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Axes of Pleasure

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WOTD on Wiktionary: axiom

So, I searched my pictures and found two with 'axes' in it: The above one is from my Cartoon Miscellany: Rib Ticklers ebook. Ah, the good old days. I believe I wrote their names in Morse code on the labels...

Another oldie from good times with my sis:



I have spent my day discovering Affinity Designer: it is great, but a bit of a learning curve. 'Lo, the old adage of "Read the Instructions" holds.

Here is tomorrow's word in all its glory, albeit at poor resolution, with knobs on it: shillelagh:




But here is a much better version! Just what you need for St. Patrick's Day.

AND more reviews for The Whistle Thorn Tree!

Fun, different and memorable
A really different children's book will not only show and tell a child something new about the world, but it will do the same for their parents as well! This does that and makes an oddity of nature perfectly logical -- and fun! So yes, I liked TREE a lot. (B. on Amazon)

& from Google Play:

What a beautiful way to make one homesick for the African bush and animals. I am sure this charming introduction to an unexpected (but real!) relationship in nature will spark the enthusiasm of future naturalists and explorers. (Canerd)
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A gem of a short story for not only the young, but the older ones, about Africa, nature and nature's adaptability to co-exist for survival. The illustrated paintings and photos are exceptional...(FdR)
  
My resolution of happiness is much improved.
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Neuroscientist explains the same concept about the brain to a 5-year-old and then a grad student

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https://youtu.be/opqIa5Jiwuw

Bobby Kasthuri is a neuroscientist at Argonne National Laboratory. In the video he was asked to explain what a connectome is to 5 different people; a 5 year-old, a 13 year-old, a college student, a neuroscience grad student and a connectome entrepreneur.

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Free Kindle edition programming guides

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Amazon is giving away three different programming guides (regularly $5 each): HTML & CSS For Beginners, Python Programming, and Java Programming. They are all highly rated.

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Suffering From Writer Envy? There’s a Map Only You Can Make

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Any accomplished writer is also a reader—and usually a reader first. For the writer who is the least a bit humble, this sets up one of the most significant psychological barriers to pursuing a writing career: How could I ever produce something as wonderful as [admired writer / admired book]?

This is an area that Steven Pressfield is well known for covering (see The War of Art), and in this month’s Glimmer Train bulletin, fiction writer Danielle Lazarin shares how she deals with the challenge:

I was only halfway through Stuart Dybek’s I Sailed with Magellan when I decided I should just give up on writing altogether…and I wanted to leave it to him, a far more lyric, braver writer than I would ever be.

At these humbling moments, I remember advice I received from Dan Chaon while studying fiction at Oberlin. At the end of a semester, he wrote to me: “There’s a very specific world that only you can write about, a map that only you can make…”

Read the rest of Danielle’s excellent piece.

Also in this month’s Glimmer Train bulletin:

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Oceans: What Remains to Be Discovered?

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Oceans: what remains to be discovered? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Andy Hamilton, Professor Jon Copley and marine biologist Helen Scales, as they look at the riches still remaining to be discovered deep within our oceans. The deep ocean remains the last great unexplored frontier of our planet, and as Brian and Robin discover, what we might find there could provide us with some extraordinary insights and applications. We've only just begun to touch the surface, literally, in terms of identifying and learning about the huge and varied life forms that live in our oceans -from the microbes that could inspire and generate new drugs to fight antibiotic resistant diseases, to the deep sea snails with iron clad shells, that may lead to the development of new super-strong materials. Even the humble limpet is providing inspiration to material scientists and engineers: the limpets' teeth, it turns out, are made from the strongest natural substance on the planet. Producer: Alexandra Feachem.



Download audio: http://open.live.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/5/redir/version/2.0/mediaset/audio-nondrm-download/proto/http/vpid/p04r8zjw.mp3
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Bay of Fires Boulders

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H/T: Bay of Fires: the red on the rocks is a lichen, but the name comes from the fires lit along the bay by the Aboriginal peoples.
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