Carnivorous Plants

11 Apr

From Wicked Critters

Plants That Eat Animals

There are at least 630 species of plants that attract and trap animal prey to consume as food. I find that incredibly fascinating. It’s like, after all these years I’ve been eating salads, creamed or garlic spinach, steamed broccoli and bok choy, the plants have actually been evolving and looking forward to having me for dinner instead.

I was speaking with a colleague at work who mentioned that he grows 29 species of the fly trap variation in his apartment. I couldn’t immediately validate whether or not there are actually 29 different species of fly trapping plants, but I knew right then and there that I must investigate the possibility of owning a carnivorous plant.

How Do I Get One of Those?

I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the venus fly trap is the most popular carnivorous plant in the known galaxy. It is so popular that it even co-starred in Batman and Robin with George Clooney and Uma Thurman. Great. But how would I care for this plant? A quick Google search produced the following video:

http://www.videojug.com/player?id=9fd5a3bb-2680-d2ab-fde6-ff0008cabde8

 

Where To Buy Some Carnivorous Plants

You have to love the internet. In less than 10 seconds, I was able to find a site called Bug Biting Plants (www.BugBitingPlants.com) and it looks pretty amazing. Not only do they sell multiple species of Venus Flytraps, but they also sell Pitcher Plants, Sundews, Cobra Lily, Nepenthes, and Butterworts (sometimes, science sucks at naming things).

I saw many other sites that also offer Venus Fly Traps but I enjoyed the Bug Biting Plants site so much that I think I’ll give them my business. I never would have guessed that some day I’d own a meat eating pet plant.

Will Smith Wisdom

2 Jun

Ray: I’m a big fan of Will Smith. His success is in the most difficult industry to obtain greatness is certainly no fluke. Take a few moments to listen to his philosophy. Like, really listen.

Ray Discovers Frank Ocean

25 May

Learn and Grow Happy

25 May

Ray: I am what many people would consider to be “over the hill.” That’s right, I’m an old man. At the ripe old age of 27, I have already lived a full life. I’ve experienced love and heartbreak, success and failure, and even became a father. I’ve seen my elders get older and I stood by haplessly as loved ones passed away. I’ve graduated from a great university only to take jobs that had nothing to do with my major. In fact, I’ve even changed careers 3 times. I’ve seen best friends become strangers and new friends become brothers and sisters of mine. I’ve been robbed, cheated, and lied to. I’ve even done some cheating and lying myself. In short, I’ve seen a lot, did a lot, and have learned from it all. But after speaking with many different people, I have realized that too many of us go through life and ignore all of the beautiful lessons that God has intertwined in this wonderfully complex but brief experience.

There are so many different places I can go with this conversation but I think I’ll stick to a very important theory that has definitely held true in my life. I believe that there is no progress without a struggle. And while many people accept that as a truth, they often neglect the point of the struggle. The struggle is where the growth occurs. The struggle is where the lessons should be learned and where maturity is bolstered. The catch is, you really have to train yourself to find the lesson hidden within the struggle and apply it to how you live life. If you fail to do this, then you will continue to struggle with that particular part of your life and progress will come to a complete halt.

Take for example the case of the broken heart. Having your heart broken can be one of the most devastating life experiences one can endure. It requires that you first invest all of your being into a relationship with someone that you imagine someday being a life partner. And then for whatever reason, that relationship gets broken. Your trust, your happiness, your faith in all things possible is suddenly crushed and you are left there all alone wondering how you’re supposed to continue living (or am I speaking for myself?). Why would God allow such a sour and desolate mindset to exist and flourish in the midst of loss? Well, I believe events like this happen in order for you to grow and reach a level of happiness in the future that you never thought was possible.

Circumstances like broken hearts, death, losing a job, and many other events always lead to questions. Why me? What did I do to deserve this? How could I have avoided this? While every individual’s case is different, there are fundamental reasons to why these events happen.  In the case of the broken heart, the first thing to notice is that you indeed are capable of experiencing love. There’s a reason that the phrase, “it is better to have loved and lost then to have never loved before” has lasted for hundreds of years. It’s true! Understand that you are built to give and receive love. And it truly is a wonderful thing. Just imagine a time when you can share that with the person you will spend the rest of your life with. Awesome.

But why the heart-ache? From my own experience, I can say that I have learned a great deal about myself while being heart broken. It made me think about all of the qualities about myself that drove love away. I was brave enough to dig deep and explicitly name those faults of mine which weren’t conducive for a successful relationship. As a result, I know that because of that experience, I would not allow those same problems to creep into my marriage (if that ever happens). Not only that, but I also realized what it was about my partner that caused me to act the way I did. As a result, I will most certainly avoid those qualities to the best of my abilities if ever I decide to settle down with a mate. Had I not learned those lessons, it’s very plausible that the two of us could have stayed together longer and missed out on living much happier lives with the people that fit us best.

The same theory can be applied to any other situation. When you take the time to find the lessons within a time of struggle, you will undoubtedly learn what it takes to move closer towards fulfilling your true potential in life. Also, many of the things you currently have need to be removed in order to make room for those things you need. In this regard, to struggle is to be truly blessed. You come out of it stronger, smarter, happier, and sexier than ever before.

Learn from the ups and downs of your life. Oddly enough, they ultimately teach you how to make your ups higher and your downs shorter.

Antonio “L.A.” Reid: Charlie Rose Interview

24 Jun

Ray: If I could choose any job in the world, it would be the one belonging to Antonio “L.A.” Reid. Although I remember hearing Andre 3000 mention his name in an old Outkast song, I never knew who he was until I considered a career in the music business. But after hearing terrible song after terrible song on the radio and stupid video after stupid video on television, I became uninterested in pursuing a career in the music business. However, I must say that after listening to this interview he brings up a lot of the same feelings I once had in college. Anyone looking for a behind the scenes career in music should definitely know about L.A. Reid. He’s pretty inspirational:

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Fire Up the Grill Baby!!

24 Jun

Ray: Barbeque season is upon us. I don’t know about where you’re from, but in Southern California the people love to cook things on the grill. It doesn’t matter what it is either; chicken, steak, clams, tennis shoes… just add sauce and we’re in business.

I’m not sure if we’ve done any other food articles on this blog, but people in the United States take are BBQs seriously. As such, I thought it be nice to shed light on a pretty cool sight that’s all about grill. GrilledSensations.net is a great site for recipes, techniques, and the best equipment out there. There’s even a store there to buy some of the things you read about. In all, it’s a good site to know about.

From the White House to my house, we’ll all be eating off the grill. Keep it saucy.

The Boondocks Goes In on Tyler Perry… Pause.

22 Jun

Ray: I already said what I had to say about Tyler Perry in a post last year. But I had to post what my favorite cartoon said about the media mogul. For the record, I still like Tyler Perry but this is funny:

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