Sorry for the serious lack of posting lately, folks. I’ve been having bad blogging fatigue (I’ve hardly even been reading blogs), so I’m taking it easy, in an effort to avoid some kind of spectacular flame-out. And, Emily and I both just started a new semester. I have been incredibly busy; I’m sure Emily has, too.
That aside, here are some interesting links.
2. Don’t Divorce Us! — a very sweet video fighting Prop 8.
4. And on a completely different note, pygmy seahorses!
Take a look at these incredible images of plankton. Wow!
They’re part of an exhibition by one Dr. Richard Kirby, based in the UK. The complete group will be on display at aquariums in England next year.
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Just a sampling of some interesting tabs I have open right now.
1. Beautiful images of the thousands of new species recently discovered on a little island in the Republic of Vanatu.
2. A 2700-year-old marijuana stash has been discovered.
3. Gorgeous 1800s toolchest. Wow! It was made by a piano- and organ-maker named Studley, to hold everything the traveling organ-tuner might ever need.
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Via Boing Boing, check out this incredible collection of images of various bugs (and a few other animals) deftly camouflaged as dead or dying leaves. They are gorgeous and unbelievable — do take a look.
From the same page, some videos of such creatures. This is a homemade one of a very beautiful little beastie…
And this one is of a particularly terrifying specimen capturing and devouring what appears to be an innocent beetle.
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I’m writing this just before eight o’clock on Monday evening, but by the time you’re reading it — assuming you’re reading it on Tuesday morning or afternoon — I will be some 38,000 feet in the air, on my way to visit Emily in New York City. I don’t think blogging will be much affected by my trip, but if it is, you’ve been forewarned. We have planned a lovely week of museum tours and gallery visits.
Anyway, my girlfriend, Jessie, pointed me toward this bizarre video of an “alien-like” squid filmed very deep in the see. It’s freaky. I couldn’t even watch the whole video, that animal is so strange. Wow.
Via ZooBorns, where you can see some adorable pictures of them.
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Take a look at this collection of gorgeous images of spiders, including a bunch that look horrifyingly similar to ants, and many others with spectacular colors.
Emily and I are both big fans of Zooilogix, so I was very excited to hear about the bloggers’ new project: ZooBorns, a blog about unusual baby animals at zoos and aquariums around the world. It’s only existed for a few days, but it’s already bordering on dangerously adorable, featuring a newborn snow leopard kitten, tiny red panda cubs, a baby giraffe, and so much more. Hooray!
Via MAKE, meet Megalopyge opercularis, also known as the southern flannel moth, puss moth, and asp caterpillar. It is incredibly strange looking at both its larval and its mature stages, covered with an almost mammalian fur. Beware, though — according to the afore-linked Wikipdia article, its downy locks are filled with “venomous spines” that elicit “extremely painful reactions in human skin.” Yikes!
This is the tribble-like caterpillar:
And, courtesy of one Patrick Coin, here is the fully grown moth:
And finally, a video of the caterpillar in action. You haven’t had the full experience until you’ve seen how this thing moves.