The Art of Antarctic Cooking
What comprises “Antarctic culinary history,” Anthony writes, is “a mere century of stories of isolated, insulated people eating either prepackaged expedition food or butchered sea life.”
It helped if some of these isolated, insulated people knew their way around the kitchen. “The cook, however good or bad, is an artist whose simple vocation is to make others lives happier,” observed chef Raymond Oliver. More magician than artist, a cook with an Antarctic expedition ranked as one of its most important members. His kitchen little more than a Primus stove, his ingredients either canned or scrounged, he conjured nourishing dishes as if from the gelid air. [more inside]
A REDTAIL'S DREAM
Two years ago, Minna Sundberg was an art student who aspired to write and draw graphic novels so she decided to create a 'practice comic' while still in school. It was a fantasy adventure based upon Finnish mythology - not like Norse Gods, the omnipotent entities here were spirit animals, including an irresponsible young fox spirit who messed up the Northern Lights (also known as 'Fox Fire') and pulled the population of a rural village into a Limbo-like 'dream bubble' between Life and the Afterlife. [more inside]
"I'll break down to you exactly what happened, a play-by-play account. I came home, unbelievably intoxicated, I mean beyond drunk. I couldn't even, let's say, upload a video to Youtube. Then I walked upstairs and spotted in the hallway a video camera atop a tripod, pointed toward the floor. I had no choice. The only viable move was for me to start singing Kiss From a Rose to my cat
, who I am very clearly abusing physically."
"A pod of orcas, or killer whales, cooperate to wash a Weddell seal off an ice floe. This sequence
, filmed for Frozen Planet, marks the first complete filming of killer whale "wave washing" behavior." [more inside]
is a "post post-feminist feminist" French horn quartet
that plays breathtaking renditions
of Somebody to Love
, Kiss from a Rose
and Janelle Monae's 57821
. Oh, and Thong Song
"A ball-throwing robot with visual feedback" sounds dull, so let's hide the robot arm in a plush seal suit
! Now that ball-throwing robot with stereo vision
looks like a seal playing basketball
! Just ignore the robotic hand coming out of it's mouth, and the un-seal-like movements. (via
sea lions hauled out
at Pier 39's K dock in San Francisco have become a famous tourist attraction. The colony has occupied
the spot since 1990, seemingly abandoning
their traditional grounds at Seal Rocks
. A fall survey counted record numbers of over 1,500 sea lions at the Pier, but they abandoned the area in droves
after Thanksgiving. "We have no idea where they moved on to or why” an expert from the Marine Mammal Center
said, although the Center does not believe
that the sea lions have left for good. [more inside]
"Soon were the lofty peaks of Corcyra lost to view;
We coasted along Epirus, and coming to the Chaonian
Harbour, we drew near Buthrotum, that hill city."
- The Aenid - Book III, Virgil (trans. Cecil Day Lewis)
Founded by Trojans, populated by Chaonians, a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, colonized by the Greeks and Romans, sacked by the Goths, ruled by the Slavs, the Byzantine Empire and the Turks, taken by Manfred of Hohenstaufen, purchased by the Most Serene Republic of Venice, invaded by Ali Pasha and Suleiman the Magnificent, eventually becoming a place of refuge for the likes of Casanova and for hunters and painters, the ancient city
, a microcosm of Mediterranean history
, is a World Heritage Site
within a National Park
which includes a Wetland of International Importance
all of which is being kept alive by a partnership of local, national and international organizations
. Come and explore Butrint
. [more inside]
The Jupiter Foundation
and the Whalesong Project
are both organizations which record humpback whale songs from floating buoys; some of their archived recordings can be found here
, and here
. (Warning, last two may resize your browser.) DOSITS
hosts a more comprehensive collection of oceanic sounds
, with seals and fish along with its whales and dolphins. It also has a couple of nice sections
on how animals use sounds in the ocean. (Previously
.) [more inside]
Leopard seals, by Paul Nicklen. Leopard Seals
are the second largest species of seal in the Antarctic, and are near the top of the Antarctic food chain. Paul Nicklen won first prize in the Nature Stories
category of the prestigious World Press Photo contest
for his photographs of Leopard Seals.
The first known human fatality was in 2003 when a Leopard Seal dragged Kirsty Brown, a snorkeling biologist, underwater to her death
Seal Type Mental Commit Robot for Psychological Enrichment.
Make like a knight and generate your own simple heraldic shield.
The venerable Pimbley's Dictionary of Heraldry
can define the archaic blazoning
terms that the Generator uses. If you'd prefer a more modern, more casual emblem, try the Official Seal Generator.
Matsushita Shuji writes
about the latest effort to prop up the Hanko
system in Japan.
of George Aden "Twok
" Ahgupuk: Denali
, blanket toss
, whale hunt
, and quite
. Don't miss the fourth-graders
"IN 1998....the Lord began opening doors to the SEAL Team community and to military installations nationwide
." : "[ Our] Defining passage : "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men
lay hold of it." ( Matthew 11:12 NIV ) : An all consuming fire for Dominion
. "They are My Special Forces Unit. They are called by My Name. They are called Kingdom Warriors. They are those I have been grooming since birth. They will be sent out against satan's hoard."
Seal kills scientist
A British scientist has been killed by a leopard seal whilst snorkelling in Antarctica.
I had no idea that a seal could (or would) attack a human. These things can grow to 23ft long! They are known to feed on penguins, but a human is a fair bit bigger than a penguin, so this is one nasty animal, not the doe-eyed creature we coo over in nature programmes...