bioephemera

Archives for November, 2009

Beautiful hunger

Via 1o9, a timelapse BBC video of hundreds of unbelievably colorful Antarctic invertebrate species swarming and devouring a seal carcass. It’s beautiful but somewhat graphic – be warned, some people may find the giant worms in particular rather skin-crawling. (And I thought I overindulged at Thanksgiving. . . )

Evolution Fantasia

The beautiful 2009 Burning Man poster, by artists Corey and Catska Ench, portrays evolution as a fantasia of related patterns.

I really wanted to go to the D is for Digitize conference in New York. I couldn’t go, but Harry Lewis did, and according to him, the star was Daniel Reetz of DIYBookScanner.org: While everyone else at the conference was ruminating about whether Google had a library monopoly or whether Amazon or Microsoft might imaginably…

I encountered this jaw-dropping story, by one Emily Miller for AskMen.com, as the top “health link” on FoxNews this afternoon: It seems like a reverse sexism started to take hold as the feminist movement came about and equality for women began gaining ground. Some women use their girl-power solidarity to come to a consensus on…

A few of my favorite holiday shopping suggestions from the past year of blogging. . . #1. Pandemic, the Board Game. Turn H1N1 into holiday fun for everyone! (Already have Pandemic? Z-Man games has an upgrade pack.) #2. Blue Barnhouse letterpress. Yeah, they’re artistic and individually pressed, but these are not your parents’ greeting cards.…

Black Friday: taxonomy gone wrong

Apparently this toy company needs a zoologist on staff. (Parents: this is the perfect gift to seriously confuse your pre-adolescent wanna-be biologist, and derail them into a more profitable career in law!) From FailBlog.

fog 10 Steven Hight In the growling gray light (San Francisco still has foghorns), I collect the San Francisco Chronicle from the wet steps. I am so lonely I must subscribe to three papers – the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle. I remark their thinness as I climb the…

There’s a new humor presence on Twitter and Facebook: rejectedcards. The author says, “I’m a copywriter for a major greeting card company. I get bored and create cards I know we’ll never print. These are those cards.” Cards like. . . “Another Year, Same Birthday Question: (inside) Are you sure you don’t want us to…

It’s that time of year

Pop quiz: this Google Trends chart represents searches for what word or phrase?

TGIF: Annals of Gullibility

If I weren’t so darn busy, I’d be tempted to read this book: As you can tell from the photo, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the library. Sorry for the low post volume – I have quite a bit to write about the Harvard Lab opening and other things, and hope to…