shrinkinglibrarian

archiemcphee:

These beautiful moths and butterflies look like they’re ready to flutter up and away, but they won’t be doing so because they’re wonderful textile sculptures painstakingly created by North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita. She sews, embroiders and stitches all sorts of multi-colored fabrics to create these oversized insects, which measure nearly a foot wide. She also adds painted details along with feathers and artificial fur. With great care Okita has achieved an awesome balance between astonishing realism and fanciful invention.

Click here to view more of Yumi Okita’s gorgeous textile insect sculptures.

[via Colossal and Demilked]

davereed
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.

Gerry Spence, How to Argue & Win Every Time (via scu)

File this under #non-sequitur. This isn’t even a coherent thought.

As Chesterton said somewhere, the purpose of an open mind is to close it on something solid. When it comes to belief, it’s not whether but what.

(via sds)

What sds said.

(via suchtango)

I suppose I can see how someone would say that belief closes the mind, but only in the same way as any other change in someone’s life attitude or conviction.  When someone does some reflection and decides that they are a feminist or atheist or revolutionist or whatever, it is, in essence, a closing of the mind to entertaining the antitheses of these things. All conviction is closed-mindedness.  What is to be feared is not a closed mind, but a mind unwilling to close on something important.

And faith is not a replacement for wonder; it is borne of it.

(via davereed)

Yuuup.  I will never tire of holding forth on this, especially the false dichotomy between science & faith

I suspect that the posted quote is meant to criticize belief systems & faiths (like Christianity, which happens to be mine; and yes, I’m voluntarily taking this personally, probably because I’m a woman), that this man disagrees with or simply finds distasteful.  Which doesn’t sound very open-minded to me, if open-mindedness means refusing to reject any idea you encounter out of respect for what you might not understand about it.  Pragmatically, of course, it would be impossible to live a sane human life that way.

You might say, “Whatever, you know what he means.”  And I think I do, maybe.  He means that some people do ugly, destructive things; and that he would rather side with constructiveness & celebration.  Fine.  He’s just phrased it clumsily by mismatching his parameters & unwittingly ended up with something akin to “Cake or Death?" (which is brilliant for the same reasons the quote is absurd).  We all eventually get death.  Hopefully, we get to enjoy cake along the way.  The two are not mutually exclusive. 

By the way, about that book title.

thelittlewildthornberry
thelittlewildthornberry:

Sweet and sour chicken. This week I’m whizzing round all my favourite places to eat and indulging in my favourite Chinese meals for the last time..

You’re killing me.  
There are days I would give my other kidney for a bowl of mogu mian from the corner shop across from NingDa nanmen.  Or that spiral-cut special flavor fried eggplant from the restaurant at the dead end of the alley across from the chaoshi.  Or the sand pot noodles at that upstairs place behind the night market.  Or those plum sauce duck crepe things from that other place.  Or the mantou, or the savory baozi.  And all the things to drink.  I am dying.  

thelittlewildthornberry:

Sweet and sour chicken.
This week I’m whizzing round all my favourite places to eat and indulging in my favourite Chinese meals for the last time..

You’re killing me.  

There are days I would give my other kidney for a bowl of mogu mian from the corner shop across from NingDa nanmen.  Or that spiral-cut special flavor fried eggplant from the restaurant at the dead end of the alley across from the chaoshi.  Or the sand pot noodles at that upstairs place behind the night market.  Or those plum sauce duck crepe things from that other place.  Or the mantou, or the savory baozi.  And all the things to drink.  I am dying.  

letsprocrastinap
arianejurquet:

“These delicate glass models reveal a hidden, yet beautiful, microscopic world of fungi. Examining mouldy fruit or rotten vegetables would disgust many people, but Dr. Dillon Weston (1899-1953) made studying fungal diseases of fruit and vegetables a lifetime’s passion. He created these models of the intricate fungi he saw down the microscope using glass rods and a Bunsen burner.” (via Glass Models of Microscopic Fungi.)

Tip of the hat to you, Dr. Weston.

arianejurquet:

“These delicate glass models reveal a hidden, yet beautiful, microscopic world of fungi. Examining mouldy fruit or rotten vegetables would disgust many people, but Dr. Dillon Weston (1899-1953) made studying fungal diseases of fruit and vegetables a lifetime’s passion. He created these models of the intricate fungi he saw down the microscope using glass rods and a Bunsen burner.”
(via Glass Models of Microscopic Fungi.)

Tip of the hat to you, Dr. Weston.