Stumbled upon this spectacular image of snowy egrets roosting on the east shore of the Salton Sea today and was reminded of this poem by Mary Oliver:
Where the path closed
down and over,
through the scumbled leaves,
through the knotted catbrier,
I kept going. Finally
I could not
save my arms
from thorns; soon
smelled me, hot
and wounded, and came
wheeling and whining.
And that’s how I came
to the edge of the pond:
black and empty
except for a spindle
of bleached reeds
at the far shore
which, as I looked,
into three egrets – - -
of white fire!
Even half-asleep they had
such faith in the world
that had made them – - -
tilting through the water,
by the laws
of their faith not logic,
they opened their wings
softly and stepped
over every dark thing.
Here is a great photo of the Museum Campus in 1926. No Shedd Aquarium or Adler Planetarium yet. Look at how tiny Soldier Field is.
© The Field Museum, GN82988, Photographer Kauffman and Fabray Company.
Field Museum exterior aerial view showing Soldier Field nearly complete. Shedd Aquarium building not built yet.
Welcome to NPR’s brand spankin’ new science tumblr. Here, we’ll be sharing animations, explanatory videos, illustrations, science gifs, extras from radio stories, dispatches from the intersection of science and culture, home-made lava recipes, underwater operas, and fascinating graphs hastily scrawled on napkins. Some posts will come directly from NPR’s science coverage, some will come from the incredible bounty of the internet, and some, hopefully, will come from YOU.
A note about our (odd) name: Skunk bear is a nickname for the wolverine. It climbed to the top of the list of possible names with all the ferocious strength of the world’s largest terrestrial mustelid. Wolverines are known for their voracious appetites - they consume everything from voles to caribou. And … here comes the connection … this tumblr is a place for you to consume a diverse feast of science stories, ideas and images.
In 1998 I purchased a book that had been published two years prior entitled “The Healing Power of the Mind.” The Foreword was written by Daniel Goldman who had just broken ground with his publication of Emotional Intelligence. The Healing Power of the Mind intrigued me because (a) it was written…
From my fair and balanced comic, Snap Crackle Pop.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Though the new Snap Book is here, I have to put out a warning to NOT BUY IT YET. I received my copies for the convention and the majority of the pages are printing too light. Trying to sort it out with Lulu. I will let you know when all is fixed!
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Mordak will be returning to his regularly scheduled mauling of innocent question-askers! If you have personal questions or need some advice and think a grumpy egomaniac cactus can help, pop over to Ask Mordak! Keep asking, kiddos, there’s nothing you can’t ask him! Sexual advice? Recipes? Go for it!
Men and women looking through the card catalogues at the Library of Congress, 1941.
A visual reminder to be grateful for OPACs!
Wow, this really gives you a sense of scale.
This is how scholars found the literature they needed: by going through alphabetical card catalogues - one on author, one on subject, containing thousands and thousands of cards. The bigger the library the more cards. The Library of Congress is obviously a sizable library…
WOW! I remember the old card catalogue at the Bodleian, snaking around the corridor of the New Library… but seeing the Library of Congress catalogue in one room… wow.