by debs

It’s strange, isn’t it, how the idea of belonging to someone can sound so great? It can be comforting, the way it makes things decided. We like the thought of being held, until it’s too tight. We like that certainty, until it means there’s no way out. And we like being his, until we realize we’re not ours anymore.

It’s honestly just sad how people are against protecting sharks just because they saw Jaws or watched Shark Week. People need to be aware that how the media portrays these animals is false. Sharks aren’t here to eat people, they’ve been here for millions and millions of years.

Sharks sometimes attack people, it happens, but these attacks aren’t random. A number of things can provoke a shark and make it want to protect itself. They don’t see legs dangling in the water and immediately attack, that’s not how it works. It never has worked like that and the news stories and articles you see never give the full story.

Without sharks, the entire oceans ecosystem would fall apart, we wouldn’t have enough fish, diseases and sickness would be spread, other sea life would fall out of balance. Educate yourself on sharks before calling them demons or man-eaters. Respect them and what they have done for the ocean in the past 450+ million years.

Stop finning. Stop eating shark. Start protecting, before there’s no more sharks to protect.

The Unseen Museum: Ka’apor Necklace

This necklace (tukaniwar) was worn by women of the Ka’apor tribe of eastern Brazil for the Ta’i Rupi Taha name-giving ceremony. The museum’s collections include beautiful feather work from the Amazon Basin of South America. The Ka’apor are particularly adept at working with small feathers.

The yellow feathers on the cord are from the breast of the channel-billed toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus ariel); they are twined to a tiny thread, which is lashed to the larger cord. The pendants are made of turquoise blue breast feathers and purple throat feathers from the spangled cotinga (Cotinga cayana) and black feathers from the white-tailed cotinga (Xipholena lamellipennis). The cotinga feathers are stuck to cut scarlet macaw (Ara macao) tail feathers with sap from the macarandua tree (Manilkara huberi).


Deb Harding is a collection manager in Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Section of Anthropology. She frequently blogs and shares pieces of the museum’s hidden anthropology collection, which is home to over 100,000 ethnological and historical specimens and 1.5 million archaeological artifacts.

So, I got a small lot of B7 ‘zine things, and included was a program booklet for the Scorpio 5 convention.  And this one had a wonderful thing: a tarot card guest list.

I now seriously want a Blake’s 7 tarot deck.

Artists as listed in the front of the book:

Karen River (Blake and Vila), Deb Walsh (Sheelagh Wells and Vere Lorrimer), Pat Cash (B7 Computers), TACS (Avon, Cally, and Travis), Barbara Fister-Liltz (Terry Nation and Servalan), Paulie Gilmore (Robin of Loxley and Richard Carpenter), Jean Clissold (Robert of Huntingdon and Nasir), Sue Pyle (Carnell) and Nancy Kolar (Jenna).

Well done, you guys.  No wonder someone lovingly preserved this thing.

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The Lantern shark is one of only three types of shark that can produce its own light. This is the result of a chemical reaction within the sharks skin cells; pigment in the skin oxidizes and creates light. Its spine lights up to ward off predators, and patches on its sides glow to coordinate movement within densely packed schools. But its ability to light up its belly with a blue/green light is the most remarkable adaptation of all. This light allows it to virtually vanish from the sight of predators from below.