Tuesday, February 27, 2007

This weeks flowers

I just love dahlias. When we had gardens, we never grew them. Pity. And they are lasting well.


  1. Aww - pretty! Love having/getting fresh flowers - (except on Valentines Day that is) :-)

  2. Anonymous3:25 pm

    This is a comment to your post on the bright rowing lasses from Sunday... I was one of them and I think maybe you missed the whole scene where I fell into the river. I would've loved a picture/video of that. Thanks for the post - was very entertaining (even though the whole experience was incredibly traumatic at the time).

    P.S. I live in a highrise apartment in inner Melb too.

  3. I did indeed miss it. It all seemed so easy from the bridge. I am sure it wasn't. Reminds me of a not dissimmilar experience when we hired a tandem and tried to ride along the Yarra bank. Never again.

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  5. Anonymous10:43 am

    Pretty! I've only ever heard of a Dahlia from the historic Black Dahlia murder in LA. I wonder if there really are black dahlias?

  6. I think they would grow in Candada Jess. I have a vague memory that you can lift the bulbs in the winter and store them in the fridge. Obviously not necessary for you. The movie stops google from finding much about black ones.

  7. Dahlias are great - huge ones, tiny ones, flat ones, fluffy ones, and they come in the widest range of colours. The Dahlia Appreciation Society in Melbourne is a very robust group and they have annual shows.

    ... and cut-flowers are The Last Luxury, don't you think ?.

  8. Indeed they are the last luxury Brownie, and we indulge in them weekly.

  9. Anonymous1:26 pm

    Recommended reading about culture and cults:

    The Ascent of Man, J. Bronowski

    Deadly Cults: The Crimes of True Believers, R. Snow

    Idealism as Modernism, R. Pippin

    Phobias: Fighting the Fear, H. Saul

    A Short History of Myth, K. Armstrong

    Thorson's Introductory Guide to Hypnotherapy, H. Karle

    Young Women and the Body: A Feminist Sociology, L. Frost

    Twilight of the Idols, F. Nietzsche



    Why is Christianity perceived as being an enemy of homosexuality? The apostle Paul's words in Romans chapter 1 about homosexuality contributing to an idolatrous lifestyle that offends God are completely harmonious with the rest of the Bible canon, but this is still not the influential force behind homophobia.

    The function of mythology is to deal with various practical concerns. It apparently began when homo sapiens became homo necans, man the killer. As a result, there are various health, emotional, spiritual and literacy issues associated with being a creature with a conscience and also a capacity for deadly violence. Mythology is one way, but not the only way, of dealing with this conundrum. It "de-monstrifies" life, making the bad "glorious" and the good "incomprehensibly simple". Hence, it could also be termed demonology. As Alfred Hitchcock said, drama is life with the boring bits cut out.

    To whom is it beneficial to venerate heterosexual marriage? Those who seek to exonerate idolatry by putting an 'acceptable' face on it. Why do they want to exonerate idolatry? Ezekiel 13:10 says: "Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash." There are those who enforce prostitution as a way to keep people occupied so they don't notice murder etc as it happens in society. If marriage is an institution arranged by God which has been co-opted for the cause of idolatry as a social engineering mechanism, can it be said that idolatry is responsible for homophobia?

    We humans tend to have cognitive biases that say that the outgroup (viewed from our perspective of course) is more prone to making mistakes due to their inherent personality, although we attribute the mistakes of our own group or ourselves to circumstances. We also tend to think that the outgroup is more homogeneous. The group we are part of is more varied in our own minds.

    Therefore, to the extent that sexual arousal issues to do with cerebral blood flow issues are quite similar to, for example, homosexual feelings, people are dealing with fashionability issues. Is it more fashionable to have the more ancient, primitive naming convention for one's situation, thereby designating oneself the outgroup - the same as a lot of other people, but at least with personality - or the ingroup of the more recently named illnesses - different from everybody else and at the mercy of circumstances?

    The ancient Greeks used to think that the planets revolved around the earth. Each planet, therefore, had its own orbit, which was an epicycle - a circle with loops in it. This mathematical formulation does actually work as a model, hence the workings of De'Dondi's clock, a reconstruction of which is housed at the Smithsonian Institute. It doesn't mean that we believe today that the planets revolve around the earth though. The point is that if you view a working system, such as the solar system, as if it was all revolving around your own perspective, it will still work as a model, but each part of the system will operate from your perspective according to separate formulae.

  10. I've read that twice and I cannot figure it out.

    Does 'anonymous' want same-sexers put into orbit ?

    *goes away singing ..*
    "Are the stars out tonight?
    I can't see if it's cloudy or bright,
    Cause I only have eyes ...
    for you-oo-oooo ...."

  11. You and me both. Don't know if it is some sort of spam and I should delete it or leave it.

  12. A bit like that spam like comment I had about perfume. There's a group in America who are trying to go back to saying the sun revolves around the earth.

    I like pompom dahlias.