Thursday, February 28, 2013

Idea for a bar theme

A Special Kind of Stupid

one of these in a display case on the bar, or one of the pointy ones.

The Spouter Inn
Entering that gable-ended Spouter-Inn, you found yourself in a wide, low, straggling entry with old-fashioned wainscots, reminding one of the bulwarks of some condemned old craft. On one side hung a very large oil painting so thoroughly besmoked, and every way defaced, that in the unequal crosslights by which you viewed it, it was only by diligent study and a series of systematic visits to it, and careful inquiry of the neighbors, that you could any way arrive at an understanding of its purpose.

A painting representing:
... a Cape-Horner in a great hurricane; the half-foundered ship weltering there with its three dismantled masts alone visible; and an exasperated whale, purposing to spring clean over the craft, is in the enormous act of impaling himself upon the three mast-heads.


heads in jars and severed hand from Titus Andronicus

Utricularia largest traps

Utricularia arnhemica
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Utricularia humboldtii

Utricularia reflexa

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mordor flora and fuana

Alluaudia humbertii (left) and A. procera (right)
Stapelia cedrimontana

Stapelia variegata

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 Stapelia leendertziae




Cyclura Cornuta


Cyclura pinguis


Geochelone sulcata

Monday, February 18, 2013

South American propierty

There are no restrictions on the ownership of land or property in Brazil by foreign nationals. However, in order to purchase property, you need a Brazilian identity card called a CPF. To obtain this, you will first need to have your birth certificate translated into Portuguese and notarized by the Brazilian consulate in your home country. You can then apply for the CPF to Banco de Brasil submitting your notarized birth certificate and your passport. You will also need a Brazilian mailing address, to which your CPF card will be sent. The CPF number is obtained from any office of the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service, at any Brazilian consular office or Brazilian Embassy abroad or by visiting

  • Fees and Taxes. The buyer is liable for a number of other fees and taxes (around 7-8% of the purchase price) when purchasing in Brazil and these vary by state and by legal firm. Notary Fees (2 - 2.5%) are paid upon completion for the registration of title deeds at the Land Registry. Also payable on completion is Transfer Tax (around 3%). Legal fees (around 1.5% – 2%) are usually paid in two stages and the amount paid depends on the price of the property. ExpatMoneyChannel adds: Make sure you have a clear idea of all of the fees and ensure this is added to the total amount of money you need to raise to purchase the property.
  •  You may well find it is cheaper and quicker to use a specialist currency exchange provider than a lawyer or bank. For example, MoneyCorp has a partnership with Banco Rendimento in Brazil. The service fixes the Brazilian real rate of exchange throughout the transaction so that clients know exactly how many reals will be delivered. It also reduces the time between transfer and receipt of funds, while guaranteeing that each trade will be registered with the Central Bank to facilitate the future repatriation of funds. Money arrives on the day it is expected.
Work with reputable partners – agents, lawyers and currency providers who can be trusted.
When choosing a reputable partner always check that they are certified or registered to undertake the necessary work. Experience in dealing with foreign citizens buying abroad is recommended.
 Never, ever, trust an estate agent here. They work for the seller for a normal 5% commission. They will always tell you the paperwork on the property is in order, but it almost never is. The consequences can be serious: if there are outstanding taxes and condominium fees (to name but two) the buyer can get clobbered later as these debts attach to the property not to the person who incurred them. You often find the the seller is not the formal registered owner as they never paid the money to do this step. A lot of properties are tied up in inheritance disputes so this has to be checked 100% by a professional.
 Always engage a lawyer to work for you and brief them completely and carefully. Negotiate their fee up front. Their union rates allow them to charge up to 2% of the transaction value but you can get this down. Lawyers are insured and properly governed, estate agents are not.
 Cash is the name of the game. Moreover, the usual deposit is 10-15% and almost always the balance has to be paid 30 days later. If you don't pay, you lose the deposit unless there are sound legal grounds like undeclared debts against the property etc. That is why it is essential to have a trusted lawyer check all the 'certidoes' of the property and the seller. Only proceed if they all check out.

 If you are bringing money in from overseas, it is essential you speak to your Brazilian bank early and make sure you get them cranked up to get the funds in through the Central Bank. This can take a few days so make sure you allow for it with plenty of time before your 30 days run out. Don't leave the funds too tight as a blip in the rate can leave you short and could threaten your deposit if you don't complete on the nail.
 Make sure it is your lawyer who sorts out registering the transfer of the property. Do not leave it to the broker and/or cartorio.

Surplus Naval Ship 50 foot work boat
cargo capacity of 38,700 lbs

7,025 USD (Reserve Not Met) 
1968 Marinette Marine: Vintage Landing Craft That's Still Holding Up


 Current Price: US$ 59,500
 1025 Lee Road
Parksville, BC V9P 2E1 Canada
74' Landing Craft LCM-8

$  310,000.00
 Dominican Republic 

$  450,000.00   

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Rock blasting

Hamlet Act 5 Scene 2

It will be short. The interim’s mine.

And a man’s life’s no more than to say “one.”

Pacific land
El Granada, San Mateo County County, California
Kau, Hawaii County, Hawaii
1 acre for $5,000

1717-E Palolo Ave E Honolulu, HI 96816 2 beds, 1 baths, $445,000 

Land Tenure: Fee Simple

 1207341, 2 beds, 1 baths

89-754 Lani Kona Road.
Priced at $369,000.00  Fee Simple
 Fully permitted-- as you may or may not be aware many homes in Hawai'i are built unpermitted. The permit process is long and for the homeowner/builder can be very difficult. Not to worry. In 2004 the house was remodeled and totally brought up to current code.The works been done and permitted, and it's done right. 

Ocean View Pkwy, HI 96737

 2 lots are approximately 109’x480’ each, sold together or separately

Friday, February 15, 2013


Major plant divisions



  Escutcheon Pins, Brass Escutcheon Pins brass escutcheon pins

Mat tying:

great for a large neck pillow

 I could make armchair covers out of knotted mats

Hawaiian plants


Brighamia rockii

Santalum freycinetianum


Santalum ellipticum


Santalum album

30 Santalum album Seeds Indian sandalwood Tree Expensive sandal medicinal tree

25 Seeds Diospyros ebenum Ceylon Ebony India Ebony

 US $2.25

  Cocoa tree A great companion for your Vanilla plant. Cocoa comes from the Amazon Rainforest. It is an understory tree and needs protection from strong sun at least while young. They need a good deal of humidity and warmth to do well. The fruit or "bean" grows right out of the trunk and branches. It is also edible as a fruit. The cocoa seed in the fruit is what chocolate is made from. Not the easiest to grow outside of warm climates but for a severe chocoholic it may be worth a shot and you can brag that you grow your own.
Buy It: Cocoa tree - $12.
00; 4" Pot 


Cyanea leptostegia,


Lobelia gloria-montis

 Agathis robusta

Australian Bunya-Bunya tree (Arauacaria bidwillii)

Right: Norfolk island pine (A. heterophylla)

Adansonia grandidieri