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Laura Hunter Thomas
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My (soon to be formed) band Vagenda of Manocide's first album will be titled "Black Holes Eating Stars" just an fyi

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"The problem is not in what I am doing. The problem is in what I am not doing, which is writing every day, but which is also leading a life of the mind."

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"Why do you party?" answered as only Rick can, with a strong assist by Kendrick.  #YouTubePhilosophy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m06C76EoEc

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#MothersDay #rugrats
Last week was the take your kiddos to work day - and my colleague showed my girls how to set up a photo shoot. While we were adjusting lights and sound, they broke into this little ditty. So lucky we caught it (and that the amazing filmmaker Ian Colon packaged it up for me as a little present).

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#HellStripGardening #GardenGeek
Finding a replacement street tree is like being 15 at the mall again. I'm constantly swooning (secretly as to maintain my aura of cool indifference) over something gorgeous that I've never seen before. This week's victim a red flowered Horse Chestnut I spotted in downtown San Jose. Ultimately, I think it will be too wide for our space, but looks really really gorgeous. My girls helpfully pointed out that the trunk is perfect for climbing as well :)

One other interesting thing while I was trying to figure this out -- the California native Buckeye (which I thought this might be at first) is actually poisonous to honeybees (which are european) though the local bee-and-polinator crowd tolerate it just fine. An interesting time when planting the native over the imported might not be best for your ecosystem. http://ucanr.edu/blogs/bugsquad/index.cfm?tagname=California%20buckeye

treehttp://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/22/fort-mcnair-horse-chestnut/
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2016-04-19
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yeah, my first day at X I couldn't find my desk either. #Twins #CompressOn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhVIkvDx9T4

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Just stop it, Missouri. Stop embarrassing me. Just pull over at the corner so I can get out before my friends see me with you.

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#HellStripGardening   #GardenGeek

I'm on the lookout for a new street tree - one of the ones we planted didn't make it past this summers' drought on our hell strip, even with an automated watering schedule. I had never noticed this tree at work before, but the blooms this week had an AMAZING scent. The structure seemed good for the space I had...liked what I saw... but when I discovered that it was in fact a Sweet Pittosporum (Pittosporum undulatum) this was ultimately struck from the list. The fruit (though really pretty!) has sticky seeds that birds love. Since this isn't a native to the Bay Area and I hate looking at stained concrete sidewalks, this is a no go. Further info for anyone else who is interested: http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/080c0106-040c-4508-8300-0b0a06060e01/media/html/Pittosporum_undulatum.htm
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2016-03-05
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