
The LG Bob blog is up. One entire post. Here's the link
Please click on it. Repeatedly. It will help it start showing up in search engines.
Right now, if I type in the phrase Little Goth Bob, the engines take it to one of my posts... so that's going be a link too. Got some editing to do...
Wheeee haw! Finally got the phone. They were a tad more polite today. I wonder if someone forwarded yesterday post to them. Of course, now I have to get my aps right. Ugh.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
the cell phone saga continues.
So yesterday, I went to the store where I bought the phone. They took the battery out and put it back in. Which I had already done three times, but they gotta do what they gotta do. They then looked all over the phone to make sure that I hadn't been throwing it at people, letting the dog chew on it, using it to hammer nails, etc... nope. passed inspection. They confirmed, that yes indeed, there was something defective with the phone itself. Which is what I told them, but yeah... I understand they had to do their inspection thing... I'm not unreasonable after all. Well, I'm a little unreasonable, but I was feeling generous.
They clicked on the computer, and confirmed that I had bought the phone, there, on August 3. Which is less than 2 months ago. They also confirmed that I had bought their insurance, and paid for it, just in case of this sort of thing. But, they informed me, that it was still under the manufacturers warrantee. That's fine with me.
They can, of course, replace it. For a fee of $16.73 shipping and handling.
OK. So, you sold me a piece of ****, and you're gonna charge me more to make it right? Now, this is where I start feeling 'unreasonable' welling up.
First, you sold me a piece of ****. Any legitimate business has a return or exchange policy. Unless, of course, you're talking consumer electronics.
Second, you have at least 50 of those phones sitting right there. Why does anything have to be shipped anywhere?
Third, Even if it does have to be shipped somewhere, I used to sell on ebay, and I've shipped sets of china through the mail for less than $16.00.
Well, since it's the manufacturers problem, they have to replace it... however, if I want I can drive 20 miles to the 'corporate' store and get a replacement phone immediately. For $37.00.
Fine. What the **** ever. Just ship it to me. Do you need my mailing address?
Oh no... they ship it to the store. I will still have to come in on Thursday, some time after noon, to pick it up.
So, I'm paying for shipping, and you're not actually shipping anything? Because, while I can't prove it, I've worked in enough warehouses and such that I'm pretty sure what happens is that they send an e-mail/fax to the company, and they get a store credit to release one of the phones they already have on hand. Which should take about 15 minutes, not two days. So I strongly suspect that I'm paying shipping, on something that isn't being shipped. Well, unless you consider the schmuck at the counter in front of me walking to the back room, picking up a box and walking back "shipping."
Personally, I considerer me making two back and forth trips to the store to be more in the lines of shipping. I should be paid the $16.73.
And then, he tells me to make sure that I don't get the phone damaged or wet in those two days, because they won't honor the warrantee if I do. Even though, he's just examined it, and confirmed that it wasn't working 15 minutes ago.
At this point I, rather heroically if I say so myself, fought back the urge to pinch his head till it popped like a giant zit, splattering brains all over the store into a literal zombie buffet.
So that's where we stand now. I'm not happy.
I do, however have an old phone with a cracked screen here. While I can't send texts or make phone calls with it, I can check e-mail, read my blog, and do some things on the web, provided I'm near a WiFi antennae, so it's not like I've reverted to the third world or anything. And, of course, I have this borrowed laptop.
I also can't get that cracked phone to allow me to actually post on the blog, so Little Goths Bob world has been delayed. True, I could get some text on there with this laptop, but Bob's such a visual guy, it really needs pics.
Therefore, day 2 of annoyance. I think I'll walk up to the convenience store and buy a lotto ticket because powerball is up to about 400 million right now.
And now I really have to run, because I think I hear the cat making vomiting noises.
What a glamorous life I lead,
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I have job applications out with that phone number.
I have all my numbers and pictures in that phone.
I use that phone to post on Facebook.
I use that phone to surf the web.
I use that phone to take credit cards at the flea.
I use that phone to post my endlessly fascinating blog posts. Well, usually, right now I'm using a borrowed laptop, but what if I'm out in the middle of a field and I see an extremely rare and unusually slimy, grotesque slug, and I want to tell all of you about it, because I know you're all fascinated with such things, and I won't have my phone to take an excruciatingly disgusting pic, or write a post, and there will probably not be a handy laptop for me to borrow.
As is I was planning on taking some pics and starting the Little Goth Bob Blog. That's not gonna happen now...
The real point is that EVERYTHING is in that tiny little plastic piece of crap.
And I was wanting to take pics of a plant project.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Black crepe myrtles
Anyway, I'm told that last year, we at Renfro Trade Days actually got some of the overflow from it... people who were on their way to or from Antique Alley stopped. (we're fairly close to Cleburne, one of the starting or end points of the event.) But a lot of our dealers are going to be working the Alley, so I don't know how busy we'll be... if people drive by and don't see any activity from the road, or see a bunch of booths that are covered with tarps and closed up, they may not stop.
I mentioned before, there is a haunted house in our parking lot over Halloween. This will be opening up on Sept. 27, and it evidently brings business in. The Haunted House people found out that I used to read Tarot cards for private parties and such back in my far more glamorous gothic days and they've talked me into putting a table in my booth to do readings. Well, it's extra cash, so why not.
They've also announced that they will be having a competition for the best decorated Halloween booth, the prize being free booth rental for the month. Now, back in my Tarot days, I was actually a general party worker. I free lanced with florists and party planners. I can do some amazing things with a ball of yarn, some plastic mylar and a glue gun... I can do some of it practically in my sleep. So while some of the dealers began pulling out plastic pumpkins and talking about stuffing a scarecrow... I'm thinking... I can do this. BWAH HA HA HA HA.
Face it folks... I've got a tarot table and small obnoxiously cute voodoo dolls... I'm starting with an advantage. And then, I find out that the theme for the haunted house this year is zombie apocalypse, Little Goth Bob was just thrilled to his little wood and wire bones.
But... I'm thinking something else for my booth theme. (You have to have a theme when you do these things. It helps you focus and keeps everything from looking muddy)
Pics will of course be forthcoming. I may even show you how to make a few things...
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Tyne purpose of this is to free up this blog for my rants and plants. LG Bob fans can follow him there, while those of you who don't particularly wish to be subjected too his cadaverous presence will no doubt feel relieved.
Also, as I begin to market the mini Bob's, everyone who is purchasing or considering them can be directed too that blog for questions, pricing and such. (Just for the record, Scary Carrie, the blushing bride, may have her man... wish her well...)
The other blog isn't open yet, but I'll make sure everyone knows when it is.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
The plant that came straight from Hell
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Normal September Rant...
My facebook page is being inundated with patriotic posts, expressed in the usual Facebook manner.
This is achieved in the following way... first you wait until somebody sends you a post that includes a picture. The ultimate 9/11 picture is of the twin towers billowing smoke that is backlit with glorious rays of sunshine flowing through. If the smoke has been sculpted via photoshop to show the head of an eagle, or, even better, the face of Jesus, that's a definite plus. If there should be an American flag involved so much the better. If it has the phrase, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET" emblazoned in bold red letters you've really scored, because now you can click the 'like' button and the 'share' button without even having to type that phrase or any text at all.
Now that you have expressed your patriotism, outrage, grief, etc. you can, with a huge amount of effort, (three whole mouse clicks) you can even find a YouTube photo montage that will show dramatic pictures of ash-covered traumatized civilians slowly fading into each other while listening to an audio track recorded by a gravel voiced country western singer.
Having expressed your patriotism/moral indignation/heartbreak/etc, without going to the trouble of actually saying, doing or even feeling much of anything, you can now congratulate yourself and move on to the normal Facebook activities.
Such as liking and sharing smart-ass phrases you've never actually said, adorable photos of kittens you don't actually own, militant vegetarian animal rights rants you didn't write, and my personal favorite- sharing recipes that you've never actually prepared but you intend to try someday because it looks really scrumptious. (You will notice I did not include the playlists from DJ wannabes. That's because I unfriended them all years ago in one fell swoop when one of them posted a video by an underground all-girl band calling themselves the Vagina Bandits. Enough was enough.)
I did not know anyone in the twin towers. I did not even know anyone who was a friend of a friend of anyone in the twin towers. I fully acknowledge the pain and the suffering of those who lost someone on that day. But I did not feel that pain personally, and I cannot mourn for people I did not know. I can try to empathize. I can certainly acknowledge that it's a great tragedy and loss... but I don't think clicking a button on the computer screen does that .
My parents both died in September. Someone I was dating died in September. Lots of really hideous vile things have happened to me in September. As far as I'm concerned, the entire month can be ripped out of the Time-Space continuum, and it wouldn't upset me one little bit.
Thanks for listening.
I'm gonna take a nap.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Adventures in gardening...
Well I've had an interesting morning. I've done a few posts about Argiope aurantia, the common black and yellow garden spider, or zipper spider. There are two in the yard this year. One of my ladies, the one I've photographed for the blog is under the crepe myrtles bush. The other lady is in the Turks caps, whose thick leaves and huge size makes her much more difficult see.
This morning though, I was bound and determined to pay her a visit. This is because I'd noticed that her coloration was unusual... she doesn't have the black markings across her abdomen and her long legs are a more mottled brown rather than black. I'd never seen that before, and research hadn't yielded any info as to how variable they are, so I shot a question to bugsinthenews.com (see the link on thr bottom right) and I decided that I was going to take a pic.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Drum roll please....
Little Goth Bob gets political...
Well... this all started when little Goth Bob watched some reruns of The Walking Dead that were recorded on On Demand. Evidently, he was under the impression that it was some sort of documentary, and he was quite appalled at the sheer cruelty inflicted on zombiekind by those self righteous humans.
He's become almost unbearable ever since.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Well, I threatened to post more poems from Vachael Lindsey, didn't I?
You've seen this pic a few weeks ago... but it fits...
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
While it may seem that I'm risking this becoming a little goth Bob blog... way back in November of 2009, I posted about little lounge lizard blog. This is the post here.
Well I got this pic from his caretaker... seems he's retired from his glamorous nite club life and spends his days on a shelf watching television and monitoring the temperature with his thermometer.