The Loom

New Banner, Little Bugs

I just installed a new banner from Carl Buell up top. Sort of 2001 meets parasitoid wasps. It’s making the rest of the blog act funny for reasons I cannot divine, so the tech gods have been appealed to.


  1. #1 David B. Benson
    October 3, 2007

    Carl, pagan gods, including the tech gods, require sacrifices…

  2. #2 g
    October 3, 2007

    Worth it, though. That’s pretty cool.

  3. #3 Joseph Urban
    October 3, 2007

    The hominid looks to be a peeping Tom, the first creature back of it is smirking, no? The second is saying ” Oh, hell! Here we go again!”

    The double helices and the floating, hovering parisitoids???

    And…anchored to the left an erupting Volcano and over in the other corner, the Cosmos to complete it all.

    Could be a poster for a Flintstones’ school room???

  4. #4 Abel Pharmboy
    October 3, 2007

    Er, um, Mr Zimmer? I can’t see the banner on Firefox.

  5. #5 Joseph Urban
    October 3, 2007

    I’m using FF, the latest. It shows up, no problems. Must be an add on that’s blocking it, perhaps?

  6. #6 The Ridger
    October 3, 2007

    It seems to be only showing up on the main page, not the individual post pages. But it’s definitely cool!

  7. #7 Ross
    October 3, 2007

    The poster shows your main writing areas – parasites and evolution, and it is very well drawn.

    However, could we have a few other modern lifeforms on the right-hand side of the poser, please?

    Otherwise your poster could be taken to be a sequence from left to right over time. Starting at the left:
    no life 4-5 billion years ago, the development of DNA, the development of insects, a sort of shrewish mammalian ancestor, a monkey/ape ancestor, an hominid ancestor, then the stars (implying human space travel now and in the future). Read that way, it could be mis-understood to be impying that mankind is the pinnacle and purpose of creation (or a form of intelligently directed evolution) and other lifeforms are incidental.

  8. #8 Carl Zimmer
    October 3, 2007

    Ok–banner should be up now on all pages. Thanks for catching that omission. As for Ross’s comments, there’s only so much catering to potential misimpressions that can go on in a banner. When I look at it, I see a set of related species, one of which now has an unprecedented relationship to the rest of the universe. Like this.

  9. #9 luca
    October 4, 2007

    Uhm, now that you’ve posted the explanation I can see the point for it. yet, although I love the single drawings, the whole thing kind of seem missing something…

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