I was looking for fonts recently and fell in love with many, so I figured I’d compile all my favorites. Some of them require a tweet or Facebook post to download. All credit goes to their respective makers.
Five-year-old Malachi Wilson was all set to start kindergarten at F.J. Young Elementary in Seminole, Texas, but on Monday he was told to cut his hair and was sent home. His mother, April Wilson, contacted the Navajo Nation; the American Indian Movement also put pressure on the district to reverse its decision against the child. Only after she provided documentation of her son’s Native-ness through Malachi’s Certificate of Indian Blood did the Seminole Independent School District change its mind. The district’s rather lengthy student dress code stipulates more than a dozen rules when it comes to hair. Among them, Mohawks are prohibited. (Mohawks are called that for the way that some actual Mohawk people wear their hair.) Dreadlocks are also prohibited. The handbook says exceptions are made on “certain recognized religious or spiritual beliefs,” but students “must receive prior approval by the campus administrator.” The district changed its mind about Wilson’s hair—but he nevertheless missed his first day of school. The school district is ostensibly named for the Seminole people. The district’s schools use various Native mascots, and refer to their students as “Indians and Maidens.”
Beneficial Bug of the Day: Minute Pirate Bug: Orius spp
These small Hemipteran bugs are commonly found in gardens. They feed on a wide variety or garden/crop pests, making them beneficial as biological control agents. They stab their prey with their piercing mouth part, and insert digestive saliva into their victim so they can suck up the juices. Gross way to die, but good for the ecosystem.
Ughhhh last fall/winter I worked in a soybean aphid lab. Some of our cages had mesh that wasn’t fine enough to prevent the entry of parasitic wasps. THEN some of our samples from the field had Orius eggs/nymphs so I had a pirate bug problem for a bit.
I am probably the only person who likes aphids. And is upset when things eat my aphids. Except when they’re lady beetles, that is. Nothing is more entertaining than a lady beetle larva going nommmm destroyyy nom to an aphid.