Michele James Beacham

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

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

[From habit he lifts his watch; it shows him its blank face. Zero hour, Snowman thinks.] Time to go.

—Margaret Atwood, from Oryx and Crake (via the-final-sentence)

A Magical Book Trailer Every Lit Lover Should See

The final installment of the Magician’s Trilogy is one of my most anticipated books of the year. It’s one of the things I love so much, it makes me hesitant to recommend it to others. 

Anyway, this book trailer also make my eyes get a little watery at “it didn’t matter where you were, if you were in a roomful of books, you were at least halfway home.” Cannot wait to read it.

montereybayaquarium:

Nature’s Fireworks: We Discover the Flower Hat Jelly Life Cycle

Some things are worth waiting for – even if it takes 12 years.

Our jelly biologists have discovered the elusive life cycle of Olindias formosus – the stunning flower hat jelly, whose multicolored, fluorescent-tipped tentacles are like a living fireworks show.

The flower hat jelly was first discovered in waters off Japan over 100 years ago, but its life cycle was a mystery. Biologists around the world have been eager to exhibit this gorgeous jelly, but were unable to culture it to adulthood. Now, after 12 years of research, we solved the mystery, and you can see them in The Jellies Experience special exhibition.

“We’re thrilled to discover the life cycle of the flower hat jelly,” said Senior Aquarist Wyatt Patry. “Our team succeeded through collaboration, diligence and a bit of good luck.”

Our discovery could lead to predicting dangerous jelly “blooms” in the wild. The flower hat jelly packs a powerful sting, enabling it to kill and eat fish – and harm humans. Blooms of hundreds or thousands of these jellies off Japan and Brazil have resulted in injuries to many beachgoers, and at least one death, Patry said.

About the Flower Hat Jelly

Found in coastal waters off southern Japan, Brazil and Argentina, and in the Mediterranean, the flower hat jelly has brilliant tentacles trailing from its translucent, pinstriped bell. Another set of curly tentacles under its bell can quickly unfurl and grab prey. This nocturnal species swims in the water column at night and attaches itself to the seafloor during the day.

Our work to understand the life cycle of this mysterious jelly began in 2002 during the Jellies: Living Art special exhibition, which ran from 2002 to 2008. That team was the first to successfully exhibit flower hat jellies in the United States, and culture fertilized eggs and larvae – another first.

Shining a Light on an Amazing Life Cycle

Patry said the current team’s initial breakthrough occurred with a redesigned exhibit that let flower hat jellies capture and eat live fish and kept them away from debris on the bottom. Patry said the team hoped those conditions would encourage successful reproduction – and they did.

Special blue lighting in the exhibit was the next breakthrough. The flower hat jellies, which are fluorescent, are in a gallery that interprets three different types of “lights” in certain jellies – fluorescence, bioluminescence and diffraction. About six months after putting a batch of flower hat jellies on exhibit, Patry noticed two previously unseen stages of their life cycle – polyps and tiny baby jellies.

“I was only able to see them because they are fluorescent, like the adults,” Patry said. “From there we worked with the polyps to refine the ideal food and temperature requirements for them to produce more babies.”

Jellies!!

todaysdocument:


"I have been reading comic books for seven to nine years.  Every kind of book that was written, I have never robbered a bank or thinks like that."
Letter from Robert Merdian Regarding Comic Book Censorship, 06/22/1954
From the series: Committee Papers, compiled 1816 - 2011. Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2011

This letter was received by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Special Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. Teenager Robert Merdian wrote to express his support for comic books, which were then being investigated by the subcommittee to determine whether a relationship existed between juvenile violence and crime and such media as television and comic books. 

todaysdocument:

"I have been reading comic books for seven to nine years.  Every kind of book that was written, I have never robbered a bank or thinks like that."

Letter from Robert Merdian Regarding Comic Book Censorship, 06/22/1954

From the series: Committee Papers, compiled 1816 - 2011. Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2011

This letter was received by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Special Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. Teenager Robert Merdian wrote to express his support for comic books, which were then being investigated by the subcommittee to determine whether a relationship existed between juvenile violence and crime and such media as television and comic books. 

slaughterhouse90210:

“Yet, I didn’t understand that she was intentionally disguising her feelings with sarcasm; that was usually the last resort of people who are timid and chaste of heart, whose souls have been coarsely and impudently invaded; and who, until the last moment, refuse to yield out of pride and are afraid to express their own feelings to you.”― Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

slaughterhouse90210:

“Yet, I didn’t understand that she was intentionally disguising her feelings with sarcasm; that was usually the last resort of people who are timid and chaste of heart, whose souls have been coarsely and impudently invaded; and who, until the last moment, refuse to yield out of pride and are afraid to express their own feelings to you.”
― Fyodor Dostoevsky,
Notes from Underground