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Dystopias, Butterflies, and Birthdays

* For those of you who, like me, are inclined toward all things dystopian, here's a quiz: "Which Dystopian Future Is Right for You?"

* And this: "The Nine Greatest Dystopian Music Videos."

* Speaking of the dystopian tradition, I will be giving another guest lecture this weekend at an Institute for Humane Studies seminar at Wake Forest University. Once again I'll be talking about the trend of dystopian thought in current young adult fiction. My next post will be for this presentation.

* It's that time of year again. Our butterfly bush has butterflies!

Butterflies on the Butterfly Bush

* Happy birthday to two terrific gentlemen, arymetore and caster121. May you have a fantastic day and many more! Happy birthday also to a great lady, syrcleoftrees, with best wishes for today and always!

Happy birthday also to the wonderful agentxpndble, a super lady and the webmistress of two great websites:

Have a most excellent day, my friend!

"Time is both longer and shorter than you think, and usually all at once."
- Joan D. Vinge, "View From A Height"



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 24th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you Amy! I love butterfly bushes ((Amy))
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I love them too.
Jul. 29th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
I saw a butterfly in my yard the other day, first time in years. I had lots of fireflies early in the spring but no longer, I hope I didn't get them with the mower. I always cut the back to the highest setting anyway.

No fireflies though, not since I got rid of the old aboveground pool.
Jul. 30th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
It's funny you mention that. We have tons of butterflies, but not many fireflies this year.
Jul. 30th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
No dragonflies since I removed the pool, not fireflies. Black with iridescent blue highlights.
Jul. 24th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
Our buddlehia is in bloom but sadly bereft of butterflies just now.

Yours knock mine into the shade, anyway. Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and even the occasional Painted Lady. But Swallowtails????

I feel very doeprived...
Jul. 24th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry - I just did an anonymous comment by mistake!! Please see above...
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, you really know your butterflies! :) Thanks for your kind words. I hope your buddlehia is full of butterflies soon. These just turned up here this past week, so maybe yours are on their way.
Jul. 24th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Wow! Your butterfly bush has gorgeous butterflies!

That's one of the varieties I saw in abundance on my drive South through Virginia.
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I think they're lovely. I'm amazed they stayed still long enough for me to take a picture.
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Jul. 24th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
BUTTERFLIES!!! Flutter by, butterfly!

I looked at the dystopian music videos to see if I knew any of them. Tegan and Sara is one of my favorite musical acts (I mean... that's Tegan in my icon thingy). Interesting that that video made this list.
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
I thought of you when I saw Tegan and Sara on the list. I was impressed that someone else remembered Queen's video. That takes me back, way back!
Jul. 24th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Yay for butterflies! My sister has a butterfly garden where you can watch the painted beauties flitting back and forth from the comfort of her porch.
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Your sister's butterfly garden sounds absolutely gorgeous. I bet she's really enjoying it this season!
Jul. 25th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
She is. Especially since the porch is covered and has ceiling fans. A pleasant place to relax, even in the hottest weather.

I visited Chippokes Plantation in Surry Co., VA a few weeks ago and they had a garden literally covered in butterflies. Good thing my camera has a micro-setting so I could get some close up snapshots.
Jul. 24th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
:::HUGS::: Thank you so much! And for the *awesome* pressies!!!
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
:::HUGS::: My pleasure! I'm so glad you had a good one. :D
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