Category Archives: d*gs

Slate article takes us to task for being moved by a photo

The article below, which just appeared in Slate, seems better suited for the Pecksniffian Salon, famous for its authoritarianism and hatred of New Atheism. But let’s start with a viral tweet from Jim McGrath, who was a spokesman for G. H. W. Bush after he left the White House but before he died: Mission complete. #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/rXdyXAS4lk […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I’m BAAACK! Thanks to Grania for filling it with some great Hilis (and other posts) in my absence. We’re returning to our regular readers’ wildlife feature, and I have a reasonable backlog to tide us over. We’ll begin with some doings on Stephen Barnard’s property in Idaho; winter is coming on and it’s migration season, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard is back with some lovely photos from Idaho—including mallards! His notes are indented: First, a couple of photos of some elk (Cervus canadensis) I found in my backyard after I came home from a weekend trip. This group is part of a larger herd of at least 100. It appears to be dominated […]

Readers’ wildlife photograph

Posting may be light today as I have some science to do (working on my last research paper!), and we’ll have but one wildlife photo, an astronomy photo by reader Tim Anderson. But I love the astronomy shots, and this is a good one. Tim’s notes: This is a picture of the Sculptor Galaxy, NGC […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Rick Longworth sent a lovely video of hummingbird interactions at his feeder. Dextrous little buggers! Black Chinned hummingbirds(Archilochus alexandri) feud around the feeder. I was unable to see what was going on between the rivals, so I used several levels of slow motion and freeze frame. The feud takes place in 4 parts: 1. Staying […]

Paper of the month: Postmodernists on “doggy bio-politics” as exemplified by Obama’s Water Dog Bo

You know what? I don’t care if the paper below was published is a predatory journal, or an obscure journal or whatever: it still gives scholars the opportunity go cite a publication on their curriculum vitae, thereby advancing their careers. I have no idea how Organization rates among scholars, but Wikipedia does suggest that it doesn’t […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Stephen Barnard is back with some nice pictures from Idaho—and a video.  His captions and descriptions are indented: Cinnamon Teal, Spatula cyanoptera: Hairy Woodpecker, Leuconotopicus villosus: Sandhill Crane, Antigone canadensis: Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus), king of the roost, and about as yellow as nature gets: Finally, a HUGE bumblebee that landed on the stripping skirt of my boat while […]

A Calvinist d*g

From the Babylon Bee (click on screenshot), which appears to be an underappreciated Onion-like site: The text: SEATTLE, WA—Responding to his owner Matt affectionately calling him a “good boy” for fetching a stick, local Calvinist canine Rupert reportedly reminded him that “according to the Scriptures, nobody is a good boy.” “We’ve been over this, Matt. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

As I’m home during the early morning, and thus limited to photos that just arrived. Today we have a short but sweet set of two from Stephen Barnard, who’s been AWOL for a while. First, a House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus): And then Deets, one of Stephen’s two Border Collies (the other is Hitch). As he says, […]

A newspaper-stealing coyote

A coyote in San Francisco (yes, they’re there) was found to be the source of missing newspapers that had been delivered but disappeared. The deliveryman then observed the coyote playing with the purloined papers as if they were toys. He managed to solve the problem, though, and guess how? Click on the headline to find […]