Weird Fish

If you’d told me yes­ter­day that there’s a fish with a trans­par­ent head, I would­n’t have believed you. I cer­tain­ly would­n’t have imag­ined that any­thing would look up and around through its own head for a greater range of vision! But that is exact­ly what the bar­rel­eye (Macropin­na micros­toma) does. http://www.youtube.com/v/RM9o4VnfHJU

Miscellany

I lost track of who orig­i­nal­ly linked to what, so I can’t cred­it them prop­er­ly. But thank you to who­ev­er they all were, any­way! Filed under “anoth­er rea­son I’m proud to be a home­school­er”: Cal­i­for­nia court rules that pri­vate school can oust les­bian stu­dents. I do under­stand that it’s a pri­vate reli­gious school and that […]

Random Things Meme

Leah tagged me on Face­book to write 25 ran­dom things about myself, then Sam tagged me to come up with 16 ran­dom tid­bits. I’m not good at these things, but I’ll give it a try. I did­n’t go to kinder­garten but start­ed first grade when I was 5 because my moth­er thought she had to put […]

Review: Maria V. Snyder’s Study Series

Fire Study by Maria V. Sny­der My review rat­ing: 4 of 5 star­sI strong­ly rec­om­mend read­ing Poi­son Study, Assas­sin Study, Mag­ic Study, and Pow­er Study all at a go. The two novel­las are option­al but canon­i­cal and fun.  Sny­der’s world seems to be made up of just two coun­tries: Ixia and Sitia. When Poi­son Study starts, […]

TotD: Doris Lessing on Education

Doris Less­ing, Intro­duc­tion to The Gold­en Note­book Ide­al­ly, what should be said to every child, repeat­ed­ly, through­out his or her school life is some­thing like this: “You are in the process of being indoc­tri­nat­ed. We have not yet evolved a sys­tem of edu­ca­tion that is not a sys­tem of indoc­tri­na­tion. We are sor­ry, but it is […]

Choose Your Science Idol!

UCS Lab Coat car­toon From the Union of Con­cerned Sci­en­tists: This spring, to draw humor­ous atten­tion to the seri­ous issue of polit­i­cal inter­fer­ence in sci­ence, we offered Union of Con­cerned Sci­en­tists sup­port­ers the chance to enter Sci­ence Idol: the Sci­en­tif­ic Integri­ty Edi­to­r­i­al Car­toon Con­test. Please vote on the right for your favorite of the 12 […]

Bisexual Species: Unorthodox Sex in the Animal Kingdom: Scientific American

This could have gone in my last post, con­sid­er­ing Porter’s life ;-) Thanks to Scott Bragg for the link. Bisex­u­al Species: Unortho­dox Sex in the Ani­mal King­dom: Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can … as many as 1,500 species of wild and cap­tive ani­mals that have been observed engag­ing in homo­sex­u­al activ­i­ty. Researchers have seen such same-sex goings-on in both […]

School & More Reading

Reg­is­tra­tion clos­es tomor­row, so I have to decide before the end of the day whether or not I’m tak­ing class­es for the sum­mer semes­ter or not. Bah. I want a break, but if I’m not in school my stu­dent loans come out of defer­ment. I’ve been reading—and lov­ing—Patri­cia Brig­gs’ Mer­cy Thomp­son books. They’re a lot […]

Monday and R.I.P. George Carlin

I guess every­body has heard, by now, that we lost George Car­lin last night. I’ve seen many arti­cles about him today, but I think Susie Bright did the best job of catch­ing his spir­it. Today was a very Mon­­day-ish Mon­day. I’m grumpy and noth­ing feels right. The girl is off spend­ing time with my family, […]

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