Archive for: June, 2011

Beefeater's Breakfast

Jun 16 2011 Published by under Picture Posts

Took this picture last April, during a European excursion. Technically, I suppose it qualifies as a candid street shot - but you'd never know it based on the subject matter.

Beefeater's Breakfast

As always, you can click on the picture to go get a bigger version.

Yes, I do realize I'm running a bit heavy on pictures and a bit light on content right now, but we're in the middle of moving so time is a bit tight.

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A look at the upcoming campaign season

Jun 15 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

A brand new "super pac" just released a web ad. This particular ad is aimed at influencing the upcoming CA-36 special election, which pits LA Councilwoman Janice Hahn against Teahadist Craig Huey.

The ad defies description. It's either the single most sexist, racist, vile campaign ad that I've ever seen, or the greatest parody of such ads. I hope it's a parody, but every last bit of the available evidence suggests that it's not.

The definitely NSFW ad is below the fold.

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Photo post - Eyed Click Beetle

Jun 13 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Alaus oculatus

Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus).
Fort Rucker, Alabama
10 May 2011

Full size version available on Flickr - click the image to go there.

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How many blue lobsters does it take to start a business?

Uncommon Descent, for some reason, just posted a link to an article about a blue lobster. This isn't the first time that a blue lobster has been found, and there are even rarer yellow and albino variants that are known. Since there is, as the UD article points out, a trade in blue crayfish, it's reasonable to assume that the blue coloration in lobsters is a heritable. All that leaves me wondering something: exactly why did the folks at Uncommon Descent decide to highlight this example?

The UD article contains the following gem:

Apparently, there is a trade in blue crayfish for aquariums, but any similar trade on blue lobsters depends on finding another one, of the opposite sex.

Does it really?

I didn't take a lot of time to research the genetic mechanisms underpinning lobster coloration (frankly, it's not a topic that fascinates me). I did find, however, that there's reason to suspect that the blue coloration is the result of a recessive trait (a paper I found noted that a prior study had found that blue offspring only occur when two blue lobsters mate). If that's the case, does a would-be purveyor of blue lobsters really need two blue lobsters to get the business off the ground?
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