Saturday, January 21, 2006

You are what you eat so eat well

You are what you eat #2

Beware of old vegetarians

Another true fact from Australia. Recently there was a wildlife poll, conducted by scientists and it involved asking several thousand salt water crocodiles what food they prefered eating.

Now it is a well known fact that nearly 9 out of 10 Australian crocodiles prefer eating people that are vegetarians to eating people that are omnivorous.

Be serious! Hitler was a vegetarian!


Friday, January 20, 2006

All snakes are protected species in Australia

Direct digital image of a Gouldian finch

This tiny female bird expired of natural causes in the Mullumbimby Pet Shop, and was loaned to me frozen. Much like Walt Disney, if you can imagine that. Although it is believed that Old Walt is kept much colder by using liquid nitrogen.

After thawing the finch, I scanned it. The image here is the result.

In the second version I used Adobe Photoshop and one of my stock direct digital images of leaves from a
forest floor in the habitat frequented by the bird.

Thank you to Kelly and Sally at the Mullumbimby Pet Shop for cooperating with the direct digital imaging lab with this experiment.

As they said to me, not all customers come in for animals that have passed their use by date.

Rare Australian Gouldian Finch

There is a charming pet shop in Mullumbimby, New South Wales ('my town) that is well run and has an outstanding variety of fish, birds and mammals that are suitable for becoming 'human companions.'

The pet shop is run by Kelly and Sally. Neither is known to bark at customers.

Earlier this week I went in their shop to purchase seeds to hang in a tree in my garden to attract parrots. On a whim, I asked them if any of their animals had recently died of natural causes. "Yes" was their answer, and from their freezer they produced this 9.5 cm specimen of a Chloebia Gouldiae. It was frozen solid.

Just like Walt Disney or a homeless person in a Moscow winter.

I lived for nearly three years in a forest in the finch's habitat, but never saw one either alive or dead.

Special thanks to Kelly and Sally. Without their help this botanial image would not have been created.

Proverb #17, about gardens

Europe's most deadly warship

Now I can't wait to see a pistol tree or a bomb flower

My garden of eden

The garden of earthy delights

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Please play detective and solve this old mystery

We hold this truth to be self evident

Deadly creatures of the sea #27

Secret life of social mushrooms


Science and humor go together

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Still looking for signs of intelligent life on earth?

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Almost everything is a spiral

World leader in scanning fish underwater

What strange plants glow in the dark?

Who? Owls, that's who.

One wild bird with a feeling for luxury living

Monday, January 16, 2006

Overlooked Human Right - strawberries

The world would be a better place if everyone ate strawberries at least once a week. Now, two points: (1) why don't they ever taste like they did when we were children ? (2) who is responsible for growing strawberries these days that taste like cardboard? And is anyone working on a chicken flavoured strawberry?

Cannonball flower (?)

Wish I knew more about this strange flower. I've only seen one, and I suspect this isn't the complete flower, but a segment of it. The direct digital image was made in Cooktown, far North Queensland. Any botanists out there that can help identify it with a Latin name?

Spiders taste like chicken. Try some today.

My town is also a part of the bigger problem

Possibly the world's largest spider (?)

Construction Zone

Heros from the Amazing War of the Cats