Trailer for Sherlock series 3.
Artist Anna Dumitriu challenges the relationship between humans and bacteria by staining textiles with superbugs.
As part of her artist’s residency on the UK Clinical Research Consortium Project “Modernising Medical Microbiology” at the University of Oxford, Dumitriu has been developing her MRSA Quilt and Infective Textiles projects. She works with microbiologists to create works that communicate the impact of new technologies in the field. Like many quilts, her MRSA Quilt is meant as a storytelling endeavor. The quilt squares are made using natural and clinical antibiotics on Chromogenic (pigment-generating) agar in which the fabric has been embedded and inoculating the squares with bacteria, creating patterns that reflect the interaction between bacteria and antibiotics. The quilts are embroidered with thread dyed with saffron as well as with the antibiotic Vancomycin.
Ichabod has some serious opinions on water.
Me: Well, the lizard has finally died. He lived a good life. Also, I’ve decided to call him Nelson.
Roommate: *goes to check that the lizard is actually dead
Roommate: Wait, now that he’s dead you’ve finally decided to give him a name? What’s the point?
Me: Just because he’s dead doesn’t mean he’s leaving this apartment.
Roommate: Oh no.
Me: And I thought you’d need a name for him when you write his eulogy.
Roommate: You’re weird. And I’m not writing a eulogy. And if I were to write a eulogy, I’d keep calling him ‘Dude’ like I always do.
The next day, my roommate posts this on facebook:
“Dude Nelson came from the humble beginnings of the Hillsdale College Arboretum pond. He became fast friends with [redacted] and spent a wonderful and adventurous year with the [redacted] family and animals. Ever the adventurer, Dude left the [redacted] family to spend time at a place called The Ramp, where he had visited previously. He maintained his friendship with [redacted], who would often treat him to a meal of crickets. In the days of his youth, Dude was a notorious flirt. He would often show off for the ladies, flaring and exposing the red skin of his dewlap. While he did not find a partner with his flirtations, Dude did not lack for companionship. His flirting diminished when he moved once again to The Nuthatch, but by then Dude had aged somewhat and was settling down. He spent his retirement years relaxing in the sunny window of The Nuthatch working on his tree branch impersonation skills and keeping a cricket farm. Dude discovered the secret to breeding crickets and managed to exit the Great Recession with an overflowing cricket farm and business did quite well. In his last days, he was able to enjoy the wealth and abundance he had created and never lacked for a fresh meal, a moist home, and a warm spot to rest. We will miss Dude dearly. His generosity knew no bounds. He donated his body to science and left us a still thriving cricket farm. As we tidy his last affairs, we say a fond farewell to our good friend. Catch some rays for us in the big terrarium in the sky.”
I’m facebook friends with this dude, who is in his 30s and clueless to the extreme. He has been re-posting the facebook ads that pop up, because he doesn’t understand them. He just asked people to explain:
“Sick of American Women? secureoffersusa.com Asian women will treat you better! Sign up for FREE and meet them at Orient-Beauties.com!”
He thinks it’s funny, but also adds that ethnic stereotypes don’t always fit. This is literally like watching Cas try to understand the babbysitter/pizza man situation, with the real-life version of bustyasianbeauties.com. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry in pain. Please. Please, Awkward Bob. Just stop.
Read House of Dreams, a new original fantasy story on Tor.com by Michael Swanwick.
If you went to Hillsdale in the past 4 years, you should read this, because there is a punchline. There is such a punchline. (It’s a good story if you didn’t go to Hillsdale, too.)
If you are emotionally invested in the Robin Hood narrative, you should read this: In the Greenwood, by Mari Ness. It’s not as outstanding, but I liked it.
Chinese Mitten Crab (Eriocheir sinensis)
Also known as the big sluice crab or the Shanghai hairy crab, the Chinese mitten crab is a species of varunid crab that is native to the coastal estuaries of eastern Asia, ranging from Korea to the Fujian province of China. It has also been introduced to Europe and North America and is considered and invasive species.Like other crabs E. sinensis feeds on a wide variety of things ranging from plants, various invertebrates, fish and detritus.
E. sinensis spends most of its life in fresh water, but return to tidal estuaries to mate. After mating they will return to brackish water to hatch their eggs. After development the juvenile crabs will move upstream, completing the life cycle.
Tumblr, please tell me I’m not the first to have put these together.
(Consider also the similarity between the Wonderflonium and Tesseract cases.)