Odious and Peculiar
Philology and esoterica: scribblings, ravings and mutterings.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
This is one righteously pissed off birder. Odious and Peculiar heartily approve!
Hat tip: Chas.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
What it's like to be swallowed by a hippo
Also, sweet justice: Houston teen who found himself with a slew of severe injuries after the ashes from the cigar he was smoking mixed with the “combustible mixture” in his pocket while he and a friend were going to “blow up turtles.”
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Pagan wild men of Europe: they remind me a bit of Kachina costumes in this neck of the woods. More here, though you'll have to navigate within the site on your own: look for Wilder Mann.
Via Chas, of course.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Images of a giant squid in its natural habitat! Who says there's no good news these days? They did it by means of near-infrared light: beautiful images of a beautiful animal, even if it's just a little one.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
As on many things I like, I tend to glut myself on Interactive Fiction, then ignore it for months on end. But Bee is well worth anyone's time.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
One of the perks of living in New Mexico (and we need a few!): a low profile on this map of natural disaster risk. Tornadoes are quite rare, earthquake risk very moderate, hurricanes sound kind of nice around here. We just have some hail and a couple volcanoes to live with, and our volcanoes are the mild type that might spit up a small cinder cone every few thousand years, not looming behemoths like Rainier or Shasta. The map doesn't include forest fires, which would give the Rockies a much stronger showing, but it's really only a relatively small number of homeowners down here for whom wildfire is a serious worry. Our main afflictions are drought, wind and idiocy, which I suppose I'll take over tornadoes and earthquakes.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I love that some web administrator for the USDA saw fit to illustrate a rather P.C. news release from the Forest Service with an image of the, errr.... striking One-Hung-Low pictographs from the Middle Fork of the Salmon:
My larger version:
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
NOAA answers the question "Why don't we nuke hurricanes?"
Via What If?
Monday, December 03, 2012