The instrumental version
The behind the scenes
actor dialog. (NSFW (well, one word anyway)).
Boring day job? Watch a grizzly bear hunt for salmon at Brooks Falls
or the Lower Brooks River
in Katmai National Park, Alaska. [more inside]
Two months breaking ice (in under five minutes)
is a very cool narrated time-lapse of the icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer moving through the Antarctic Ross Sea, following and tracking a phytoplankton bloom. [more inside]
Dr Ainley, is there such a thing as insanity among penguins?
What makes a penguin abandon its life and quest into the heart of Antarctica? What is a life well-lived for a penguin, anyway? What makes a human spend a year in a frozen wasteland? Is scientific curiosity kin to the derangement of the penguin? A short clip from Werner Herzog's excellent film, Encounters at the End of the World.
While travelling in Antarctica, journalism student Melissa Brennan took this short video at an intersection of a penguin highway.
Today is, of course, December 31st
, the new year's eve. And tomorrow will be December 32nd, the day after — December 33rd, and so on, until someone brings me a basket of blooming snowdrops
. [more inside]
"Blizzards and freezing cold were one thing. Penguin perversion
was another. Worse was to come, however. Levick spent the Antarctic summer of 1911-12 observing the colony of Adélies at Cape Adare, making him the only scientist to this day to have studied an entire breeding cycle there. " Penguin sex habits study rediscovered at Museum. [more inside]
A famous gay couple has decided to separate, citing
irreconcilable differences force
The Penguins of Madagascar
is a funny, fast-paced, and family-friendly cartoon series that you may not be watching... yet. [more inside]
Returning from the 2011 National Science Teachers Association Conference
with their cargo of penguins
that had been on display in the exhibit hall, SeaWorld animal escorts decided to give their charges some freedom
to stretch their legs
during Southwest Flight 583 to San Diego. The flightless birds promptly made the most of the situation
The Polar Discovery
team has documented science in action from pole to pole during the historic 2007-2009 International Polar Year, and covered five scientific expeditions
. The science projects explored a range of topics from climate change and glaciers, to Earth’s geology, biology, ocean chemistry, circulation, and technology at the icy ends of the earth. Through photo essays
and other multimedia
, they explain how scientists collected data and what they discovered about the rapidly changing polar regions. From the awesome folks at WHOI
Saturday Flash Hangover:
Help a penguin Learn to Fly
and scratch "flighless bird" from that stupid wikipedia article
. [more inside]
Robot penguins of the water
are manufactured by German robotics manufacturer Festo, as well as aquatic
and airborn rays
(as in the fish). Here's another aquapenguin video
from Festo's YouTube channel
. These videos are so futuristic they don't seem real. [via, fittingly enough, William Gibson's Twitterfeed]
is a site dedicated to all things Antarctic. There are pictures
(including, among much else, an old documentary about Edmund Hillary's and Vivian Fuchs' Transantarctic Expedition
), a history section
focusing on the famous explorers (e.g. Amundsen
and de Gerlache
) and a fact file
, which includes what may be my favorite section, an Antarctic slang dictionary
: removing snow that's stuck to clothing before going inside - monk-on
: a term for being in a bad, usually introspective mood, "he's got a monk-on" - poppy
: alcoholic beverage that is chilled with natural Antarctic ice). All this is but a taster of what's on the website.
Antarctica travel blog, done Big Picture style. Kevin Fox
, formerly a designer at Yahoo and Google (who wrote a great response
to Doug Bowman's design-by-metrics post
) took a trip to Antarctica a couple months back and has been slowly updating a mini-site
, exhaustively describing and showing photos from each part of each day he was down there. There are icebergs
. There are penguins
. There is swimming
. There is drinking
. It's all done in a wonderful large image Big Picture
style that makes me drop everything whenever the feed
updates. Start at the top and read the whole way through.
a new collection of over 20,000 photographs of British and international polar explorations from 1845-1960, from the Scott Polar Research Institute
, Cambridge. [more inside]
YouTubing this clip of Smedley serving Chilly Willy
a tall stack of pancakes [More butter? More butter! More syrup? More syrup! Nice? Very nice!]
led me to Chilly's Video Den
at Chilly Willy's Sub-Arctic World
. [Warning: Comic Sans font and a whole cold-butt-load of .wmv's] [more inside]
Penguins can fly.
And a very happy Poisson d'Avril
to you and yours.
The discovery in 2005 of fossils in Peru is challenging
previous views about the evolution of penguins
. They were tall, fast, and enjoyed being smacked by cavemen
* may not be true
. Famed for their romantic bonding
), their defiance of stereotypes
, their passion
, and their parenting skills
, they're now helping us out
with our love lifes. (previously 1, 2, 3 etc)
. Penguin populations around the world are crashing. Biologists are mystified but suspect warmer oceans caused by global warming is reducing available food.
Penguins With Angst
is the visual tale of a group of hoodlum penguins who vandalize a grain silo & threaten the life of Santa Claus. Easter Sacrifice
is a photostory of the kidnapping of the Easter Bunny & his eventual decapitation by the Dove of Peace. Both art projects courtesy of Exclusionary
, the online gallery of Jasper Thomas' work.
A flash site with Einstein, penguins, ninjas, narwhals
and a dinosaur.
What more could one want?
Mike Russell's CulturePulp
is a rare example of journalism through comics. Driven by a love of obsessive, slightly geeky subcultures, the Portland-based reporter/cartoonist offers probing answers to such vital questions as Are pirates the new ninjas? What would Tom Jones do? How do you feed a penguin?
And which donut shop is best-suited for a voodoo-themed wedding
Terrorists from Antarctica.
Two Seaworld penguins flying out of San Diego airport are sent walking through the metal detector. Better safe than sorry. via BoingBoing, via Schneier
: "some of them are mundane
, some are fantastic
, and some are, frankly, crappy
." Don't miss the art
Gay outrage over penguin sex test
BBC News is reporting that gay rights activists are protesting the plans of a zoo in northern Germany to test the sexual orientation of "six male penguins which have displayed homosexual traits". Omitted from the BBC article is a summary of what the protesters are actually concerned about, but The Scotsman
Might as well be Friday, really, especially in Texas where we're shutting down the state due to snow. Here's a fun, free online game where you can make penguins dive all day long without getting tired (you OR them). Highly reminiscent of playing too hard for too long doing the same thing over and over when you were a kid, except you don't have to wait for your turn. Or come home in wet, cold clothes crying. You're Everypenguin.
flash friday goodness
based on the arcade classic: Pengo
Birds do it, bees do it...
homosexual attachment and lovemaking are widespread in the animal kingdom, say biologists like Bruce Bagemihl, author of "Biological Exuberance
." [For a longer, better-edited version of the same article, go here
, but NYT reg. required.] Not everyone
agrees, particularly those apt to quote the Bible to justify claims of a "natural revulsion to perverse sex
Evil ones. Mr. Flibble
. Feathers McGraw
. The Linux penguin
. They're coming to get you. They will do bad things. Review the evidence
for yourself and then get protection
. Dun dun duuuuuuuun! It's the Penguin Conspiracy
I find this relaxing -
should I be institutionalized?
The penguins of Bouvetøya
), a tiny island in the South Atlantic claimed by Norway, have been denied independence
by Oslo. (Last link is in French, translated inside.)
- a MeFi update (earlier thread here
) For those who wondered, Penguins do not
topple over backwards over when helicopters pass overhead. A small team of British researchers spent $36,000 and five weeks finding this out
. Another study is planned soon with fixed-wing aircraft.
I'm a couple days late on this, but I just want to say that as a sports fan, I'm glad to see Pittsburgh Penguins
owner Mario Lemiuex has returned to the ice in style. He's a class act and a great player.
Hordes of penguins falling over,
does anyone else find this vision hilarious?
“Why has my sex life been so much more satisfying since I started using Penguins?”
“Another very common question. We think the reason your sex life improved is because of the way you are using them…”
Mmm…a great source of caffeine if you hate coffee and soda—they're sugarless, too!