1. hemidactylus says

    Watching Black Sabbath self-destruct and now Metallica’s best 3 songs on REELZ, but in between yeah:

    Myers PZ. Spinal motorneurones of the larval zebrafish. Journal of Comparative Neurology (236:555) 1985

    Cited from my oldish text from a undergrad college course where I cut into cats, sharks, and mudpuppies:

    George Kent and Larry Miller’s Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates. 1997

    The chapter on the nervous system.

    How will they handle Johnny Got His Gun? “One” and Trumbo. Dark movie. Very!

    Missing Metallica stuff…ugghh Cliff’s death.

  2. chigau (違う) says

    I don’t have a bookshelf but I will as soon as I open the flat-packs.
    My books, however, are elsewhere.

  3. Akira MacKenzie says

    My bookshelves contain: LOTS of tabletop RPG and miniature wargaming materials; some science fiction, fantasy, and horror; and a little hard science, history, and philosophy nonfiction.

  4. birgerjohansson says

    I have surprisingly many books by Neal Stephenson. Right now I am reading “Interface” from 1994. It is surprisingly relevant after aĺl this time , big corporate entities getting directly involved in manipulating politicians. In one way NS was naive- he thought both political parties were equally useless.
    Lots of British detective fiction. Some American, too.
    The science stuff I borrow from the library- those books are more expensive, and our local politicians actually understand the need to make books available to the plebes (this is what you get when the middle class retain some domination among politicians, but I digress).
    Reading more (borrowed) books about CRISPR-CAS9 and about paleogenetics.
    Many books by Neal Asher, Peter F Hamilton and the late Iain Banks and Stanislaw Lem.

  5. Reginald Selkirk says

    Your webcam is apparently not auto-focus. Holding the books in front of you takes them out of the focal plane.
    Also: only two bookshelves? I have more than that just in my living room.
    Happy unboxing day.

  6. mattp says

    As someone who has some background on the life sciences, but is mostly trained in the physical sciences, do you recommend these textbooks for self study, or do they require more of an expert led class to use them? I’m just very interested after reading Carroll’s “Endless forms most beautiful,” and I want to learn more about Evo Devo, but I think I need more foundational readings. Thanks

  7. davidc1 says

    I love books ,they really are the only thing i value ,well along with my cameras ,and three motorbikes ,HAHA ,just joking about the latter .
    Without going into two many details ,i might have to declare myself bankrupt early next year ,according to the nice lady from the CAB ,might have to sell my motorbikes ,and my books ,around 1,500 of them .
    Can’t really afford new hardback books so i mainly buy second hand paperbacks ,but there is no way i am giving my books up ,not really worth anything .
    The CAB lady doesn’t share my warped sense of humour ,it costs £680.00 to declare yourself bankrupt .
    I asked her ,Can i use my Credit Card to pay that ?She gave a deep sigh ,and replied No Mr C ,you can not do that .

  8. blf says

    Quick survey of the bookshelf behind me as I type this: Still draped in plastic sheeting from when the water heater exploded several weeks ago, what’s visible are multiple stacks of precariously-balanced books on English (language, mostly), French (language, country, and people), Computer science / software, Travel (guides and maps), and by Terry Pratchett. I know that underneath the now-redundant opaque plastic sheeting there are books by Tom Holt and Bill Bryson, among others (apologies to those I don’t currently recall, and for being too lazy to remove the plastic sheeting, but it also keeps penguin feathers and the mildly deranged one off the books, DVDs, drawings, &tc). The other bookshelves have not been surveyed, nor endangered by exploding water heaters, albeit the mildly deranged penguin is known to frequently bounce off them. Probably underneath the sheeting on the books on food, cheese, and defending against peas.

  9. hemidactylus says

    Though I have way too many traditional paper based books I also have way too many ebooks. Being an obstinate defiant reactive type all the kerfuffle over Cultural Marxism has me deep into Frankfurt (thumbing my nose at the IDW adjacent).

    Actually I’m on an odd tangent into alienation and reification. Axel Honneth wrote a preface to one book and the main essay in the other. Kinda strange topics pretty far from evodevo but Honneth brings some fairly recent developmental psychology into his essay on reification. He’s talking about how children get their cues of the objective world from engaging with models to whom they are emotionally attached. One would think Critical Theory devoid of science given its characterization elsewhere. It is neither Woke nor stuck in the doldrums of lame Marx-Freud schemata of Horkheimer and Adorno. Habermas had superseded those guys already.

    Oddly that developmentalist line of thought dovetails with Lindsey Osterman’s discussion on the Serious Inquiries Only podcast of how young children may avoid orally interacting with or touching plants until getting feedback from a parental unit. The rationale is that kids who incautiously touched strange plants would perish. I’m probably not capturing it, but she was defending ev psych from those who point to Gad Saad and others as exemplars of ev psych, something not uncommon here.