piddock

whither would you go:

so, i’m sorry, i wasn’t able to get any pics or film the scene/event, but it was a small space and the ushers/workers were right next to me so i didn’t want to risk it. anyway, i’m gonna put a highlight rundown for my sake so i don’t forget, and for anyone else interested. if anyone else was there, feel free to add on whatever, i’m sure there’s things i missed.

okay so things that happened before i go to sleep and forget:

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My Favorite Book When I Was 12

This was a panel at Wiscon 39 (2015), which I moderated. The panel description:

What books did you read when you were young that helped shape your love of science fiction and fantasy? Let’s fondly reminisce and come up with a recs list of beloved classics and beloved not-so-classics for today’s young readers.

Here’s the list of all of the books that came up in the discussion, both from the panelists and the audience.

Specific books:

  • Richard Adams: Watership Down
  • David Almond: Skellig
  • Lloyd Alexander: Westmark; THe Chronicles of Prydain
  • Piers Anthony: Xanth series
  • John Bellairs: The House with a Clock in Its Walls
  • Blue Balliett: Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game
  • Terry Brooks: The Elfstones of Shannara
  • Eleanor Cameron: The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet
  • Cinda Williams Chima: The Seven Realms series
  • Carolyn Clowes: The Pandora Principle
  • Susan Cooper: The Dark Is Rising
  • Kersten Hamilton: Tyger Tyger
  • Rachel Hartman: Seraphina
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett: A Little Princess, The Secret Garden
  • Sylvia Engdahl: Enchantress from the Stars
  • Eleanor Farjeon: Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep
  • Nancy Farmer: Sea of Trolls
  • Alan Garner: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
  • Rumor Godden: The Doll’s House, Impunity Jane: The Story of a Pocket Doll
  • Frances Hardinge: Fly By Night
  • Robert Heinlein: Door into Summer
  • PC Hodgell: Dark of the Moon
  • Tanya Huff: The Fire’s Stone
  • Eva Ibbotson: Which Witch?, The Secret of Platform 13, Island of the Aunt
  • Diana Wynne Jones: Fire and Hemlock, Dalemark quartet
  • Madeleine L’Engle: A Wrinkle In Time, A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  • Mercedes Lackey: Arrows of the Queen trilogy; The Last Herald Mage trilogy
  • Ursula LeGuin: A Wizard of Earthsea
  • Anne McCaffrey: Dragonsinger
  • Robin McKinley: The Blue Sword
  • O.T. Nelson: The Girl Who Owned A City
  • Andre Norton: Sea Siege, Witch World, Quest Crosstime
  • Mary Norton: The Borrowers
  • Tamora Pierce: Song of the Lioness Quartet
  • Terry Pratchett: Wee Free Men
  • Ellen Raskin: The Westing Game
  • Mary Shelley: Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus
  • Catherynne M. Valente: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
  • Cynthia Voigt: On Fortune’s Wheel
  • Patricia C. Wrede: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles
  • William Sleator: House of Stairs

Additional authors:

  • David Almond
  • Holly Black
Spotlight: Piddock

Today I had the pleasure of being introduced to a new species of bivalve, I previously had not known existed.

We currently have NZ wildlife photographer Rod Morris working with the aquarium, creating a new sea shore book. He is always appearing with interesting and mysterious creatures.

Below is a section of rock split length ways, with a piddock with its siphon fully extended. The piddock has been placed back into this burrow for a close up photo.

The piddock is a rock boring bivalve. They use the hard, slightly pointed end of their shell to bore deep into sandstone/mudstone. Their foot helps grip the stone, and create a circular scouring motion. They continue to bore a home as they grow, creating a tapered end, and a prison in ways as they will never leave this burrow until they die. They feed with a long siphon extended out to the surface at high tide to filter feed. They are well protected from predators and potential desiccation at low tide.