Bosco’s Summer Reading List

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I keep my summer reading on the escapist side. I’m not looking for a heavy intellectual challenge. I’m looking for a respite from the oppressive central Texas summer heat. I prefer to read at home, at night in my bed with crickets chirping in the trees outside my window and my ceiling fan blowing on my bare legs and feet. These are my summer picks.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

It’s a Texas book for the Texas heat. It’s a grand adventure. My favorite western. It’s beautiful. It’s tragic and it’s epic in scope. It’s the holy grail of Texas tales, steeped in Lone Star mythos. Goodnight and Loving would be proud to know what they had spawned.

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

This is historical fiction dressed up as a techno thriller. You don’t have to be a nerd to love a good treasure hunt but if you throw in…

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A portrait of you from a single hair: The work of Heather Dewey-Hagborg

TED Blog

The video “DNA Portrait,” above, is a lovely short documentary shot by TED’s own Kari Mulholland. It features the work of the artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, who spent time collecting hairs shed in public spaces… and then sequencing the DNA therein to print 3D sculptures of what those hairs’ owners might look like. Whoa. The film is also the secret story of the lab run by TEDGlobal 2012 speaker Ellen Jorgensen. At Genspace, people can experiment with DNA-based technology, regardless of their scientific knowledge or experience. As Jorgensen comments in the film, Dewey-Hagborg’s work is super interesting, not to mention searingly contemporary. “It’s a very accessible way for the public to engage with this new technology. It really brings to light how powerful it is, the idea that a hair from your head can fall on your street and a perfect stranger can pick it up…

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please be a bit patient with me…..

Life in Russia.

Dear Blog Followers,

I have been in the post-Soviet space for almost one month now and I must apologize for only making one blog post. My time here has been very VERY busy – in one week’s time, my husband and I traveled about 60 hours on buses and trains to and from Estonia, Kiev, Chernobyl, Bryansk, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. We have visited an orphanage for handicapped and developmentally disabled children (which I will dedicate an entire post to), are in the process of buying a small property in Estonia (probably another small post), went to Chernobyl and Pripyat (again, another whole post), spent time with a dear friend/sister in Bryansk, Russia (let’s make a post!), etc. etc. etc. Please bear with me as I return home and actually have the time and energy to provide you with solid accounts of our travels (which have been amazing and exhausting!)…

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Teen Thursday

Did you go to the Austin Teen Book Festival last year? If so, you know all about the amazing author panels ranging from mystical beasts to realistic romance. Libba Bray and our very own Jedi, Topher, had an epic light saber battle complete with smoke machines. We had hundreds of books signed, and ate a nacho or two-  needless to say it was awesome! And judging by the authors announced thus far for the 2013 Austin Teen Book Festival, this year is going to rock. Check out the latest panelists we have confirmed:

For each author our Teen Press Corps came up with some interview questions, here are some highlights.

Genevieve Tucholke – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Favorite writing snack?
Coffee and roasted seaweed.

At 15, what was your favorite book?
I had four: GREEN MANSIONS by W. H. Hudson, JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë…

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Maintaining neutrality

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ImageThis is my Nuvem thus far. I’m on the fourth color in about a week and a half of sole focus. That’s 708 yards down. This next color contrast is not as stark, but I think it will balance well in blending to brown tones.

One of my trusted advisors likes to say, “The world is ruthlessly neutral.”  I like to sit and think about that phrase sometimes. I don’t know if it’s true, but it’s interesting to think about.

Neutrality can also be soft and very beautiful, especially when you knit it with and alpaca and bamboo blend.

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Gallery: Chasing storms with Camille Seaman

TED Blog

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A Shinnecock Indian, Camille Seaman has spent her career as a photographer illustrating the interconnectedness of all life. When she was a child, her grandfather took her outside to play on a hot summer day. He pointed to the sky and said, “Look, do you see that? That’s part of you up there. That’s your water that helps to make the cloud that becomes the rain that feeds the plants that feeds the animals.” Seaman, who gave today’s talk on storm chasing in the American Midwest, began her project in 2008, stalking these “lovely monsters,” as she calls them. Below, find 8 more astounding images from Seaman’s growing collection of storm photos, titled The Big Cloud.

Seaman, who gave a talk at TED2011 about her photos of Arctic ice as part of the Fellows program, was a Senior Fellow at TED2013 and was also recently named a

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