Archive for: September, 2007

Turtle Yoga

Sep 30 2007 Published by under Image of the Day, Reptiles

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"Very good but try harder to get your other leg off the ground and don't forget to breathe and don't strain."
Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George. [Wallpaper size]

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Get Sorted!

Sep 30 2007 Published by under Uncategorized

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Just in time for a new term at school; it's time to get sorted into your house!

The Sorting Quiz

Your Result: Ravenclaw

You are smart, intelligent, and perceptive. You love information and flourish in facts. Though some Ravenclaws (like Luna) have an open mind, you might not have such an open mind, you might need proof for everything. But this isn't always a bad thing!

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The Decline of a Grand Old Institution

Sep 29 2007 Published by under Politics

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What's wrong with this picture: America is spending billions and billions of dollars to bomb the snot out of Iraq, but we can't even spare a fraction of that cost to fix our premier museum and zoo??
According to a news story that appeared in today's Washington Post, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Zoo are rapidly deteriorating due to a lack of funds to repair and update the facilities and to hire enough security guards to protect this nation's historic treasures.

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A Random Act of Kindness

Sep 29 2007 Published by under Image of the Day, NYC life

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White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis, 1st winter plumage.
Image: Kevin T. Karlson [larger view].

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Mother and Child

Sep 28 2007 Published by under Animalia, Image of the Day, Zoology

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This newborn black rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis, at a safari park in Tel Aviv is the first to have been born in captivity in Israel in 15 years.
Image: AP.

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Sesame Street Personality Quiz

Sep 28 2007 Published by under Uncategorized

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You Are Cookie Monster

Misunderstood as a primal monster, you're a true hedonist with a huge sweet tooth.
You are usually feeling: Hungry. Cookies are preferred, but you'll eat anything if cookies aren't around.
You are famous for: Your slightly crazy eyes and usual way of speaking
How you life your life: In the moment. "Me want COOKIE!"
The Sesame Street Personality Quiz

Hey, how did they know that my favorite snack is a .. COOKIE!!

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Rimatara Lorikeets: Returning From the Edge

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Back from the brink:
The endangered Rimatara lorikeet or Kuhl's lory, Vini kuhlii,
has been successfully reintroduced to Ātiu.
Image: Phil Bender.

As I've mentioned a few times already, my life's passion is the birds of the South Pacific, particularly the Loriinae, which are parrots commonly known as the lories and lorikeets. I study them professionally and I have lived with them and bred them for most of my life. So it was exciting to me when I learned that one of my favorite lory species, the endangered Rimatara lorikeet or Kuhl's lory, Vini kuhlii, experienced a conservation triumph several months ago: twenty-seven of the parrots were translocated from the island of Rimatara, in the Cook islands where a small population still exists, to the island of Atiu in French Polynesia, where they had been driven to extinction by the Maori hunters several hundred years ago. Officials hope that this homecoming will lead to establishment of a reserve population of the endangered birds.
Even though this translocation only occurred a few months ago, what is happening with these birds?

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All Things Medical Blog Carnival Available

Sep 27 2007 Published by under Medicine & Health

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The September issue of All Things Medical blog carnival is now available for you to read and enjoy. It appears that I have quite a few submissions to this blog carnival, so I think you should go over there and give them some support by poking through their linked stories, you know, just so I can extend my influence over the known world and stuff like that.

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White-Tipped Black Geometrid

Sep 27 2007 Published by under Image of the Day, Insects, Zoology

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White-Tipped Black Geometrid, Melanchroia chephise, Houston, Texas.
A diurnal moth, this one was photographed on the Katy Prairie NABA Butterfly Count about 30 miles NW of downtown Houston, Texas, on September 3, 2007.
Image: Biosparite [larger view].

This is a White-tipped Black Geometrid, Melanchroia chephise, although it resembles some of the wasp mimics in the Tiger Moth Family. [read more about it]

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Tangled Bank Blog Carnival Now Available

Sep 27 2007 Published by under Uncategorized

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Good news, everyone; the 89th edition of The Tangled Bank blog carnival is now available for you to enjoy. Sorry I am late with this announcement, but you know, shit is what happens as you try to life your life.

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