60th Birthday Whale Watching Tour a Success!

I done seen whales!But you don't get to see them unless you click below the fold. The pictures are so awesome, so breathtaking, that I fear you will be awed and breath-taked to the point that you'll pass out and fall onto a smaller, less massive bystander — possibly a child or a dog.Meanwhile, content yourself with this picture of an extremely rare bird known as a "sea gull." (Click to embiggen.) … [Read more...]

Visits from Dead People — Part 1

When I was younger, I used to play with myself.No, not like that. Okay, well, yes like that, but that’s not what I meant. (Too much information, huh? The hell with it, I’m leaving it in. We’re all sexy beasts here.)What I mean is that I used to play with different parts of my body, to see what I could learn from them, to see what they would do. … [Read more...]

Monster Under the Bed Scientifically Identified!

Given the common name of the thing, I would swear the Neoclinus blanchardi is a spoof. (Click the pic to embiggen.)Yet Wikipedia describes it thus: … [Read more...]

Proof: Six Percent of Us Would Kill

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Maverick Blogger Pioneers World’s First Blog Post Reboot!

Seeing the new Batman movie last night, I had this exciting epiphany about blogging.Blogging is enormously demanding of time and energy. You have to turn out a completely new post at least every few days. For some bloggers, it's a new post several times EACH  DAY.But sitting in the theater and looking around at the happy faces, movie-goers content to see yet another Batman movie and plop down $9.50 for the privilege, I thought about reboots. … [Read more...]

Death From Above! Sloppy Bats!

If you've read my Falling Leaves post on Earth Day, you know I have a somewhat grim view of what's coming. Based on nothing more complex than the fact that we have no way to control human population growth, and will probably never have a conscious, deliberate way, we are screwing ourselves out of a future. Control will come from outside, via natural forces, and it will be ugly.On that light-hearted subject, here's an interesting article from the New York Times: The Ecology of Disease. … [Read more...]