The Tussie Mussie; From Sick to Sordid to Sweet ;)

Tussie Mussie, Talking Bouquet, Posy/Posey/Posie, Nosegay

I have always had a fondness for these little bouquets.  I have on occasion given them as gifts, with a card denoting the meaning of each plant in the bouquet.  I tend to give posies made of whatever is handy in the garden, but in the Victorian Era they were more carefully curated messages for ladies, or a specifically prescribed deterrent for “gaol fever” used by judges in the 1700s.  I’ve found various definitions and origins for the historical instances of posies and in particular for the use of the words tussie-mussie (tuzzy-muzzy) in describing them.  I’ll reference some sources below.  Some of these references come from verifiable sources, and others from blogs that don’t reference their sources well or at all.  I will cite everything below so you can be your own judge.


Here you will find this written.  It was pulled by the author from The Language of Flowers by Geraldine Adamich Laufer, published by Workman Publishing in 1993.

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USC School of Architecture, Graduate Elective Theses


Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to this event to hear the presentations of the theses, but caught up with everyone afterwards.  These images are from Behnaz Farahi Bouzanjani’s presentation.  The class, Space Exploration Studio, was taught by Madhu Thangavelu who lectures at USC’s School of Architecture, and also teaches in their Astronautics and Space Technology Division, and the Viterbi School of Engineering.  Experts in attendance providing feedback were Dr. Anita Sengupta of JPL’s Mars Science Laboratory-EDL division, and Dr. Edward McCullough who is often remembered for his involvement in the NRC Committee to Review NASA’s Exploration Technology Development Programs, among other contributions in aerospace and engineering.


We’d like to send out a big thank you to Black Design Associates, LLC for hosting more than 50 members this past Sunday. They have also offered to continue to do so for upcoming events in their office space in El Segundo. Black Design is an incubator and product development consultancy. They have an amazing 3,500 square foot, three-story space with Terrazzo floors (I personally love Terrazzo), lots of sunlight and a nifty Objet 3-D printer. Their machine shop, boasting a vacuum form, mill and laid, produces wonders of design, and their irreverent, no-nonsense campaigns take quality and simplicity, and jelly-roll them in style. Check out this Leica i9 concept that Black Design developed. It’s hipsta-geek cool!

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Dr. Anita Sengupta, of NASA’s JPL; Entry Descent and Landing on Mars at Future Salon LA

Last night I attended Future Salon LA hosted by Josie Roman and Peter Voss.  Dr. Anita Sengupta of NASA’s JPL spoke on the Mars Science Laboratory Mission.  The talk was very informal, and Anita opened the floor to questions during her talk as opposed to asking the audience to hold questions till after.  This created a really interactive, discussion-oriented atmosphere, which was relevant as there were some knowledgeable people in attendance.

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Meeting with Ray Podder today

Some ideas from a conversation with Ray.

Firstly, I am not so familiar with economic terms like the following:

Arbitrage:  The simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset in order to profit from a difference in the price. It is a trade that profits by exploiting price differences of identical or similar financial instruments, on different markets or in different forms. Arbitrage exists as a result of market inefficiencies; it provides a mechanism to ensure prices do not deviate substantially from fair value for long periods of time.
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This can happen with bonds, on currency markets and on ebay.  :)  I know some of those people, but I don’t think they know it’s called arbitrage.

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Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

These anachronistic young-uns from Kentish Town, UK will suck you in and blow you away, not unlike the cyclical breathing style of Kitty’s harmonica playing.  Being at the El Rey tonight was like a time-warp into a back-country family talent show, or some hill-billy barn dance.  I was itching to cut the rug, but had to settle for watching them dance on-stage as they dosey-doed from instrument to instrument.  Some casserole surprises like banjos and ukes, vibes and accordions, Les Pauls and harmonicas kept your eyes and ears peeled.  And Ingrid Weiss on the upright base, you hoped would never quit.  The literal musical chairs cut down on the between song banter, but there was no shortage and perhaps even no room for more individualism on-stage.

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Building a no-brainer kit


Building a kit