This is my jam! Cannot help but belt the lyrics and chair dance when it comes on in the car.
Funny medieval doodles
With their wild hair and frantic gaze, these doodled men look like fools. They are waving as if to seek contact with the reader. The thing is, the reader is busy singing and listening to a sermon. That is because these 800-year-old images are found in a Missal, a book used during Holy Mass. What a shock it must have been for the serious user of the book, to flip the page and suddenly find yourself face to face with these funny creatures. And what a great contrast: a serious book with silly drawings.
Pic: Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, MS 95 (Missal, 12th century). More about the manuscript here.
These fellows are on the calendar pages, though, so not likely to be distracting any bored congregants in the midst of the mass, I would think. I wonder if they’re somehow related to the zodiac or labors of the months?
Peacock spiders are well known for their colorful and dramatic courtship displays. In addition to raising the colorful flab that, when at rest, covers its abdomen, it also raises its back legs. Before it does this, it will stretch out its front legs and display with them as well.
Peacock spiders are native to Australia, and damn are they beautiful!
The University of New South Wales has a field station on the NSW Central Coast, at Smith’s Lake. During the annual field trip by the biology students, there was an informal challenge to rank collected specimens by the interesting if somewhat subjective measure of ‘cuteness.’
The only two real contenders were a minute brittlestar, and an almost as tiny peacock jumping spider :)
My favourite invertebrates.
These spiders are ready to party
Against the Sith! Issue #1, 1978, with a cover by Nancy Duncan and edited by Tracy Duncan. Besides lots of great fan art and content, there’s a nice Star Wars Lexicon (written by Tracy?).
WOW! So early! I absolutely love this one.
But Confucius has answered them with the final whistle, it’s all over. Germany, having trounced England’s famous midfield trio of Bentham, Locke and Hobbes in the semi-final, have been beaten by the odd goal.
This Python bit never gets old
Alban Berg reading music in a bathtub.
Remember that one time I touched a really big book. Yeah, that was pretty cool.
One of our favorites too.
Poetry City Marathon
Winter is coming. All men must die. And Game of Thrones is back!
Stay tuned each week as we unpack Sunday’s episodes through medieval masterpieces.
The season premiere didn’t waste any time jumping right into the action. We had a typical, sizzling brothel scene; a tense arrival of foreigners, some hearty, growing teenage dragons; a bloody tavern fight, the fitting of a golden hand; and some creepy crucifixion-like deaths, pointing toward something much darker down the road.
Advice from our curator: Joffrey, the next time you manhandle a rare and expensive manuscript containing the deeds of your Kingsguard, make sure to do so with clean hands. Saves some time for our conservators later. (And doesn’t the White Book scream Flower of Battle?)
Ermahgerd, two of my favorite things: manuscripts and GoT :) Thanks Getty!