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Friday, October 24, 2008

Black Rose: Anarchy & Waylon


When did anarchists pluck the black rose to symbolize their movement?

Taking a break from the stifling two-party system today, we’re polling anarchist readers. Can you tell us, please, when and why you took a shine to the black rose?

Several weeks ago we came upon a compelling logo from the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair. (The latest event—13th annual—took place this past March at the San Francisco County Fair Building.) Here three black roses have been clasped inside a book emblazoned with the Anarchist A. The stems are working as agitator-bookmarks and protrude, thorns and all, from the pages.  There’s a whole lot happening between the covers of this volume, so much that a chain binding it closed now bursts apart.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Flowers to Balance the Books

Indian merchants turn over a new leaf at Diwali and the fiscal year begins, with fresh ledgers and rangoli in the lobby.


A rangoli greets staff and customers at a Bangalore accounting firm, honoring the goddess of prosperity

Photo: Courtesy of Lubna Kably

Accountants in India have more fun. Or maybe it’s more faith they have. Have you ever walked into the lobby of a U.S. firm and seen the likes of this?

It’s a “rangoli” – a grand floral design – prepared by members of one of the Big 4 accounting companies in India for the Bangalore office. Our friend Lubna Kably, who kindly sent the photo, says the decoration is “to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and of course all loved ones” on the occasion of Diwali, India’s huge fall holiday.


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Monday, October 20, 2008

HFP Guide for Science Teachers

Have at Johnny Depp and recipes for hibiscus tea, meanwhile learn about science on Human Flower Project, too. Two LSU scholars uncover the teaching potential of HFP and we post their discovery for teachers to use.


Introducing HFP’s Guide for Teachers, inspiration for

your science class

Image: Human Flower Project

Does it make money? No. Is it finding a cure for shingles ? Doubtful. Then why bother with the Human Flower Project, now in its fifth year?

Actually, we’ve never cooked up much of a raison d’etre, so how delightful to have one supplied! Kate March and Jim Wandersee, a biologist and a botanist at Louisiana State University, inform us that the Human Flower Project is a teaching tool.

Kate, a Ph.D. candidate in biology education at LSU, is part of the 15 Degree Laboratory, Dr. Wandersee’s research hub for life science literacy and plant science education.

This past spring, Jim asked Kate to explore the archives of the Human Flower Project, from our inception in September 2004 through April 2008. She pulled out roughly 200 posts that can be used to teach science. (And you thought this was just a Johnny Depp fanzine!)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Manchurian Candidate: Programmed with Hydrangeas

Have you been brainwashed by political rhetoric? Or is it the candidates whose minds have been “dry cleaned”?


Capt. Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) listens to a lecture on hydrangeas delivered in a Soviet prison by “Mrs. Henry Whitaker” (Helen Kleeb)

The Manchurian Candidate, 1962

“It might appear that the hydrangea is a fairly simple plant, but there are more complications….”

So Mrs. Henry Whitaker drones, gesticulating with white gloved hands as Frank Sinatra, in a soldier’s fatigues, slumps in a chair. His upper lip is sweating.

With the final 2008 U.S. presidential debate coming up tonight, we remember Raymond Shaw, The Manchurian Candidate, also in attendance as the garden club ladies sipped tea and clicked their cigarette holders in John Frankenheimer’s marvelous movie.

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