Michele James Beacham

My brief forays into the Tumblr universe to geek out about libraries, Harry Potter, and other fun stuff.

[Thank you.]
Now we will sing.

—Margaret Atwood, from MaddAddam (via the-final-sentence)

[We listen. Jimmy’s right, there is music. It’s faint and far away, but moving closer. It’s the sound of many people singing.] Now we can see the flickering of their torches, winding towards us through the darkness of the trees.

—Margaret Atwood, from The Year of the Flood
(via the-final-sentence)

This kind of eradication program was far beyond anything that anyone had ever done anywhere in the world.

What do you do when your island is overrun by goats? Something drastic. (via wnycradiolab)

I’m not even done with this episode of Radiolab yet, but it is blowing my mind. The episode is “Galapagos”.

slaughterhouse90210:

“He’s lost something, some illusion I used to think was necessary to him. He’s come to realize he too is human. Or is this a performance, for my benefit, to show me he’s up-to-date? Maybe men shouldn’t have been told about their own humanity. It’s only made them uncomfortable. It’s only made them trickier, slier, more evasive, harder to read.”  ― Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

slaughterhouse90210:

“He’s lost something, some illusion I used to think was necessary to him. He’s come to realize he too is human. Or is this a performance, for my benefit, to show me he’s up-to-date? Maybe men shouldn’t have been told about their own humanity. It’s only made them uncomfortable. It’s only made them trickier, slier, more evasive, harder to read.”
― Margaret Atwood,
Cat’s Eye

As for Dish’s concerns, Cohen says that a merger with Time Warner Cable would help because the company has agreed, as a condition for the deal, to uphold net neutrality across all of the systems.

David Cohen, EVP, Comcast - http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/fox-time-warner-news-colors-senate-committee-look-at-online-video/

Oh, great! We don’t have to worry about net neutrality anymore, because Time Warner Cable has said they’ll uphold it! Problem solved! Just trust the giant corporation that says they’ll police themselves! 

This is also a reminder, if you actually care about upholding net neutrality, to make comments to the FCC as soon as possible: www.fcc.gov/comments. And if you are looking for an entertaining overview of the issue, check out this segment from Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU&feature=kp