All posts by Deirdre

I am an artist and website developer. I like sculpting and painting. My hobbies include: Reading - I like the supernatural and Sci Fi genres. Video Games - My favs are Minecraft, Rock Band and Left 4 Dead I also like gardening, watching good shows on tv and movies.

The Floridian

The Floridian
The Floridian

Over on Treasure Island is a little restaurant called the Floridian. They feature authentic Cuban sandwiches. Most of their menu consists of sandwiches, although they do have black beans & rice. They also sell beer if you want.

I had the famous Cuban, pressed of course and a Tampa favorite the “deviled crab“. If you aren’t familiar with the deviled crab it’s a blue crab mixed with various seasonings, spices and vegetables, then it’s surrounded by a kind of dough then fried. Of course a deviled crab must be smothered in hot sauce.

The Cuban sandwich was pretty good, it really was quite authentic! It reminded me of the Cuban sandwiches I used to get over in Ybor City. The deviled crab was tasty but a bit mushier than I would have liked. So far the Columbia has the best deviled crab that I’ve tasted in Pinellas County.

Atmosphere – Most of the seating is outside, so if it’s hot or cold out it might be unpleasant.

Service – Service was alright.

Food – Pretty good for a tiny little spot.

Summary – If you just want a quick spot to grab a bite the Floridian is a nice place to grab a bite while you are out at the beach.

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Tadpole Raising

Frog lifecycle
Yay Science!

A little over a month ago my husband and I were swimming in our pool and we discovered a bunch of tadpoles in the pool. Since we knew the pool guy was coming the next day we decided to save as many as we could. We were able to recover 18 tadpoles.

My husband thought I was a little bit crazy, what did I know about raising tadpoles? Not much really but hey, that’s what the internet is for.

So I stuck them in a take out container and did some reading. We lost a few at the beginning. They didn’t like the lettuce I stuck in there, I’m afraid there was some cannibalism. Ewww. However that did give me an idea, and I introduced them to dry cat food.

To my surprise they really liked the catfood and they started growing really quickly.

Fast forward a few weeks, I upgraded them to a shoe-box sized container and added some floral glass rocks to give them something to hide behind and eventually sit on. Cleaning was a bit of a hassle, if I had a fish tank with a filter it would have been a lot easier, but no I had to take them out everyday wash the box out and stick them back in.

I’m sure some people will be saying now, “OH the humanity! Tap water is full of contaminants! How stressful for them!” and such. Well I did put the water through a Brita filter first and they seemed ok. I was holding steady at 15 tadpoles, there was no more unsavory eating of each, thankfully!

Now, a couple more weeks later, some of the little guys are almost ready to be free. Some have developed both their front and back legs and only have their little nubby tails left. I’m scared for them though, it’s going to be a much harsher world on the outside, but what am I going to do with 15 frogs in my house.

Well seeing as how they have little suckers on their feet I think they are some kind of tree frog. So cute!

If you are still reading this, maybe you would like to see my froggie slideshow? Just click the play button.


Clawdius Pics

I have a little grey kitty and he is adorable. I’ve made a Flickr slide show out of the many many pictures I’ve taken of him. So if you like cats, click play!


Adorable Cat

I found this adorable cat on the interwebs. I’m not sure who the original owner is, but he/she is a lucky person!


Man’s Voice Reveals His Fighting Ability

From Discovery New by Jennifer Viegas
Man’s Voice Reveals His Fighting Ability.

Well this is a pretty cool and interesting article. Obviously we share a lot more traits with our animal brothers and sisters than we even knew.

“Ancestrally, a man’s fighting ability would have been much more important to know as archaeological and anthropological evidence indicates that men were much more likely to engage in aggression than women were,” Aaron Sell, lead author of the paper, told Discovery News.

“For that reason, it’s very important to know how formidable a man is,” added Sell, a researcher in the Center for Evolutionary Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sell and his colleagues took body and strength measurements from men and women belonging to four distinct populations: the Tsimane of Bolivia, Andean herder-horticulturalists, and U.S. and Romanian college students.

Each participant was asked to do things such as flex their biceps, which were measured, use a handgrip, and press a chest-strength muscle tester. The individuals also provided their fighting history, mentioning how many fights they had been in over the last four years.

The participants next spoke a certain sentence in their native language that was recorded. The American students, for example, were instructed to say, “When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, they act like a prism and form a rainbow.” This sentence includes every sound in the English language.

Undergraduates from UCSB rated the various voices on physical strength, height and weight. Their predictions were correct nearly every time for men, but not for women, even though many didn’t even understand the language of the speakers. Both men and women listeners, however, were equally skilled at assessing the male voices.

“Information about male formidability would have been important for both sexes over evolutionary time,” said Sell. “Both men and women would have benefitted from knowing who would likely win fights in order to make prudential alliances and for other reasons. Men would need this information to regulate their own fighting behavior. Women would also need this information in order to make effective mate choices.”


Australian ‘angel’ saves lives at suicide spot

I love this story, please read it and maybe smile at someone who’s looking sad,  maybe wish them a nice day.

Australian ‘angel’ saves lives at suicide spot – World news-

“SYDNEY – In those bleak moments when the lost souls stood atop the cliff, wondering whether to jump, the sound of the wind and the waves was broken by a soft voice. “Why don’t you come and have a cup of tea?” the stranger would ask. And when they turned to him, his smile was often their salvation.”