The Contented Zoologist: Mid Feb 2017

My MS degree from Auburn (just after the last Ice Age) was in Vertebrate Zoology. I would have been just as happy–if not happier–if it had been in Invertebrate Zoology since there are a gazillion times more animals without than with backbones. And they have had oodles (another highly scientific word) more time to show up […]

Big-Data Big-Brother NewSpeak

There are, of course, those who say that this big-data psychometric neurosociological element had nothing to do with the Trump win. What do you think? Twig from this quote from Cambridge Analytica’s own boast on their website on November 9 and go from there: “We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communications played […]

Sense of Presence: Earth Places

I am one of those former young adult dreamers about far-away places that feels like a dream has come true. It is called Google Maps/Google Earth. It can take me any where, any time. And when (increasingly often) I need a diversion from what passes these days as reality, I fire up the engine and […]

Got Plans

The the best-laid ones, well, you know. They don’t always follow the script. I had plans for another post topic this morning (yes a rare-these-days premeditated bit) but was overcome by events. Again. And in the process of doing the first thing so that the second could happen, I found one of not many audio […]

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A Pill Bug By Any Other Name

So what do you call them? And if you say you’ve never seen them before or held one (or a couple of dozen) in your hands as a child, well–the pity. We called them roly-polies. You might have called them pill bugs or sow bugs or wood lice, but they are not bugs nor lice, and […]

Off Grid on Goose Creek

This “slice of life” from 2013 also published on Jan 28 to Medium.com where you can see better views of the images. You might consider “following” my Medium.com articles and essays, and “recommend” a few if you find merit. Off the Grid on Goose Creek at Medium.com Rhythms change when the lights go out… Even into […]