If you haven’t checked out Jonathan Coulton – you should. He’s a singer-songwriter who is big into the internet and podcasting.
He has a Thing-A-Week where he puts out one song each week – either a cover or a new composition. The past few weeks have been particularly interesting – with a really cool sounding cover of Rick Springfield’s “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, to a Beach Boys-esque song about Strollers. Yes, strollers.
Go now and check him out. Well worth it!
THat’s what Brenda said upon our asessment today of our bamboo situation. What you see here ladies and gentlemen – is the result of part of our Sunday afternoon. A 20 foot long pile of bamboo. Lovingly ripped and shredded from the beds in our backyard. That is about a quarter of all the bamboo in the back.
“Why remove the bamboo?” an unknowing soul might ask. Well – bamboo has this tendency to send up hundreds more shoots in places you didn’t want them. In addition – when placed too close to other trees – it will choke them out. We have found at least two trees – completely dead because of the mass of bamboo growing at the roots.
I understand why the previous owners planted it. They were trying to create additional bushy plant buffer – especially in the back of the property- which borders a school bus yard – oh the horrors of the bright yellow peeking through the trees). But bamboo is extremely detrimental to most other plant life around it. Not only that – but it’s really hard to kill once it’s in. You have to continually cut it down after it reaches at least two feet. So we’ll be dealing with this for a few years before it’s all gone. Moreover – it can shoot up into your neighbors’ yards – it doesn’t give a crap about a fence. We see some in our neighbor on one side – so we’ll need to talk to them about removing it from their yard too.
So hey – if you want any bamboo – come on over and I’ll dig some up for you. But don’t plant it outside. You will be sorry.
For the Google Idol…
Lip sync’ed video competition.
Positively the funniest thing I’ve seen on the web in quite a while…
It’s so hard to choose. I like the Europe “Final Countdown” one.