July 2nd, 2007

The Librarian

Space pirates!

Additional to my Starslip Crisis post of yesterday ... if you scroll down below the comic strip to the bloggy part of the thing, you can see the design for the new "Space Pirate" temporary tattoo that the author/artist is planning to offer at an upcoming con. Love the pixelated Jolly Roger!

P.S. I've just peeked into the site's store for the first time ... they've got a t-shirt every astronomer should own! LOL!
The Librarian

Musicmusicmusic!

Just turned on the stereo and was greeted with CKUA playing a nostalgic Canuck tune (Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Blue Collar") that got me thinking about musical first purchases in my life ... I know some of the formats will date me, but ...

Can anybody else remember what they bought as their:

First 45: Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty "Leather and Lace" (can't recall what was on the b-side)

First LP: Can't recall the exact title of this either, but I know I was 12 and it was a K-Tel compilation of Canadian rock singles that had gone gold; hmmm ... might even have been called "Canadian Gold" at that. (bought at a local department store ... my parents had just bought their first turntable a couple of months before and we lived nearly an hour's highway drive from the nearest real record store)

First cassette: Bachman-Turner Overdrive "Best of BTO" (hence the nostalgia ... the cassette died long ago and I now have the album on CD)

First CD: Eartha Kitt "Miss Kitt To You"

Never did get into the brief 8-track craze, but if any of you have a first buy:

And, what the heck:

First videocassette: "The Party", directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers.

First DVD: "Lexx: I Worship His Shadow" ... like most of you need any more description than that ***GRIN*** (heck, it's the reason I went out and bought a DVD player!)

I would have tried for first book that I bought myself, but that goes back to second grade and while I can recall a few (and still have a couple of 'em), durned if I know which was first. :p
The Librarian

More recommended reading ...

Just finished the public library copy of Out of Eden : an odyssey of ecological invasion, by Alan Burdick, c2005. The first two thirds of the book are about Guam (brown tree snake) and Hawaii (assorted species) ... both fairly mainstream topics in the study of invasive species and well-covered in other books. The candy is the final third ... the study of marine biological invasion. A new subscience in the field, which is turning regular marine biology (itself a relatively new science) upside-down with the notion that many species, especially on North America's Atlantic coast, that are thought of as "native" have a strong possibility of being been carried over centuries ago on the hulls of wooden sailing ships, Norse longboats, Basque fishing vessels, etc. (around 300 Pacific marine species have now been identified as having come from elsewhere with the help of humans; many of the more recent via ballast water within modern metal hulls).

A fascinating overview of how ecology/invasions/introductions are not the simplistic things usually presented to us ... well-explained and thorough. Also includes interviews with the founders of this new science, who are still working in the field, including the chap who pioneered the investigation and study of ballast water; he published his first scientific paper at age fourteen in the sixties, and recently co-authored a journal article with an eleven-year girl who conducted her own study on flatworm predation and turned up some new-to-science findings ... hurrah for the encouragement of younglings who WANT to learn!