1hr online preview commences at 8pm to 9pm EST Thursday, June 6th 2013 HERE.
"The Macrofungi Collection Consortium, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a partnership of 35 institutions across the U.S that collectively will digitize about 1.5 million specimens that have been collected the past 150 years."
"We have thousands of specimen images, labels and ledgers from museum collections and the biologists who maintain those collections. These contain information about the where and when a species was found in the past. We need you to help us transcribe that data and make it available for further use in biodiversity and conservation research. Along the way, you will be possibly be finding species that have never been observed anywhere else!"
The Remarkable Dinosaur Footprint Wall
Located 3 miles (5 km) from Sucre, Bolivia is Cal Orko, an imposing limestone slab 0.9 miles (1.5 km) long and over 328 feet (100 m) high. On this steep face with an inclination of 72 degrees, visitors can look back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth over 68 million years ago.
At Cal Orko you will find 462 distinct dinosaur tracks from at least 8 different species, totaling an incredible 5,055 dinosaur footprints. So how do thousands of dinosaur footprints come to be, on a seemingly vertical rock face hundreds of feet high? The location used to be the shore of a former lake, that attracted large numbers of dinosaurs.
The creatures’ feet sank into the shoreline in damp weather, leaving marks that were solidified by later periods of drought. Wet weather then returned, sealing the prints below mud and sediment. The wet-dry pattern was repeated several times, preserving multiple layers of prints. Tectonic upheaval then pushed the flat ground up to the brilliant viewing angle that it is today.
Santa Maria De Nieva, 14 October 1979
Seen from the air, the jungle below looked like kinky hair, seemingly peaceful, but that is deceptive, because in its inner being nature is never peaceful. Even when it is denatured, when it is tamed, it strikes back at its tamers and reduces them to pets, rosy pigs, which then melt like fat in a skillet. This brings to mind the image, the great metaphor, of the pig in Palermo, which I heard had fallen into a sewer shaft: it lived down there for two years and continued to grow, surviving on the garbage that people threw down the shaft, and when they hauled the pig out, after it had completely blocked the drain, it was almost white, enormously fat, and had taken on the form of the shaft. It had turned into a kind of monumental, whitish grub, rectangular, cubic, and wobbly, an immense hunk of fat that could move only its mouth to eat, while its legs had shrunk and retracted into the body fat.
"Heartattack and Vine" by Tom Waits
No matter what Tom Waits I start out listening to, I always end up listening to this eventually.
don’t you know there ain’t
no devil, there’s just god when he’s drunk
Heartattack and Vine - Tom Waits
Gluck, Orpheus und Eurydike [Orphée et Eurydice] (1774), Act II: No. 32 - Aria & Chorus “Diese Auen sind seligem Frieden” [Cet asile aimable et tranquille]
Maria Stader, Eurydike
RIAS-Kammerchor • Berliner Motettenchor • Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Ferenc Fricsay (1956)
Orpheus Leading Eurydice from the Underworld, Corot
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake: Act II - Scene
MAMA MIA THAT’S A SPICY MEATBALL