Don’t you wish everybody could behave like adults? Well, obviously, I don’t mean like actual adults, I mean like the fantasy adults we carry in our heads. The kind of adult we mean when we tell our adolescent, “It’s time you started behaving like an adult!” You know the kind of adult I mean: dignified and mature, like, say, the social media directors of museums. Like, for instance, the UK’s Science Museum and Natural History Museum. What? They’re having a feud on Twitter? ~sigh~ Never mind.
as old as I am of a certain age, and went to school in America, you grew up looking at Mercator maps of the world. Well, Facebook has been all about a “new” map called the AuthaGraph map, which is basically a globe unfolded into a rectangle. I put “new” in quotation marks because it turns out this “new” map was created in 1999. So “relatively new” is more accurate. I know, picky, picky. I’m a map-head, so I get a kick out of things like this. So sue me.
So how do I feel about NASA’s Cassini probe taking pictures of Saturn and its “moons”? I think the word “ecstatic” sounds about right. The National Geographic has put together a brilliant web site showing Cassini’s findings. Well worth your time.
Now, something you may not know about me is that I love banjo music. The banjo was appropriated, along with the lives of generations of people, from Africa. If all you know about the banjo is from the soundtrack of Deliverance, take the time to read this fabulous article on The Bitter Southerner and listen to some brilliance by Rhiannon Giddens of The Carolina Chocolate Drops.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Research the history of something you take for granted.