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congratulations, mangalyaan!

Good news from Mars, space people.  Mangalyaan (“Mars-craft” in Sanskrit), launched by the Indian space agency ISRO ten months ago, has arrived safely in Mars orbit and begun transmitting data.  This makes India the first Asian country to reach Mars, … Continue reading

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popular plant fibers around the world

Here in the file of Things I’m Saving Because There Might Be A Blog Post In Them is the tag off a “TEKLA” dish towel from Ikea.  That’s the thin white one with the red stripe, the one that’s so … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday on monday– iowa’s numerical fun fact

Iowa hung this post from the tumblr of “thepowerofmoonlight” on The Bulletin Board the Number People Use (the one outside the Math and Statistics bay in the SciTech Library) and posted it on the general Noakes Library tumblr, too.  After … Continue reading

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american politics made simple

Overheard at today’s local festival parade, where local groups compete for public attention by throwing treats and trinkets to the neighborhood crowds waiting at the curbs: “The Democrats have better candy than the Republicans.  And beads.”My beads did indeed come … Continue reading

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six turning, four burning– the biggest photobomb ever

Imagine the scene: it’s Sunday evening and you are sitting peacefully in your own living room, doodling in your sketchbook while you watch this week’s episode of The Great Food Truck Race.  (This is a completely pointless Food Network program … Continue reading

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let’s watch tv– the great martian war

(In case you have The Great Martian War awaiting you on your DVR, or are waiting for either a rerun on History or BBC America or the DVD release,  I am putting my appreciation of this extremely weird program under … Continue reading

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ten (imaginary) facts about a beautiful victorian lady

Remember this haunting photograph from this week’s Tumblr Sunday?  I was determined to find out some facts about the subject and/or the photographer, and also to bring her into the Kekionga universe.  The second task is proving easier than the … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday– a beautiful lady

This is already so familiar to people who love old photographs the oval portrait of the beautiful lady wearing a high necked dress and a big hat with a decoration on it like a whole bird, a lady with an … Continue reading

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foo dog roundup

Git along, little foo dogs! (Hisses, growls, the horse kicks a foo dog, I get bitten in the boot, the foo dogs bound off over the horizon baying at the moon and head back to their day jobs sitting in … Continue reading

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at least mine is pocket safe

This gorgeous notebook belonged to the great scientist Marie Curie, and it is still being studied.  For short periods of time.  By scholars who have signed a waiver. And the rest of the time, it has to be kept in … Continue reading

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