Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Zoo Lights 2007

Zoo Lights at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park

Play by Permit (?)

Play by permit only ... work is required!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Wiring for FIOS

FIOS coming to the area ... the folks from Verizon have been digging ditches and laying cable for a few weeks now ... next, the drilling into the walls!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Seal: NARA: Archive II

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic
My first visit to the National Archives and Records Administration's Archives II location in College Park, Maryland.

A very interesting place is the Archives!

National Archives: Main Building in Washington

What is past is prologue: getting the NARA shuttle from downtown to Archives II

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Quote of the Day: November 15, 2007

"As steam engines go, Neuromancer turns out to be the Twenty-first Century Limited, and all of us find ourselves on board."
"Some Dark Holler" by Jack Womack, in William Gibson (1984). Neuromancer. Cited from Ace Books, 2000, p.270.

Vulpus nuntii

Fox News covered the U.S. visit of Linnaeus' copy of Systema Naturae, usually stored in the Hagstromer Medico-Historical library at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, to the New York Botanical Garden and the SmithsonianNational Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mr. Flower Power!

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic
The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History celebrated 300 years of Linnaean taxonomy with a symposium and exhibition. The Swedish ambassador (Jonas Hafström at podium) gave remarks at the evening reception.

The exhibition, "A Tribute to Carl Linnaeus, 1707-1778" (November 13-14) features the author's own copy of Systema Naturae (courtesy of the Swedish Embassy), with illustrations by Georg Dionysius Ehret. At the evening reception, the Biodiversity Heritage Library displayed the online version of the 1758 edition of Systema (from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library) and there was also an appearance by Linnaeus [as envisioned by Hans Odöö].

Metaportrait with sea life

the gang
Originally uploaded by theinkdrinker
Invertebrates meet the reflected images of some vertebrates at the National Museum of Natural History

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Great Auk

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries is currently highlighting extinct animals in its exhibition case in the lobby of the National Museum of Natural History. Here is a Great Auk, along with heritage literature, an engraved egg, and photo of Smithsonian ornithologist, Storrs Olson

Friday, November 09, 2007

Friday, November 02, 2007

Planet Bob!

A humorous view of taxonomy and its importance to life on the planet - even Planet Bob!