coolchicksfromhistory:

thelifeguardlibrarian:

mildhorror:

Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at OutofPrintClothing.com.

Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.

Signal boost

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coolchicksfromhistory:

thelifeguardlibrarian:

mildhorror:

Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at OutofPrintClothing.com.

Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.

Signal boost

jtotheizzoe:

Through the Looking Glass, Into the Brain

Book review! I just read Neurocomic (Amazon), a new graphic novel by Drs. Hana Ros & Matteo Farinella (who is on Tumblr). While not perfect, it presents the history and science of brain research in a way I’ve never before seen. I wish there was more of this art/science crossover in science books, don’t you?

Neurocomic is one man’s Lewis Carroll-esque journey through the human brain (his own?), where, after becoming trapped in a daydream, he encounters micro-avatars of the very neuroscientists who first unlocked the secrets of neuroscience. He also gets some rather psychedelic biology lessons along the way, falling through axons, parachuting out of synaptic vesicles, fighting the Kraken (who I assume has come for revenge on all that giant squid axon research that scientists have done over the years), discovering the power of hallucinogens (the hard way… no, make that the FUN way), and even breaking up some fisticuffs between Messrs. Golgi and Ramon y Cajal.

But like any book that attempts to hit every highlight of neuroscience, as well as the people who have studied it, in less than 150 pages, it was often superficial, and I was left wanting in parts. This book’s a bit like the cerebral cortex in that way: Interesting and full of action, but ultimately concealing a lot of cool stuff going on underneath. While the text was a bit academic in parts, the illustrations are superb, both fantastic and fantastical. I half expected the Cheshire Cat to pop up (instead I got a talking version of Pavlov’s dog).

Neurocomic won’t leave you ready to enter a neuroscience PhD program, but it does present some amazing science in a genre-busting, outlandish, imaginative way. All in all, journey through the looking glass into an imaginary world inside our own minds. And isn’t that what reading a story is all about?

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jtotheizzoe:

Through the Looking Glass, Into the Brain

Book review! I just read Neurocomic (Amazon), a new graphic novel by Drs. Hana Ros & Matteo Farinella (who is on Tumblr). While not perfect, it presents the history and science of brain research in a way I’ve never before seen. I wish there was more of this art/science crossover in science books, don’t you?

Neurocomic is one man’s Lewis Carroll-esque journey through the human brain (his own?), where, after becoming trapped in a daydream, he encounters micro-avatars of the very neuroscientists who first unlocked the secrets of neuroscience. He also gets some rather psychedelic biology lessons along the way, falling through axons, parachuting out of synaptic vesicles, fighting the Kraken (who I assume has come for revenge on all that giant squid axon research that scientists have done over the years), discovering the power of hallucinogens (the hard way… no, make that the FUN way), and even breaking up some fisticuffs between Messrs. Golgi and Ramon y Cajal.

But like any book that attempts to hit every highlight of neuroscience, as well as the people who have studied it, in less than 150 pages, it was often superficial, and I was left wanting in parts. This book’s a bit like the cerebral cortex in that way: Interesting and full of action, but ultimately concealing a lot of cool stuff going on underneath. While the text was a bit academic in parts, the illustrations are superb, both fantastic and fantastical. I half expected the Cheshire Cat to pop up (instead I got a talking version of Pavlov’s dog).

Neurocomic won’t leave you ready to enter a neuroscience PhD program, but it does present some amazing science in a genre-busting, outlandish, imaginative way. All in all, journey through the looking glass into an imaginary world inside our own minds. And isn’t that what reading a story is all about?

photojojo:

If you’ve ever wanted to sip a latte inside of a camera, your bizarre dream is now a reality. 

The Dreaming Camera Cafe outside of Seoul, South Korea doubles as a coffee shop and camera museum. What’s not to love?

This Massive Rolleiflex Camera Doubles as a Coffee Shop

via Colossal

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photojojo:

If you’ve ever wanted to sip a latte inside of a camera, your bizarre dream is now a reality. 

The Dreaming Camera Cafe outside of Seoul, South Korea doubles as a coffee shop and camera museum. What’s not to love?

This Massive Rolleiflex Camera Doubles as a Coffee Shop

via Colossal

lezly-odair:

How I feel about religion. God should be presented as what he is, love and kindness. Stop using his name to justify your racism, homo phobia and sexism

(via thefuuuucomics)

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lezly-odair:

How I feel about religion. God should be presented as what he is, love and kindness. Stop using his name to justify your racism, homo phobia and sexism

(via thefuuuucomics)

jtotheizzoe:

See that woman? That is not Marie Curie.

I mean, it is Marie Curie, but only in a sense.

If you type “Marie Curie” into Google image search, you’ll likely see this colorized photo pop up several times in the results. You might even find the original black and white. Go ahead. Try it. You’ll see this picture on postage stamps, in meme photos, and even in the form of a Marie Curie bobblehead doll (one of which I own), all purported to be the one, true Marie Curie.

But it’s not her. I know this because I met this Marie Curie, just last week.

Her name is Susan Marie Frontczak. She performs as Maria Sklodowska in a living history stage show called Manyathat tours around the world, bringing Madame Curie’s science and soul to life.

The photo shows Susan striking a thoughtful, Curiesque stance, dressed in her period-appropriate Curie garb (It was Marie who famously said “I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.”) The photo was posted to the web a few years ago, and thanks to that game of internet telephone known as “attribution-free viral image sharing” she has, in a very real way, become Marie Curie. At least in the eyes of Togo.

And Mali, and Zambia, and Guinea-Bissau, and the Republic of Guinea. All have released stamps using Susan’s photo as “Marie Curie”, often alongside real photos of Marie Curie, who Susan looks remarkably like, but not so close that one would be confused when looking at their pictures literally side by side

Susan has also been immortalized in science’s Last Supper (below), sandwiched between Galileo and J. Robert Oppenheimer, playing the part of the apostle James (son of Alphaeus, not the Zebedee one). It occurs to me that I have no idea which Redditor or other meme-oriented individual originally made this Last Supper image. The irony does not escape me.

Susan’s trademark pose, with extended right arm holding aloft a mysterious blue liquid we can assume represents that mere tenth of a gram of radium chloride Curie painstakingly extracted from one ton of pitchblende, complete with the thousand-yard stare of Nobelian gravitas, is carved daily by Chinese factory workers into top-heavy, spring-necked plastic figurines. Ah, to be immortalized in bobblehead form, on someone else’s bobblehead! 

Did I mention no one has paid Susan for any of this?

This is an entertaining, but all-too-typical tale of the Modern Internet™. Susan doesn’t make a ton of money from her show, and I wonder how much she’s missed out on with people using her likeness without permission? I wonder how many other artists we could put in Marie’s … I mean Susan’s place, who lose out daily as their work is posted online without links or permission, spreading out of control like a radium-induced cancer? 

Susan would like to adapt Manya into a film some day, to help spread Marie Curie’s legacy worldwide to new audeinces. Maybe Togo, Mali, Zambia, and the various Guineas could see it in their pilfering philatelist hearts to send her a small donation? And maybe we can all be a bit more careful in the future, and treat these wonderfully creative science artists a bit nicer, and show them off, instead of showing off ourselves?

I mean, what would Marie Curie do? I asked her, last week. She said she’d like to be recognized.

Stamp and portrait images courtesy of Susan Marie Frontczak

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jtotheizzoe:

See that woman? That is not Marie Curie.

I mean, it is Marie Curie, but only in a sense.

If you type “Marie Curie” into Google image search, you’ll likely see this colorized photo pop up several times in the results. You might even find the original black and white. Go ahead. Try it. You’ll see this picture on postage stamps, in meme photos, and even in the form of a Marie Curie bobblehead doll (one of which I own), all purported to be the one, true Marie Curie.

But it’s not her. I know this because I met this Marie Curie, just last week.

Her name is Susan Marie Frontczak. She performs as Maria Sklodowska in a living history stage show called Manyathat tours around the world, bringing Madame Curie’s science and soul to life.

The photo shows Susan striking a thoughtful, Curiesque stance, dressed in her period-appropriate Curie garb (It was Marie who famously said “I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.”) The photo was posted to the web a few years ago, and thanks to that game of internet telephone known as “attribution-free viral image sharing” she has, in a very real way, become Marie Curie. At least in the eyes of Togo.

And Mali, and Zambia, and Guinea-Bissau, and the Republic of Guinea. All have released stamps using Susan’s photo as “Marie Curie”, often alongside real photos of Marie Curie, who Susan looks remarkably like, but not so close that one would be confused when looking at their pictures literally side by side

Susan has also been immortalized in science’s Last Supper (below), sandwiched between Galileo and J. Robert Oppenheimer, playing the part of the apostle James (son of Alphaeus, not the Zebedee one). It occurs to me that I have no idea which Redditor or other meme-oriented individual originally made this Last Supper image. The irony does not escape me.

Susan’s trademark pose, with extended right arm holding aloft a mysterious blue liquid we can assume represents that mere tenth of a gram of radium chloride Curie painstakingly extracted from one ton of pitchblende, complete with the thousand-yard stare of Nobelian gravitas, is carved daily by Chinese factory workers into top-heavy, spring-necked plastic figurines. Ah, to be immortalized in bobblehead form, on someone else’s bobblehead! 

Did I mention no one has paid Susan for any of this?

This is an entertaining, but all-too-typical tale of the Modern Internet™. Susan doesn’t make a ton of money from her show, and I wonder how much she’s missed out on with people using her likeness without permission? I wonder how many other artists we could put in Marie’s … I mean Susan’s place, who lose out daily as their work is posted online without links or permission, spreading out of control like a radium-induced cancer? 

Susan would like to adapt Manya into a film some day, to help spread Marie Curie’s legacy worldwide to new audeinces. Maybe Togo, Mali, Zambia, and the various Guineas could see it in their pilfering philatelist hearts to send her a small donation? And maybe we can all be a bit more careful in the future, and treat these wonderfully creative science artists a bit nicer, and show them off, instead of showing off ourselves?

I mean, what would Marie Curie do? I asked her, last week. She said she’d like to be recognized.

Stamp and portrait images courtesy of Susan Marie Frontczak

astrolocherry:

The Cosmic Chemistry of Sister Signs ❤

The twelve zodiac signs represent six paired polarities, which esoterically, indicate our soul journey. The 6 polarities of the zodiac can be subdivided by their 6 pairs of complementary opposites; where their opposition or ‘sister’ sign represents the merging of transformative dual energies into wholeness. Sister signs are cosmic polarities, each blending a unique magic of their own, and when fused in consciousness create One. Wholeness. GodForce. While signs on the opposite side of the circle indicate opposite moments in seasonal time, the opposition aspect is figured by dividing the circle by 2; therein lies the symbol of the sister sign: relationship. Your sister sign is the duality of you, often subconsciously repressed. "Now they are a circle, and they vibrate together, they pulsate together. Their hearts are no longer separate, their beats are no longer separate, they have become a melody, a harmony. It is the greatest music possible, all other musics are just faint things compared to it, shadow things compared to it."— Osho

Libra and Aries = The Marriage of Venus and Mars
In Aries we create and through Libra we refine and beautify. The Libra and Aries axis emanate the dual forces of masculine and feminine energies in their most raw format; neither which exist without the other. Aries is the newborn, primitive- forming the personality and declaring independence in the first house- and becomes aware of the presence of others, requiring another hand to multiply pleasure through Libra’s seventh house. Aries learns he can’t always have his own way through Libra, and the charm of Venus learns self assertion and the development of a good, self structured ego through Aries. It’s harder to love without being love and finding light in yourself knowing yourself; and without the creative self expression, questioning self identify and divinely directed ego centrism of Aries, it is impossible for the Libran to scatter their love in greatest potential.

Taurus and Scorpio = Precious Jewels and Unwritten Wills
The axis of Taurus and Scorpio relates to self mastery, indulgence and the exchange of material. In Taurus, we are concerned with accumulating belongings through the exchange of revenue ‘ownership’; where Scorpio is concerned with the unseen exchanges- the family heirloom secrets, legacies, wills and death, the hidden undercurrents of our belongings; and ownership becomes ‘ours’. Taurus wants what he can’t touch but can see, and Scorpio wants what he can touch but can’t see. The second house pays in cash, whereas the eighth house guards its mysterious pasts and stories of previous owners. In the axis of fertility, Taurus relates to sensual, physical indulgence and pleasure, whereas Scorpio seeks deep, penetrating emotional communion - both which form relationship and reproduction. In many ways this is an axis of creativity through fertility and while Taurus is content in the ‘real world’, Scorpio grabs her by the hand and lures her into the unknown; Taurus indulges in pleasure and comforts, Scorpio indulges in the unknown.

Gemini & Sagittarius = Graduating from high school to university
In Gemini and Sagittarius we reunite the student with the teacher; and the dual nature of these two signs indicate the student and the teacher frequently switch roles, although curious childlike Gemini will likely look  more to philosophical and broader Sagittarius through the student’s eyes. Gemini is fascinated in his immediate environment, happy to dance around the superficial and gauge a little knowledge about everything; whereas Sagittarius wishes to wander, searches for revelation and gives wisdom and meaning to the information garnered by Gemini. Gemini teaches Sagittarius to explore with curiosity and without prejudice, and Sagittarius teaches Gemini to explore in search of belief and truth. This is the axis of the cosmic trickster Gemini and the truth seeking Sagittarius; where Gemini talks and Sagittarius ensures people keep coming back for the lectures.

Cancer & Capricorn = Reuniting the cosmic mother and father
In Cancer and Capricorn we assemble the whole family together through the Lunar Mother, Saturnian father figure and the fourth house of sought ‘home’. This is the axis of structure, the Capricorn backbone fused with the supernatural protective forces and intuition of the Moon that creates an environment of security.  Cancer is largely concerned with emotional security, and creates an environment of nurturing; while Capricorn relates to the need and creation of practical security and the nurturing of profession; each relying on each other to sustain. Cancer makes a world within them, and Capricorn uses these visions and manifests it into reality. The Moon relates to our inner child, and Saturn the parent; one non existent without the other. Cancer teaches Capricorn the art of opening up and indulging, and Capricorn teaches self discipline and mentors the grounding back into reality.


Leo and Aquarius = The personal Savior with the universal savior
The Leo and Aquarius axis associates with Leos direction personal love  with the collective love garnered by Aquarius. Leo creates the strong ego force, the self identity and the confident expression that allows Aquarius to flourish in the spectrum of revolution and vibrate their own frequency free of inhibition. Leo is more concerned with saving people one by one, and protecting the innocent, vulnerable, singular; while Aquarius relates to broad social activism, social service and implementing their ideals to better mass humanity. Leo is the Sun, the will of the ego, and Aquarius is the community; each interlocking in the fusion of universal love with individuality and the self with society. Leo teaches Aquarius the art of love with another, while Aquarius teaches Leo the art of love in friendship. Without the love emanated by the heart of Leo, Aquarius cannot sufficiently scatter their love across humanity

Pisces and Virgo = the eternal servant of the world with the eternal servant of god
Virgo and Pisces axis reflects the dissociation between the imagined with reality, order with chaos, and the establishment of the self in the real world while contemplating and understanding the sphere beyond it. Virgo is the unselfish servant and instrument of the external world and everyday society while Pisces is the unselfish servant of God. In Virgo we heal with hands, practical approach, and the intellect; in Pisces we heal with intuition, supernatural healing forces and responding to hidden emotional undercurrents - thus reflecting a ‘healing’ axis. Virgo is self contained, constrained by consensual reality and engaged too richly in her surrounding environment, while Pisces is unfocused, unstructured and dancing on the borderline of the ethereal. Virgo acts to anchor Pisces into presence in reality while Pisces teaches Virgo the art of exploring the space between their thoughts and seek the celestial.

-C.

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astrolocherry:

The Cosmic Chemistry of Sister Signs ❤

The twelve zodiac signs represent six paired polarities, which esoterically, indicate our soul journey. The 6 polarities of the zodiac can be subdivided by their 6 pairs of complementary opposites; where their opposition or ‘sister’ sign represents the merging of transformative dual energies into wholeness. Sister signs are cosmic polarities, each blending a unique magic of their own, and when fused in consciousness create One. Wholeness. GodForce. While signs on the opposite side of the circle indicate opposite moments in seasonal time, the opposition aspect is figured by dividing the circle by 2; therein lies the symbol of the sister sign: relationship. Your sister sign is the duality of you, often subconsciously repressed. "Now they are a circle, and they vibrate together, they pulsate together. Their hearts are no longer separate, their beats are no longer separate, they have become a melody, a harmony. It is the greatest music possible, all other musics are just faint things compared to it, shadow things compared to it."— Osho

Libra and Aries = The Marriage of Venus and Mars
In Aries we create and through Libra we refine and beautify. The Libra and Aries axis emanate the dual forces of masculine and feminine energies in their most raw format; neither which exist without the other. Aries is the newborn, primitive- forming the personality and declaring independence in the first house- and becomes aware of the presence of others, requiring another hand to multiply pleasure through Libra’s seventh house. Aries learns he can’t always have his own way through Libra, and the charm of Venus learns self assertion and the development of a good, self structured ego through Aries. It’s harder to love without being love and finding light in yourself knowing yourself; and without the creative self expression, questioning self identify and divinely directed ego centrism of Aries, it is impossible for the Libran to scatter their love in greatest potential.

Taurus and Scorpio = Precious Jewels and Unwritten Wills
The axis of Taurus and Scorpio relates to self mastery, indulgence and the exchange of material. In Taurus, we are concerned with accumulating belongings through the exchange of revenue ‘ownership’; where Scorpio is concerned with the unseen exchanges- the family heirloom secrets, legacies, wills and death, the hidden undercurrents of our belongings; and ownership becomes ‘ours’. Taurus wants what he can’t touch but can see, and Scorpio wants what he can touch but can’t see. The second house pays in cash, whereas the eighth house guards its mysterious pasts and stories of previous owners. In the axis of fertility, Taurus relates to sensual, physical indulgence and pleasure, whereas Scorpio seeks deep, penetrating emotional communion - both which form relationship and reproduction. In many ways this is an axis of creativity through fertility and while Taurus is content in the ‘real world’, Scorpio grabs her by the hand and lures her into the unknown; Taurus indulges in pleasure and comforts, Scorpio indulges in the unknown.

Gemini & Sagittarius = Graduating from high school to university
In Gemini and Sagittarius we reunite the student with the teacher; and the dual nature of these two signs indicate the student and the teacher frequently switch roles, although curious childlike Gemini will likely look  more to philosophical and broader Sagittarius through the student’s eyes. Gemini is fascinated in his immediate environment, happy to dance around the superficial and gauge a little knowledge about everything; whereas Sagittarius wishes to wander, searches for revelation and gives wisdom and meaning to the information garnered by Gemini. Gemini teaches Sagittarius to explore with curiosity and without prejudice, and Sagittarius teaches Gemini to explore in search of belief and truth. This is the axis of the cosmic trickster Gemini and the truth seeking Sagittarius; where Gemini talks and Sagittarius ensures people keep coming back for the lectures.

Cancer & Capricorn = Reuniting the cosmic mother and father
In Cancer and Capricorn we assemble the whole family together through the Lunar Mother, Saturnian father figure and the fourth house of sought ‘home’. This is the axis of structure, the Capricorn backbone fused with the supernatural protective forces and intuition of the Moon that creates an environment of security.  Cancer is largely concerned with emotional security, and creates an environment of nurturing; while Capricorn relates to the need and creation of practical security and the nurturing of profession; each relying on each other to sustain. Cancer makes a world within them, and Capricorn uses these visions and manifests it into reality. The Moon relates to our inner child, and Saturn the parent; one non existent without the other. Cancer teaches Capricorn the art of opening up and indulging, and Capricorn teaches self discipline and mentors the grounding back into reality.


Leo and Aquarius = The personal Savior with the universal savior
The Leo and Aquarius axis associates with Leos direction personal love  with the collective love garnered by Aquarius. Leo creates the strong ego force, the self identity and the confident expression that allows Aquarius to flourish in the spectrum of revolution and vibrate their own frequency free of inhibition. Leo is more concerned with saving people one by one, and protecting the innocent, vulnerable, singular; while Aquarius relates to broad social activism, social service and implementing their ideals to better mass humanity. Leo is the Sun, the will of the ego, and Aquarius is the community; each interlocking in the fusion of universal love with individuality and the self with society. Leo teaches Aquarius the art of love with another, while Aquarius teaches Leo the art of love in friendship. Without the love emanated by the heart of Leo, Aquarius cannot sufficiently scatter their love across humanity

Pisces and Virgo = the eternal servant of the world with the eternal servant of god
Virgo and Pisces axis reflects the dissociation between the imagined with reality, order with chaos, and the establishment of the self in the real world while contemplating and understanding the sphere beyond it. Virgo is the unselfish servant and instrument of the external world and everyday society while Pisces is the unselfish servant of God. In Virgo we heal with hands, practical approach, and the intellect; in Pisces we heal with intuition, supernatural healing forces and responding to hidden emotional undercurrents - thus reflecting a ‘healing’ axis. Virgo is self contained, constrained by consensual reality and engaged too richly in her surrounding environment, while Pisces is unfocused, unstructured and dancing on the borderline of the ethereal. Virgo acts to anchor Pisces into presence in reality while Pisces teaches Virgo the art of exploring the space between their thoughts and seek the celestial.

-C.

astrolocherry:

♈ ♓ I think Pisces and Aries are the closest sign to ‘God’/universal source, you name. Aries is fresh from heaven and the mind of the creator (new born), and in his childishness reconnects with the divine like no other - because he was just there; he is initiative and creative, the closest harmony to the spirit is this is the source of creativity; this also means a lot of them don’t really get it or embrace spiritually, (in archetype) because they havent developed enough to contemplate this consciously. Pisces (final sign, the culmination of all beings) is the life expression and active appearance of the blue light Christ consciousness in form; it is also the energetic appearance of the world savior and eternal servant of God. By the time we have reached Pisces, we are more than conscious of the transcendental and indwelling divine, we are

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astrolocherry:

♈ ♓ I think Pisces and Aries are the closest sign to ‘God’/universal source, you name. Aries is fresh from heaven and the mind of the creator (new born), and in his childishness reconnects with the divine like no other - because he was just there; he is initiative and creative, the closest harmony to the spirit is this is the source of creativity; this also means a lot of them don’t really get it or embrace spiritually, (in archetype) because they havent developed enough to contemplate this consciously. Pisces (final sign, the culmination of all beings) is the life expression and active appearance of the blue light Christ consciousness in form; it is also the energetic appearance of the world savior and eternal servant of God. By the time we have reached Pisces, we are more than conscious of the transcendental and indwelling divine, we are

A Quiet Sunset