Stranger Fruit

Archives for April, 2006

Seems that Stephen Colbert made things a little uncomfortable for Shrub at the White House Correspondent Dinner on Saturday night. He and Laura Bush were unsmiling at the end of Colbert’s wonderful takedown. You can read more here, there is a transcript here, and a torrent of the video here. As Colbert walked from the…

Last Poem

One last poem for National Poetry Month. I had a number to possible poems that I was considering, but in the end settled with Donagh MacDonagh’s “Dublin Made Me” – I have a love-hate relationship with Dublin in that I loved what it was when I was growing up there and hate what it has…

I can’t hear what you say

As usual, GrrlScientist started it … Your Theme Song is Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd “There is no pain, you are receding. A distant ship’s smoke on the horizon. You are only coming through in waves.” You haven’t been feeling a lot lately, and you think that’s a good thing. The comfortable part is nice……

ABCs of JML

I’m procrastinating a little as, like Janet, I have a stack of grading staring at me. The good news is that two of my three classes this semester are over, the bad is that there is still grading to be done, along with end of semester administrivia. Still, two weeks should see it all over…

Sound production in Thyrohyrax

From Duke University: Paleontologists at the Duke Lemur Center have assembled a new picture of a 35-million-year-old fossil mammal — and they even have added a hint of sound. By painstakingly measuring hundreds of specimens of a fossil mammal called Thyrohyrax, recovered from the famous fossil beds of Egypt’s Fayum Province, the researchers determined that…

Mother makes a big difference

Mothers are important … especially if you are a spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta). From the NSF: Scientists have discovered that a dominant hyena puts her cubs on the road to success before they are born by passing on high levels of certain hormones that make her budding young leaders more aggressive and sexually advanced. The…

More poetry

Since GrrlScientist raised the stake by giving a poem by the zoologist Arthur O’Shaughnessy, here’s one by marine biologist Walter Garstang (1868-1949) called “Ballad of the Veliger or how the Gastropod got its Twist” from 1928. The Veliger’s a lively tar, the liveliest afloat, A whirling wheel on either side propels his little boat; But…

Bill and Ann sitting in a tree …

Ann Coulter’s new book Godless: The Church of Liberalism will apparently deal (in part) with evolution: Then, of course, there’s the liberal creation myth: Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. For liberals, evolution is the touchstone that separates the enlightened from the benighted. But Coulter neatly refutes the lie that liberals are rationalists guided by the…

Poetry, of sorts

riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. So begins James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, a work that makes Ulysses read like Dr Seuss. I just love that phrase, “from swerve of shore to bend of bay”…

Perfection, of a kind

Another poem for National Poetry Month, this time by W.H. Auden (my second favorite after Yeats). In this case, it’s “Epitaph on a Tyrant” from 1939. Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after, And the poetry he invented was easy to understand; He knew human folly like the back of his hand, And…