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Shiny things collected by an easily distracted marine biologist. There will likely be fish, critters, science, other people's art, fannish stuffs (mostly of a science fictiony, Sherlocky, or cartoonish nature), teapots, things that make me laugh, and occasionally, kids.
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"Dune" artwork by John Schoenherr
I will not fear. Fear is the mind killer.
Wow, I had these in a calendar - I can’t remember what year, but I think I was still in high school or shortly after. While I liked the movie ok (more than I thought I would) this was how I imagined Arrakis (even before this artwork).
When I read the books, I was pretty impressed at how Herbert, an ecologist, had set up the planet’s ecosystem, and how he worked a desert planet with very little plant life or oceans could still have an atmosphere.
Oh, right. I keep forgetting that miniseries…I’ll have to find that one and check it out.
I’m still trying to figure out if it’s a four-leaf clover or some obscure metal symbol.
I actually bought some black outfit pieces when I was getting the kids Halloween stuff, in case of putting together a cosplay of her. I still need to make a hood though.
(Source: twigbitchlaracroft, via andiknowthingsnow)
Check out this sweet bookmark I designed for Neil Gaiman’s Neverwear to celebrate Old Hallows Read!
They are sending them to book stores all over the country and giving them away free with any purchase on their website. (Whilst supplies last)
Best of all they work in ANY book! Not ebooks though. (Warning: do not attempt to use these in your ebooks. They can severely damage your device.)
If you would like to see some creep into your local purveyor of books reach out to Neverwhere through their Facebook page, Twitter (@neverwear) , Tumblr or open your windows and scream REALLY REALLY loud so they can hear you.
I’m surprised more schools aren’t pushing this.
The Mark Twain Branch of the Detroit Public Libraries closed in 1996 for renovations and never reopened. What originally started as minor roof repair project grew into a total rehabilitation that went unfinished. Various efforts to revive the building never got past the drawing board, with the main concern being the “discovery” of asbestos. Some of the books left behind when the library closed were taken out and made available at the Mark Twain Annex, which is now facing permanent closure in 2011.
A final community meeting in July of 2011 sealed the fate of the Twain library. Over the objections of community leaders and residents, the DPL board confirmed that despite passing a tax levy that explicitly included funds to renovate the Twain library, it intended to demolish the building instead. Asbestos abatement started in September with demolition completed by October.
Photos by Detroiturbex and Brandon Davis
So sad, but given Detroit’s city government problems lately this was probably just fallout. And this commentary says it’s already gone. Spouse grew up near Detroit and has relatives still living there - wonder if they ever used this library?
Fortunately the Milk: Gaiman’s kid-novel is a tribute to fatherly trolling
Neil Gaiman’s illustrated children’s novel Fortunately the Milk is a magnificent tribute to the fatherly art of trolling kids with straightfaced, outlandish tales. It’s narrated by a boy whose mother is away on a business trip, and whose father had to go out to the corner store for a pint of milk for the cereal and his tea. Dad takes an unconscionably long time getting the milk, and when he returns, the narrator and his little sister accuse Dad of having stopped to gossip at the store. Not so, insists Dad, who proceeds to explain exactlywhat happened while he was out getting the milk.
It’s an astounding tale, starting with an alien abduction, moving swiftly onto a space-time journey to the ship of a vicious pirate queen and a near-death plank-walking, a daring rescue by a time-travelling dinosaur scientist in a hot-air-balloon time machine, and thence through interference with a pre-Colombian human sacrifice, and many, many other adventures, including several involving temporal paradoxes.
It’s an absolute delight to read aloud — I’ve read it to my five-year-old daughter twice since the weekend — and the interludes in which the kids break in to question the dad’s story sparked great conversations, especially when it came to the temporal paradoxes. The fact that the kids clearly suspect that Dad is making it all up, but would rather try to disprove it by picking holes in his continuity than by denying it outright perfectly captures the spirit of an excellent round of dad-trolling.
And for all the mad-cappery, there’s a fair bit of attention here to an internally consistent time-travel story, with all the fun that implies. By the end, we’re in a kid-safe place that’s one part Douglas Adams, one part Doctor Who, and one part The Usual Suspects. It’s quite a mix!
There are two editions of the book: the UK edition is illustrated with Chris Riddell, whose art is more Al Jaffee, less Ralph Steadman — madcap rather than grotesque. The US editionis illustrated by Skottie Young, whose work is more grown-up. Both artists complement the text well, but I favor the UK version. You can see some art samples below.
Fortunately the Milk [UK edition, illustrated by Chris Riddell]
Fortunately the Milk [US edition, illustrated by Skottie Young]
UK edition(Chris Riddell)
US edition(Skottie Young)
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FORTUNATELY THE MILK…
I want both versions. Sounds like what might have happened after The Day I Traded my Dad for Two Goldfish. Which we loved, along with Wolves in the Walls…
Book Smelling Tips
Try smelling our book, Fake Science 101. It goes well with chocolate-covered ball bearings and a quick smack to the head.
For those “real book” purists…
Wil looked the same as ever, his dark eyes unreadable.
"Il nous conduisit à sa voiture."
Rhys changed channels with soapy fingers once he realised how loudly he was bellowing at the radio.
That was enough for Raleigh.
We’re escaping from human beings and here I am hanging around with one.
"They earn their keep but, as you might say, they shared one brain between all three of them and it wasn’t a good brain to start with."
They go through the motions of the plot with the vacancy of bored minimum-wage employees.
"Dear Professor Dumbledore,/Given Harry his letter."
To his mortification both Petrocchi girls were talking merrily to the duchess.
Spock was intent on his screens.
"You’re still keeping track at a time like this?"
Victor- She was beautiful?
"You have defied the Prophet and the Council of Four."
God forgave our sin before we could ask Him to.
þet is of ðe heorte þet soule lif is inne.
"I give it to a poor old woman,"he said.
Ok sink, table and stair fandom I bring you the bookshelf fandom
THIS ONE IS A FACE
AND A TARDIS,
HOLY SHIT! SIGN ME UP FOR THE BOOKCASE FANDOM!
FRENZY KickStarter by =SpookyChan
Media- FireAlpaca(for sketch) and Photoshop
You’re probably asking yourself, “Chandra did this?” Indeed I did, my skeptical chummy friends! (or, yay, you finally posted this!) I did this illustration for promotion of a book that I’m not only contributing illustrations to, but also that I am art directing! What is this book you ask that promotes the greatest of the sharks? FRENZY! That’s what! It’s an illustrated prose novel (not to be confused with a graphic novel which has a comic book pages) and it takes place in the 1970’s. Chronicling 3 Great White Sharks and the people that pose a threat to our sharky friends! Here’s the lowdown!
A new illustrated novel of oceanic terror written by author Andrew E.C. Gaska about one of the world’s most beloved animals… sharks! In the early 1970s, off the North Eastern seaboard of the United States, an army amasses. This army doesn’t use guns, or bombs, or even knives. Instead its’ weapons are speed, stealth, size, and rows of flesh-tearing teeth. They gather each year at the same location to eat and mate, then break up again to traverse the oceans until the next cycle. This army poses no danger to those who stay out of its way. They make no organized attacks, lead no incursions into new territories… That is, unless they have leaders. Now, they have three. As a group or researchers, wealthy teenagers, and Vietnam veterans make their way up the coast, the army of great white sharks gather to feed on seals. The sharks, however, soon find themselves besieged by ruthless predators. As the sharks attempt to flee, three of their kind; bigger, deadlier, and more cunning than the rest, rise to the occasion, whipping this pack of great whites into a feeding… FRENZY!
Cool, right? ;D Now we need YOUR help to get this off the ground! We have started a FRENZY Kickstarter in order to pay our amazing array of artists! Who are these spectacular artisans?
Dave Dorman, Bob Eggleton, menton3, Erik Gist, Steve White, Chandra Free, Aaron Miller, Dan Dussault, Marina Bekeshko, Miki
Can’t afford to help us? Then please spread the word to everybody you can think of! Share our Kickstarter page http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1867085351/frenzy-an-illustrated-novel Any bit helps!
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Sort of Jaws from the shark’s POV? I’d read it!
The Ghost of Vault 166: offensiveagentpie: "And Jim turned to look at Spock, and was dazzled...
"And Jim turned to look at Spock, and was dazzled again, but this time he couldn’t look away. Spock hadn’t changed; but here his spirit showed as it never had before, even in the harrowing intimacy of mindmeld. From the meld, Jim was already familiar with the incessant…
this booooook, omg. <3 Pretty sure that I’d wind up helplessly weeping through it if I re-read it this month.
(sigh) What can I say? I’ve always been fond of Spock.
In retrospect, though, that book’s just one big fluff fest, isn’t it. :)
I’m pretty sure I read that one; at one point I was buying those as they came out every month, until there got to be one every month for each series and I just couldn’t keep up with them any more. Some were really good and others were just kind of meh. This was one of the good ones; I’d like to reread it now, but I’m sure I don’t have it any more.
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The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.
Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.
But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.
This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.
Terry Pratchett, Men At Arms (via idrabear)
This is one of the best breakdowns I’ve ever seen of how expensive it is to be poor.