“Get back here and help me babysit!” makes me giggle like an idiot.
(And now I’m wondering if the babies are in a bucket or something…)
Check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s collection of web cams. Otters, sharks, tuna, penguins, kelp, and more.
The Federal Government on Tumblr
Increasingly, Federal agencies (like us here at the Bureau of Land Management) are using Tumblr to share photos, science, events, initiatives, and other great content with the Tumblr community. Here’s a list of some awesome Federal government blogs you should be following on Tumblr. It’s probably not exhaustive, but these are the ones we know about that post more than occasionally.
Reblog and help share the word:
America’s Great Outdoors: The Department of the Interior (our parent agency) shares an amazing photo a day of your public lands.
Archivist of the United States: The Tumblr of our “collector in chief” at the National Archives, David S Ferriero.
Bureau of Reclamation: Reclamation, and Interior Dept agency, is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States.
Congress in the Archives: Since the First Congress in 1789, the records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have documented the history of the legislative branch. The National Archives helps you explore this history.
Conservation at Work: The Natural Resources Conservation Service, part of the Department of Agriculture, posts photos of conservation on farms and other private lands across the nation.
Fish and Wildlife Service: The Pacific Region of the FWS encompasses extraordinary ecological diversity. Photos, science, and more.
Internal Revenue Service: Because who doesn’t want tax information on Tumblr? Useful tips, videos, etc., straight from the IRS.
My Public Lands: The awesomeness of the Bureau of Land Management, which manages more than 245 million acres of amazing lands, as told by students, interns, and newer employees.
Our Presidents: One space to bring the past 13 Presidents together. Discover behind-the-scenes history here. Managed by the National Archives.
National Archives: News and current events from the United States National Archives and Records Administration whose holdings include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, military records, Presidential records, and millions of other documents related to the Federal Government.
Peace Corps: Life is calling. How far will you go? Get up close with the amazing work done by peace corps volunteers.
U.S. Department of State: Videos, photos, testimony, and updates from the State Department. Foreign policy updates on Tumblr—how cool is that?
Today’s Document: Highlighting interesting documents the National Archives’ holdings—both the well-known and the obscure—to observe historical events (usually the significant events but sometimes just the curious ones).
USA.gov: Government made easy. On Tumblr. Enough said.
US National Archives Exhibits: Images and stories from the National Archives related to “Searching for the Seventies: the DOCUMERICA Photography Project,” the newest exhibition on display at the Archives’ facility in Washington, DC.
I have a lot of love for the Department of the Interior (mostly for reasons that don’t need exploring at this juncture; the fact that they decided to lead off with that picture, however, is one I will discuss… *Ahem* where was I? Oh yes.). BLM’s tumblr often has really beautiful pictures, along with interesting informational blurbs — you should check it out.
What does Jurassic Park have to do with public lands? Quite a bit, actually…
Jurassic Park is based on paleontologist’s research analyzing fossils. Our extensive knowledge of dinosaurs wouldn’t be possible without this research, which is conducted by permitted paleontologists and their students. Many of the greatest dinosaur discoveries occur on your public lands in Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and New Mexico! For example, just outside Cañon City, Colorado discoveries include the first complete skeleton of Allosaurus, the three most complete Stegosaurus skeletons ever found, as well as the first known remains of dinosaurs like Camarasaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Diplodocus.
Of course, the proper preservation and protection of paleontological resources is a vital component of BLM’s Paleontology program and is the reason that the BLM and Universal Studios created these Public Service Announcements back in 1993. Students and scientists with BLM permits are making new discoveries every year, many of whom became excited about paleontology because of movies such as Jurassic Park. Join the adventure, click here to learn more about fossils on public lands!
—Kyle Sullivan, BLM Colorado
Watch the original PSAs here:
Note: license for footage used in these PSAs granted by Universal Studios in June 1993.
Want a reason to care about the budget allocations for the DOI and BLM? Here you go: dinosaurs. (Also: petroglyphs, national parks, monuments, historical sites, wilderness areas, recreation areas, and probably a dozen other things I’m forgetting.)
Surnames are just as important as given names. So, I compiled a list of the websites I use to find my surnames.
- English Surnames
- Dutch Surnames
- Spanish Surnames
- Scottish Surnames
- German Surnames
- Italian Surnames
- Irish Surnames
- French Surnames
- Scandinavian Surnames
- Welsh Surnames
- Jewish Surnames
- Surnames By Ethnicity
- Most Common Surnames in the USA
- Most Common Surnames in Great Britan
- Most Common Surnames in Asia
Oooh, awesome! I generally go with Wikipedia’s Most Common Surnames list, but I’m always up for new online sources.
“It’s a 1930 Henderson that was customized before WW2 by a fellow called O. Ray Courtney and fitted with ‘streamliner’ bodywork. The art deco influence is obvious; legendary automotive designer Harley Earl could have drawn those curves. It’s all the more unusual because the mechanicals are hidden: even at the height of the Art Deco movement, most motorcycles were a triumph of form over function, with exposed cooling fins, brake drums and suspension springs. The bike is owned by collector Frank Westfall of Syracuse. It caused a stir in June 2010 when it appeared at the Rhinebeck Grand National Meet, a motorcycle show held a couple of hours drive north of NYC. Grail Mortillaro (of the chopper blog Knucklebusterinc) had a camera to hand, so we have him to thank for these images.”
Text/photos via CoolHunter.net. Additional photos via Google Image Search.
Ugh, this is gorgeous. (I thought it was a scooter, at first; it also makes me think of Chris-crafts.) Waaaaant.
There, changed my icon. It’s a young Steller’s jay, caught in mid-hop in a mostly-empty flower box on my back porch. I love it when the adult birds bring their offspring to our house — we’ve gotten to watch jays beg for food (and their parent’s reaction was basically ‘uh… no, feed yourselves.’) and short-tailed magpie babies have great fun splashing in the bath.
“The Falconer” (from The Lies of Locke Lamora)
OMG THIS IS SERIOUSLY HAPPENING?! brb dying
This is a good trend. I approve.
IT’S LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF ASSASSIN’S CREED
I legit just made some really disturbing noises when I saw the words “Locke Lamora”. And then I told you about it using syntax I don’t usually. *Flail*
*Ahem* Also, if you haven’t read The Lies Of Locke Lamora and you like con-men/thieves, go find yourself a copy like now.
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Wow, what auspicious timing! I was wishing last night that there was a way to put trigger warnings on episodes because, without spoiling anything, one of the twists at the end blindsided me. It didn’t trigger me, but it was just one of those ‘ohmigod I wish I’d known that was coming so I could’ve braced myself’ things.