Carnivalia, and an open thread

We just had one of these!

Well, just to flesh it out a little more with some random links, here are some photos. I was told the second one made someone think of me (warning: body modification!). And, jebus help me, for some reason I thought this photo was very sexy. Or appetizing. I don’t know, something in the midbrain flickered.


Oh, and several of us sciencebloggers were interviewed for an article by Eva Amsen on “Who benefits from science blogging?” It doesn’t mention the benefit of people sending you pictures that tickle the cingulate.


  1. Friend Fruit says

    George W. Bush now gives lectures on logic:

    “If there’s any comparison between the compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists, it’s flawed logic,” Bush said. “It’s just — I simply can’t accept that.”

  2. quork says

    Has ScienceBlogs been hacked? When I click on the logo in the upper right, I get redirected to

  3. j says

    That body modification stuff grosses me out.

    quork, that’s really weird. But you can click “stop” right before the page redirects. I wonder what’s wrong.

  4. quork says

    But you can click “stop” right before the page redirects.

    It seems my network connection is faster than yours.

  5. Owlmirror says

    meeresbilder (,1518,437266,00.html)

    Beautiful pictures! I can’t help but think that Photoshop or something was used to adjust the colours, though; they’re so vivid.

    Some googled/wikipedia/altavista attempts at translation:

    1. Pyjamaschnecke: Chromodoris quadricolor, a nudibranch
    2. Rote Seeigel: Red Sea Urchin; Pazifischen Seewolf: Pacific Seawolf
    3. Polypen einer Steinkoralle: Polyps of a Stony star corals
    4. Fangschreckenkrebs: Mantis shrimp; Kugelfisch: Pufferfish
    5. Röhrenaale: Heteroconger (a species of conger eel.)
    6. Weißbandputzergarnelen: Pacific cleaner shrimp (I think)
    7. Australischer Fetzenfisch: Australian Leafy Sea Dragon
    8. Kardinalbarsche: Cardinalfish
    9. Steinkrabbe: Stone King Crab
    10. Pazifischen Riesenoktopus: (Crikey! Some sort of weird eight-tentacled sea monster! Who knows?)
    11. Krabbe: A crab (dunno which species. Maybe they don’t either?)
    12. Riesenmaulhai: Megamouth Shark
    13. Zwergtintenfische: Bobtail squid. (The cuteness!)
    14. Eishai: Greenland shark, aka sleeper shark
    15. Süßlippen: Grunts
    16. Großaugenbarsche: Bigeye fish
    17. Steinfisch: Stonefish. (Friendly, eh?)
    18. Irish-Lord-Fische: Irish Lord (Top o’ the mornin’ to ye! Hey, that’s what it’s called.)
    19. Irish Lord (same species as above)
    20. Spiegeleiqualle: Fried Egg Jellyfish
    21. Spinnenkrabbe: Spider Crab
    22. Juwelenzackenbarsche: some sort of grouper
    23. Mittelmeer-Haarstern: Mediterranean featherstar (a crinoid); Röhrenwurm: tube worm
    24. Krötenfisch: Frogfish
    25. Antennen-Feuerfisches: Radial firefish (I think)
    26. Adlerrochen: Eagle ray
    27. Seepferdchen: Sea Horses
    28. Echte Karettschildkröte: Hawksbill turtle
    29. Partnergarnele: Partner(?) shrimp; Felsengoldrose: Rock gold rose Anemone
    30. Fischläuse: Fishlice; Cabezon – same in English (aka bullhead)
  6. Zohn Smith says

    I may be politically incorrect but ever since Bill Dembski put up a picture of Denyse O’Leary on his blog I stopped going there. She’s just too ugly to look at, and I don’t like throwing up my lunch everytime my eye wanders over the page and catches that ugly mug! Ugh! Yuck! !

  7. ruidh says

    I spoke to a fellow who spent three months in Korea on business. I asked him what was the weirdest food he ate while there. His answer — live octopus. Apparently, you need to dip it in lots of sesame oil so that it dosn’t grab onto your throat on the way down. Vigigorous chewing also helps.

  8. SEF says

    A quick search of your site (for “Royal Society”) suggests that, despite being mentioned a couple of times already in other places I frequent, this item has slid under your radar somehow:

    The complete archive of the Royal Society journals, including some of the most significant scientific papers ever published since 1665, is to be made freely available electronically for the first time today (14th September 2006) for a two month period.

  9. quork says

    The “Go directly to Google” error on the Scienceblogs top page is back. Someone should be docked some serious nerd points for this.