Saturday, August 08, 2009

Butterfly Book Labels Sticker

This pretty yellow butterfly is an image of Papilio machaon comes from Plate I in Europas bekannteste Schmetterlinge published about 1895 by Dr. F. Nemos. The butterfly is also noted as Schwalbenschwanz on the lithograph.

Cobble Stone Ground


Cobble stone ground, originally uploaded by Iwan Gabovitch.

Wandering around Flickr today, I found a small group that posts Public Domain Textures and References. This image of grey cobble stones is one example.

The Crow and the Coffee Cup



The Crow and the Pitcher ~ This illustration is from The Æsop for Children from 1919 with pictures by Milo Winter.

Aesop's Fables

The Crow and the Pitcher

A CROW perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When he reached it, he discovered to his grief that it contained so little water that he could not possibly get at it. He tried everything he could think of to reach the water, but all his efforts were in vain. At last he collected as many stones as he could carry and dropped them one by one with his beak into the pitcher, until he brought the water within his reach and thus saved his life.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Bird Brains


blackbird3, originally uploaded by Ian's Art.

Rooks Prove They're as Clever as Fabled Crow is on article on Discovery that shows a relative of the crow dropping stones into a beaker to float a worm within reach. I found the link here: ShamanicShift.

Aesop's Fables

The Crow and the Pitcher

A CROW perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When he reached it, he discovered to his grief that it contained so little water that he could not possibly get at it. He tried everything he could think of to reach the water, but all his efforts were in vain. At last he collected as many stones as he could carry and dropped them one by one with his beak into the pitcher, until he brought the water within his reach and thus saved his life.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Dragons Anyone?

I found this post with some images of dragons in Asian art. alien romances: Dragons Anyone?

The last few weeks I've been watching Michael Palin's: Full Circle and Himalaya. Sometimes I pause the show just to get a look at all the lovely bright colors in the art and fashion.

Coming for a Native family, I can sing and dance some of my people's traditional songs, and I love to go to watch fancy dancers at Pow Wows. On Palin's Himalaya, I watched some tribal dancers swirling around a fire with bells on their feet in the Mongolian area of the Himilayas, and the scene reminded me so much of a Pow Wow.

There is so much those us of that are Native American don't know about our history because Americans in general know little about Asia. The view of World History shared is so Western specific that the fact that Asian neighbors populated the Americas thousands of years before Columbus is relegated to a few paragraphs about a theory that there was once an ice bridge.

Sometimes I feel like shaking serious academics that are so one-sided in their thought processes. Come on now, the people of the Pacific lived along the sea. They had boats. Do you not think they used the boats? Ever?

I think that the truth of life on our planet that wasn't written down by Western observers was that our Asian cousins along the Pacific Rim were wandering about for thousands of years. Probably the people that wandered about didn't necessarily return home again (because there is not evidence of a major trade between the Americas and Asia thousands of years ago), but they were moving about the Pacific Rim.

I remember two decades ago sitting in a biology class at University and being told that some genes common to Polynesia were found common to a tribe in Southeast Alaska. The professor treated that fact as if it was amazing that a people that lived on the sea might have crossed it. He had decided in his mind that it was some hapless group that got caught in a typhoon and were lucky enough to survive. He could be right.

But, I still think travel was more common along the Pacific because I've been told by my elders that the Yupi'k word for Japanese is "cousin" and that they didn't make it up in in modern history. Native Alaskans knew about the people of the Pacific all along.

And, there are parts of Alaska where the Inupiaq people still knew about people that lived just across the Pacific because they maintained family ties to this day. The Inupiaq have always wandered all over the Far North from Siberia to Greenland and back again.

Liberals would have us think that we're not so close to Asia as we really are, but contrary to what the anti-Palin (Sarah Palin in this case) crew would like to believe, you really can see Russia from Alaska. If you don't believe me, put Palin's (Michael Palin in this case) Full Circle in your Netflix queue.

Shark Pushing Through Mousepad

This is a great mousepad for Shark Week lovers! Scary!

Friday, August 07, 2009

The Obama Joker Phenom

I couldn't help but notice that the Obama Joker Socialist image is popular as ever on Zazzle and the Internet in general.

I think the image is stupid, and ugly, and pointless.

And, it also bothers me that there are so many people that seem to have snapped a digital photo of one of the LA Posters and started selling them, even though they aren't the artist. Copying other people's photos is definitely uncool, and some of the Zazzlers posting these could probably be sued if the creator comes forward and starts to say, hey, you're all using my image.

By the way, the "first" Zazzle Obama Joker version was made about four months ago.

So, if you're going to buy an ugly, pointless Obama Joker tee consider AT LEAST buying the first crap created and not the copy cat crap.


I enjoyed this editorial on the subject which points out that at least one liberal-minded fellow didn't get nearly so upset when Bush was ridiculed, and a bigger question than who's responsible for the poster is what does The Joker have to do with socialism?

The answer to what Heath Ledger's version (or any version) of The Joker has to do with socialism is ... nothing.

So, who has the most to gain by posting those pictures?

Not intelligent conservatives.

Those conservatives (that actually think the Obama-Joker comparision makes them witty or funny absolutely need some pointers on how to avoid stupidity.

Teacher BLUE Daisy Tote Bag

US Shoppers see Annalee Blysse: Teacher BLUE Daisy Tote Bag: "I found a great back-to-school gift idea for teachers.

About the Impulse Tote: Carry it all with this large capacity 12 oz. 100% cotton canvas impulse tote. Tough canvas stands up to stuffing, hauling and washing. Outside pocket is the perfect spot for your photos and designs. Colored handles, straps, and base. Eight color combinations available.

Info from designer: Teachers sow the seeds of tommorrow! Customize this tote with this or your own special message."

Teacher BLUE Daisy Tote Bag

I found a great back-to-school gift idea for teachers.

About the Impulse Tote: Carry it all with this large capacity 12 oz. 100% cotton canvas impulse tote. Tough canvas stands up to stuffing, hauling and washing. Outside pocket is the perfect spot for your photos and designs. Colored handles, straps, and base. Eight color combinations available.

Info from designer: Teachers sow the seeds of tommorrow! Customize this tote with this or your own special message.

G-Force School Backpack


G-Force School Backpack


G-Force School Backpack - Full size
Price: $26.50 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping at Amazon.com.


This is a full size backpack measures 15"H x 12"W x 5"D, has lots of space for all your little one's school or travel needs. Large front pocket(s) and side pocket(s) for easy access and organization. Padded back panel and straps for comfort.

Angry Mob Tee

You know you aren't loud enough when the DNC is whining. This is the perfect time to let Obama know that his change isn't necessarily the change you want. I know Obama voters among the ANGRY MOB! Proud member of the angry mob!

Angry Mob

I can't possible know the only fifteen Obama voters in the country that are among the ANGRY MOB! If the DNC doesn't recognize yet even people that voted Democrat in the last election aren't falling in step, then we probably don't have to worry about a two-term presidency. You know you aren't loud enough when the DNC is whining. This is the perfect time to let Obama know that his change isn't necessarily the change you want.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Manticora tuberculata T-shirt

Black and white silhouette designs of a beetle. Manticora is a well-known genus of tiger beetle that is native to Africa. These beetles are among the largest predatory insects, and are highly prized among beetle collectors. All species are darkly colored, nocturnal, and flightless, and the males usually have exaggerated mandibles that are probably the reason that beetles get a bad rap as being evil creatures. This particular silhouette image comes from a public domain image in the From 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.

EDUN LIVE Kids T-ShirtUltra-soft kids fashion t-shirt. The EDUN LIVE Scion has a perfect fit for growing kids (but runs a little small). 100% combed 5.1 oz. ring-spun cotton. Washes like a dream – NOT pre-washed. Tumble dry low. Sustainable manufacturing – 100% African made, grow to sew. Learn more at www.edun-live.com. Imported.



Tuesday, August 04, 2009

American Avocet Poster

Watercolor of an American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) in breeding plumage. The image was taken in Alaska, thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Amazing Photo

Where is this place? Wow.
I found the image searching Google for Kokopelli.

kokopelli Pictures Images and Photos

The Kokpelli label links to some designs on Zazzle.com...