Archives for November 26, 2012

Alternate titles for this post: “It turns out, it is a little like a priesthood.” “Join us. Join us. Join us. Braaainzzzzz” “Imma gonna let you finish, but first I think you need to get your Wellies wet.” …

When traveling and working in South Africa, I’ve always used Newman’s guide to the birds of Southern Africa, and more recently, I found the Sasol guide to be helpful as well. (I discuss both briefly here.) Now, I’ve got on my desk a copy of Princeton’s Birds of Southern Africa: Fourth Edition by Ian Sinclair,…

Nature is a potential source of guidance for our behavior, morals, ethics, and other more mundane decisions such as how to build an airplane and what to eat for breakfast. When it comes to airplanes, you’d better be a servant to the rules of nature or the airplane will go splat. When it comes to…