I had a weird week where more of my humor blog was written ahead of time than usual and yet I felt like I was running late on everything and had no time. I'm not sure how that works out.
- Everything There Is To Say About Hurt Feet Except For What I Forget To Say, last week's big piece, written in a great hurry.
- Which Color Paas Tablet Is Purple? Which is Red? Which is Pink? a non-comical account meant to be a great bit of help to people frustrated by the Paas instructions about treating the pink tablet differently from all the other colors.
- Statistics Saturday: When Easter Is Scheduled To Occur, 2020-2038 to help you plan things out.
- What’s Going On In The Phantom (Sundays)? Will I ever stop complaining about the Comics Kingdom redesign? January – April 2019 No, but they are at least getting less bad, here and there.
- In Which Have You Maybe Considered IT’S YOU WHO ARE VERY UPSET PAAS CHANGED ITS DYE KITS INSTEAD? because Paas changed its instructions and now you don't have to treat the pink tablet different and I AM NOT ANGRY ABOUT THIS NO.
- Popeye’s Island Adventures has hiccup, also strange event as part of my reviewing those cartoons.
- Another Stupid Thing To Lower My Per-Post Word Count Average in a post supported by the Carnac Foundation.
- What There Is To Do About E-mail, this week's major piece.
And now let's have some fun with the Ruthven Museums Building.
I know how interested you all are in angiosperms. But mostly I took this picture to show the kind of old-fashioned display, with actual letters tacked to a board, that the museum had and that surely hasn't made it to the new place. I mean, this is just so wonderfully tactile, even if it's impossible to update.
Diorama showing the natural subject of a Michigan natural-history museum: prehistoric California. Anyway they had lots of these kinds of dioramas and I imagine a fair number got moved but they're great in place as is.
Part of the legend for this California diorama, with time having worn off a fair bit of this very 1950s text.
Paleolagus. A rabbit. Do you see it in the scene above? ... It's not having a good model day.
A more full view of the scene, and the poor paleolagus.
``VULPAVUS, a miacid carnivore ancestral to the dogs, bears, raccoons, and pandas'', or so the museum says.
``HYPOLAGUS a rabbit'', if you can spot it in this reconstruction of the helicopter pad from M*A*S*H.
Another example of the three-dimensional, and three-dimensionality, of the panels on display. Also, 'Pore-bearing Animals' is one of those phrases that is certainly scientifically correct but also comes across as funny without trying to be.
Mammoths! So it turns out that, like, every four months or so somebody in Brooklyn, Michigan, or something discovers a buried mammoth in the ground outside their ranch home. Some of them get promoted to museum duty. bunny_hugger admires some of these.
Ah, finally, a diorama depicting scenes from the vicinity of the museum! ... And it's moved already, but at least it does promise that the dioramas should be expected to make the move.
The skeletons of various ancient cetaceans hang from the ceiling.
Rodents and lagomorphs, so the museum put this sign up at least late enough in history to recognize that rabbits aren't rodents. The line about the classification of rodents still being 'much in dispute' is --- to my understanding --- still current, too, as rodents seem to be taxonomically 'stuff we haven't broken out of the rodents yet'.
Trivia: Thomas Edison first began taking winter vacations in Florida with his 1883-84 journey to St Augustine. Source: Edison, A Biography, Matthew Josephson. So, you know, he never quite left his Michigan childhood behind.
Currently Reading: Day of Jubilee: The Great Age of Public Celebrations in New York, 1788 - 1909, Brooks McNamara.