I had something else planned for today’s post, but I had quite the adventure last night, so I thought I’d share. It’s kind of a long story, and I apologize for that in advance. Yesterday was a pretty typical day in that I arose around 4:30, went for a swim, biked to work, and then […]
Pi is not all it’s cracked up to be. The problem with pi, is that a pie is 2 pi. Tau, which is 2 pi, is much better. Confused? Here’s my favourite mathemusician to explain. So, instead of celebrating pi day (3/14 or March 14), I am celebrating Tau Day (6/28, or June 28). You […]
Hawk moths belong to the moth family Sphingidae. The family is large and known for the superior flying abilities of its members, many of which are capable of hovering, darting, and manoeuvering quickly. Its diversity includes groups as drab as the Pachylias: And pests like the hornworm caterpillar I posted about before (link here). But […]
I have mixed feelings about the ocean. As much as I want to love it unconditionally, and as much as I adore swimming, snorkeling, coral reefs, cephalopods, and especially parrot fish, I seem to be fundamentally terrestrial. I struggle with field work in the ocean, grappling with my equipment to prevent it from floating away. […]
I’ve been dealing with a lot of losses lately, and it’s hard. I guess that’s part of life, losing people, but it doesn’t make it any easier to forget how much you loved them. It’s just like the big old elm tree that they had to cut down this year. Forgive me for comparing a […]
Go on, I dare you to tell me that this is not the most adorable bee you have ever seen.
Yesterday I was working in the field, and a wasp somehow got into my trousers while I was walking from one plot to another, hauling my very serious science wagon full of water tanks. Because I was walking, my leg swung forward, the fabric of the trousers trapped the wasp against my thigh, and it […]