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|Saturday, February 6th, 2016|
|Thursday, January 14th, 2016|
|Friday, December 18th, 2015|
|Change for the Sake of Change
Goddamn i can't stand sites like Flickr. They are always changing things around, don't use words to describe some of their buttons/menuitems, everything is just so obfuscated. If you're not a regular daily user, every time you go back to it you're lost.
It took me several minutes to figure out how to upload a fucking image
to their site now. Really? You'd think the entire point of the site would have a giant ass button front and center.
And of course at the end of all that effort, "there was a problem uploading your image". Hahaha. See ya later.
Adansonia grandidieri, sometimes known as Grandidier's baobab, is the biggest and most famous of Madagascar's six species of baobabs. This imposing and unusual tree is endemic to the island of Madagascar [...]
These trees are so cool! I'd seen them before but thought they were just fantasy, not real.
|Sunday, November 15th, 2015|
|Muting a Browser Tab
I never noticed that (in Firefox at least) you can mute videos on the tab's name.
|Wednesday, October 28th, 2015|
KIC 8462852 – eponymously Tabby's star (after lead author Tabetha S. Boyajian) or WTF star (for "Where's The Flux?") - is [...] approximately 454 parsecs (1,480 ly) from Earth.
The star's large irregular changes in brightness are consistent with many small masses together orbiting the star in "tight formation". Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the star's highly unusual light curve, including that it could be signs of activity associated with intelligent extraterrestrial life.
Will be interesting to see what this turns out to be.
|Thursday, October 22nd, 2015|
|Monday, October 19th, 2015|
|Thursday, October 1st, 2015|
| Why Do Our Fingers and Toes Wrinkle During a Bath?
Scientists think that they have the answer to why the skin on human fingers and toes shrivels up like an old prune when we soak in the bath. Laboratory tests confirmed a theory that wrinkly fingers improve our grip on wet or submerged objects, working to channel away the water like the rain treads in car tires.[src]
|Sunday, September 27th, 2015|
|15 Steps to Getting a Job After "12" Years of Self-Employment
1) Read up on how job searching has changed since the last time you held a job.
The longer it's been, the more important this is.
2) Get your life in order.
For me this simply meant getting a phone number. Yeah, i didn't have a phone. Don't judge me!
3) Update your resume.
It's useful to have a lifelong master copy with every rough piece of information you can think of. From this, you create slightly different, short professional versions tailored to the fields/industries you are interested in applying to, as well as a generic version.
4) Make/update your LinkedIn* profile.
This is an expanded version of your generic professional resume. Contact old co-workers to find out who remembers you well and is open to reconnecting.
5) Update your list of references.
Find out which old references are still interested in backing you, and find new ones you can add. Again it's useful to have a master copy with everything, from which you make a professional short version.
6) Make hard copies.
Convert resume and reference list into PDF* documents. Print out a few copies of each professional resume version, as well as the reference list. Carry them in a portable folder for distribution at interviews when requested.
7) Update your wardrobe.
If necessary, update your wardrobe from head to toe to look your best at interviews. First impressions are huge.
8) Tell everyone you know you're looking for work.
Post it on Facebook*, and bring it up in your random regular conversations. Tons of job openings are filled through contacts of contacts before being posted on places like craigslist*.
9) Search for jobs.
Search through and keep an eye on craigslist* in the fields/industries you are interested in applying to.
10) Selectively apply to positions and/or companies that sound like a good fit.
Send an email with a short blurb, which is essentially your cover letter, attaching your resume in PDF* form.
11) Wait for calls/interest.
Repeat 9) and 10) in the meantime.
12) Attend interviews from interested recruiters.
13) Correspond with positions that show mutual interest.
Be very patient, as some industries move glacially with recruitment (up to a month or more).
14) Accept offer from best fit.
* Replace with whatever the current best tool(s) are.
|Thursday, September 24th, 2015|
The most notable characteristic of bowerbirds is their extraordinarily complex courtship and mating behaviour, where males build a bower to attract mates. There are two main types of bowers. One clade of bowerbirds build so-called maypole bowers, which are constructed by placing sticks around a sapling; in some species, these bowers have a hut-like roof. The other major bowerbuilding clade builds an avenue type-bower made of two walls of vertically placed sticks. In and around the bower, the male places a variety of brightly colored objects he has collected. These objects — usually different among each species — may include hundreds of shells, leaves, flowers, feathers, stones, berries, and even discarded plastic items, coins, nails, rifle shells, or pieces of glass. The males spend hours arranging this collection. Bowers within a species share a general form but do show significant variation, and the collection of objects reflects the biases of males of each species and its ability to procure items from the habitat, often stealing them from neighboring bowers. Several studies of different species have shown that colors of decorations males use on their bowers match the preferences of females.
[...] Many females end up selecting the same male, and many under-performing males are left without copulations. Females mated with top-mating males tend to return to the male the next year and search less.
[...] Others have suggested that the bower functioned initially as a device that benefits females by protecting them from forced copulations and thus giving them enhanced opportunity to choose males and benefits males by enhancing female willingness to visit the bower. [...] Recent studies with robot female bowerbirds by Patricelli and collaborators have shown that males react to female signals of discomfort during courtship by reducing the intensity of their potentially threatening courtship. Coleman and colleagues found that young females tend to be more easily threatened by intense male courtship, and these females tend to choose males based on traits not dependent on male courtship intensity.
The high degree of effort directed at mate choice by females and the large skews in mating success directed at males with quality displays suggests that females gain important benefits from mate choice. Since males have no role in parental care and give nothing to females except sperm, it is suggested that females gain genetic benefits from their mate choice, but this has not been established, in part, because of the difficulty of following offspring performance because males take seven years to reach sexual maturity. One hypothesis for the evolutionary causation of the bowerbuilding display is Hamilton and Zuk's "bright bird" hypothesis, which states that sexual ornaments are indicators of general health and heritable disease resistance. [...]
This complex mating behaviour, with its highly valued types and colors of decorations, has led some researchers to regard the bowerbirds as among the most behaviorally complex species of bird. It also provides some of the most compelling evidence that the extended phenotype
of a species can play a role in sexual selection and indeed act as a powerful mechanism to shape its evolution, as seems to be the case for humans. Inspired by their seemingly extreme courtship rituals, Charles Darwin discussed both bowerbirds and birds-of-paradise in his writings.
Bowerbirds have also been observed creating optical illusions in their bowers to appeal to mates. They arrange objects in the bower's court area from smallest to largest, creating a forced perspective which holds the attention of the female for longer. Males with objects arranged in a way that have a strong optical illusion are likely to have higher mating success.[source]
|Monday, September 21st, 2015|
|Friday, September 18th, 2015|
|Oarfish - Likely Source of Sea Serpent Tales
Oarfish are large, greatly elongated, pelagic lampriform fish belonging to the small family Regalecidae. Found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen, the oarfish family contains four species in two genera. One of these, the giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne), is the longest bony fish alive, growing to up to 11 m (36 ft) in length.
|Wednesday, September 9th, 2015|
|Saturday, September 5th, 2015|