California Flora

April 29, 2010

Thanks to the Bay Nature Institute for this link to Michael L Charters’ site with California plant names. The site includes lots of photos and detailed information about California plants, plant name origins, and a glossary of botanical terms.

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Doug Carrick’s Hornby Island Eagle cam

April 28, 2010

Thanks to Jane Wright for this link to Doug Carrick’s Hornby Island Eagle cam. Jane says, “Warning … this is addictive. The parents are talking to the eggs and you can hear the eggs peeping back. The eagles will likely hatch this morning.” Wow; I’m watching!

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April 28, 2010

Here’s a link to, a site with multiple webcams: on safari, at waterholes, and in nests.

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A look at evolving role models for girls

April 9, 2010
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Dear Dr. Laura

April 1, 2010
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Dr. Laura Schlesinger, an observant Orthodox Jew, has said on her radio show that homosexuality is an abomination and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. This response, which circulated widely on the Internet, is a reminder that many of us feel free to “pick and choose” when it comes to our religious beliefs. Dear Dr. […]

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March 29, 2010
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I love the whacky irony of these “trophies” I read about on UK-based artist Shauna Richardson develops life-size animals through the process of crocheting. She uses the term “crochetdermy” to better explain her work, which makes strong references to taxidermy. Her pieces are made with materials like coarse wools such as mohair mixes, glass […]

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Book Launch Party for Judith Horstman’s Brave New Brain

March 22, 2010
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Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010 Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Location: Revolution Wines Street: 2116 P Street City: Sacramento, CA Open invitation: You are cordially invited to the Book Launch Party for Judith Horstman’s Scientific American Brave New Brain at Revolution Wines on Thursday, April 8. Join us as we celebrate this literary force […]

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Handsome Men’s Club

March 16, 2010

Jimmy Kimmel’s Handsome Men’s Club video is a laugh-out-loud tribute to handsomeness.

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Happy Pi Day!

March 14, 2010

Today — 3/14 — I’m celebrating pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, the irrational, transcendental, infinite mystery number: 3.1415926535897932384626434….  (If this isn’t enough detail for you, the first 10,000 digits of pi are listed on The Joy of Pi website.) Today also happens to be Albert Einstein’s 131st birthday; […]

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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

March 8, 2010

Nicholas Carr’s article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?,” in the Atlantic discusses the effect “reading” snippets of information on the Internet has on our brains. In the spirit of snippets, here are some quotations from the article: Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with […]

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