June 23, 2015
You really should be following Maria Popova’s Tweets, and Brainpicker.
There you’ll learn of this marvelous book:
Look at some of the photos. Wow.
Pollet’s view of the lowly ocotillo:
“Ocotillo tree, a shrub-like plant found in the Southeast United States”
Does one need to have a background in botany to think tree bark is interesting, and even beautiful?
Ms. Popova said Cedric Pollet traveled the world to find these great subjects to photograph. One could do well trying to duplicate his tour.
What trees in your yard have outstanding bark? Where are your photographs?
“Mindanoan gum (or rainbow eucalyptus) found in the Philippines, where the bark is used as a traditional remedy against fatigue”
How often do we see the forest, but miss the details of the trees?
February 2, 2013
What’s it like to be an astronaut?
You gotta learn how to cook and eat snake.
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What’s it like to be an astronaut? An animated first-hand account by NASA’s Jerry Carr, who tells his fascinating life story.
Complement with Sally Ride’s first-hand account of what it’s like to take off on a Space Shuttle, and this illustrated chronology of the Space Age.
Do kids dream of being an astronaut any more? It’s a great, character-building dream.
Tip of the old scrub brush to BrainPicker, at Explore.