A trip to the Met uncovers some early depictions of handheld cameras and smart phones, as can be observed in these statues entitled “Pastoral selfie” and “Young girl on her phone”.
In the first of these we can see a young mother cheerfully taking a selfie with her baby, while in the second a young shepherd girl has momentarily neglected her duties to check her social media accounts.
London Natural History Museum — Part II (Part I here).
I already raved about this place in Part I. More pictures to demonstrate how insanely cool it is. Just look at that escalator going through the layers of the Earth to the core — it’s not even a display, just an entrance to the geology section. And inside, in semi-dark coolness you see all the minerals and crystals shining in silence.
All the hummingbirds. There were tons of stuffed animals, although the Museum doesn’t acquire them anymore and uses its old collections. There were even a couple of stuffed pigeons that belonged to Darwin.
And that prehistoric sea creature in the glass case? Looks like it has swallowed the girl? Cool, huh? :)
Polish doctor that refused to perform abortion named a “hero”
Dr Bogdan Chazan was visited by an expecting mother (32 weeks into pregnancy), who already had 5 miscarriages before and was worried about her health. It turned out that the fetus had hydrocephalus, undeveloped brain and was missing many bones from its skull. The Doctor refused to perform an abortion and didn’t send the woman to another hospital which could do so (according to polish law, if a doctor doesn’t want to perform an abortion, he has to choose another hospital which will agree to do so). Chazan was named a “local hero” and “true warrior of Jesus in the name of life of the unborn” by many polish politicians and catholic activists. He used conscience clause as an excuse for his actions.
The woman gave birth to the child through a C-section. She and her husband spent 10 painful days watching their deformed child die a horrible death. When she finally decided to speak out, she said:
“During these 10 days, no priest, no pro life activist or even dr Chazan came to see the child, to ask if they can help. It was really hard to look at our child. We knew what was coming, but it was still very hard to cope with”
Congratulations, pro-lifers - another “life” saved, another “happy” child and “happy” family.
32 weeks — is that a typo? I tried looking this up, but most of the results are in Polish, and the English-language articles never mention the stage of her pregnancy. But if it really was 32 weeks, then what the hell? Who aborts at 8 months? That’s crazy and dangerous. If she were really at 8 months, the whole rest of this article is irrelevant.
London Museum of Natural History — Part I. (Part II)
Hands down THE best natural history museum I’ve ever been to! I even went twice during my only week in London, still feel that I saw only about 21,5% of everything there. Incredibly well curated collections, amazing displays, interactive cool stuff (like a womb-chamber with the heartbeat of a real embryo loudly playing inside, or telephones that when you pick up the receiver let you hear different elephant calls, or scales that compare your weight to a bunch of animals such as a buffalo, a giraffe, an elephant, a blue whale, etc.). Super-informative and educational, as well as really fun, on top of being absolutely FREE, not to forget real cutting edge science that goes on in their Darwin Centre that is basically a giant 8-storey cocoon (pictures in Part II), and the gorgeous architecture.
Look at the giant sloth that went extinct in South America for no known reason. Look at the intricate ceiling, as if those tiles were meant for Marie Antoinette’s antechamber. Look at the trippy ecosystem film reflecting in a bunch of mirrors and expanding forever. I just… that place! If you want to arouse your intellect and curiosity, go there. And don’t forget to check out the penile bone of the dinosaur in the last picture — it’s longer than his thigh bone!
There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky, and you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling,what if you fly?
my poetry anthology
A piece of magic, beautiful little poem.
Actually if Ed Warner did get hired to play Boy Witch I would restart Scorched just to rattle on at length about how brilliant he is.
I would legitimately participate in a letter-writing campaign to make this happen.
What a freaky coincidence — I was just talking about this earlier, got home, other people are posting about it on tumblr? Glad this is a popular opinion (but also, freaky coincidence).
That pigeon had perfect timing.