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October 31, 2005

I know what you're doing this Thursday night!!!

Here's your incentive besides listening to a bunch of very interesting people talk about this topic on everyone's minds: FREE DRINKS, you cheap, lushes!!

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Sugar Glider please.

I was explaining to my colleage Lance Harkin the cruel fate of having found the love of my life but that he's allergic to cats and dogs. [Disclaimer: This is an irony I am more than happy to grapple with, since it means that I've found my Jonah!]

So then Lance sent me this link and said that these little guys are too cute to be allergic to. I've shown Jonah and we are dying to try these marsupials out!!

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Description:

The diet of wild sugar gliders consists mainly of sap, nectar, bugs, and small animals such as baby birds. They are nocturnal, so as pets they're most fun late in the evening and early in the morning, and they are capable of making an interesting variety of sounds. They are very clean little animals, and although they do have their own unique scents, they don't smell bad if their diet is correct. There are also some health problems that glider owners should be aware of.

Read: You'll have to catch and maim baby birds to feed your little qt. They will not let you sleep so you'll find yourself at your computer late at night with bleeding eyeballs and your little qt sitting and staring at you and occassionally throwing pecans at you in efforts to strike up a little playtime. You'll be scared and titillated by the bizarre sounds the little qt will make. If you don't catch enough baby birds (preferably yank them away from their nests while their mother is in mid-feeding session), they'll stink up your living space bad, real bad. Face it, your qt pie will develop a rare sugar glider disease causing it to bleed out of its anus and onto everything you own while it moans and cries all day and night until you throw a pillow over it for 5 minutes.

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As for their smells, I hope ours will do the first thing more than the third thing...will let you know.

Gliders produce at least three distinct odors. One is a sweet, flowery smell; another I don't know how to describe, but it is not really offensive. It can get relatively strong at times, when they are breeding, but after a few days it dies away again. The third is a pungent smell that is produced by the anal gland when a glider is afraid.

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And onto breeding...

Yes, fathers will breed with their daughters if they are left together.

The hubris of humans...as if we are above this behavior!!

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And taming...

...there are some ages when they're really hard to tame. "Teenage" gliders are the worst, and I guess second worst are adults who have never been tamed.

Humans and gliders, one and the same.

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Diet do's and don'ts:

Gliders have a real sweet tooth, and can be little pigs when it comes to sweets and fatty foods. My first pair of gliders were not tame, so when I discovered foods they particularly liked, I'd use them as bribes to get them to trust me. Pecans were a favorite, as were sugar cubes. I had enough sense not to give them much sugar, but pecans seemed safe enough... Within a few months I had two gliders who were very tame, and also very very FAT.

I think this glider owner hates fat people. This is what a sugar glider starvation tank looks like:

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October 29, 2005

Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 for MAC

Anyone want to buy a great photo editing tool for 40% off its retail price - cheapest you'll find anywhere? I have one, unopened to sell for $54.00 plus insured shipping costs within the US which equals $60.00.

It looks like this:

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Please email if interested. First come, first served.

October 28, 2005

Know of any great foot surgeons in NYC??

I may or may not have a bunion to remove from my otherwise beautiful and highly functional feet.

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Help!! I'm stuck in a maple syrup bottle!!!

This is true!!! We went with some friends to a Democratic Fundraiser last night and afterwards we grabbed a bite to eat. We found it extremely odd to be on the Upper West Side and enveloped in a strong and distinct maple syrup smell! I think we downtowners thought it was a weird UWS thing that we couldn't even begin to understand...turns out the smell was first reported downtown...

New York City has many odors, but when the city began to smell a little too good, New Yorkers became alarmed...LOL.

Here we are, serving our country proudly a.k.a eating hors d'oeuvres, drinking white wine and listening to Senators.

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Here we are with a guy we think is stalking us.

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If you know what's causing this smell, report it to the authorities immediately!! Rotting trash in Chinatown and dog piss in Chelsea I can handle...sweet Vermont like smells??!! Make it go away...

October 27, 2005

A Present for my Mom

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October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks Dies at 92

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Here's more sumo than you asked for.

I'm not fat! I'm in training to be a sumo wrestler.

Suuuure:

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The first thing that clued me into how different sumo in the US is from the sport in Japan was this aggro, blonde dude named Hans Borg (ass facing the camera) who riled up the crowd like a WWF wrestler:

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The crowd loved him and couldn't get enough of him lifting his leg and slapping his butt cheek which of course is a normal, subtle warm up tradition in Japan but when done by Hans it was a kinky crowd pleaser.

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He won this match...

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and actually pointed at his bicep in attribution.

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I was grateful he was Norweigian because had he been German his "Heil Hitler" would not have been palatable.

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The Half-Time show was special:

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The Taiko Drummers were radical:

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Clearly this Japanese guy was going to kick ass...little did we know that we were looking at the future winner!!! [So sorry to have spoiled that for you!]:

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I can't get this image out of my mind:

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And the suspense was building...

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...in this second to final match:

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Would the Japanese guy move onto the final match?!

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Of course he would:

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That's what's called a Japanese ass whooping:

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And now for the final match to determine the winner of this bizarre sumo league of mostly Eastern Europeans...

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Japan vs. Republic of Georgia:

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And the Japanese guy pushed the Georgian out of the rink...

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To become the Winner!!

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And in the most anti-climactic fashion, our Japanese winner and runner up stood there in near silence for what felt like 5 minutes as the announcer was nowhere to be seen nor heard...

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Until he made promises of a check for a "large amount"!! What would it be??!! $10,000.

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I don't think our Japanese friend understood a word that was spoken.

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But thank god he won and didn't shame his entire nation.

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October 24, 2005

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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A friend who was recently diagnosed has started a blog that's worth checking out.

2 of my favorite things combined! The empire state building & the color purple

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Does anyone know why for the past few nights it's been purpley lit??

China Today

While reading my emails from about six months ago (I'm getting caught up and closer to reading present day emails!!) I discovered some photographic treasures compliments of my friend Amy Wood in China. Enjoy!

Marlboro Man:

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2 Year Old with Mohawk:

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Modern Monk:

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October 21, 2005

Oh dear G-d help us.

They are not what they appear to be - click to see.

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Thanks to my buddy Paul Ohan for being up on the White Nationalist Movement!!

Sumo @ madison square garden this saturday night!!!

While google image searching sumo for this post, I came across a bunch of pictures of sumo wrestlers in various poses...as one would expect, yes? [Ok, where's she going with this??!! What's this crazy girl up to!!??]

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But then there was one poor girl who appeared as the last image on the bottom right hand corner :-(

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But back to the issue at hand!!

If you've never been to a sumo match...you've got to take my word for it and go!!! It's super fun in Japan...I'm sure Madison Square Garden will provide just as much classy minimalism and subdued style as Japanese sumo venues.

Caution: As Jonah noted, the really expensive tickets actually seat you in the crack of the sumo wrestlers so albeit intimate, your view is limited to the audience. You may want to consider the $15 - $50 tickets...

October 20, 2005

I'm looking for a word stronger than despise or hate to describe how I feel about animal abusers...can you help?

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"He loves to lay in your lap, and he loves to cuddle," said Rick Belyea, representing the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "He's a real cuddle machine."

Belyea said this is the worst case of animal cruelty he has seen in his many years as a friend of the SPCA.

"And the animal's demeanor afterwards was incredible," he said. "What they did to him was disgusting. Not only did they try to cut his hind legs off, but he was emaciated."

If you can stomach more, click here

It's especially when I hear stories like this that I don't understand why people BUY dogs.

If you're in the NY area and are looking to adopt a dog, I'd seriously consider this pooch!

porcupine babies!!!

Oh.
my.
GOD!!!

Too cute! Too cute! Too cute! (One for each).

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Thanks to my friend Katy Oliver for this!!!

I'm very into Haruki Murakami

Of course the coolest author has the coolest website.

A good, old Salon interview.

October 19, 2005

I'm dying for a sync up!!

Has anyone used this to sync their Sidekick to iCal and if so, what do you think? Are there other options I can waste my time exploring only to come back to this?

No Eyebrows

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October 18, 2005

Movie-related question

My mother in law, Della Peretti, works with teachers to help them teach and inspire children to be creative...pretty f-ing cool right? If any of you movie buffs out there can help her with the following questions, we and all the children would be grateful.

Do you know films that show how the arts can inspire children to overcome major odds? Or ways that I can find these movies?

October 17, 2005

Genetic Musings...

Update: I've received cute pics from Jade and my dear friend Celeste Peterson brought to my atttention Keanue Reaves so I am encouraged so far! I also hear loud and clear CC's comments.

Jonah and I are deciding whether or not to procreate at some point in the future.

It comes down to this: What do 1/4 Asians look like?

If you know any, send me pics and I'll upload them.

We'll then be able to make an informed decision.

October 14, 2005

Salesperson's bad math.

I'm in Williams & Sonoma and a saleswoman whips up a nice little cup of espresso for me.

I start admiring the coffee machine and ask how much it is. She replies jovially, "$3200!"

My face falls and she says, "You know, if you're someone who buys Starbucks coffee everyday, it adds up! and within a year, buying this is *a lot* cheaper!"

I said, "Riiight! That's truuue!" when really I should have said, "$4.00 x 30 days = $120. $120 x 12 months = $1440...soooooo...how is $3200 less than $1440??!!"

Cat with 2 tongues: Twice as many hairballs?

[The owner] yelled when he saw the tongues flicker.

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Thanks to my brother for the link!

October 13, 2005

There is a new blog on the block!!!

But be warned, it is *very* exclusive...

This website is for Harry Potter fanatics only. We have investigated many mysteries of the Harry Potter books, and this website will give you the answers to all of your problems. THIS BLOGSITE IS ONLY OPEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE READ HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy!!!

If you can get past the metaphorical doors to entry, you can enjoy Mysterious-Mysteries by none other than Willa Rubin (and her friend Elena) whom I'm proud to say got her blog start on this site!!

Thank god for the pissing rain to remind me of Milli Vanilli!!

You said you didn't need her
You told her good-bye (good-bye)
You sacrificed a good love
To satisfy your pride
Now you wished
That you should have her (have her)
And you feel like such a fool
You let her walk away
Now it just don't feel the same
Gotta blame it on something
Gotta blame it on something
Blame it on the rain (rain)
Blame it on the stars (stars)
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah yeah
You can blame it on the rain
Get
Ooh, ooh (ooh)
I can't, I can't. I can't, can't stand the rain
I can't, I can't. I can't, can't stand the rain
Yeah, yeah
Should've told her you were sorry (sorry) huh
Could of said you were wrong
But no you couldn't do that. No, no
You had to prove you were strong ooh
If you hadn't been so blinded (blinded)
She might still be there with you
You want her back again
But she just don't feel the same
Gotta blame it on something
Gotta blame it on something
Blame it on the rain that was falling, falling
Blame it on the stars that did shine at night
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah yeah
You can blame it on the rain
Cos the rain don't mind
And the rain don't care
You got to blame it on something
(Blame it on the rain)
(Blame it on the stars)
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah, yeah
You can blame it on the rain
Girl
Ooh, ooh (ooh)
Girl
I can't, I can't. I can't, can't stand the rain
I can't, I can't. I can't, can't stand the rain
Get
Girl
(Whatever you do...)
(Blame it on the rain yeah, yeah) x 3
You can blame it on the rain, blame it on the rain,
blame it on the rain baby
(Blame it on the rain yeah yeah)
Blame it on the stars that did shine that night
(Blame it on the rain yeah yeah)
Blame it, blame it on the rain
woo
I'm walking
I'm walking
Walking in the rain
Walking in the rain
(Rain, rain)
(Stars, stars)
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
(Blame it on the rain)
yeah yeah
(Blame it on the rain)
that keeps falling, falling
(Blame it on the stars)
that did shine that night
Whatever you do don't put the blame on you
Blame it on the rain yeah yeah
Blame it on the rain (rain, rain)

Sure, they were super straight!

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This guy's been trying to auction off his arm on ebay forever:

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Can you guess what it's doing in NYC??

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October 12, 2005

You should be careful when taking pictures butt naked.

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Thanks to Sally Rumble for loaning us this picture from her mantlepiece.

There's a squirrel on your teet.

Update: Here's a cuter picture of the squirrel that crashed the dog family.

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Families come in many shapes and sizes!

Oh dear...do we see something amiss here?!

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Let's look a little closer...oh my squirrel!!

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This is the face of a pooch that'll give up her teet to anything:

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It's wise to take health advice from AndreaHarner.com

Eating fish regularly delays dementia.

You can also pop these pills - I do!

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October 11, 2005

Wacom Tablets 4eva!

Is there a digital drawer hiding inside of you?? Unleash the shy bastard!!

I absolutely love this thing:

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My first two drawings - You should not infer anything about my mental state based on these:

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And hey! If the Wacom tablet doesn't make a digital drawer out of you, just think - you now have what's basically a really great $300 mouse!! Return it immediately if you don't love it...but if you suspect that you might like it, you'll love it.

I can't get enough of NYC

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In order to truly appreciate one's addiction, one must find time to eat & sleep.

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Wang Yiming, 21, is a self-confessed internet addict, one of a growing number in China. He used to spend hours online each day, often going without food or sleep. His face is drawn and sallow.

He said addiction changed his whole life:

"A month or two after I started surfing the internet, I failed some of my school tests, but I was too afraid to tell my parents. When my father found out, he was very angry.

"But I couldn't control my addiction. Friends were also telling me that I was on the net too long, but I thought: 'It's my life, I can do what I want.' I became a real loner, was withdrawn, and wouldn't listen to anyone."

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October 10, 2005

You know things could be better when you're directed by this little sign here:

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit

Update: Oh nooooooo!!!

Just saw this movie last night and it is great!!

With all the laughing, smiling and warm and fuzziness you'll let go of all that anger and hatred that otherwise defines you. JK Rowling!

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If you've never experienced the joy of W & G, you can check this out first!

October 7, 2005

Bitchy Pooch

ModernPooch.com is quickly becoming BitchyPooch.com and I like it!

This is a great e-card which can be sent from here.

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Chocolate Cake and Rose Petals

Jonah brought this over to me at my blog studio.

Yes, I have the sweetest hubby.

No, he wasn't just hoping for something.

Maybe, we're ridiculous and silly in love.

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Wow, now that I'm married these are the posts I do?! Help. I'm obviously losing my edge.

October 6, 2005

Everyone should have their cause. Mine's the ASPCA.

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I am a proud supporter of the ASPCA (you're probably thinking 'righteous and preachy too!' and I am).

Check out their newly launched ASPCA Speak campaign by Saatchi & Saatchi (I imagine the people who worked on this were like, 'Yay! Finally we're advertising for something we don't hate!) and information on the Dog Walk for the Animal Victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita on October 15 at Riverside Park.

If you don't have the time to volunteer or don't have the ability to adopt, you can join me as an ASCPA Guardian!

Sometimes you can't be bothered, even when you've been hit by a car.

If you look closely you can see that the biker down! is on his cell phone...presumably with 911 or something...

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But then, emergency workers get there and are ready to spring into action! But he's too busy casually yacking to wife on his celly:

I like that dish you made the other night with the watercress, eggplant and lots of garlic...be sure to make me an extra big portion...afterall, I *was* hit by a car today...

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* Off Lafayette St. on my walk to City Hall for grand jury duty.

The Gift of fear will give you empowerment!...and some fear (full disclosure here).

Ever since Chelsea mentioned this book to me a while back I've been intrigued and have finally bought it and read it: The Gift of Fear.

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Especially to the women out there: I highly recommend this book and using your intuition as it is a great tool we have!

Shake what you got! so to speak...

October 4, 2005

Jonah's post from yesterday on HuffingtonPost.com

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Alexander McCall Smith & me.

Here I am with the author after his reading at Barnes & Noble Union Square the other night. He looks angry which he wasn't, I promise. My craned neck makes it look like I was struggling which I was...trying to perfect the 'taking pictures on my own with my arm outstretched' thing with my new, bigger camera.

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In response to a question from an audience member (male) as to how it is that as a male writer he is able to write women characters (his main characters are all women), McCall Smith replied, "it's actually not difficult for me to write from the perspective of women...as you can see, I am wearing a skirt."

It's official: I have a crush on this old Scottish writer, philosopher, charmer.

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IHere are a few of his books that I adore.

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Buy 'em, read 'em and let's have ourselves a little online book club, shall we?!

October 3, 2005

Catch Greta in Cats 24/7!!!

See that little cutie in the post below...the model in the foreground???

Well a photo I took of her sitting atop her 'New York Times to be receycled' throne - full page and *completely naked* - on page 24 of Cats 24/7!!!

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It's the perfect gift for cat lovers and especially for cat haters - you can have endless fun planting it all over their house!

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