Saturday, April 29, 2017
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Published by the US Dept of the Interior, with full-color illustrations. No date, but the foreword reads:
Early in this century, the old Bureau of Biological Survey put out a booklet called “Fifty Common Birds of Farm and Orchard,” with paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.
In 1962, a former Fish and Wildlife Service staffer named Rachael Carson wrote “Silent Spring,” a book that changed American thinking about birds—and pesticides.
That first volume is out of date because of our great population shifts in six decades. And I hope that “Silent Spring” will be out of date some day; that our birds will live with us in an unpoisoned environment of cities and towns that are cleaner, healthier, greener.
So here is a new “bird book” from the Department of the Interior, geared to the 50 birds you might see in your city, with paintings done by a man who picked up the fallen Fuertes brush, Bob Hines. These are not endangered birds, except as all living things are endangered; some of them are living in or passing through your backyard or city park right now. Look well at Bob’s art; he is not commemorating the passenger pigeon but trying to open your eyes to the world about you.
And he is trying to suggest that these birds can live in our towns and cities so long as you help provide the healthy habitat they need, habitat that is healthy not just for them but for you.
Free download at Project Gutenberg.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
A day late but maybe not a dollar short -- here's a coin purse for children, to make out of leather or felt scraps and decorate with buttons from Mom's stash. From the February, 1953 issue of Workbasket, one page of instructions can be found on my Flickr account.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
Evidently Google now will snatch photos off your drive and enhance them. It coyly notified me that a picture I'd snapped had been through the process to make it look like something by Eugene Atget.
Anyway, that's Sheba and a ball of vintage cream mohair that I now have to hide.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
The Statue Of Liberty went dark last night for about an hour. A National Park Service spokesperson said that it was caused by routine generator maintenance, and had nothing to do with "A Day Without Women."
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
image from hershey.com
I wondered how Batdog managed to get hold of the chocolate kiss I had to pry out of his jaws this afternoon -- then I spotted Minnie hooking them out of the candy dish and batting them onto the floor.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Lastly, to answer the question that is in every immigrant's mind, DO WE BELONG HERE? Is this the same country we dreamed of and is it still secure to raise our families and children here? ~ Sunayana Dumala.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
"Animal psychologist Keller Breland teaches a chicken mathematics on his farm in Arkansas"
The Internet is a marvelous place; wait till you read the third paragraph from the end....
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
copyright-free from Dover
"Acoustic Kitty was a CIA project launched by the Directorate of Science & Technology, which in the 1960s intended to use cats to spy on the Kremlin and Soviet embassies. In an hour-long procedure a veterinary surgeon implanted a microphone in the cat's ear canal, a small radio transmitter at the base of its skull and a thin wire into its fur. This would allow the cat to innocuously record and transmit sound from its surroundings. Due to problems with distraction the cat's sense of hunger had to be addressed in another operation. Victor Marchetti, a former CIA officer, said Project Acoustic Kitty cost about $20 million.
The first Acoustic Kitty mission was to eavesdrop on two men in a park outside the Soviet compound on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, DC. The cat was released nearby, but was hit and killed by a taxi almost immediately. However, this was disputed in 2013 by Robert Wallace, a former Director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service, who said that the project was abandoned due to the difficulty of training the cat to behave as required, and "the equipment was taken out of the cat; the cat was resewn for the second time, and lived a long and happy life afterwards." Subsequent tests also failed. Shortly thereafter the project was considered a failure and declared to be a total loss.
The project was cancelled in 1967. A closing memorandum said that the CIA researchers believed they could train cats to move short distances, but that "the environmental and security factors in using this technique in a real foreign situation force us to conclude that for our (intelligence) purposes, it would not be practical." The project was disclosed in 2001, when some CIA documents were declassified." ~ Wikipedia.