February 18th, 2017

The Librarian

Just in case you've ever wondered ...

How knitters fix screw-ups when there's no way in hell they're gonna rip out multiple rows and reknit them: Damn damn damn

P.S. This is just a mild example ... I've seen cable surgery (to fix one crossed the wrong way discovered after the sweater was finished) that was as suspenseful as observing open heart surgery on a living being.

P.P.S. The most radical repair I've done myself was on my Pea Vines shawl. See that narrow spine of tiny leaves running up the centre? When I was close to finished I noticed one leaf that didn't look right and ended up dropping down thirty rows to fix it, then restoring stitches (in lacy leafy pattern) all thirty rows back up to my then-current position in the pattern.

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The Librarian


More Prothero-irreverence love ...

"Sloths and armadillos and their kin are the two most familiar families of the Xenartha. The third are the anteaters, which are place in the group Vermilingua, which means "worm tongue" in Latin. (There is no known connection to the villainous Grima Wormtongue in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.)"

And the section on the mammals with evergrowing incisors is, of course, titled "Rodents of Unusual Size" ;-)

Overall a nice little book; not deep or overly detailed but one of those informative, engaging (and fun) overviews that puts the general evolution of known large South American faunas, ranging from early protomammals of Gondwana to recent mammals, birds, and reptiles, in ecological and historical perspective and serves as a guide to things to find out more about (lots of critters that don't often get a mention in the more-usually-North America/Euro-centric-with-an-occasional-dash-of-Asia palaeontology books). South American dinosaurs are included, of course, but kept in perspective (and a single chapter) as they existed for only a small percentage of the timeline covered.

And now I have a strong urge to grab my copy of Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" to re-read it ...

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