For a few years I had an aquarium, but it was an exercise in mass murder. Perhaps if I had stuck to goldfish (but for some reason I can’t stand them) I would have done better. Instead, I had a plecostomus that grew larger and larger and indulged in long, extravagant bowel movements that festooned the plants with long strings of poop; a coolie loach I liked very much but which spent most of its time hiding in the gravel, and a series of incredibly stupid oscars that had to be depth-charged with small balls of fresh food, but would only eat them if the food dropped directly in front of their mouths -otherwise starving to death. There was a variety of hapless guppies mostly eaten (I’m convinced) by a couple of sinister angelfish, and a bunch of other fish that took turns dying of various diseases when they weren’t busy leaping out of the tank to die on the floor. I ended up giving the plecostomus and coolie loach to a friend after all the other fish died.
But if you keep an aquarium and remain interested in the lives of fish (and the interesting stories behind them: for example, when fish grow big and get releases into ecosystems unprepared for them) you can’t beat Piscinarii.com.
caffeine-sparks on football, Filipino kids wanting to be British and French citizens, and questions of nationalism.
down to the wire & squirming offers a reflection on the idea of authorship, and the dangerous notion authors can ignored and attention paid only to their texts.
New Economist on an emerging blog niche: the development blogosphere.
joey interactive on an interesting character design community.
Speaking of reading, FriscoDude reviews the most recent biography of the King of Thailand, which has been banned for lese majeste (the book, not the review; the ban has been a brewing story for over a year now).
Pikbakbum: Linky Linky to the Weird and Dinky is not affiliated with the Black & White Movement. Rather, it aims to be a weird and wonderful place like… all those other weird and wonderful link-a-ramas (image below looted from one of their posts).
Candy scabs are just wrong. In other culinary notes, One Month of Slow Cooking provides 30 days of crockpot cuisine; one of the recipes is a crockpot version of an American culinary classic, Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes. The crockpot is, of course, the perfect bachelor cooking appliance next to the microwave and the telephone.
Jessica Zafra returns to column writing and recounts a tale of someone who knew someone who resembled Rita Hayworth.
On a semi-related poignant note, Gigi Goes Gaga reproduces two letters that say goodbye.
Bulletproof Vest has an idea on networking blogs, socially.
Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub on non-existent famous person quotes that then get recycled ad nauseam.