Ridiculously snowy Friday afternoon in Fladungen -- one of those days where you shovel the walk for the third time, turn around and realize it's all to be done again, and go inside and lie down for a while.
I've been telling the boys "monkey stories" for years now: stuff adapted from the Journey to the West. Since these always involve Monkey beating someone up with his magical iron cudgel, they're popular. Recently I was noodling for more material online. That led me to things like this, but on the other hand also to this.
I am now on Facebook. Not quite sure what to make of it. I mean... what does it do, exactly? Once you've looked up all your friends from high school, and fretted a bit over all your unanswered friend requests, what happens then?
There are a lot of good biology blogs out there, but I am particularly fond of the Catalogue of Organisms. Any blog that regularly has posts with names like "More Giant Larvae" is likely to be good, but this one just covers all sorts of interesting ground. I was moved to mention this by the most recent post, which tackles the question of how modern insects evolved metamorphosis. Apparently one broadly accepted theory is that larva are, in evolutionary terms, embryos that have hatched early and gone off on their own, free-range and voracious. Yes, it's an interesting image. Also, Things I Did Not Know: there are insects whose pupal stage is mobile... coccoons with legs. Insects. Just damn.
Speaking of biology, nobody who smiles all the time can be quite right.
Why are a lot of credit card companies based in South Dakota? That and so much more in this article.
...then what would have been an appropriate medium for the last inauguration?