J. A. Mays

NPR: The Birth Of A Monarch Butterfly - And NPR's Tumblr


It seems appropriate to kick of NPR’s little experiment on Tumblr with this photo from a commentary we posted yesterday on NPR.org. Artist Julie Zickenfoose shares her story about the beauty of watching monarch butterflies emerging from their chrysalis at her wildlife sanctuary in Ohio….


"Child Safety"… wait, what?


What a great setup. Love all the windows, simple desk and the entertainment setup. 

via Final Frame: Living the Dreamer’s Dream | Apartment Therapy Unplggd

A day’s work for a day’s pay. I hate this approach to life. It cheapens us.

This simple formula bothers me for two reasons:

1. Are you really willing to sell yourself out so cheap? Do you mortgage an entire (irreplaceable) day for your life of a few bucks? The moment you are willing to sell your time for money is the moment you cease to be the artist you are capable of being.

2. Is that it? Is the transaction over? If we’re even at the end of a day as the formula says, then you owe me nothing and I owe you nothing in return. If we’re even then there is no bond, no on-going connection between us . (You and the employer)

The alternative is to treasure what it means to do a day’s work. It’s our one and only chance to do something productive today, and it’s certainly not available to someone merely because he is the high bidder. A day’s work is your chance to do art, to create a gift, to do something that matters. As your work gets better and your art becomes more important, competition for your gifts will increase and you’ll discover that you can be choosier about whom you give them to.

– Excerpt from Seth Godin’s Linchpin. Read a big portion of this book on the plane this morning but this excerpt really stuck with me.  (via drintelmann) Via


Olympus Pen Augmented Reality Demo  Very nice use of augmented reality. One of the first that I’ve seen that is actually useful. 


The Mark Seven (Mk. VII) Bag: A requirement for any adventure…

Read the review at Black Rucksack

GoLite Dakota Wind Shirt

Stand-up to the wind…

Editor’s Note: Welcome back to Black Rucksack! We took a hiatus and we’re back now; we’re moving on down the trail.

Attention adventurers! Attention…

The official new BP logo.

How Do We Get Oil?

How Do We Get Oil?

Via Fake Science

I love it when a plan comes together.

Let’s see some more magic tonight, Franzenstein!

After Game 7 loss, Capitals’ Laich fixes tire for stranded family

Brooks Laich = Class Act

(click here for story)

This just oozes class. Especially after playing hockey for over 2 hours. Classy indeed.

The Red Wings are on to the next one… on to the next one…

This absolutely made my day…

This absolutely made my day…

The Internet as we know it is facing a serious threat. There’s a debate heating up in Washington, DC on something called “net neutrality” – and it’s a debate that’s so important Google is asking you to get involved. We’re asking you to take action to protect Internet freedom.

In the next few days, the House of Representatives is going to vote on a bill that would fundamentally alter the Internet. That bill, and one that may come up for a key vote in the Senate in the next few weeks, would give the big phone and cable companies the power to pick and choose what you will be able to see and do on the Internet.

Today the Internet is an information highway where anybody – no matter how large or small, how traditional or unconventional – has equal access. But the phone and cable monopolies, who control almost all Internet access, want the power to choose who gets access to high-speed lanes and whose content gets seen first and fastest. They want to build a two-tiered system and block the on-ramps for those who can’t pay.

Creativity, innovation and a free and open marketplace are all at stake in this fight. Please call your representative (202-224-3121) and let your voice be heard.

For more information, visit this website:

Support a free & open Internet. Support Net Neutrality. Call 202-224-3121

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