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Finding Atlanta, Part 2

Anyhoo… The week before we left for Atlanta, Heather and I stayed with my parents, who drove back up to PA to help us load our moving truck. The day before we got there, it snowed about a foot, making it impossible to even get the Subarus up there, much less the truck. We had…

Finding Atlanta, Part 1

As you may have already guessed, things are beginning to normalize. We just finished moving in the rest of the furniture to our new place this past weekend, a cute little house in Midtown Atlanta. From our street you can see downtown, which is beautiful at night. Apparently, the previous owner’s name was Hattie, who…

Before Predation, the Sex Was Great

There’s a neat study being published today in Science discussing the reproductive potential of ecological systems 570 mya. The findings are based on the new discovery of a “tube-like” organism (so say the PRs) called Funisia dorothea, which apparently was able to reproduce sexually and lived in a complex ecosystem despite the apparent absence of…

In Memory of Arthur C. Clarke

I heard this morning on the news that Sir Arthur C. Clarke has passed. NPR did a nice piece on him, if a bit focused on 2001: A Space Odyssey. Clarke was a big influence on me and my interest in science and science fiction, and I thought it would be nice to have a…

Another Move

Before I get started, I want to assure those 10 people that still check TVG for updates that this is still a blog, and I do intend to pick up where I left off months ago. I got a phone call about four weeks ago from a family friend offering me a position as a…

Defining Bloggers by Medium

Brian’s got a great post about Sarah Boxer’s editorial in the NY Review of Books the other day, using this quote as a jump off point: Bloggers are golden when they’re at the bottom of the heap, kicking up. Give them a salary, a book contract, or a press credential, though, and it just isn’t…

Man am I not on top of things. EDGE released its list of evolutionarily distinct and Globally Endangered amphibians last week, and I just read the press release with the top 10 (actually nine, but it says 10) on the list. If you want a brief explanation about how EDGE prioritizes conservation, I blogged the…

Advertising Slick with Green Paint

I just read a great editorial from E-Commerce Times discussing the grossly inflated advertising claims from businesses scrambling to embrace, at the very least, the imagery associated with the recent push in the environmental movement. …this of course calls to mind the super-green-men of the new branding circus. As the green signal zips across the…

The Mountains Once Smoldered

On my way from an interview the other day, on my way home, I was winding up a mountain in a little town called Windber when the tree line broke to my right, revealing a panoramic, and quite startling sight. Spread out against the sky, like a patient etherised upon a table, so to speak,…

Your Daily Tripe: “Green” Scare Tactics

This is the kind of crap I get in my email: I blog about ecology therefore I’m one of the morons that watches this sensationalized garbage and considers it a “teaching tool”.