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A new book from Piotr Naskrecki

by Matthew Cobb Here are some great recent tweets by ace photographer Piotr, one of which advertises his new book about Costa Rica. One of Costa Rica's marvels, the Giant sylvan leaf katydid (Celidophylla albimacula). More in "Hidden Kingdom", — Piotr Naskrecki (@naskrecki) October 25, 2017 Ancala africana, a gorgeous tabanid fly with […]

No, I didn’t get groped

I see that most people think I would have been, but it didn’t happen. I went through a metal detector, so perhaps they didn’t find the MYSTERIOUS YELLOW BAND that appears on my tuchas in the See-You-Naked Machine. I’m a lucky boy.

An honorable Republican

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Republican, announced today that he’s not running for reelection to the Senate, and gave a heartfelt speech on the Senate floor explaining his reasons. They all have to do with Trump’s odious policies and toxic personality. CNN reprints his entire speech, which you should either read or watch (below), […]

Wellesley College editors try to clarify their support for “free speech”, but fail

Eleven days ago I wrote about an April 12 op-ed about free speech by the editors of the Wellesley College student newspaper, The Wellesley News. (Wellesley is a woman’s college in Massachusetts that, I think, accepts trans women but no men.) It was a poorly written piece but also deeply confused and confusing, for they not only stated that […]

Maajid Nawaz wins defamation lawsuit against Reuters Worldcheck for calling him a “terrorist”

You may know that Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz has sued the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for putting him on its “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” along with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. That suit is still in progress, but his (and Hirsi Ali’s) inclusion is palpable nonsense. Nawaz is a Muslim heads a reformist organization, and […]

Road trip and wedding, 1972

It turns out that my old college friends, whom I’m visiting in Cambridge, have a lot of snapshots taken around 1971 and 1972, right after we finished college. I’ll put up a few of them just for grins. Four of us—Tim and Betsy (the people I’m visiting), Kenny King (my best friend, now deceased) and […]

A fly with arachnid boots!

I was pleased to get this tw**t from Matthew showing a fly with boots. It looks like a housefly, and the pseudoscorpions are simply exhibiting phoresis: they’re hitching a ride to somewhere on the fly’s leg.  The “pseudoscorpion” page on Wikipedia notes that “pseudoscorpions often carry out phoresy, a form of commensalism in which one organism […]

Dastardly offense in Colorado

I don’t believe in capital punishment, but if any crime deserves a sentence of life without parole, it’s this one (click on screenshot to see the sordid tail from The Longmont News): Longmont police on Friday arrested a woman on suspicion of disorderly conduct after they say she pulled a gun on a squirrel outside […]

A net-casting spider

Net-casting spiders hang down near the ground, and their web has become, through evolution of the spider’s behavior, a “net” held in the four front legs. These sit-and-wait predators simply bide their time until a prey item walks underneath, and then cast their net like a fisherman. These are in the family Deinopidae, and, of […]

My alma mater jumps the shark

It was bad enough that an ACLU talk on free speech at The College of William and Mary (my school, class of 1971) was just shouted down by members of Black Lives Matter, and the College President made pious mutterings about free speech but does nothing. (He hasn’t yet answered my letter.) But that injury […]