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latimespast:

Found: An L.A. Times article on Ray Bradbury from 1953, the year “Fahrenheit 451” was published. (The author is described as “fantastic, and human.”) Here’s a sample:

Ray Bradbury does not like the civilization in which we exist. But he differs from the regulation science-fiction writer in his approach to life, today and in a tenuously possible tomorrow. He is a social critic, and a storyteller such as America has not seen in many long years.

Bradbury, who died in 2012, recalled the writing of “Fahrenheit 451” in this video interview (spoiler: the process included the procurement of a bag of dimes to rent a typewriter):

He’s pictured above with his wife Maggie at their home in L.A.’s Cheviot Hills area in 1970. 
And don’t forget about this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
— Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library

latimespast:

Found: An L.A. Times article on Ray Bradbury from 1953, the year “Fahrenheit 451” was published. (The author is described as “fantastic, and human.”) Here’s a sample:

Ray Bradbury does not like the civilization in which we exist. But he differs from the regulation science-fiction writer in his approach to life, today and in a tenuously possible tomorrow. He is a social critic, and a storyteller such as America has not seen in many long years.

Bradbury, who died in 2012, recalled the writing of “Fahrenheit 451” in this video interview (spoiler: the process included the procurement of a bag of dimes to rent a typewriter):

He’s pictured above with his wife Maggie at their home in L.A.’s Cheviot Hills area in 1970. 

And don’t forget about this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

— Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library





(via More of the Worst Things to Say to a Book Lover)

Is there a little irony that some of these are said by other book lovers, who may have a different way of loving books?  To one, it’s to be kept as pristine as possible, to another it’s not well-loved unless it’s thumbed and dog-eared with notes scribbled all over the margins (though probably best to keep that sort of book love to your own books…).

(via More of the Worst Things to Say to a Book Lover)

Is there a little irony that some of these are said by other book lovers, who may have a different way of loving books? To one, it’s to be kept as pristine as possible, to another it’s not well-loved unless it’s thumbed and dog-eared with notes scribbled all over the margins (though probably best to keep that sort of book love to your own books…).





(via 35 Things You Should Never Say to a Book Lover)

Someone I know buys shelves of those fancy pseudo-leather bound editions because they look cool.  I don’t think he’s actually read any of them (although he might have looked at the paperback version).

(via 35 Things You Should Never Say to a Book Lover)

Someone I know buys shelves of those fancy pseudo-leather bound editions because they look cool. I don’t think he’s actually read any of them (although he might have looked at the paperback version).




Link Post Tue, Mar. 18, 2014 8 notes

BBC Believes You Only Read 6 of These Books... - How many have you read?

Six?! My score was 48, although I may have gotten distracted in the middle of one or two. Even the spouse, who reads mostly magazines, non-fiction and trivia these, read 36…

(Thanks to LordBoffo in my reading group, who sent out this and the next couple of links to show up here…)




Video Post Fri, Feb. 28, 2014 268,217 notes

sdelabelle:

pessimistic-wholock:

I’m so turned on by these pictures.

wow

*eyes #4*

Is that a slide?

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Photo Post Thu, Feb. 27, 2014 124 notes

montereybayaquarium:

It’s #ThrowbackThursday! It may not look like much, but this weathered building on Cannery Row played a huge role in the creation of the Aquarium. Can you describe its significance? Maybe today’s Google Doodle, celebrating Steinbeck’s birthday, can provide a clue!
Check out the Google Doodle
Learn more about our history


It’s Ed Rickett’s lab.
Steinbeck’s 112th birthday - I think The Red Pony was the first book of his I read in elementary school - I bawled my eyes out.  And Cannery Row was inspired by Ed Ricketts, who wrote one of my college marine biology textbooks, Between Pacific Tides - he and Steinbeck were good friends.   Steinbeck tagged along with himon a specimen collecting expedition that became The Log from the Sea of Cortez.
And two of the fry have had to read Of Mice and Men in school recently.

montereybayaquarium:

It’s #ThrowbackThursday! It may not look like much, but this weathered building on Cannery Row played a huge role in the creation of the Aquarium. Can you describe its significance? Maybe today’s Google Doodle, celebrating Steinbeck’s birthday, can provide a clue!

Check out the Google Doodle

Learn more about our history

It’s Ed Rickett’s lab.

Steinbeck’s 112th birthday - I think The Red Pony was the first book of his I read in elementary school - I bawled my eyes out.  And Cannery Row was inspired by Ed Ricketts, who wrote one of my college marine biology textbooks, Between Pacific Tides - he and Steinbeck were good friends.  Steinbeck tagged along with himon a specimen collecting expedition that became The Log from the Sea of Cortez.

And two of the fry have had to read Of Mice and Men in school recently.




Photo Post Tue, Feb. 18, 2014 205 notes

dduane:

I’m officially blaming this one on wizards. Seriously. At some point this will be canonical.

"Look, they’ll never catch on."
"Darryl — "
"Have you seen some of the formations here? This planet has the most insane junk going on. No one will notice.”
"Darryl — "
"Look, it’ll be easy."
"This is your fault!”
"How is this my fault??"
"You took him to that movie! And blew the poor wee brains out of him for the best part of half an hour with the all the bloody light and noise — “
"I didn’t mind."
"You did at the time!"
"Okay, it got intense, I handled it, I just needed a little while to re-cope and afterwards I didn’t mind! I liked the movie, will you shut your gob!"
“‘Gob.’ Listen to the effect you’re having on him.”
"Me? None of this is my fault! This is all on you, Mars Boy.”
"All we have to do — "
"Not listening!"
"— is go up there and talk to the wind a little, it’s always bored since the other guys left, it won’t mind having someone to talk to — "
"Putting my fingers in my ears now!"
" — have a little fun, get it to lay down a pattern of dunes just this way — "
"Not. Listening! Kit, help me out here!”
"Oh, no, you brought this on yourself."
" — and then rough up the lee sides a little, just so they’ll look natural enough to allay anybody’s suspicions — "
"…Actually this could be kind of fun."
"Oh no, not you too!"
"Come on, Ro, why not?"
"Says the genius who had the idea of carving that whole formation into a giant face!"
"There’s one there already, and when they got better pictures everybody just started laughing at it. It’ll be the same with another one  — "
"Oh Powers that Be are you listening to this? No, no of course you’re not, you have lots of better things to do, as opposed to me, I just have to sit here and listen to these lunatics — “
"What color?"
"What??"
"You be quiet, you had your chance! What color?"
"Depends. Where were you thinking of putting them?"
"Got it backwards, Kitster. Pick the color first, then find somewhere that matches."
"You tell me, then."
"Red planet, yeah? So… blue."
"You just like being difficult."
"Me? I’m an angel, everybody says so."
The sound of two pairs of eyes being rolled. “Green I can do. Or maybe a nice blue-green, how about that?”
"Sounds tasteful."
"Mmm, lots of olivine sands around to work with. Mawrth Vallis might do. Pretty flat in places, you’d get good relief…"
"The only one who needs relief around here is me. Janey Mack, what’s Irina going to say about this?"
"Nothing, if she doesn’t find out. Which she won’t if we get a move on. Let’s go do a wind shear assessment and see how doable this is."
"…Let me get my jacket."
"What, you’re coming with us now?"
"One for all, you eedjits. Someone has to be there to explain about the bloody movie…”
"Yeah, and how you manage to hide a whole giant starship behind Jupiter. For prolonged periods. Two centuries from now, with way better detection and imagery tech than anything we’ve got now. You could see that thing with Hubble, who were they kidding?!”
"You just like to pick holes in everything…"
"Shut up and get in the damn spell circle."

The bigger image (not so pretty-colored, but whatever):




I don’t know anything about Young Wizards, but that’s pretty funny. That or whatever entity controlling the wind on Mars is a Trek fan…

dduane:

I’m officially blaming this one on wizards. Seriously. At some point this will be canonical.

"Look, they’ll never catch on."

"Darryl — "

"Have you seen some of the formations here? This planet has the most insane junk going on. No one will notice.”

"Darryl — "

"Look, it’ll be easy."

"This is your fault!”

"How is this my fault??"

"You took him to that movie! And blew the poor wee brains out of him for the best part of half an hour with the all the bloody light and noise — “

"I didn’t mind."

"You did at the time!"

"Okay, it got intense, I handled it, I just needed a little while to re-cope and afterwards I didn’t mind! I liked the movie, will you shut your gob!"

“‘Gob.’ Listen to the effect you’re having on him.”

"Me? None of this is my fault! This is all on you, Mars Boy.”

"All we have to do — "

"Not listening!"

"— is go up there and talk to the wind a little, it’s always bored since the other guys left, it won’t mind having someone to talk to — "

"Putting my fingers in my ears now!"

" — have a little fun, get it to lay down a pattern of dunes just this way — "

"Not. Listening! Kit, help me out here!”

"Oh, no, you brought this on yourself."

" — and then rough up the lee sides a little, just so they’ll look natural enough to allay anybody’s suspicions — "

"…Actually this could be kind of fun."

"Oh no, not you too!"

"Come on, Ro, why not?"

"Says the genius who had the idea of carving that whole formation into a giant face!"

"There’s one there already, and when they got better pictures everybody just started laughing at it. It’ll be the same with another one  — "

"Oh Powers that Be are you listening to this? No, no of course you’re not, you have lots of better things to do, as opposed to me, I just have to sit here and listen to these lunatics — “

"What color?"

"What??"

"You be quiet, you had your chance! What color?"

"Depends. Where were you thinking of putting them?"

"Got it backwards, Kitster. Pick the color first, then find somewhere that matches."

"You tell me, then."

"Red planet, yeah? So… blue."

"You just like being difficult."

"Me? I’m an angel, everybody says so."

The sound of two pairs of eyes being rolled. “Green I can do. Or maybe a nice blue-green, how about that?”

"Sounds tasteful."

"Mmm, lots of olivine sands around to work with. Mawrth Vallis might do. Pretty flat in places, you’d get good relief…"

"The only one who needs relief around here is me. Janey Mack, what’s Irina going to say about this?"

"Nothing, if she doesn’t find out. Which she won’t if we get a move on. Let’s go do a wind shear assessment and see how doable this is."

"…Let me get my jacket."

"What, you’re coming with us now?"

"One for all, you eedjits. Someone has to be there to explain about the bloody movie…”

"Yeah, and how you manage to hide a whole giant starship behind Jupiter. For prolonged periods. Two centuries from now, with way better detection and imagery tech than anything we’ve got now. You could see that thing with Hubble, who were they kidding?!”

"You just like to pick holes in everything…"

"Shut up and get in the damn spell circle."

The bigger image (not so pretty-colored, but whatever):

I don’t know anything about Young Wizards, but that’s pretty funny. That or whatever entity controlling the wind on Mars is a Trek fan…




Photo Post Thu, Feb. 06, 2014 821 notes

deviantart:

Before you sick the librarian on us, take a moment to soak in the literal waves of wetcanvas’ wetcanvas incredible sculpture!
The Old Man and the Sea Book Sculpture by

deviantart:

Before you sick the librarian on us, take a moment to soak in the literal waves of wetcanvas’ wetcanvas incredible sculpture!

The Old Man and the Sea Book Sculpture by

(via deviantart)




Photo Post Tue, Jan. 14, 2014 983 notes

aprillikesthings:

allthisandtea:

bluepueblo:

Books, Portland, Oregon
photo via wendy

One of my favorite places in Portland!

ME TOO

Me three - bookstore heaven.  I’ve only gotten to go there once.

aprillikesthings:

allthisandtea:

bluepueblo:

Books, Portland, Oregon

photo via wendy

One of my favorite places in Portland!

ME TOO

Me three - bookstore heaven.  I’ve only gotten to go there once.




Video Post Mon, Jan. 06, 2014 3,412 notes

dduane:

06/1/1854

Happy birthday, old friend.

Your creator was the first person I consciously took as a tutor in the art of structuring fiction. I didn’t do it because I loved him. I did it because I loved you… and because the way he handled you made you more real than a lot of the (allegedly) real things in my world.

You were the first fictional person to really change my life, and I’ve never forgotten it. Your incisive-yet-benevolent presence has been hanging over my work for a long, long time. I have repeatedly taken your name “in vain” both covertly and in the clear while writing for some of the world’s larger fictional franchises, and (because there’s no way I can keep you out of other things I love) in worlds of my own. And I doubt this is likely to stop.

I think it was Jorge Luis Borges who said some years back that there are only three fictional characters who’re universally known. Of the three he cites, Tarzan has slipped a lot of late, and even Superman has been struggling a bit. But you just keep going from strength to strength, adding dimension with every new iteration. That’s a tough row to hoe, with fiction being the essentially ephemeral art form it is. So few stories, regardless of the passion poured into their creation, will last more than a few handfuls of generations. An Iliad here, a Nibelungenlied there, and precious few more, survive to be retold repeatedly in every century after they manifest themselves. But your story, though young yet as such things go, is showing signs of real staying power. It’ll be interesting to see where you are in a few centuries more.

Meanwhile, I raise a glass to you today, old friend — and inevitably also to the man who’s always by your side, without whom you wouldn’t be who you are — and think of the streets of the great Metropolis where the two of you can always be found walking together: unstoppable Reason and unshakeable Fidelity, inseparable in search of Truth and (if sometimes only secondarily) in defense of the Right. This is a better world with the two of you in it, even if only in the realms of the imagination — for they inevitably spill over into what passes for the Real, to all our benefit.

So… many happy returns of the day, my dear Holmes. Many.

Well, 6:45am is a bit early for a traditional glass, but I raise my coffee cup to you, sir.




Video Post Sat, Jan. 04, 2014 881,733 notes

thispondistoosmall:

I will stop reblogging this when it stops being perfection.

I guess I’m failing Snape’s class, then.

(Source: ihavelosttheabilitytoucan, via tikistitch)




Photo Post Tue, Dec. 31, 2013 9 notes

my-lucky-seven:

What my New Year’s Eve consists of…

Sounds good to me…although I think we’re actually going to make use of the last day of our Knott’s Berry Farm passes and free OCTA bus rides for at least a few hours of it.

my-lucky-seven:

What my New Year’s Eve consists of…

Sounds good to me…although I think we’re actually going to make use of the last day of our Knott’s Berry Farm passes and free OCTA bus rides for at least a few hours of it.

(via theteafandom)




Photo Post Fri, Dec. 27, 2013 167 notes

dduane:

This was lying on the bed this morning and I thought it deserved to be scanned. Because of reasons it is probably the least Smaug-like Smaug ever to be perpetrated on the human race. (It doesn’t help either that Bilbo looks like a deranged leprechaun, but let’s leave that alone for the moment.)
The image is the cover for the first of these editions of Der kleine hobbit, which Peter picked up either in Zurich, at the big bookstore on Bahnhofstrasse down by Paradeplatz, or in Munich somewhere. (He uses Tolkien’s work in translation as a tool for learning other languages, as he says, [tapping his head] “I have the complete crib inside here.” And so he does.)
But seriously. Look at that thing. Just look.

„In der Tat, Lieder und Sagen kommen überhapt nicht an die Wirklichkeit heran, O Smaug, du* grösstes und schrecklichstes aller Unglücke,“ erwiderte Bilbo.

In this case: I DON’T THINK SO. …Butterfly wings. Gack.
(Just so that everyone’s clear: I know this isn’t the artist’s fault. The artist painted what the art director told him to. That’s how these things go. But if I ever find myself in the same room as the art director, we’re going to have words. And “schrecklich" will be just one of them.)
*BTW, WTF, Bilbo is using “du” with Smaug already? That escalated real fast…


Butterfly crossed with horned lizard, looks like. XD  Although some gurnards (related to sea robins) have colorful pectoral fins like that.  And is that tiny thing supposed to be one of the forest spiders that wrapped everyone up?

dduane:

This was lying on the bed this morning and I thought it deserved to be scanned. Because of reasons it is probably the least Smaug-like Smaug ever to be perpetrated on the human race. (It doesn’t help either that Bilbo looks like a deranged leprechaun, but let’s leave that alone for the moment.)

The image is the cover for the first of these editions of Der kleine hobbit, which Peter picked up either in Zurich, at the big bookstore on Bahnhofstrasse down by Paradeplatz, or in Munich somewhere. (He uses Tolkien’s work in translation as a tool for learning other languages, as he says, [tapping his head] “I have the complete crib inside here.” And so he does.)

But seriously. Look at that thing. Just look.

„In der Tat, Lieder und Sagen kommen überhapt nicht an die Wirklichkeit heran, O Smaug, du* grösstes und schrecklichstes aller Unglücke,“ erwiderte Bilbo.

In this case: I DON’T THINK SO. …Butterfly wings. Gack.

(Just so that everyone’s clear: I know this isn’t the artist’s fault. The artist painted what the art director told him to. That’s how these things go. But if I ever find myself in the same room as the art director, we’re going to have words. And “schrecklich" will be just one of them.)

*BTW, WTF, Bilbo is using “du” with Smaug already? That escalated real fast…

Butterfly crossed with horned lizard, looks like. XD  Although some gurnards (related to sea robins) have colorful pectoral fins like that.  And is that tiny thing supposed to be one of the forest spiders that wrapped everyone up?




Video Post Tue, Dec. 17, 2013 2,917 notes

ersatzeternal:

venomousserpent:

gunrunnerhell:

Vampire Hunter

I should have posted this back in October but this is also post 6,666. A custom engraved Colt Detective Special in .38 Special. Heavily adorned in vampire motif engravings, the ammo actually has carved vampire heads for the bullets. A small container for holy water is included in the coffin carry case. The cleaning rod also doubles as a stake.

Source

So pretty

Never wanted a gun so much in my life.

Aren’t silver bullets supposed to be for werewolves, though? 

I read a book called The Holmes/Dracula File by Fred Saberhagen years ago - when Sherlock Holmes ran into Dracula he used wooden bullets.  They wound up allying against a common enemy - now I can’t remember who that was, but it was a fun book.  It was a sort of sequel to The Dracula Tapes - Bram Stoker’s story, but from Dracula’s point of view.

(via mellow9090)




Video Post Fri, Dec. 06, 2013 8,006 notes

wilwheaton:

boomerstarkiller67:

"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.



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