Category Archive: bit o’ fun

Mar 14 2014

Happy Pi Day!

I’m celebrating Pi Day with this lolcat: How are you celebrating this day devoted to the best-ever irrational, transcendental number?  

Mar 12 2014

The Outstanding Imagery of Amanda Reese

Originally published at Scientific American. You want some Yellowstone? You got some Yellowstone! Amanda Reese is one of my most talented friends, and she’s just got her photography website up. After I did a lot of squeeing and awing and OMGing, she graciously agreed to let me filch a few of her images to show …

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Mar 08 2014

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: North Creek Woodpecker, Plus Bonus Frog Pick-Up Lines

Spring’s coming. I can tell this because a few of the fruit trees have a scattering of blooms, some of the more enterprising rhodies are flowering, and the frogs are trying to get laid. Soon, I’ll be bopping down the North Creek levees with the sun on my face and the wind in my hair. …

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Feb 28 2014

Cryptopod: Banded Ant

I’ve always liked ants. We had a whole civilization of little black ants with tiny anthills in Flagstaff. We used to draw subdivisions and roads around the heaps. The red ants weren’t quite so fun, considering how bad they hurt when they stung, but they were still fascinating to watch. The only ones we ran …

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Feb 24 2014

Intimations of Summer Past: A Photo Essay for Those Brought Low by the Winter

Some of you have expressed a certain dissatisfaction with the temperature of the Northern Hemisphere lately. And I’m blue, too, I’ll admit: the weather forecast is rain, rain, more rain, rain plus snow, clouds, and rain. I’m stuck indoors with Christianist textbooks, some of which take ages to debunk, considering nearly every sentence is a …

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Feb 22 2014

Fundamentals of Fungi: Red Caps (Plus a Rhapsody on the Universe)

After a week full of creationist crap, it’s time to relax with some lovely shrooms. These delights were happily growing in the new landscaping at work last fall. Here’s a lovely young button pushing up through the red leaf litter: I don’t know whose genius idea it was to plant deciduous bushes in place of …

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Feb 14 2014

Mystery Flora: Medieval Fruits

I’m continually surprised by plants in the Pacific Northwest. I shouldn’t be – I’ve been here for over half a decade now – but I’ll be out and about, not expecting much of anything to be doing anything of interest, and bam, in-my-face. B and I had been scrambling over the beach at Richmond Beach, …

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Feb 07 2014

What Should I Drink for the Nye Smoked Ham Event?

Image shows Bill Nye looking sternly at Ken Ham during their debate. The caption says, "Say historical science one more time."

Tonight, after some nice Indian food and some chill time with a friend or two, I’m going to install myself in my workspace, clamp headphones over my ears, and attempt to get through as much of the Nye-Ham debate as I can. Most reports I’ve read say Nye did very well. But the bits I …

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Feb 07 2014

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Moonbird


In keeping with our Moon Art Madness from a bit ago, here’s a bird with the moon. It was singing lovely songs along North Creek, just as if it were serenading the moon. Wonderful. It’s not the greatest set of photos I’ve ever taken, but pretty, and knowing you lot, you’ll even manage to identify …

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Feb 02 2014

All I Have to Say About the Super Bowl

Yes, my beloved city of Seattle is cheering on its own Seahawks today. Has been for the past several weeks, even the fabric store is sporting Seahawks colors. I have no bloody interest in football – horse racing, Quidditch and MMA are my great loves – but I do love one thing in particular about …

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