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Profelis aurata Amos
Profelis aurata (Temminck, 1827) Amos


The phasmatid illustrations of Caspar Stoll
Tenodera sinensis, the Chinese mantis, seen, appropriately, in New York’s Chinatown

A stalked puffball-in-aspic sounds delicious, until one realizes it’s a fungus

The current residents of Burtonmore
Felines:  Leslie, Gregory, Colin, Teddy, Colleen, Sydney, Theresa, Hadley, Reginald, Mackenzie, and the ferals:  Phoebe, Richard, Lindsey, and Madison.
Although no longer with us, Günther was the father of Michelle’s handsome kyndyll:  Leslie, Colin, Gregory, and Teddy.
The two bunnies:  Emily and Noëlle

Some of the special-needs felines, and others of the clowder:
Bambi, just the Special Cat
Linus, lived with 4+ mitral regurgitation
Sebastian, a lynx point Siamese, came to us when his owner had to enter hospice
Frank, FIV+ and diabetic
Geordi, FIV+
Maximilian Frederick LeChat
Neville, a feral who domesticated himself
Gillian, an American curl
Michelle, arrived just before the hurricane in 2011
Theresa, adopted two days after Sydney

Bunnies past, sitting for their holiday pictures:
2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000
Some individual portraits:
Beau, a lop; he became blind later in life
Clydesdale, an old lop buck who spent his last few months with us
Étienne, a French Angora
Lars, the lop, as a young buck
Pierre, a lop; he was the quintessential rabbit
Priscilla, a lovely, blue-eyed English Angora
Trevor, a chocolate bunny
Yeti, an Himalayan

My initial steps towards creating a virtual herbarium; it will contain mostly plants of Burtonmore and other parts of Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA

Henrietta, a beautiful chicken who had adopted us
The turkey flock in the early spring

Cameras in my collection, or wanted ...
Contax II
   Kiev II from 1950
Contax III
Contax IIa

Leica II
   FED-I (E) from 1941
Leica IIIc from 1943/1944
   Canon MIOJ

Kodak Super-Six 20; my father, amazingly, owned one

SLR 35 mm film cameras

Random pictures ...
fall moon in daylight | fallen leaves | Canada geese |
early morning rainbow beyond the trees

Harri Perälä presents his studies on the works of Tolkien
The tongues of Arda serves as a comprehensive prolegomenon to Tolkien’s languages
Most ambitious is the Encyclopedia of Arda

If you like things linguistic, as I do, you will spend a lot of time exploring the many nooks and crannies of Simon Ager’s Omniglot site
Beowulf, in hypertext
The Epic of Gilgamesh, in translation
the Project Gutenberg e-Book of An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic
An introduction to Unicode
Some interesting computer optical illusions

The Harvard Law School Library Nuremberg Trials Project has approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and to the twelve trials of other accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT)

Full text of:
Also sprach Zarathustra. Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen
Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm

The Child Ballads. So many have reappeared in unexpected ways, Led Zepplin not not being the least—even Bo Diddley got a lick.

Some of my favorites TV sites have vanished into the mists; these still live:
NCIS [and their NCIS official site], The Prisoner, The X-Files timeline, Babylon 5

The homepage of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal

Concerned about anthrax, MERS, plague, smallpox, viral hemorrhagic fevers, zika?
Get information from the CDC Global Health Preparedness and Response page

Full text of the Executive Sessions of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations ( McCarthy Hearing Executive Sessions, 1953-54 )

Do you know where the tantalum in your cell phone comes from?
Here is the NPR Radio Expeditions account of coltan (coloumbo-tantalite) mining in eastern Congo. Lost from the web is the full United Nations report on exploitation in the Congo.

For some non-governmental background on Afghani history and culture, visit Afghanistan Online, a private web site operated from within the United States
News from BBC Pashto

Friedenstaube - Picasso
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