Happy Easter Earth Day!

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Today happens to be both Easter and Earth Day. Happy Easter Earth Day, then!

Flickr NASA Goddard Black Marble Africa Europe Middle East

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

If the above’s the Earth part, here’s the Easter part. 🙂

Flickr Benson Kua Late for Easter

Benson Kua on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

I love both images, as different as they are.

Hope your week has started enjoyably!

Online Finds: Colorful Blank Calendar for 2019

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Colors

Time to find a monthly calendar for next year.

Printable Blank Calendar for 2019

This colorful calendar is by Lena at What Mommy Does. She designed it to be all blank on purpose; this way it’s useable every year.

Thanks for sharing, Lena!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

How Do You Like Your Coffee Chart a la Pride and Prejudice

Bits in Spaaace!, Books & Mags

Since I seem to be in a Jane Austen mood this month, here’s an older but still brilliant “How do you like your coffee” chart:

JA Is My Spirit Animal How Do You Like Your Coffee

By Jane Austen Is My Spirit Animal on Facebook.

“I prefer tea” for me. Obviously. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Two Black Amazons from 1400s

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Thumbs Up

Oh, goodness! An illumination from a 15th-century French manuscript shows two black Amazons. Have a look:

Le secret de l'histoire naturelle, France, ca. 1480-1485, BnF, Français 22971, fol. 2R; via discarding images on Tumblr.

Le secret de l’histoire naturelle, France, ca. 1480-1485, BnF, Français 22971, fol. 2r; via discarding images on Tumblr.

This image has clearly been cropped and edited. My source, discarding images on Tumblr, says the two women are Amazons but gives no more details.

Being an early history nerd, I did some additional digging. Below is the whole page via Gallica, the digital library for the national library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France, or BnF).

Le secret de l'histoire naturelle fol 2r Full Page

Le secret de l’histoire naturelle, France, ca. 1480-1485, BnF, Français 22971, fol. 2r.

The full title of the manuscript is Le secret de l’histoire naturelle contenant les merveilles et choses mĂ©morables du monde. It was created between 1401-1500, and is currently stored at BnF. The illumination comes from the first part of the book, which presents the great countries and the great provinces of the old world.

Unfortunately, my French isn’t good enough anymore to be confident in my reading; I can understand a word here and there, but not the whole. However, it does look like the first word below the illumination is Amazon.

I’ve cropped into a separate image the bottom left corner of the illumination with the text following immediately after it:

Le secret de l'histoire naturelle fol 2r Amazons

Le secret de l’histoire naturelle, France, ca. 1480-1485, BnF, Français 22971, fol. 2r; cropped.

I just cannot make out the full spelling of the first word due to the ligatures that squish up the last two or three letters. It definitely looks like it’s inflected, though. The sequence ma definitely follows the capital A, with most likely a z and o further along.

It also looks there’s a sigil marking an abbreviation on top of the o, which was very common in handwritten Medieval documents to mark inflectional endings, among others. (Unless it’s a diacritic like in modern French – were they even used in Medieval French? If so, maybe Amazonye? Amazònye? AmazĂłnye?? AmazĂ´nye???)

Anyway, it seems that Amazons are indeed talked about on the same page. The larger block of text above the illumination mentions the word affricĂ , too. (Again, not sure whether that’s a sigil or diacritic on the final a.)

In any case, if the two women aren’t Amazons, at the very least they are heralds of some sort leading a column of warriors. The image details, like the mi-parti dresses, are really neat, too.

Found via MedievalPOC on Tumblr.

And speaking of MedievalPOC, I’ve found it a truly valuable source for types of art imagery that’s not usually included in the canon from the Middle Ages onwards. The site is sometimes a little too interesting: on several occasions, I’ve spent much longer than intended there, happily chasing intriguing details down the rabbit hole. If you’ve got the time to spare, I wholeheartedly recommend it. 🙂

P.S. You can also follow MedievalPOC on Twitter. Happy browsing!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Free Printable Harry Potter Valentine’s Day Card

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, DIY, Geek out!

This printable Harry Potter Valentine’s Day card project by Nicole at Tikkido is clever – and it’s even possible to make the larger size with an optical fiber wand that lights up.

TIKKIDO-harrypottervalentines-6

Nicole at Tikkido.

“You are the ‘lumos’ in my life.” Very apt for Harry Potter fans!

Visit the post by Nicole at Tikkido for more.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Colorful Calendar for 2018

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Colors

Time to find a monthly calendar for next year.

Printable Calendar for 2018

This floral calendar is by Ananda at A Piece of Rainbow. Each month has a different bouquet with a bit of space for notes. I think December is already my favorite. Very beautiful!

Thanks for sharing, Ananda!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Turtle Sneeze

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After a 6-day headache, I could use something cheerful today. Lo, and the world delivered. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, via the Internet, a turtle sneeze video:

turtle sneeze! via toll lion

If you had asked me, I wouldn’t have expected turtles to have the need to sneeze, nor it to be cute. Boy, was I wrong.

Day made. 🙂

Found via Good Stuff Happened Today.

P.S. For my U.S. readers: I hope your July 4th is exactly as fun and relaxing as you’d wish!

Hyvää päivää teillekin!

Bits in Spaaace!

Logging in to organize my online photos the other day, Flickr decided I should know how to greet people in my native language:

Flickr Hyvaa paivaa

Hee hee! 🙂

In all seriousness, I think it’s great that Finnish and other smaller languages get visibility on big platforms.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, the post title translates “Good day to you, too!”

Online Finds: Trappist-1 Illustrations

Bits in Spaaace!, Design & Designers, Geek out!

A NASA Tumblr post about the newly found exoplanets in the Trappist-1 system included fantastic artist’s renderings of what the system and the planets might look like.

NASA Tumblr Trappist-1 Illustration System

NASA on Tumblr.

“The planets also are very close to each other. How close? Well, if a person was standing on one of the planet’s surface, they could gaze up and potentially see geological features or clouds of neighboring worlds, which would sometimes appear larger than the moon in Earth’s sky.”

NASA Tumblr Trappist-1 Illustration Planet

NASA on Tumblr.

One is even a retro-style travel poster! (See other NASA retro travel posters here.)

NASA Tumblr Trappist-1 Illustration Poster

NASA on Tumblr.

Love ’em! Find more at NASA on Tumblr!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.