A prospective retrospective

(aka playing with prefixes) Dear reader(s), I won’t lie…2016 was a rough year for me (and many others). It was a year of lost friends and lost hopes, of rejection and disillusionment. It was a year of drought and 14 hour field days and many, many 70 hour work weeks.  I know I didn’t post […]

Links to share

Slime molds can share learned knowledge: https://news.cnrs.fr/articles/brainless-slime-can-share-learned-knowledge Are Santas elves derived from dwarves? This post investigates: https://scifundchallenge.org/ecotome/2015/12/24/phylogeny-of-elves-finds-that-santas-elves-are-actually-dwarves/ It snowed in the Sahara (NB: I made the mistake of reading the comments and no, this does not in any way disprove climate change, see earlier posts with convincing evidence of climate warming globally)! https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/12/21/everyone-was-stunned-snow-falls-in-sahara-desert-town-for-first-time-in-37-years/ Migrating insects […]

Guide to Writing Productivity

My mother is a novelist and she asked me to write her a guide to writing productivity for Christmas. She and I have very different writing styles…I’m a scientist and a large portion of my job is writing (be it grants, proposals, or papers). Her main problem is discipline. Writing for her isn’t a job […]

Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar

These guys are such good snake mimics!  I love how they even imitate eye shine… This is the second one of these I found this year! (PS this is from October) So here are a ton of photos of this cute little guy! Hairy carpenter hands Calloused carpenter hands Ok my hands are not nearly […]

A colorful Mt. Nittany hike

From the autumn!  Also, might I add that my friend who got hit by a drunk driver three years ago completed this hike and I am very proud of him.  He took some of these photos but I don’t remember which ones, so I’ll throw them all in together.  We have a very different photographic […]