What am I sappy penguin blogging?

February 23, 2018

With the absence of land predators at the South Pole, the penguins there are unafraid and curious about the giant orange penguins that sometimes visit – and maybe need a little help.


Whose birthday am I noting?

February 22, 2018


Pebbles Flintstone – born on this day in 10,000 BC


What am I knitting?

February 21, 2018

Nora Fok combines jewelry design with textile art in her science- and math-inspired wearable artworks. Fok, who is based in southeast England, works in her home studio creating all of her pieces manually, using hand tools, fine nylon microfilament and basic processes like weaving, knitting, braiding, and knotting. The work below is comprised of 3,500 knit spheres, and finished pieces can take weeks to produce. The artist describes her inspiration on her website:

She is intrigued by the world around her; she also asks questions and tries to find answers to them. She is fascinated by different aspects of nature, structure, systems and order, and the mysteries and magic which she sets out to capture in her work.

Fok has artwork that is currently being shown in the Jewelry of Ideas exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, which is up through May 2018, and she shares exhibition dates and a small archive of jewelry on her website. If you like Nora’s work, also check out Mariko Kusumoto.


from Colossal


Who am I tracking?

February 20, 2018

I see some of these tracks in the snow in my yard – fortunately, not all of them!  Along with lacey, little bird prints.  There is no snow at the moment, but in February in Metropark Centralis, just wait a minute.

And it is Tattoo Tuesday


What am I contemplating?

February 19, 2018

From Megan McArdle’s 12 Rules for Life on the occasion of her 45th birthday

Rule #1

Be kind. Mean is easy; kind is hard. Somewhere in eighth grade, many of us acquired the idea that the nasty putdown, the superior smile, the clever one liner, are the signs of intelligence and great personal strength. But this kind of wit is, to borrow from the great John Scalzi, “playing the game on easy mode.” Making yourself feel bigger by making someone else feel small takes so little skill that 12-year-olds can do it. Those with greater ambitions should leave casual cruelty behind them.

Read the rest of the article here – especially the part about pickles. (link fixed)

via Maggie’s Farm


What am I celebrating?

February 16, 2018


What am I sappy cat blogging?

February 16, 2018

Mr. Cuddles takes the pot.