- Apr 2022
Reviewing The Original of Laura, Alexander Theroux describes the cards as a “portable strategy that allowed [Nabokov] to compose in the car while his wife drove the devoted lepidopterist on butterfly expeditions.”
While note cards have a certain portability about them for writing almost anywhere, aren't notebooks just as easily portable? In fact, with a notebook, one doesn't need to worry about spilling and unordering the entire enterprise.
There are, however, other benefits. By using small atomic pieces on note cards, one can be far more focused on the idea and words immediately at hand. It's also far easier in a creative and editorial process to move pieces around experimentally.
Similarly, when facing Hemmingway's White Bull, the size and space of an index card is fall smaller. This may have the effect that Twitter's short status updates have for writers who aren't faced with the seemingly insurmountable burden of writing a long blog post or essay in other software. They can write 280 characters and stop. Of if they feel motivated, they can continue on by adding to the prior parts of a growing thread. Sadly, Twitter doesn't allow either editing or rearrangements, so the endeavor and analogy are lost beyond here.
- card index for writing
- atomic notes
- tools for creativity
- Vladimir Nabokov
- The Original of Laura
- Hemingway's White Bull
- combinatorial creativity
- Dec 2021
- May 2021
- Nov 2019
nly 37 butterfly species in 6 families including 5 swallowtails (Papilionidae) have had their reference genomes dissected
In July 2019 whole genome data for more than 160 representatives of skipper butterflies was published, although these were not de novo genome assemblies https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.861.34686
- Feb 2019
Costume designer Romy McCloskey recently used the skills the precision work of her hand embroidery and embellishments to help save the life of an injured Monarch butterfly
I wouldn't even think this would be possible. Amazing!
- Jan 2019
The image showcases a lounging caiman with a vibrant crown of butterflies. Biologically, the winged creatures need salt to survive, and the water that collects on the caiman’s skin is a key provider of those minerals.