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Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales from Australia has some nice arthropods for us today (and don’t forget to send in your pictures!). His notes are indented, and first three pictures are spiders that mimic ants. More jumping spiders, ant mimics and otherwise. I found another Judalana lutea that is a different colour scheme from the one I found earlier, the […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s a rainy Saturday (October 14, 2017) in Chicago, and the Cubs play in Los Angeles tonight in the first game of the National League Championship. Should they win this series, it’s on to the World Series! It’s National Dessert Day, too, so eat your vegetables or—no pie for you! It’s also World Standards Day, […]

Finally, a box too small for Maru!

Let us end the work week, as we often do, with a cat—this time a prominent one. Maru is of course Japan’s most famous cat, and perhaps the most famous Internet cat in the world. His forte is entering small boxes, and he’s able to get into very tiny ones. But at last, after many […]

There be ducks!

Mirabile dictu: it’s turned warm today, and I went down to the pond just in case. .   And there I found a pair of mallards: a lovely female and her handsome boyfriend, who seemed to be getting along quite well. Sadly, I couldn’t get close enough to the hen mallard to see if it was […]

Wellesley student paper argues for “hate speech” limitations on free speech

Here’s an editorial from the April 12 edition of the Wellesley College student newspaper, The Wellesley News. (The school is an expensive and high class women’s school in Massachusetts.) This editorial came to my attention from a post on the website of Jonathan Turley, a professor of constitutional law and writer at George Washington University […]

Huffington Post clarifies Oppression Hierarchy by incisive analysis of cultural appropriation (dreadlocks versus Chinese tattoos)

HuffPo has done us all a service by deciding the ranking of oppressed groups, and they’ve done so in a clever way: by adjudicating which group should be most offended by cultural appropriation. The decision is in the piece below, co-written by Lilly Workneh, HuffPo’s Black Voices Senior Editor, and Jessica Prols, the Asian Voices Executive […]

Here’s the M&M!

Did you spot it? It wasn’t too hard, and here’s the reveal:

Readers’ wildlife photos

I’ll be busy writing today, so posting may be light. To quote Maru the cat, “I do my best.” Today’s animal photos were sent by reader Richard Dahl. I can’t find a relevant email, so the IDs may be all he sent. I need more photos, please. Send ’em in! Great blue heron (Ardea herodias): […]

Spot the M&M!

Since today is National M&M Day, we have an appropriate quiz. Below is a photo of that worst of all confections, candy corn (otherwise known as “sugared paraffin”). In this picture is a single M&M. Can you spot it? I’ll put the reveal up in two hours. Hint: clearly the M&M has one of the […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

OMG: it’s Friday the 13th (October, 2017), supposedly an unlucky day. But the odds are there will be at least one such day per year given that there are 12 thirteenths per year and only seven days of the week. And yesterday, at least, was lucky for the Chicago Cubs, who won the Central Division […]