Saturday, June 24, 2006

Little Thom's Blog Has Hit the Big Time!

Well, that's it peasants. I'll so leave you and your furry shoes behind. I just found a comment in each of my last two posts…from Shara:

Shara said...
Hi, You are interested in Music!!! :)
I like your information. please visit the links:
Do you like t.i music ?
I think It is usefull, t.i music

A bit time to relax:
Do you want to try Poker?

I think it is useful too, Shara, this t.i music.

I'm assuming you mean "tit and intestine" music. My fave.

I have so made it.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Harriet the Tortoise

Well dang. I wrote about Harriet at that other outfit I write for and loved her story, so I was bummed when I read That Harriet the Tortoise has died.

Harriet the tortoise, one of the world's oldest known living creatures, has died in Australia aged about 175.

Senior vet Dr John Hangar told Australia's ABC that Harriet, a Giant Galapagos tortoise, had died of heart failure after a short illness.

"She had a very fairly acute heart attack and thankfully passed away quietly overnight," Dr Hangar said.

Last year staff at Australia Zoo, where Harriet had lived for 17 years, held a party to celebrate her 175th birthday.

Some people believe that Harriet was studied by British naturalist Charles Darwin.

Darwin took several young Giant Galapagos tortoises back to London after his epic voyage on board HMS Beagle.

What a life, even if she didn't meet Darwin. And she wasn't named "Harriet" until she was quite old; she was "Harry" until they figured out why tryng to breed her with female tortoises wasn't going so well. Here's a slideshow of Harriet doing all things tortoise.

Loudon Wainwright III

I remember seeing this guy way back when as a teenager I watched M*A*S*H every day after school. Little did I know he'd be up there with John Prine on the list of my all time favorite songwriters.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Random Blog Search

Wir Suchen ein Schiff really are looking for a ship (me too) in Cologne.

Meix2 is very, very pink.

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嘉盛苑 and other images.

Bildt Comments, A European in Sweden on European and International Developments.

Appalachian Greens. We are the people of Appalachia.

Little or Nothing (yes, it was something about the name). Name: Rebekah. Location:Australia. An ideal lazy Saturday afternoon would have me rising to a late brunch, managing to complete the day's crossword and then curling up on the couch reading the latest Harry Potter novel whilst watching Australia beat England in the Ashes with Ponting getting a tonne.

The Indian Expat, Talking Points for the Indian Diaspora - Culture, Food, Asia, Children, Relocation, Reviews, Corporate, Travel....

Life on Coatham Marsh.

29 Fragile Days. Here's one of their magic things.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Talking with Townes

Thanks, Hour of Dave. Thanks.

Now go listen to the song.

Bottomfeeders: The Australia Fund

Christine and I are saving for a September trip to her old home in Australia (namely Sydney and the Northern Territory.) My traveling days never took me there and I am of course very excited. I have a goal to sell 200 copies of my CD, Bottomfeeders, by then to help finance the trip.

Bottomfeeders Cover
(I just scanned these shots of a CD—the designer has the image files.)

The CD features tracks such as I Can't Wait to do a Tracheotomy (a love song), Squirt (an ode to a friend after she had her baby), Donald (for my Dad. Bob Evoniuk's dobro kills), and You Can Use My Bathtub, which features background vocals by the incomparable Emy Phelps.

You can listen to tracks at MySpace, at Podsafe Music Network, and at Pure Volume. You can download tracks there, too. For free. And then come back here and buy a CD! (How cool!)

Bottomefeeders Back

A copy of Bottomfeeders will cost you $13, and that includes shipping here in the U.S. For international buyers, I'll add on only the cost of whatever kind of shipping you'd like me to use. Just hit the PayPal "Buy Now" button up in the top right of the page.

Thanks! I hope you enjoy the CD.

Late Update: Many thanks to Avedon Carol at the Sideshow.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Deals to Australia

Just looking at airfares to Australia for September. Not as bad as I thought. $999 includes the roundtrip and 3 flights within Australia on Qantas. Anyone know any better deals?

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Getting to Know the Relatives

Having spent a great part of my young childhood on my hands and knees in the woods and swamps of Western New York, I have many animal-encounter memories. Better said: young, wide-eyed human and other strange animal encounters. The best kind. One of my favorites: the star-nosed mole.

Condylura cristata is one of the most distinctive mammal species. Its nose is hairless and is ringed by a unique 'star' of 22 pink, fleshy tentacles. The star is bilaterally symmetrical with 11 appendages per side that vary in length from between 1 and 4 mm.

Twenty-two. It's always been my favorite number. Thought it had to do with my twin sister. But I may have just really like star-nosed moles…and been an unconsciously fast counter.

Star-nosed mole

How could you not love being on Earth seeing that?

Live Science:

A new detailed study of tiny touch receptors, called "Eimer's organs," on the tip of a mole's nose reveals how the animals do it.

For moles, the Eimer's organs serve the function of whiskers found in most small mammals and fingers in humans. By touching their noses to the ground repeatedly, the animals explore their surroundings and discriminate between different objects.

Using fluorescent dyes, the researchers found that the Eimer's organs in the coast mole and the odd-looking star-nosed mole are composed of a column of skin cells, around which numerous nerve endings are arranged. An outer ring of nerves interlacing the column function as high-threshold pain receptors, while nerves within the cell column act as low-threshold touch receptors.

The researchers think that this organization allows the outer nerves to sense abrasive or potentially harmful areas before the more sensitive inner nerves come into contact with them.

Star-nosed mole closeup
Scanning electron micrograph image of mole appendages covered with Eimer's organs. Credit: Kenneth Catania

Oh, by the way, Eimer’s organs were named, of course, after Gustav Heinrich Theodor Eimer (1843-1898).

Don't Watch This

I warned you.

From Jesus General.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Sunday, June 04, 2006


Just got another shipment of my CD—Bottomfeeders—in. You can listen to some of the songs on MySpace, Podsafe Music Network, and Pure Volume.

YOU CAN BUY IT RIGHT NOW FOR THE LITTLE PRICE OF $13! (that includes domestic shipping) Just hit the BUY NOW button in the "Vital Links" section on the top right of the screen.

If you'd rather send a check or money order, make it out to Little Thom and send it to Little Thom at Box 85, Ashland OR 97520. Send me an email at to let me know or to just say hey.


1. Lullab-I-90
2. I Can't Wait (To Do a Tracheotomy)
3. Donald
4. Bottomefeeders
5. Inside Joke
6. Lost and Found
7. You Can Use My Bathtub
8. Sigh
9. Squirt
10. Relish
11. I'm With You
12. The Bass Player
Extra: The CD ends with a ghost track from Marty, the Bass Player, doing his magic thing all by himself on his 5-string fretless.


Tom Freeman: producer, engineer, drums, other percussion (Freeman Sound Studio, Ashland)

Jeff Addicott, Karl Mansfield, and Peter Falbo: bass

Theresa McCoy: percussion

Bob Evonuik: dobro, vocals

Frank Sullivan: pedal steel (Sullivan Recording, Talent, OR)

Brent Norton: electric guitar, vocals

Dennis Freese: woodwinds, vocals

Paul Jenny: trumpet, vocals

Emy Phelps: vocals

Sean McCoy: engineering (Oregon Sound, Medford, Oregon)

Little Thom: acoustic guitar, vocals

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Nyah Fearties Does Woody Guthrie

A Bed On Your Floor

Update: Help Save Nazanin

The Geekzone reports that Nazanin's death sentence has been stayed.

I posted about this last week. Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi is an 18-year-old Iranian woman who killed a man who was attempting to rape her and her 16-year-old niece. From the last post:

The girls tried to escape, but the men overtook them, and at this point, Nazanin stabbed one of the other men in the chest, which eventually killed him. According to the newspaper, she broke down in tears when she told the court: "I wanted to defend myself and my niece. I did not want to kill that boy. At the heat of the moment I did not know what to do because no one came to our help." Nevertheless, the court sentenced her to death by hanging.

Her ordeal is not over. She will now be retried and could end up spending many years in prison—when she should be given a fuckking medal.

The link has a list of things you can do to hopefully help this young woman. Please go there, international pressure can still help her.

Here's an online petition you can sign. I was number 151,314. And I called the Iran interest office in the Pakistan Embassy:

2209 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: (202) 965-4990
Fax: (202) 965-1073

Friday, June 02, 2006


Atrios just had's (the "W" is for "weather") forecast for Baghdad. Great idea.

Updated: 4:00 AM ADT on June 02, 2006
Clear. High: 116° F / 47° C Wind NW 11 mph. / 18 km/h.

Clear. High: 114° F / 46° C Wind NNW 11 mph. / 18 km/h.

Clear. High: 114° F / 46° C Wind NNW 11 mph. / 18 km/h.

Clear. High: 114° F / 46° C Wind NNW 11 mph. / 18 km/h.

Clear. High: 114° F / 46° C Wind NW 13 mph. / 21 km/h.

Clear. High: 111° F / 44° C Wind NW 17 mph. / 28 km/h.

Clear. High: 107° F / 42° C Wind WNW 13 mph. / 21 km/h.

Bet they can't wait until thursday. Yikes.