Tuesday, October 25, 2005

COM: Blogarithmic #46

Thanks to Gayle Strickland, whose fantastic Odonate site is here, i have a closer ID for that odd fly i posted pictures of a few days ago here. It looks very close to this Stratiomyid fly, or Soldier Fly, in the genus Odontomyia. Now that Gayle has done the difficult work i'll see if i can trace it down to a species. Thanks Gayle! P.s. i see that Gayle and Jeanell have gotten into another group that several of us have pursued lately -- Robber Flies! -- and are using their considerable photographic and layout skills to make their wonderful plates with this group.

R.I.P. Rosa Parks.

R.I.P. 2000 US Soldiers, 194 Coalition Soldiers, thousands of civilians.

Must reads. Check this soldier's story here, then read his retraction here, and a compendium of the reaction here . . . numbing.

Winter is coming. Calvin helps ease the transition . . .

Had first rehearsal tonight for Our Town with the Ingram Thespians -- that's a great bunch of kids and wonderful actors. We're way short of rehearsal time for this somewhat difficult piece, but the kids bring a lot to the table -- indeed several already had their lines down tonight -- and i suspect this will be one fine show.

Roy Burney was there -- the first time i've seen him since his "episode" with his gall bladder/pancreas/other gooey internal stuff and i'd have to say he was looking pretty good. He does have some more tests and stuff going on but it appears they've ruled out the ugly C word. But of course no one has pinned anything down. Worse, and this would be Roy's sentiment i think, he had to give up his role as Petruchio in The Point's Taming of the Shrew, the first time in some 40 years of acting he's ever had to quit a role. Will update as they pass on more news.

Had a pretty outstanding trip to Austin this last weekend. Will post observations from the day in the field later -- working on script now, plus trying to assemble notes for my molluscs post for Circus of the Spineless! Also may have some words about Everything or Nothing, the premiere i attended on Sunday.
“Here’s the first half of the book: ‘We had dinner and a few drinks. We went to
a cafe and talked and had some drinks. We ate dinner and had a few drinks.
Dinner. Drinks. More dinner. More drinks. We took a cab here (or there) in Paris
and had some drinks, and maybe we danced and flirted and talked sh*t about
somebody. More dinner. More drinks. I love you, I hate you, maybe you should
come up to my room, no you can’t’… I flipped through the second half of the book
a day or two later and saw the words ‘dinner’ and ‘drinks’ on nearly every page
and figured it wasn’t worth the risk.”
That's about Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises from an actual review by an Amazon (which sucks) reader who gave it one star. There's lots more here at The Morning News.

Okay, Stephen Colbert, a favorite stepson of The Daily Show has his own newscast now -- that's Colbert as in Coal-BEAR (French, get it . . .) and so it is the Colbert Report, Coal-BEAR Rep-POOR (French squared, get it . . .). Anyway, here's a cool review. It's at the NYT so it may not last long, read now or look for my archive later.

A Raccoon just walked by the office window -- that's a new one, following Opossum, Ringtail Cat, Striped Skunk, Gulf Coast Toad and Rio Grande Leopard Frog (and that's just the non-bird vertebrates) . . .

I was hoping to have Orange-striped Threadtails this week to really extend the late date for that species. BUT, they're a bit delicate (looking at least) and the fact that we hit freezing here last night for several hours (5) probably means they won't be around anymore. I'll give it a look. There were a number of American Rubyspots out today (high of 72) but they're an order of magnitude bigger and thicker. We'll see. . . And what's this freezing stuff in mid-October (we usually don't have more than a brief dip before Thanksgiving. Every time i'm ready to jump on the global warming bandwagon along comes this jacket stuff.

A film about 17-year Cicadas.

Gore/Obama 2008

This edition's been fun so i keep pushing it to the top . . .

Thanks as always to Will at Clicked and Eric at Altercation for a round of suggestions. What a job huh -- MSNBC wages to surf around looking for cool stuff. I want that job! And Pharyngula is tops at finding the latest in bizarre and educational science. Thanks to all.

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