If You Had the Power to Change Three Things About the World, What Would They Be?

I’ve got a guest from out-of-country, so I haven’t got much time for posting today. Instead of throwing a link and a promise at you, I thought we might do some thinking on how to change the world. What if it were in your power to make three major changes to the world as it is? What would those changes be?

Image shows two calico cats sitting in chairs at a table, looking toward each other with rather the attitude of people who believe they are completely in charge. On the table is a board game with soldiers of various colors set up on a map. Caption says, "Our plan for world domination is complete."

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If You Had the Power to Change Three Things About the World, What Would They Be?
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Marvelous Metazoans: Watching the Realm

For our Frivolous Friday* fun, let’s have a sneak peek at one of the most remarkable spots in Arizona, and try to identify this adorable critter who seems to be the master of it.

Image shows a small reddish-brown ground squirrel or chipmunk lying on the edge of a limestone cliff, overlooking the rim of Montezuma Well. Its head is turned toward the left. Beyond it is a rugged limestone cliff, and below can be seen portions of the trail that leads down into the Well.
Captain of Montezuma Well. Just chillin’ over my domain.

Alas, I didn’t have my wonderful Sony Cyber-Shot camera back then. Otherwise, you’d get a much clearer view of the critter, and be able to zoom in to drool all over the utterly luscious limestone. But at least it gets the gist of the scene right, and hopefully there’s enough detail to make out what species our darling rodent is. Continue reading “Marvelous Metazoans: Watching the Realm”

Marvelous Metazoans: Watching the Realm

Saturday Song: Mondays

A delightful bit of synchronicity happened when I asked for theme ideas on Facebook. See, I’d just finished watching the Gilmore Girls episode that has got The Bangles in it, and then Suzanne came up with a Monday theme, and there was really only one song I could choose:

Suzanne has already put in Stormy Monday by The Allman Brothers Band. I think you can see the general shape of things: this week, we’re going to do songs about Monday. It doesn’t have to necessarily have Monday in the title, as long as it has a general Monday vibe to it. Take that theme and run, my darlings! Continue reading “Saturday Song: Mondays”

Saturday Song: Mondays

How Fifty Shades of Gray Sporkings Sparked My Supernatural Obsession and Enriched My Life

How could some of the world’s worst fiction lead me down very rewarding paths? I didn’t think it possible. When Fifty Shades of Gray first impinged itself upon my awareness, I thought it had no redeeming value whatsoever. How shocked was I to discover it does? And how did it lead me toward Supernatural, which has become one of my favorite problematic shows of all time? Continue reading “How Fifty Shades of Gray Sporkings Sparked My Supernatural Obsession and Enriched My Life”

How Fifty Shades of Gray Sporkings Sparked My Supernatural Obsession and Enriched My Life

Mystery Flora: Red Bracts with Boo

Hello and welcome to our first Mystery Flora at The Orbit! The Friday Mysteries will be ETEV’s version of Frivolous Fridays, in which we do fun things and let the stresses of the week bugger off for just a bit.

This edition of Mystery Flora is brought to you by the kitty Boo. Have I introduced you to Boo? Continue reading “Mystery Flora: Red Bracts with Boo”

Mystery Flora: Red Bracts with Boo

Sunday Song: TeeveeLand

Those of you who have been following me on Facebook know I’m still doing my Supernatural marathon whilst sorting through over a thousand (!) Mount St. Helens photos from the USGS. There’s an episode in Season 10 that is particularly charming: the drama department of an all-girls’ school puts on a musical about the Winchesters, to which the Winchesters show up because, naturally, there are supernatural shenanigans at the Supernatural musical.

A particularly touching moment is when the girls sing a cover of “Carry on My Wayward Son,” which is a theme song for the show. Even if you don’t watch the show, you might still love it. Continue reading “Sunday Song: TeeveeLand”

Sunday Song: TeeveeLand

Famous Fools for Fool’s Gold

So what would you do if I said, “Look! I got you some gold!” and handed you a chunk of this?

Image shows a nice piece of pyrite with octrahedral crystal faces.
It’s very golden! Image courtesy Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Well, you would look at those lovely well-developed crystal faces, for one. You would maybe bounce it gently on your hand and determine it’s hefty but not heavy. You could take out a knife and discover you can’t scratch it. If you had a plain white bit of porcelain, you could scrape it along and see that it leaves a mostly-black streak, with maybe a little green or brown tint to it. And if you wanted to make me cry, you could pound it into a pile of black dust with a hammer. Any or all of these tests would leave you shaking your head and saying, “Dana, I’m not a fool. You can’t fool me with fool’s gold! Especially not on April Fools’ Day.”

And then if I told you that there is gold in it, but it’s invisible, you would laugh in my face because it is April Fools’ Day, so I will wait until next week to tell you that there’s invisible gold in there. Well, maybe not in that particular sample, but we can find some that definitely does have invisible gold in it. Continue reading “Famous Fools for Fool’s Gold”

Famous Fools for Fool’s Gold