the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

Month: February, 2011

that trail along the floor

“And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor – ”

— T.S. Eliot (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems)

(photos found from here via here)

side note: i love long trailing skirts




coltrane’s love supreme
the supreme’s love child

(photo from reference library)


1.  the sea dragon mating dance:

  • When a male and female weedy sea dragon come together to mate, they perform an elaborate courtship ritual known as a “mirror dance.”
  • During the ghostly dance, two beautifully odd-looking fish mirror each other’s every movement.
  • At the end of the ritual, the male fish is the one to get pregnant, giving birth two months later, a process the BBC crew filmed for the first time.

2. old maid butterflies:

  • “Our study is, to my knowledge, one of the first to empirically show how [butterfly] females change their behaviour according to age”
  • Older female butterflies spend up to 55% of their day flying in order to catch the attention of a mate

3. sniffing the perfect mate:

  • The scent catches his attention. He turns, sensing she may be the one he has spent his life searching for. He follows her trail, eager to impress. What he has detected in these few moments – from this haze of pheromones – is not that the female is his soul mate, a potential life partner, or someone to captivate his mind. But that she is a virgin.

(photo from the awesome minirobot – i found you again!)

how to make egyptian musk

Things You’ll Need:

  • Eyedropper
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Cedar essential oil
  • Amber essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Myrrh essential oil
  • Vanilla essential oil
  • Almond oil
  • Instructions:

    Use an eyedropper to place nine drops (each) of patchouli, rose, and amber essential oils into an amber-colored glass bottle with a cap (1 cup capacity). Add seven drops of frankincense, myrrh and cedarwood essential oils to the bottle. Place five drops of vanilla essential oil into the bottle. Fill the bottle half full of pure almond oil and replace the cap. Shake the bottle and place it in a dark place for up to 21 days. Apply the oil blend directly to your skin as fragrance.

    (photo: from here)
    (perfume recipes: here and here and this too)
    (inspired by a favorite scent,
    which reminds me of 1995, working at buffalo exchange
    and selling tons of this stuff)

    animalic, earthy and woody

    To obtain the musk, the deer is killed and its gland, also called “musk pod”, is removed. Upon drying, the reddish-brown paste inside the musk pod turns into a black granular material called “musk grain”, which is then tinctured with alcohol. The aroma of the tincture gives a pleasant odor only after it is considerably diluted. No other natural substance has such a complex aroma associated with so many contradictory descriptions; however, it is usually described abstractly as animalic, earthy and woody or something akin to the odor of baby’s skin.


    the oldest perfume

    “Extracts of anise, pine, coriander, bergamot, almond, and parsley are among the ingredients the ancient perfume-makers preferred.”

    from here

    maybe a falconer?

    i whipped that house cat by its haunches
    “let him go, igor,” i screamed.
    then pried his mouth open –
    the little wing twitched, the bird eye blinked.

    did you hear it – the cry of the cactus wren?

    feathers scattered across the wet earth.
    my bare feet – no coat, no shoes.

    “help,” i called for love and
    he opened the door.

    he pulled the cat’s tail.
    and the bird went free
    behind the oleander bushes.

    And now — now it only remains for me to light a cigarette and go home.

    ~Clarice Lispector

    (lost the trail from photo but is from sunset blvd.)

    “There’s a UFO over New York and I ain’t too surprised”

    nobody told me there’d be days like these

    …strange days indeed

    (photo from tumblr archive – sorry)

    21 summers

    It wasn’t unpleasant. We have known her since 1917, when she was a blossoming gal of 21 summers. It’s a wonder she never married. Now we can understand. She had so many thousands of swains that it would have been unfair on her part to smile on any one.

    What’s more, a Comstock heiress living in such a fantastic castle surrounded by seven moats was enough to frighten off the most ardent suitor. She had a dowry of $1,000,000 in 1936 but never got around to bestowing it.

    The Grande Dame had the usual array of stuffed birds and lacquered fish. But she also had Egyptian mummies and an anaconda 18 feet long, wound around a tree. And apes and bears and bulls from the taxidermist’s.

    It’s hard to keep a tidy house with all that junk around. Climbing those stairs every day with a turkey feather duster was just too much for her. Her brave heart gave out in her 56th year, much too young for a grandmother.

    (text: here)

    (photo: here)