Down in Bism we have them alive and growing. There I'll pick you bunches of rubies that you can eat and squeeze you a cup full of diamond-juice. You won't care much about fingering the cold, dead treasures of your shallow mines after you have tasted the live ones of Bism.
Also, ich bin ein nerd.
Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?
I really recommend watching (or even just listening in the background!) to this 15-minute talk — bees are incredibly important, both to our continued food production and to most ecosystems in general that involve flowering plants.
Lots of hi-res images free to own and use - like this hungry crocodile
Yesterday the Getty Museum announced the start of its Open Content Program, which provides 4600 high-resolution images for all to browse and use, including almost 1900 medieval images (read the announcement here). With the help of a clear search engine you can track down what you are looking for very easily and quickly (check it out here). When you click on “view record” you are presented with large images of 20 MB or even more, which you can download without registering. The best thing? You can do with them what you want. You can crop them, change them, print them on your office mug, include them in your Christmas cards, and even use them for commercial purposes (check out the rules of the game here). So why are you still reading this Tumblr? Take a big crocodile-bite out of Getty’s offering!
Pic: Crocodile eating a man, Getty Museum MS 100 (2007.16.49v) (England, 1250-60).
This salve is in -very- limited supply! Only 14 jars were made from a small batch using wildcrafted Eastern Hemlock resin and local Massachusetts beeswax. We collected the resin ourselves in the woods of Maine, taking only small amounts from trees that were able to spare a bit of their resin. (No trees were cut or harmed in the harvesting process!)
Hemlock resin has a refreshing pine-like smell. Combined with the slightly floral scent of the beeswax, no additional fragrance was needed. So these salves are free of essential oils.
Each 1/3 oz (10 ml) jar comes in a handmade pyramid box, folded from heavyweight recycled paper. These little jars are perfect to slip in your pocket, purse, or bag!
Hemlock resin salve is a perfect addition to any first aid kit! It’s antimicrobial, soothing, and not sticky. Apply to cuts, bites, and dry rashes. Or use as a natural deodorant.
Some salve I made :) Very happy with this one!
Deciphering medieval handwriting
In the project I am directing at Leiden University we study medieval books and their readers. As you can see from my presence on Tumblr and Twitter, we like to show non-experts what we do and why we are passionate about those “stinky old books” (as one five-year old once referred to my research subject). We therefore share our findings on a variety of social platforms (our website lists them all). In the latest entry of our project blog you can read about medieval script and some of the challenges that come with reading a book before the introduction of print. Read about why not even seasoned paleographers (experts of medieval handwriting) are necessarily able to read medieval text quickly or at first glance.
Pic: London, British Library, Arundel MS 490 (12th century).
As the estimate of dead bees rose to 50,000, the Oregon Department of Agriculture confirmed the insecticide Safari caused the deaths in a Wilsonville earlier this week. A landscaping company sprayed 55 linden trees in a Target parking lot to control for aphids, said Dan Hilburn, the plants division director at the department of agriculture. They bees have been dropping from trees since the spraying on Saturday.
Read more here: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/06/pesticide_confirmed_in_bee_dea.html#/0
if you don’t think bees matter then say goodbye to 60% of your food.
Dream Idyll - Edward Robert Hughes
Heather Dale — The Maiden And The Selkie
Once a fair and handsome Seal Lord
Lay his foot upon the sand
For to woo the fisher’s daughter
And to claim her marriage hand
I have come in from the ocean
I have come in from the sea
And I’ll not go to the waves, love
Lest ye come along with me
Lord, long have I loved you
As a Selkie on the foam
I would gladly go and wed ye
And be lady of your home
But I cannot go into the ocean
I cannot go into the sea
I would drown beneath the waves, love
If I went along with thee
Lady, long have I loved you
I would have you for my wife
I will stay upon your shoreland
Though it robs me of my life
I will stay one night beside you
Never go back to the sea
I will stay and be thy husband
Though it be the death of me
Lord, I cannot go and wed thee
All to watch my lover die
Since I’ll not be left a widow
I have a plan for us to try
Let us speak with my grandmother
Who has ever dwelt beside the sea
She may know some trick or treasure
That I may wed my fair Selkie
So they’ve gone to her grandmother’s
Little cottage by the sea
To inquire how a maiden
Can be wed to her Selkie
For the Selkie’s watery kingdom
Would surely rob her of her breath
But to stay on land past midnight
It would surely be his death
Lord, I know not how to aid you
You may never live on shore
For your kind to live till dawning
It has never been seen before
But my mother had a seal coat
That she buried beneath the tree
And she told me that its wearer
Would become a fair Selkie
So they’ve journeyed farther inland
Though the Seal Lord’s getting weak
And she’s shouldering the shovel
To unearth the thing they seek
At the rising of the fullmoon
Underneath the elfen oak
She has unearthed that faery treasure
Of which her grandmother spoke
Just before the stroke of midnight
They have made it back to sea
And she has donned the magic seal coat
And become a maid Selkie
Now they’ve gone into the ocean
Hand in hand into the sea
She has gone along
A fair seal bride for a Selkie
NEWS - Higgins Armory Museum to close after 82 years
An 82-year-old Worcester institution with an internationally renowned collection of arms and armor that is the second largest in the country, announced Friday it will permanently close Dec. 31 after losing a long battle to raise enough endowment money to ensure its future.
P.S. This made me unexpectedly sad.
listen to the words this guy speaks
Here’s a legal sized print out for anyone that has a library, school, or any other public place where they can hang it.
A CALL TO ARMS!!! SAVE THE HIGGINS ARMOURY MUSEUM!!!
Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Mass, the only museum dedicated solely to arms and armor in the Western Hemisphere, is closing on December 31, 2013 because of reported financial difficulty.
Like this cause on FACEBOOK to show your support for the Higgins in 2014 and beyond!
BIPOLAND By Matty Brown
You know you live in New England when: ice forms on the inside of the window.