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IT’S NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

HUZZAH! It is National Library Week, bookworms and library cats!! 

And that means it is the perfect time of year to show some love to your local (and not local) Libraries, both in person and online. So, just as we took time to make a special post on Follow a Library Day last year, we’ve created ANOTHER master post to honor all the libraries we know so far on tumblr so that you can #followalibrary!! 

Check out their tumblrs below and show them some love, bookworms!
(Alphabetical by url)

@alachualibrary (The Alachua County Library District)

@alt-library (By Sacramento Public Library)

@aplibrary (Abilene Public Library)

@austinpubliclibrary (Austin Public Library)

@badgerslrc (The Klamath Community College’s Learning Research Center)

@bflteens (Baker Free Library’s Tumblr For Teens)

@bibliosanvalentino (Biblioteca San Valentino [San Valentino Library])

@biodivlibrary (Biodiversity Heritage Library)

@bodleianlibs (Bodleian Libraries)

@boonelibrary (Boone County Public Library)

@brkteenlib (Brookline Public Library Teen Services Department)

@californiastatelibrary (California State Library)

@cheshirelibrary (Cheshire Public Library)

@cityoflondonlibraries (City of London Libraries)

@cmclibraryteen (Cape May County Library’s Teen Services)

@cobblibrary (Cobb County Public Library System)

@cpl-archives (Cleveland Public Library Archives)

@cplsteens (Clearwater Public Library Teens)

@darienlibrary (Darien Library)

@dcpubliclibrary (DC Public Library)

@decaturpubliclibrary (Decatur Public Library)

@delawarelibrary (Delaware County District Library)

@detroitlib (Detroit Public Library Music, Arts & Literature Department)

@douglaslibraryteens (Douglas Library For Teens)

@dplteens (Danville Public Library Teens)

@escondidolibrary (Escondido Public Library)

@fontanalib (Fontana Regional Library)

@fppld-teens (Franklin Park Library Teens)

@friscolibrary (Frisco Public Library)

@gastonlibrary (Gaston County Public Library)

@glendaleteenlibrary (Glendale Public Library Teens)

@hpldreads (Havana Public Library District)

@hpl-teens (Homewood Public Library For Teens)

@kingsbridgelibraryteens (Kingsbridge Library Teens Advisory Group)

@lanelibteens (Lane Memorial Library Teen Services)

@lawrencepubliclibrary (Lawrence Public Library)

@marioncolibraries (Marion County Public Library System)

@mrcplteens (Mansfield/Richland County Public Library Teen Zone)

@myrichlandlibrary (Mansfield/Richland County Public Library)

@necclibrary (Northern Essex Community College Libraries)

@novipubliclibrary (Novi Public Library)

@nplteens (Nashua Public Library Teens)

@orangecountylibrarysystem (Orange County Library System)

@othmeralia  (Othmer Library of Chemical History)

@petit-branch-library (Petit Branch Library)

@pflibteens (Pflugerville Public Library Teenspace)

@plainfieldlibrary (Plainfield Public Library District)

@royhartlibrary (RoyHart Community Library)

@safetyharborpubliclibrary (Safety Harbor Library Teen Zone)

@santamonicalibr (Santa Monica Public Library)

@schlowlibrary (Schlow Centre Region Library)

@smithsonianlibraries (Museum Library System)

@smlibrary (Sheppard Memorial Library)

@southeastlibrary (Southeast Branch Library)

@tampabaylibraryconsortium-blog (Tampa Bay Library Consortium)

@teenbookerie (Erie County Public Library For Teens)

@teencenterspl (The Smith Public Library Teen Center)

@teensfvrl (Fraser Valley Regional Library)

@teen-stuff-at-the-library (White Oak Library District)

@therealpasadenapubliclibrary (Pasadena Public Library)

@ucflibrary (University of Central Florida Library)

@uwmspeccoll (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Libraries Special Collections)

@vculibraries (Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries)

@waynecountyteenzone (Wayne County Public Library’s Teen Space)

@wellingtoncitylibraries (Wellington City Libraries)

@widenerlibrary (Harvard’s Widener Library)

Whew! There’s a LOT of you. :) But we now this list is just getting started! Feel free to keep the library love going by adding any libraries we missed/don’t know of yet! (And if you’re not following US already, well, what better time to start than this week? ;) Eh? Eh?) And, of course, never hesitate to visit your Library in person. We love seeing you! :) 

Happy National Library Week, library cats!

Orlando gunman kills five people in workplace shooting

A gunman described by Florida police as “a disgruntled employee” shot dead five former colleagues at a business in suburban Orlando on Monday before killing himself, investigators said.

John Robert Neumann Jr, 45, entered the premises of Fiamma, a manufacturer of awnings for recreational vehicles, at about 8am, armed with a semi-automatic pistol and a large hunting knife, said Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings at an afternoon press briefing.

Demings said that Neumann, a US army veteran who was fired from the company for undisclosed reasons in April, began shooting almost immediately then moved through the building purposefully, “singling out the individuals that he shot”.

“Most of the victims were shot in the head, some multiple times,” Demings said. “He had a plan of action and he executed his plan today.”

The victims, four men and one woman, were all employees of the family-owned company in north-east Orlando and ranged in age from their early 30s to their 60s, Demings said.

Detectives interviewed eight uninjured witnesses whom the sheriff described as “survivors”, including one woman, a temporary employee, who was not known to the killer and who was spared.

“He pointed a firearm at her and told her to get out of the business,” Demings said. “The indications are that the subject reloaded the firearm at least once during the spree this morning.”

Deputies arrived within two minutes of a 911 call reporting an active shooter and found three men and the woman dead at the scene. The fourth male victim was taken to the Orlando regional medical centre with gunshot wounds but died there.

Demings said Neumann did not use the knife and appeared to have shot himself as deputies prepared to enter the building.

The sheriff named four of the five victims as Robert Snyder, 69; Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44; Kevin Clark, 54; and Jeffrey Roberts, 57. Relatives of the other victim had not yet been informed.

Orange County detectives, assisted by FBI agents, were looking into the background of Neumann, who according to Demings received an honourable discharge from the army in 1999 and lived alone.

“In terms of motive, we have information that at least one of [the victims] he had a negative relationship with,” Demings said.

At an earlier briefing the sheriff said Neumann had a criminal history “minor in nature” including possession of marijuana and DUI, and that officers were called to Fiamma in June 2014 when Neumann allegedly assaulted a colleague.

Moving On

Characters: Jensen x Reader

Words: 1886

Summary: A month passes, and the trial for Ralph is here, along with some unexpected twists.

Part 32 in The Future Series.  Read Part 8 here, Part 9 here,Part 10 here, Part 11 here, Part 12 here, Part 13 here, Part 14 here, Part 15 here, Part 16 here, Part 17 here, Part 18 here, Part 19 here, Part 20 here, Part 21 here, Part 22 here,Part 23 here,Part 24 here, Part 25 here, Part 26 here, Part 27 here, Part 28 here, Part 29 herePart 30 here, and Part 31 here.

Ralph is gone! ;) And cookies to whoever can name the reference in here. Enjoy!

Keep reading

Nein PV Imagery

If you pause the video at around 48 seconds (also 37 seconds) you can see this appear:

I found the entire quote that goes along with this, which may be of interest.

“(…) the eye of man (is) an image of the world and all the colours in it are arranged in circles. The white of the eye corresponds to the ocean, which surrounds the whole world on all sides; a second colour is the mainland, which the ocean surrounds, or which lies between the waters; a third colour in the middle region: Jerusalem, the centre of the world. But a fourth colour, the vision of the whole eye itself (…) is Zion, the midpoint of everything, and the visible within it is the appearance of the whole world.” (Zohar)

R. Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi, Vol.II, Oppenheim, 1619

Who was Robert Fludd?

Robert Fludd was an English physician in the 16th and 17th centuries who made contributions in cosmology, math, and Kabbalism. He wrote Utriusque Cosmi, which contains much of the imagery we see in this Nein PV preview. In it, he references Jewish Kabbalah (ancient Jewish scriptures) such as the Zohar, a key component of the Kabbalah. A lot of the imagery presented in this teaser is inherently Kabbalistic, and Robert Fludd himself created a lot of these illustrations.

Regarding the referenced Zohar itself, it is believed to have been written by a Rabbi who lived in the 2nd and 3rd centuries (Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, also known as Rashbi). This could be why the spinning mechanism towards the end of the video is focusing on the numbers 2 and 3.

The quote seems significant as the eye is a symbol used throughout the teaser. Who knows if Nein will truly revolve around the ideas presented in Fludd’s work and Jewish mysticism, but I thought this was interesting to share with all.

R Sculptoris and its hidden companion

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a star known as R Sculptoris, a red giant located 1500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sculptor. Recent observations have shown that the material surrounding R Sculptoris actually forms a spiral structure — a phenomenon probably caused by a hidden companion star orbiting the star. Systems with multiple stars often lead to unusual or unexpected morphologies, as seen, for example, in the wide range of striking planetary nebulae that Hubble has imaged.

R Sculptoris is an example of an asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star. All stars with initial masses up to about eight times that of the Sun will eventually become red giants in the later stages of their lives. They start to cool down and lose a large amount of their mass in a steady, dense wind that streams outwards from the star. With this constant loss of material, red giants like R Sculptoris provide a good portion of the raw materials — dust and gas — used for the formation of new generations of stars and planets. They also show what is likely to happen to the Sun in a few billion years from now, and help astronomers to understand how the elements we are made up of are distributed throughout the Universe.

R Sculptoris itself is located outside the plane of the Milky Way and is easily visible using a moderately sized amateur telescope. In this part of the sky far from the galactic plane, there are relatively few stars but many faint and distant galaxies can be seen.

The black region at the centre of the image has been artificially masked.

Image credit:  ESA/Hubble & NASA

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Galactic centre region in X-rays from Chandra

X-rays detected by the Chandra X-ray Observatory expose a wealth of exotic objects and high-energy features. In this image, pink represents lower energy X-rays and blue indicates higher energy. Hundreds of small dots show emission from material around black holes and other dense stellar objects. A supermassive black hole – some four million times more massive than the Sun – resides within the bright region in the upper right. The diffuse X-ray light comes from gas heated to millions of degrees by outflows from the supermassive black hole, winds from giant stars, and stellar explosions. This central region is the most energetic place in our galaxy.

Credit: NASA, CXC, D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA) and STScI

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The man who took these pictures died five years ago, at the age of 73. His name was Nikolay Zykov and he was a village photographer.

Born of peasant parents in the village of Istobensk (70 kms from Kirov, the regional centre), as a young man he traveled for a while (undertaking army service and a short visit to the Russian “capital of culture” - the city of Leningrad) , but soon came back to his natural home. He didn’t receive any regular education and didn’t formally study photography; but he was an inspired amateur. Life in a Soviet “kolkhoz” was poor and not abundant in culture. Zykov did the same agricultural work as everyone else, was paid little money and spent this on books and vinyl records. He read Japanese poetry (translated into Russian) and listened to classical music - not a typical pastime for a Russian village. Together with his wife and 8 children he worked on their own piece of land and he shot the life that passed by. He has left behind a whole bookcase of films and prints. It is a Proust-like story of a human time seen from the window of a country-house; a personal story set in history. Soviet provincial life of the 1970s and 1980s, scenes of nature, the faces of his family and other village folk, genre scenes and impressions - flowers at the misty window; grass caught in a bicycle wheel; the silhouette of a magpie over an autumn garden. 

Zykov used different analogue cameras and processed all the films himself at home. In the last years of his life he made many A3 prints from his old negatives. Some of them were once exhibited in the local museum, and local TV tried to make a biopic about him, but he quarreled with the TV team (he was not an easy-going person) and this turned instead into a picture about his children, contemporary “educated farmers”. The real story of the man and his life was left untold. 

IT’S FOLLOW A LIBRARY DAY!! (according to Twitter)

In honor of this excellent bookish occasion, allow us to give special shout outs to all of the libraries that we have followed and/or have followed us here on Tumblr. For all of you bookworms and library cats out there that can’t get enough Booklrs, make sure to check these pages out and #followalibrary!!

@alachualibrary (The Alachua County Library District)

@badgerslrc (The Klamath Community College’s Learning Research Center)

@bflteens (Baker Free Library’s Tumblr For Teens)

@bibliosanvalentino​ (Biblioteca San Valentino [San Valentino Library])

@boonelibrary (Boone County Public Library)

@cheshirelibrary (Cheshire Public Library)

@cmclibraryteen​ (Cape May County Library’s Teen Services)

@darienlibrary (Darien Library)

@dcpubliclibrary (DC Public Library)

@detroitlib (Detroit Public Library Music, Arts & Literature Department)

@dplteens (Danville Public Library Teens)

@fontanalib (Fontana Regional Library)

@gastonlibrary (Gaston County Public Library)

@glendaleteenlibrary (Glendale Public Library Teens)

@hpl-teens (Homewood Public Library For Teens)

@myrichlandlibrary (Mansfield/Richland County Public Library)

@othmeralia  (Othmer Library of Chemical History)

@petit-branch-library (Petit Branch Library)

@pflibteens (Pflugerville Public Library Teenspace)

@schlowlibrary (Schlow Centre Region Library)

@southeastlibrary (Southeast Branch Library)

@tampabaylibraryconsortium-blog (Tampa Bay Library Consortium)

@teencenterspl (The Smith Public Library Teen Center)

@teensfvrl (Fraser Valley Regional Library)

@teen-stuff-at-the-library (White Oak Library District)

@ucflibrary (University of Central Florida Library)

@waynecountyteenzone (Wayne County Public Library’s Teen Space)

Hopefully we didn’t miss anyone! (And, you know, if you’re not already following US, now’s a good a chance as any. ;) Just putting it out there.)

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Finally finished my Aegislash plush. I’m really happy with this one and it was surprisingly challenging.

I wanted to make the plush capable of switching between Shield and Blade formes, so I decided to make the whole plush in 2 parts: the sword part, and the shield part. The shield part was a lot of fun to make due to the intricate design on the front, and I really like how mine turned out. I feel like I may have made the black region in the centre a little too large and round, but it still looks okay, so I’m fine. Also, one thing that I’m pretty sure absolutely NOBODY would notice without me pointing it out, but I managed to accidentally invert the colours on the inside of the three centre circles on the shield. They’re supposed to be white dots circled in black, but I did it the wrong way around.

The sword part had me trying out quite a few new techniques. The white blade edge is unstuffed, and actually a complete deviation from my initial plans. The arms were also challenging to make due to the spiral pattern on them. As you can see from her left arm, I didn’t quite get it right on my first try. I also managed to mis-colour the back of the blade, and I honestly have no idea how or why I managed to do that.

I also tried experimenting with magnets on this plush, and put some in the arms and the shield. I was hoping that the arms could lock together when I put her in shield forme, and that the hands could grip onto the shield when in blade forme. Unfortunately though, the magnets I used weren’t strong enough to have any effect through the layers of fabric, so it doesn’t really have the effect that I was hoping for. Luckily though, the hands are large enough to grip onto the shield naturally, so it’s not too big of a deal.

In the end though, this one turned out very well. A new addition to my collection, and I shall name her きりや (Kiria) the Aegislash. ^_^

Construction secrets of a galactic metropolis

Astronomers have used the APEX telescope to probe a huge galaxy cluster that is forming in the early Universe and revealed that much of the star formation taking place is not only hidden by dust, but also occurring in unexpected places. This is the first time that a full census of the star formation in such an object has been possible.

Galaxy clusters are the largest objects in the Universe held together by gravity but their formation is not well understood. The Spiderweb Galaxy (formally known as MRC 1138-262) and its surroundings have been studied for twenty years, using ESO and other telescopes, and is thought to be one of the best examples of a protocluster in the process of assembly, more than ten billion years ago.

But Helmut Dannerbauer (University of Vienna, Austria) and his team strongly suspected that the story was far from complete. They wanted to probe the dark side of star formation and find out how much of the star formation taking place in the Spiderweb Galaxy cluster was hidden from view behind dust.

The team used the LABOCA camera on the APEX telescope in Chile to make 40 hours of observations of the Spiderweb Cluster at millimetre wavelengths — wavelengths of light that are long enough to peer right through most of the thick dust clouds. LABOCA has a wide field and is the perfect instrument for this survey.

Carlos De Breuck (APEX project scientist at ESO, and a co-author of the new study) emphasises: “This is one of the deepest observations ever made with APEX and pushes the technology to its limits — as well as the endurance of the staff working at the high-altitude APEX site, 5050 metres above sea level.

The APEX observations revealed that there were about four times as many sources detected in the area of the Spiderweb compared to the surrounding sky. And by carefully comparing the new data with complementary observations made at different wavelengths they were able to confirm that many of these sources were at the same distance as the galaxy cluster itself and must be parts of the forming cluster.

Helmut Dannerbauer explains: “The new APEX observations add the final piece needed to create a complete census of all inhabitants of this mega star city. These galaxies are in the process of formation so, rather like a construction site on Earth, they are very dusty.”

But a surprise awaited the team when they looked at where the newly detected star formation was taking place. They were expecting to find this star formation region on the large filaments connecting galaxies. Instead, they found it concentrated mostly in a single region, and that region is not even centred on the central Spiderweb Galaxy in the protocluster.

Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

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Heart of Earth’s inner core revealed-

Scientists say they have gained new insight into what lies at the very center of the Earth.

Research from China and the US suggests that the innermost core of our planet has another, distinct region at its centre. The team believes that the structure of the iron crystals there is different from those found in the outer part of the inner core. The findings are reported in the journal Nature Geoscience. Without being able to drill into the heart of the Earth, its make-up is something of a mystery. So instead, scientists use echoes generated by earthquakes to study the core, by analysing how they change as they travel through the different layers of our planet. Prof Xiaodong Song, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said: “The waves are bouncing back and forth from one side of the Earth to the other side of the Earth.” Prof Song and his colleagues in China say this data suggests that the Earth’s inner core - a solid region that is about the size of the Moon - is made up of two parts.

The seismic wave data suggests that crystals in the “inner inner core” are aligned in an east-to-west direction - flipped on their side, if you are looking down at our planet from high above the North Pole.

Those in the “outer inner core” are lined up north to south, so vertical if peering down from the same lofty vantage point.

Prof Song said: “The fact we are discovering different structures at different regions of the inner core can tell us something about the very long history of the Earth.”

The core, which lies more than 5,000km down, started to solidify about a billion years ago - and it continues to grow about 0.5mm each year.

The finding that it has crystals with a different alignment, suggests that they formed under different conditions and that our planet may have undergone a dramatic change during this period.

Commenting on the research, Prof Simon Redfern from the University of Cambridge said:  "Probing deeper into the solid inner core is like tracing it back in time, to the beginnings of its formation.

Great Mosque of Al-Nuri - Homs, Syria

Originally built during Roman times as a pagan temple for the Syro-Roman sun god El Gabal. The temple gained Emesa (Homs) prominence in the region as an important centre of paganism, & one of its priests, Elgabalus, became Emperor of Rome in 218 CE.

When Syria came under Byzantine rule, the temple was converted into a church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

After the Islamic conquests it was converted into a mosque. Most of the modern structure was built between 1146-1174 CE under the reign of Nur ad-Din.

Give Understudies More Credit

For some strange reason there seems to be a strong stigma that a performance led by an understudy is going to be a disappointment and a waste of money. I think it’s time we try to demolish this stigma. 

An understudy is not necessarily worse than a principal actor.
The actor in the staring role may be slightly more suited to the role or more experienced. If the understudy wasn’t good, they would not be in the U/S position, or even in the show. Anybody in a production are usually immensely talented and a treat to watch. Hence why they have been chosen from a wide range of potential actors.
Sometimes celebrities are given a staring role simply for their name. A big name in a lead role will generally sell more tickets. This does not always mean that they are best for the production or the role. 

Illness and holidays happen. The theatre industry is such a demanding place it’s necessary for actors and actresses to take their holiday just like everybody else in the working world. Everybody needs a rest from time to time.
If you have planned to see a production in order to see a specific actor, it’s not the understudies fault. I completely understand that it is disappointing, but it is in way fair to criticise the understudy or their performance just out of spite and anger. 

It’s also important to remember that most of the big stars you want to see have probably started out as a swing, ensemble member or an understudy. 

It’s time that we start showing more respect and appreciation for the understudies. They work incredibly hard and do a fantastic job. 
For that I would like to say thank you. 

Image courtesy of Google Images.