Stranger Fruit

Archives for December, 2006

While I was gone …

ASU got beaten by Hawai’i 41-24 in the Hawai’i Bowl, Leading 10-3 at the half, but down 24-10 late in the third, ASU rallied for two touchdowns and had a third negated by penalty to nearly pull out a final win for Koetter. But no joy. You can’t win a game if you allow the…

On this day …

Isaac Newton was born on Christmas Day 1642 (Julian calender). As Alexander Pope famously said. “Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in night;, God said ‘Let Newton be’ and all was light.”

Tis the season …

I’m going to be force myself to remain offline for the next few days, so I just want to take the opportunity to wish all my readers a peaceful holiday season. Back soon …

Fossilized Embryos …. or are they?

Over at Pharyngula, PZ has a nice story about how the Doushantuo fossils (example on right), thought to be cleavage-stage animal embryos from 580 mybp, may in fact be fossilized bacteria (example on left). Check it out.

Good cetacean news

  With the recent bad news about the vaquita and the Yantzee river dolphin, it is good to have some positive news to report about cetaceans. This press release, from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, reports that four elusive Arnoux’s Beaked Whales (Berardius arnuxii) have been spotted. As the release notes:…

How to get ahead in the GOP

Seen at TPM: According to Network World’s Paul McNamara, the communications director for U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Todd Shriber, hired two ‘hackers’ to break into the computer of his alma mater, Texas Christian University, and change his college grades. He went trolling for the law-breaking ‘hackers’ on a computer security website. But instead of…

On sky diving

So I survived jumping out of a perfectly good plane. All I can say is what a rush once you get over the “what the hell am I doing here”-feeling that is inevitable. Twenty of your closest friends squeeze into a Twin Otter, climb to 13,000 feet, and amazingly quickly decant themselves (as harnessed pairs)…

I’m not going to be around today. As a present to my wife, I’m taking her sky-diving for the first time – a harness jump from 13,000 feet with approximately one minute of free-fall. It’s a surprise, so shhhhhhhh! Actually, by the time you read this, we will be beginning our short orientation before hitting…

But could it do a Haka?

While some may be blogging about large extinct beasties, it’s also worth remember the little ones. AP is reporting: The discovery of fossilized remains of a mouse-like animal that lived at least 16 million years ago is the first hard evidence that New Zealand had its own indigenous land mammals, a researcher said Thursday. New…

Regular readers may remember that I have a softspot for catfish and earlier this year purchased a lace catfish (Synodontis nigrita), a species native to many African countries. The genus Synodontis (Cuvier 1816) is interesting for a number of reasons. For example, S. multipunctatus (the gorgeous fish pictured above) is the only fish known to…