Friday, October 25, 2013

extinction everywhere

/ antique lithograph of australian (and new zealand!) fauna /

it seems like i have been constantly hearing about a similar strain of extinct or nearly extinct animals over the past couple months. it all started with american museum of natural history's scicafe entitled reviving the mammoth, which was quite a really fascinating lecture about many of the considerations that must be made in order to de-extinct a species. while the idea of being able to see a once extinct animal in person sounds initially appealing, i personally think time, effort, and money can be better utilised on other projects.

then there was the book carnivorous nights (which was on my reading list and just happened to be part of AD's library) is all about the extinct thylacine, or tasmanian tiger. actually, the aim of the book is to show how many people believe the tiger might still be living somewhere in remote tasmania. it also touches on research efforts at resurrecting the tiger, but much like the scicafe lecture pointed out, there is laundry list of issues that act as barriers to any success so far.

today i listened to radiolab's rebroadcast of famous tumors, whose first story is about the tasmanian devil facial tumor. it's a heartbreaking story, but the devils have a lot of conservationists on their side that are making strong efforts to slow the spread of this disease.

and now tasmanian devils are now at the san diego zoo! this is not only great for exposing the north american public to this amazing animal, but it is also important for preserving the species should the facial tumor be unstoppable in australia.

and, funnily enough, the last story in radiolab's tumor episode is all about henrietta lacks and the book written about her is next on my reading list. i might add the song of the dodo (also in the episode) onto my list as well. ok, i might as well just add the whole radiolabreads to my list...

Monday, October 21, 2013

crazy legs

/ cuddly kiwi pillow by selma selfmade /

just in case kiwi legs one day become disproportionate and bizarre like the kiwi legs above, please refer to my article for some baseline studies on kiwi limb growth: characterization of hatch-size and growth rates of captive and wild-reared brown kiwi (apteryx mantelli) chicks.

yep, it's finally out in the current issue of zoo biology, which means i am officially a published author!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

gotta love kiwis looking after kiwis!

cats and happiness

/ from the happy page /

or.... your cat talking to you! noli has been meowing her head off lately. actually, ever since i took her outside about a month ago, she thinks she wants to be an outdoor cat. 

/ #nolithedestroyer devouring the leaves /

until she actually gets outdoors, in which case she sticks close by, rubbing up against me and chirping away. she loves playing with sticks and will come bounding over to me when i wiggle one around in the grass. other than one incident during the second time we brought her out (when she disagreed with us that it was time to come in), she hasn't strayed far from us or tried to run. her favourite activity while outside? eating leaves. and because its fall, there's obviously an abundance of those. the crispier, the better in her opinion.

update: it's national feral cat day! if you are a cat lover and don't already know about tnr (trap-neuter-release/return) programs, you should read up about them and how they help regulate the feral cat population in many cities.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


/ platypus poster by emugallery /

i don't really know where i got it, but on my calendar tomorrow is national platypus day, so shoutout to my platygirls!

/ preening male cardinal by leonard aschenbrand /

and here's some other art, just because.

/ long pinky by amy eisenfeld genser /

there's a day for everything

/ heavenly angel food cake by make fabulous cakes /

and today is national angel food cake day. i share this because i personally love angel food cake. not everyone can appreciate a vanilla cake, but i adore the light, fluffy fantasticness of the food of flying godly creatures. and i share this particular marshmallow-clad cake because it makes me think of a fun wedding cake and tomorrow i will be heading up the hudson to attend my good friend susie's wedding - i can't wait!

/ added a little kiwiana to susie's wedding present /

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

killer thighs

/ awesome shot by sandy carter photography /

last night i went to my very first gotham girls roller derby game. and it was awesome!! it was the most fast-paced derby game i have seen, and the footwork and skills were stunning. i was in complete awe. plus, the game was so close, especially in the final jams, that it was an edge-of-your-seat competition. the queens of pain finally pulled out ahead (just!) of manhattan mayhem to win the golden skate trophy.

/ i got recruited by queens of pain fans /

i was definitely still buzzing from a great night out when i read this story this morning - 'thigh gap': reflections on teenage girls' latest obsession - and was really flabbergasted. seriously?? thigh gap?? i know there probably aren't any regular teenage girl readers of my blog, but if there happen to be any reading right now, i just want to say that your thighs are the VERY LAST THING you should be thinking about right now. i promise. but if you are thinking about your thighs, think about how you can do something productive with them. running, gymnastics, dance, weight lifting, or even roller skating! do you think these badass ladies of roller derby can do their thing without some killer thighs? i don't think so.

/ think those thighs touch? who cares, they're amazing! via dancersamongus /

look in fashion mags for the clothes and accessories. but when you're looking for a body image to idolize, close the magazine and look at some ladies whose energy, enthusiasm, athleticism AND thighs are worth lusting over.