The prisms in my windows are pure magic. We get a few rainbows even with the high location of the summer sun. Then with the return of the low winter sun the room fills with hundreds of little rainbows just when you need them the most.
I'm growing this for it's beauty, although most people weed it out of the aquarium. I grew some once back at Winthrop St. and it was doing well until I changed the water with some fresh tap, which killed it. This carnivorous plant needs the same kind of water that allows infusoria to flourish.
First noticed a Hummingbird in my backyard garden yesterday around 5pm, and today I noticed it around 4:30.
I managed to get a few seconds of it on video!
I read that Hummingbirds love Black & Blue Salvia and it must be true. Also people are saying that Black & Blue Salvia is surviving as a perennial in zone 6, and mine sure did. It came back bigger and better than last year.
So essentially Wikipedia says he was Polish and born into a noble family, but became an orphan at an early age so his grandparents raised him. At some point he inherited a lot of money, and took drawing and painting lessons.
Eventually he designed magazine covers, and illustrations for magazines such as the German magazine Jugend which translates as "Youth" which was a really cool art magazine. He was also an art professor and member of other art related societies and an artist colony.
At an annual art opening called Salon Incentives, Poland's first president was assassinated, and Edward Okun and one of the presidents aides caught the assassin.
Our neighbors gave us a beautiful old upright piano...a work of art made in 1896 with beautiful old yellowing ivory keys. I'm really going to miss these neighbors...and not because they gave us this gorgeous antique piano for free, but because I feel a connection and a bond to them.
The piano has not been moved in over four decades, and it didn't move far- just across the street. I had them come in and see it, and they said they felt good knowing where it's new home is.
I'v never really given much thought to old ivory piano keys- until now.
I learned that pianos became very popular in the mid-1800s and everyone wanted one in their parlor. It seems to me the piano was like the TV is today. From around 1840-1940 the USA was buying more ivory than any other country in the world. Most of that ivory was shipped to a small town called Deep River, Connecticut, where they turned it into piano keys...among other things.
Buying that ivory involved much cruelty- Slavery and killing elephants for their tusks.
Today the USA has a serious ban on ivory, as do many other countries. But... In the past 15 years, illegal African elephant ivory trade has tripled, with most of it being sold in China and Vietnam. International conservation groups and the USA urge those countries to arrest the traffickers.
I found current day photos of elephants killed for their tusks and they were so sickening to see that I wish I'd never looked.
Now when I see ivory I think of all the slaves that suffered carrying the heavy ivory tusks, and all the elephants murdered for pianos and billiard balls.
"The man of civilization condemns with indignation the barbarisms of the Arab slaver, but let the white man pause and think for one moment and he will realize how deeply he himself is implicated ... Who is the purchaser of the costly elephant tusk?" - E.J. Glave, correspondent, 1896
The story began with the widow, whose name is Yolanda Signorelli von Braunhut. She is a onetime heir to the considerable fortune still generated by her husband Harold’s iconic invention, Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys. As her lawyer told it, she was now isolated, cash-starved, often without electricity or running water on a palatial estate on the Potomac River in southern Maryland. Having retreated to a single room in the old mansion, she was prepping for her second freezing winter, barricaded by thick quilts, her bed next to a fireplace stocked with split wood. From this bunker, Signorelli von Braunhut has been waging legal combat against Sam Harwell, chief executive of a big-time toy company whose name seems straight out of a Chuck Jones cartoon: Big Time Toys.
In his tiny office in Sayville, on Long Island, Timmons spoke in clipped, near-noir tones, handing me a five-page summary of the case, eager to executive-produce the plotline. “The heart and soul of this case is trademark infringement,” he said. Signorelli von Braunhut “believes in the concept of justice,” he continued, “and when you have that on your side, then you can get through the day.”
A few years after her husband’s death in 2003, Signorelli von Braunhut licensed out part of the labor of his multimillion dollar Sea-Monkey enterprise, mostly packaging and distribution, to Big Time. If you’ve ever been 8 years old, then you know that Sea-Monkeys arrive in a small plastic aquarium with several small packets that include the tiny brine-shrimp critters, which reanimate once you add water — by way of a secret formula that Signorelli von Braunhut keeps locked in a vault in Manhattan.
Keeping the original Sea-Monkeys alive was "a terrible struggle," von Braunhut told the Sun; typically, just two of the shrimp would live for a month (the inventor got around their short life spans by offering a “sea-monkey life insurance policy,” good for two years after purchase). He and D'Agostino began cross-breeding shrimp from the genus Artemia to make a heartier species, which they named Artemia NYOS, after the Montor, Long Island lab (New York Oceanic Society) where they were created.
“We wanted them to grow to be large enough to be of interest, but also live long enough to be a pet,” von Braunhut recounted in Timeless Toys in 2002, just a year before his death. “These goals took years to attain.”
"There's something in the powder [Harold] formulates that does something to those eggs that nature can't do," George C. Atamian, Vice President of ExploraToy, which sells Sea-Monkeys, told the LA Times. "It used to be [that] only one Sea Monkey lived and that [same] one died. Now the formulation of the chemistry, the vigor of the Sea Monkeys themselves, is better than ever.”
YOU CAN TELL MALE SEA-MONKEYS FROM LADY SEA-MONKEYS.
Males have whiskers under their chins; females don’t. You can often see males locked together, fighting for the attention of female sea-monkeys. If two sea-monkeys are locked together and one of them doesn’t have whiskers, you are witnessing a very private sea-monkey moment that can last for days. (Yup. Days.)
Females will develop a pouch when they’re pregnant, but they don’t need to mate to become so: They can fertilize their own eggs, a process known as parthenogenesis; when the eggs hatch, the shrimp are tiny—just about as big as the period at the end of this sentence—and can grow up to 2 inches long.