Monday, May 18, 2009

Crab Spider versus B. melanopygus

Daniel spotted this dramatic scene (but I took the picture) of predation and mimicry during a field trip two weeks ago to Gathering Together Farms, an organic farm in Philomath. The man who owns the farm looked and sounded exactly like George Bluth, Sr. from Arrested Development.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

International Shortwave Celebrity!

Skip to the 10 minute mark:

they emailed me this QSL card, so I knew to listen. Sadly I missed the broadcast last night. I was able to hear it on the internet, confirming that there's really no reason for anyone to listen to shortwave radio, unless the power's out.

Martin Sheen shoots a football

I am a fan of Terrence Malick's films. Maybe he's my favorite director. It doesn't matter. I was excited to read this excerpt this evening while taking a break from scientific writing (which I have had to do a lot of this week, is very boring and is hard to do for a project that you haven't yet started):

"We're just starting work on a project for Terrence Malick, animating dinosaurs, the film is The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. It'll be showing in IMAX -- so the dinosaurs will actually be life size -- and the shots of the creatures will be long and lingering." -- this comes from an Empire magazine interview with VFX artist Mike Fink.

Synopsis of the film have been all over the place. I had read previously that it was about a child growing up and realizing that life's hard, which sounded sort of lame, but I was willing to give it a shot since I've liked all of his films that I've seen very much (even The New World, if mostly for the look of it). But now it apparently has dinosaurs. Maybe it's a documentary on the big tree at disney's animal kingdom.

I was reminded to look up the status of his new film when I downloaded this mix from this guy who I really don't know anything about, but I generally like the mixes he uploads. His band, deerhunter, is popular I think. The first track in the mix is the from the final scene in "badlands".