doom to the ants

Our bathroom is suffering from an infestation of tiny ants, the smallest ants I’ve seen. I suppose you might call my actions this morning “infanticide.”


To all those who live in Berkeley: check out Gioia Pizzeria, just down the street from the Monterey Market on Hopkins Street. There are some reviews for you. One of my roommates works there and it’s good.

etymology lesson I

From the Online Etymology Dictionary:

bunny – 1690, dim. of Scottish dialectal bun, pet name for “rabbit,” previously (1587) for “squirrel,” and also a term of endearment for a young attractive woman or child (1606). Ultimately could be from Scottish bun “tail of a hare” (1538), or from Fr. bon, or from a Scand. source. The Playboy Club hostess sense is from 1960. The Bunny Hug (1912), along with the foxtrot and the Wilson glide, were among the popular/scandalous dances of the ragtime era.

Thanks to Adrienne for making me look this up.

the animals like john edwards

We are bunny-sitting our landlord’s bunny. I have named her Ms. Floppity Hop. After spending much of the early evening hiding in corners or in her cage, Ms. Hop (or should I call her Floppity?) started roaming around the room as soon as John Edwards started talking about living week to week on our paycheck. I take this as a sign that Edwards has truly reached out to the bunny community — they too want One America.


A conversation I had today in Brewed Awakening while reading research papers:

ANDREI: So what do you work on anyway?
ME: Well, I do information theory, which is…
ANDREI: Really? That’s so cool!

I think this is the first and last time I will have a conversation like this. But it’s amazing how happy it made me that someone thinks what I do is cool.