That weekend I started it, and then, at about page twenty or so, the magical thing occurred that happens only with the very best books: I became absorbed and obssesed and entered the “Can’t you see I’m reading?” mode.
Malaysian photographer Zahir Batin has created a photo series that gives us a glimpse of what the life of a “Star Wars”stormtrooper would be like. Using a combination of actual figurines and handmade props, Batin depicts scenes ranging from dramatic moments, to mid-action depictions, to just plain hilarious happenings.
Sapphirina copepod, a.k.a. "sea sapphire" is a tiny shrimp like crustacean that makes up the bottom of the food chain. The microscopic layers of crystal plates inside their cells catch light and reflect back different hues, from bright gold to deep blue that resembles like a gem.
When they’re abundant near the water’s surface the sea shimmers like diamonds falling from the sky. Combine this nifty trick with the sea sapphire’s impressively transparent body, and you have an animal as radiant as a star in one moment, and invisible in the next.