You scare the shit out of me. You scare me like no other ever has.

You frighten me in the way early men must have been frightened at first seeing the Aurora Borealis blossoming above them in the northern sky, painting an unfathomable masterpiece on an endless cosmic canvas; or at witnessing the birth of an island as an erupting volcano boiled above the still, blue surface of an ancient sea, building to an explosion of white-hot glory. You frighten me in the way any beautiful phenomenon defying explanation must have frightened the first man to conceive of the first gods to protect his own fragile sanity. But, it’s so much more than that.

You terrify me in the way a moth must feel terror as it flutters involuntarily ever closer to the flickering flame of its own demise, drawn by some innate, undeniable urge it has no strength, or means, or hope to combat. I read, and I see everything depicted by the artfully woven words your nimble mind has twined together, and all I can do is wonder at all that might still lie hidden beneath; at whether I might survive a single verse further into your thoughts’ delectable recesses.

You terrify me because I am a man of worth, and power, and intellect, and I know this,—I know this just as surely as I know that you are an inescapably beautiful and intriguing flame; and I, a moth. 

Hey Portlandians!

Antler Gallery’s Portland Audubon benefit show opens tomorrow (Jan. 29)! Called “Brink,” the show runs through Feb. 25 and features artwork focused on imperiled and extinct species. Opening night festivities kick off at 6 p.m. – join us for a fun evening of art and libations.

More: Audubon Portland Event

This image is a detail from David Rice’s “Pied Raven, Circa 1948,” which will be featured in the show.

(via: Audubon Society of Portland)


The Imperial 

The Imperial is a open mic night infused with live music custom made for the creative spirit and underground aficionados.Our aim is to build a creative home for self expression in Miami. It’s time for the rogues and vagabonds to become the kings & queens that they really are. Rod Deal Photography

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We have an official list of animals by “conservation status”. It ranges from “extinct” to “endangered” to “vulnerable” to “least concern”.

Humanity should also have an “extermination status” list. It should range from “exterminated” (smallpox, rinderpest), “imperiled” (polio), to “in progress” (malaria) to “someday, motherfuckers” (mosquitoes, HIV, all the other diseases).

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy…

This flesh-like food is not fish. It’s made of tomato, and it’s what San Francisco chef James Corwell hopes could be one small step toward saving imperiled species of fish, like bluefin tuna


This is video captured from the air of a “breakout” of lava upstream from the flows that have been imperiling the town of Pahoa.

This type of lava, basalt, has a very high melting/freezing temperature. When it is exposed to the air, it cools off quickly, forming a solid layer on the outside. If the layer is thin enough, it can be folded up into ropy pahoehoe layers, but if the flow stagnates and a thick layer of rock forms, it can start to dam the flow.

If a lava flow is blocked at the tip but lava still is being supplied, the weight of the lava pushes against these frozen, rocky edges until eventually the pressure of the lava becomes too great and it breaks through the rocky edge layer, forming a “breakout”.

This breakout is upstream of the two earlier flows that reached the edge of the Pahoa community, meaning it has probably cut off the lava supply to those flow paths. That buys the community more time by covering more uninhabited area with lava, but the longer these flows continue the more likely they are to move directly into the city.

The mysterious death of Irene Adler’s bees leads to a consultation with Sherlock Holmes and the discovery of a sinister connection to a case many years in the past. When this threat imperils the safety of everyone the detective holds dear, he and The Woman are forced to use every ounce of their ingenuity to save their friends.

The Detective The Woman and The Silent Hive is available from all good bookstores including   Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).