After my denunciation by chiropractors and their advocates over the last few days—opprobrium that I welcome—Reader Pliny the in Between, whose website is The Far Corner Cafe, put together a series of drawings showing how spinal manipulation, such as that practiced by chiropractors, could produce a stroke. This, for instance, is what a real doctor, Orac, thinks […]
We have two Simon’s Cat specials for Valentine’s Day. In the first, Simon Tofield shows how he makes one of the pictures used in the second video. I don’t think the cat’s inamorata is thrilled to get a box o’ mice. And here’s the final product for today: “Dinner Date: Starters.” Note how the cat is […]
Darwin scholar John van Whye put this on Facebook: it’s Darwin’s only known depiction of himself. John’s notes: Darwin sketched himself as this little stick man on the island of St Helena in July 1836 as the Beagle was sailing home. The sketch represents the strong winds blowing up the sea cliffs while the air on […]
I thought I was through with Darwin Day, but I’ve got Chuck on the brain. It may seem odd for biologists to hold him in such esteem (creationists often say, mistakenly, that we worship him and find no flaws in his work), but the fact remains that, more than any other scientist, he got things right […]
Some of you may find this gross, but it’s still a remarkable achievement of natural selection, and one of those weird things that abound in nature but most of which are yet to be described. It’s the discovery of a “fish-scale” gecko that easily sheds its scales when caught, revealing a bizarre, naked reptile that […]
From Big Think we have physicist Lawrence Krauss showing why the “teach both sides” argument for evolution—and science in general—is fallacious. This argument is now being inserted into school standards by religionists who have lost repeated court battles trying to get creationism and intelligent design taught explicitly in public schools. Their new tactic is to pass school standards allowing or urging […]
While any who may have been following my spotty and poor blogging for a while, might be hoping for that title to mean something more, I’m sorry to dissapoint…
Those who know me, know that a month ago, we lost family member. Whisp, our 15 year old cat, who had been with us through thick and thin, lived with us on 2 continents, helped us through the death of our son, taught my wife how to love and live with cats, and been all-round awesome in every way, had to be put down. He fought fiercely and bravely to stay at our side. but died in our arms finally at peace.
That done, it sent our ‘kitten’ Eowyn(12 year old) persian/siamese cross into a bit of a tailspin. she started showing more tabby than we thought she had.
It also hit us like an axe blow.
We had just started to talk about finding a new companion for Eowyn. The clincher was seeing her reaching into the bird-cage trying to play with the Cockatiels (Penn and Teller) and almost get her finger nipped off.
Well, it turns out a young couple was given a kitten, told it had been weaned, only to discover that was simply not true and the needs of such a young animal was beyond them.
Well folks, say hello to a very young russian blue who is now named Tymora. For those unfamiliar with the name ….
Named for the fantasy goddess of the fantasy world of Abeir-Toril. Goddess of good fortune and adventure. The patron goddess of those who take risks.