Ephemera

The ramblings of a lunatic expat.

I am Californian who relocated to Melbourne, Australia in 2006..

I'm a manicurist and a madwoman and I do a damn good job at both.
Hot toddies and charcuterie - we made this freezing, rainy Sunday our bitch.

Hot toddies and charcuterie - we made this freezing, rainy Sunday our bitch.

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The Cabazon Dinosaurs: A Surprise in the Desert

For more photos of Dinny and Mr. Rex, explore the Cabazon Dinosaurs location page.

For any adventurous road-tripper making the 157-kilometer (97.5-mile) drive between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California, there are three surefire signs that you’re on your way: vast expanses of desert, fields of industrial windmills—and dinosaurs.

Dinny the Dinosaur and her companion, Mr. Rex, tower over the horizon of Cabazon, California. The pair were created by sculptor Claude K. Belle as a roadside wonder to attract customers to his Wheel Inn Restaurant located beneath their feet. Belle led the project without the help of external companies, opting instead to work with a few friends to complete his vision.

Dinny, an Apatosaurus, came first in 1981, built from salvaged interstate materials over the course of 11 years. In all, she measures 46 meters (150 feet) in length and stretches 14 meters (45 feet) into the sky. Mr. Rex, who is slightly taller at 20 meters (65 feet) came next in 1986. Made from concrete and steel, both dinosaurs weigh more than 100 tons each.

In addition to their photogenic exteriors, the dinos were designed as hollow structures that visitors can explore. Dinny’s belly contains a gift shop and adventurous Instagrammers can scale Mr. Rex for a shot of the desert horizon through the Tyrannosaurus’s mouth.

I want to go to there.

It really pisses me off that this is owned by creationists now and the entire gift shop is full of creationist/intelligent design propaganda. When Clem and I went a couple of years ago, it was the first time I’d been there in about 25 years. I was horrified. Almost every photo is me flipping the bird at the signs telling how dinosaurs died in a “giant flood”. Ugh.

Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

—Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (via emergentpattern)

(Source: wordsnquotes, via thetroothandnothingbutthetruth)

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Comedian and journalist Stella Young is tired of people telling her she’s an “inspiration” just for getting up in the morning. In a hilarious, hard-hitting, and thought-provoking talk at TEDxSydney, she explains why.   

Watch the full talk here»

The fact that she does these talks is why I think she’s amazing …

Stella is awesome. She hooked me up with my current salon (her long-time hair salon) just so I’d be able to do her nails (my previous salon wasn’t wheelchair accessible). I’m so thrilled to see her talk EVERYWHERE online at the moment.

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I had this! It didn’t help. I wear jeans and a tshirt every day.


Adam Selman’s 20-person team gluing 230,000 Swarovski crystals on Rihanna’s CFDA gown x


Oh god
Adam Selman’s 20-person team gluing 230,000 Swarovski crystals on Rihanna’s CFDA gown x

Oh god

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