Saturday jellyfish

April 19, 2008

Jellyfish croceted from newspaper plastic bags, by Barnowl

Pelagia plastica

In the meantime, I’ll post a photo of a jellyfish I crocheted from plastic yarn recently (I’ve felt that I have the brains of a jellyfish when I get home from work lately). It is loosely modeled on Pelagia spp. jellyfish, and I created the yarn from newspaper wrappers that friends at work saved for me. I used the hyperbolic crochet technique for the tentacles, and a simple cap pattern for the bell. All parts were crocheted using a size L hook.

In case you were wondering what to do to keep those plastic bags your newspaper comes in from ending up as junk/food that will kill a turtle in the Gulf of Mexico, I offer this jellyfish, from Guadelupe Storm-Petrel. (I think this may be a Texas blogger.)

Quote of the moment: Utah Phillips, to graduates

April 19, 2008

Those of you lucky — or unlucky — enough to be giving commencement addresses are polishing them right now, if you have any sense about getting these things done before deadline.

Consider the wisdom of the not-well-enough-known folksinger, Utah Phillips, who is said to have once said to a high school class:

“You are about to be told, again, that you are America’s most valuable natural resource. Have you seen what this country does to its valuable natural resources?” -Utah Phillips, addressing a high school class.

Tip of the old scrub brush to Rob Lopresti and his trademarked Unfamiliar Quotations. [Hey, Rob: Got a more detailed citation on that one?]

‘Twas the 18th of April in ’75 . . . (Paul Revere’s Ride)

April 19, 2008

Paul Revere — tonight’s the anniversary of his famous ride.

John Copley's painting of Paul Revere

Paul Revere, 1768, by John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)

John Copley painted all the bigwigs of revolutionary Boston, including this portrait of the famous horse-mounted alarm before he turned older and grayer.

And as April 18 is the anniversary of Revere’s ride, April 19 is the anniversary of the “shot heard ’round the world.”

Both events are celebrated in poetry; April is National Poetry Month. This could be a happy marriage for history and English classrooms.

National Poetry Month 2008 poster

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