His whimsical masterpiece features both classic and new Muppets, arranged on the table by debut year or production, and by principal puppeteer. Borders and elemental symbols are coded by hair and nose color.
Boon says of the Henson menagerie, “There was something about the odd mix of family, heart, humour and chaos that always appealed to me… [I wanted] to incorporate a tribute to the valuable Muppeteers that have given these characters such strong personalities and voices over the years,” as well as highlight the characters that aren’t usually in the spotlight.
We all need a little whimsical inspiration now and then. -bb
Slate delves into our short attention spans with an interesting study of its content and the points at which readers drop off. Notably, the study found that many readers are likely tweeting or liking an article without reading much of the content.
There’s a very weak relationship between scroll depth and sharing. Both at Slate and across the Web, articles that get a lot of tweets don’t necessarily get read very deeply. Articles that get read deeply aren’t necessarily generating a lot of tweets.
Always read before you tweet, folks. -aer
On June 18, 1983, reconstructionist Sally Ride boarded the Space Shuttle Challenger and became the first American woman in space, the nation’s youngest astronaut in orbit, and the world’s first known lesbian astronaut in space, laying enduring foundations for diversity at NASA and in science.
This is her riveting play-by-play account of what it’s like to launch on the Space Shuttle.
Taking a moment out of my day to thank Sally Ride. -MD
From The Ends of the Road, one of 26 photos. Here, the end of the Milford Sound Highway, in Southland, New Zealand, part of Fiordland National Park. (© Google, Inc.)
Totally in line with my obsession with maps, The Atlantic’s In Focus blog has a brilliant collection where Google Maps cars hit the end of the road. Impediments include oceans, mountains, governmental buffer zones, and hardened magma. -jb
“Trolling.” Photo by Jeff Merriman-Cohen via Photo Center NW
LONG SHOT, a 24-hour photo marathon, kicks off Friday, June 21.
This event is about spending a day with your camera (or part of a day), taking time to appreciate how photography connects us all, while supporting education resources at Photo Center NW.
There is no fee to participate, and each participant is guaranteed a photograph in the culminating exhibition and celebration on July 27, 2013.
The event is open to everyone, using any camera, anywhere.
I’m always up for a fun photo challenge. I’m in. - aer
Photo by Perry Backus
Young children from Keystone to Discovery After School Program in Hamilton, Montana, travel to the Bitter Root Humane Association one afternoon a week to spend time reading a story to the dogs waiting inside. The program is in its third year.
“We’ve seen that the sound of their voices is soothing for the dogs and cats,” Overholt said. “It is relaxing to the dogs to hear those calm and steady voices.”
Keystone program director Ria Overholt said the animals aren’t the only ones who benefit. “Dogs are a totally non-judgmental audience to read to,” Overholt said. “We’ve found that it does help them build their reading skills and they have fun doing it.”
Read the full story. -bb
From a new series of photos, by photographer Walter Kurtz, of ACT UP NY alumni: Greg Bordowitz, Peter Staley and Dave Barr - abf
“Mr. Cohen, tell the court I love my wife, and it is just unfair that I can’t live with her in Virginia.”
Happy Loving Day. - abf