22 8 / 2014

whitehouse:

Spread the word: The National Park Service turns 98 on Monday, and all park entrance fees will be waived!

I spent two awesome summers working at Longfellow NHS, after years growing up in and around parks thanks to my parents’ amazing travel-fu.  
(…Don’t let anyone kid you though, poly/wool pants and a laminated straw hat are *not* a comfy summer uniform!)

whitehouse:

Spread the word: The National Park Service turns 98 on Monday, and all park entrance fees will be waived!

I spent two awesome summers working at Longfellow NHS, after years growing up in and around parks thanks to my parents’ amazing travel-fu. 

(…Don’t let anyone kid you though, poly/wool pants and a laminated straw hat are *not* a comfy summer uniform!)

21 8 / 2014

jtotheizzoe:

sagansense:

scinote:

Coming soon: SciNote.org, launched by entrop-e, shychemist, and geogallery, is Tumblr’s project for promoting science education around the world.

At SciNote, we believe that science shouldn’t just be reading about the ideas of people with PhDs and Nobel Prizes. We believe that science is an active process of asking questions and finding answers.
That’s why we, at SciNote, want to hear from you. We want to ponder the interesting questions you pose and get excited with you over the cool science you see in your world.
SciNote will feature the best of the Tumblr science community, and we will compile and publish the top posts from every year in the form of a magazine available both digitally and in print. Think of SciNote magazine as the Tumblr science magazine.
We hope to celebrate our launch by featuring some of the coolest science from around Tumblr. So before we launch SciNote, we would like to collect 25 science posts and/or questions from you, including:
the most interesting science news you have come across
questions you’ve always wanted to ask
fascinating facts that you’ve learned
pictures of nature and/or science that you’ve taken
cool research that you’ve participated in
any other science-related thing you’d like to tell us!

So please:
Submit posts or ask questions to be featured on our blog and for an opportunity to be published in SciNote magazine.
Follow our blog at SciNote.org.
Read more about our project here.
If you’re interested, apply to join our staff here.
Reblog this post so that we can collect 25 posts and launch our project as soon as possible!
Thank you all and happy science!


I am so ridiculous excited about this. SciNote and SciNote mag have the ability to truly broadcast our collective Tumblr Science Side Community efforts out into the world in a way no other social media network has ever done. Signal boost this and let’s gooooo….

Well then, here’s a very interesting thing that I will be keeping an eye on and that you should keep an eye on too.

This has the potential to be really cool.

jtotheizzoe:

sagansense:

scinote:

Coming soon: SciNote.org, launched by entrop-e, shychemist, and geogallery, is Tumblr’s project for promoting science education around the world.

At SciNote, we believe that science shouldn’t just be reading about the ideas of people with PhDs and Nobel Prizes. We believe that science is an active process of asking questions and finding answers.

That’s why we, at SciNote, want to hear from you. We want to ponder the interesting questions you pose and get excited with you over the cool science you see in your world.

SciNote will feature the best of the Tumblr science community, and we will compile and publish the top posts from every year in the form of a magazine available both digitally and in print. Think of SciNote magazine as the Tumblr science magazine.

We hope to celebrate our launch by featuring some of the coolest science from around Tumblr. So before we launch SciNote, we would like to collect 25 science posts and/or questions from you, including:

  • the most interesting science news you have come across
  • questions you’ve always wanted to ask
  • fascinating facts that you’ve learned
  • pictures of nature and/or science that you’ve taken
  • cool research that you’ve participated in
  • any other science-related thing you’d like to tell us!

So please:

  1. Submit posts or ask questions to be featured on our blog and for an opportunity to be published in SciNote magazine.
  2. Follow our blog at SciNote.org.
  3. Read more about our project here.
  4. If you’re interested, apply to join our staff here.
  5. Reblog this post so that we can collect 25 posts and launch our project as soon as possible!

Thank you all and happy science!

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I am so ridiculous excited about this. SciNote and SciNote mag have the ability to truly broadcast our collective Tumblr Science Side Community efforts out into the world in a way no other social media network has ever done. Signal boost this and let’s gooooo….

Well then, here’s a very interesting thing that I will be keeping an eye on and that you should keep an eye on too.

This has the potential to be really cool.

18 8 / 2014

ebookfriendly:

When I read a good book, I wish my life were three thousand years long. –Ralph Waldo Emerson http://ebks.to/1orLrDN

ebookfriendly:

When I read a good book, I wish my life were three thousand years long. –Ralph Waldo Emerson http://ebks.to/1orLrDN

(via bibliophilefiles)

13 8 / 2014

minervarising:

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

Use your notebook as a canvas today. Craft a picture that is “felt rather than seen.”

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What a lovely idea!

02 8 / 2014

"He does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted. This is a special kind of longing. The boy reading the fairy-tale desires and is happy in the very fact of desiring."

C.S. Lewis (via petrarchan)

I really love this.  I think it’s true about all stories, and the empathy they can generate for people and the world we live in.  Plus, of course, one has to be looking, at least a little, for the magic, or one overlooks it entirely—in woods, in books, in museums, anywhere.

(via bibliophilefiles)

01 8 / 2014

I had a roommate once tell me he imagined that the inside of my brain was “towers of filing cabinets tended by elves on rollercoasters.”  What does the inside of your head look like?

I had a roommate once tell me he imagined that the inside of my brain was “towers of filing cabinets tended by elves on rollercoasters.”  What does the inside of your head look like?

(Source: la-beaute-convulsive, via heracliteanfire)

01 8 / 2014

I love the way a single word can encapsulate such a big idea.  (Small wonder English steals so many terms from other languages that seem to be better at it!)

(Source: buzzfeed, via arcadiafalls)

01 8 / 2014

anhguahs:

I can’t stop reading Jane Austen books

Why would you even try?

anhguahs:

I can’t stop reading Jane Austen books

Why would you even try?

(via fuckyeahjaneausten)

31 7 / 2014

wburartery:

Everyone, settle down for a minute.

Alright, now settle up! The first teaser trailer for Into The Woods has surfaced! Anna Kendrick! Meryl Streep! Johnny Depp! 

Cool.

Well, I know what’s on my holiday calendar this year.  (The next trailer’s going to be a singing trailer, right?)

29 7 / 2014

cinquespotted:

jingletribble:

jingletribble:

i’m bored while doing my latin homework i am this close to translating the opening monologue to star trek into classical latin someone stop me quick

caelum. finito terminalis. is cursus est de commissi navistella. sui legatio quintus-annus - munduses ignotus novus exploro. lux nova et cultus novus sequor. cedo audacius quatenus homonis aput iit.

I have a serious problem.

There are days I really miss my Latin classes…

(Source: chharliedayarchive, via lettersfromtitan)

29 7 / 2014

“At the Info Desk (Logan Airport, 10 pm)”

I always appreciate it when my writers’ group offers up a prompt that makes you  consider a new perspective.  This week’s best prompt was to write from the point of view of “someone who works at an airport.”

"Logan Airport, Terminal A at night" by Alan Myles.  Creative Commons, click for source

“Logan Airport, Terminal A at night” by Alan Myles. Creative Commons, click for source

At the Info Desk (Logan Airport, 10 pm)
by Meg Winikates

Departures, arrivals, wheels up, wheels down,
co…

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28 7 / 2014

A Smattering of Science Poetry

Collage by Serena Epstein, click for source

“Prufrock” Collage by Serena Epstein, click for source

In high school I had a chemistry teacher who had once taught literature, and he had a tendency to quote “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” at inexplicable times (usually when despairing over the state of our latest test grades).  I still hear “I grow old, I grow old,  I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled and walk along the beach”…

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24 7 / 2014

jtotheizzoe:

image

C-3PO: “You will therefore be taken to the Dune Sea and cast into the pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the all-powerful sarlacc.”

C-3PO: “In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as you are slowly digested over a thousand years.”

It was twenty years ago that I came into possession of that protocol droid. I was its fourteenth owner, although it would not disclose any information on the thirteen previous ones. By the time it entered my possession its body’s brass plating was almost as thin and timid as its AI. For the first year after I purchased this tarnished, golden droid from the district auction, this memory recall occurred without warning, at first daily, then weekly, then, for some reason, scarcely at all.

Owing to this unpredictable glitch, I was never able to make use of the C-3PO unit as a translator or a cultural mediator, not that I ever really needed it considering the advancement of modern neural AI embeds. But C-3PO’s terror, its obsession stuck with me.

It’s a fool’s errand to project free will or desire upon even the most sentient of droids, but there was something about this recall, its intensity, its pain… its fear, so unlike anything I had ever heard uttered in digital voice, that called like a Siren to my curiosity. Never could I have imagined how a droid so distressed would guide my journeys.

What did it mean? What is the “sarlacc” this droid spoke of?

Historic records from the time of the Galactic Rebellion are sadly incomplete thanks to the Great Cyberwar, but even a child would turn rapt at the mention of the legendary Han Solo, and from that very first mention I knew I must uncover more.

What I, an interplanetary naturalist, have observed in my lifetime of exploration and study, may top the list of “horrible ways to die in the known universe”, this thousand-year psychotorture, this eon of agony. I present here my natural observations of the sarlacc.

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Natural history + Star Wars geekery = a really excellent example of interdisciplinary learning.  (Plus I now know way more about sea anemones and antlions than I did before.)

24 7 / 2014

explore-blog:

Julia Cameron on how to get out of your own way and unblock the “spiritual electricity” of creative flow – a timelessly wonderful read from 1992

Besides, silly is good for you!

explore-blog:

Julia Cameron on how to get out of your own way and unblock the “spiritual electricity” of creative flow – a timelessly wonderful read from 1992

Besides, silly is good for you!

(Source: explore-blog, via npr)

23 7 / 2014

Barriers to Family Engagement in Museums

We’re working on rubrics for 2015 planning already, and this is a great reminder to think about not only what the goals of your programming are, but what they look like in action.

Barriers to Family Engagement in Museums

We’re working on rubrics for 2015 planning already, and this is a great reminder to think about not only what the goals of your programming are, but what they look like in action.