Ever wanted to remember all the justices of the Supreme Court, past and present? Well it's a whole lot easier if they are animals. Dan Schofield and Alice DuBois are illustrating all 112 justices as various critters, as well as several landmark cases.
Five years ago this week, the BBC started broadcasting one of the most extraordinary documentaries ever to grace television: Planet Earth
. The culmination of five years of field work
, it employed the most cutting-edge of techniques
in order to capture life in all its forms, from sweeping spaceborne vistas to shockingly intimate close-ups
-- including many sights
rarely glimpsed by human eyes. Visually spectacular
, it showcased footage shot in 204 locations in 62 countries
, thoroughly documenting every biome from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the lifegiving waters of the Okavango Delta
, a rich narrative tapestry backed by a stirring orchestral score
from the BBC Concert Orchestra. Unfortunately, the series underwent some editorial changes
for rebroadcast overseas. But now fans outside the UK can rejoice -- all eleven chapters of this epic story are available on YouTube in their original form: uncut, in glorious 1080p HD, and with the original narration by renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough
. Click inside for the full listing (and kiss the rest of your week goodbye). [more inside]
has photographs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, and The National Museum of Art among many other institutions. She depicts our relationships with animals as exhibited by her galleries: Primate Portraits
, demonstrating the animals' unique personalities, The Presence of Animals in People's Lives in Rural Mexico
, Amelie's World: Animal Affinity
, drawn from real journeys taken with her daughter. See also Amelie's World: Dreams
and Amelie's World: Imaginary Tales
. [more inside]
The Last Photograph of Cat.
MeFi’s own RJ Reynolds
proves that, in hands like his, it is indeed possible to memorialize one’s beloved pet with restraint and humour yet no loss of feeling. [more inside]
is a collection of over 200,000 pictures of animals taken by "camera traps
", automated cameras with motion sensors. Each species
is linked to its article in the Encyclopedia of Life
, and the entire set of photos is also available on Flickr
After lifetimes confined in a medical testing facility, beagles Freedom and Bigsby see sunlight and feel grass for the first time
. [via America's second most famous beagle owner.]
She is a bit deaf but she still hunts mice in the garden.
Her name is Lucy. Her family says she is 39 years old, and is the oldest cat in the world. She does look a bit saggy. How long will your cat live?
is full of wonderful images and videos, contemporary and vintage, The Insects' Christmas
is especially charming. Animals as an endless source of creative inspiration. An exploration of the finest in art, illustration, crafts and design from around the world featuring animals, both real and fantastic
Sure, it was cute when Bambi slipped all over the ice
, but the story usually ends less adorably. Upon finding a deer stuck on the ice, you can chip away the ice and let it swim free
, winch it off the ice by the leg
, or even blow it off the ice with a helicopter
, but it probably won't matter—the deer will die anyway
, and you'll just end up getting in trouble
. Just this week, eight tiny reindeer fell into a lake at a Christmas park
. Their entombed bodies are protruding through its icy surface for all the visiting kids to see. (Maybe coyotes did it
.) People have been rescuing deer from the ice every winter for decades
. If you want things to end well, let the professionals handle it
is a an exhibition of black-and-white portraits of of zoo animals by Anne Berry
. Ms. Berry uncovers a deep gravitas in her animal subjects hauntingly reminiscent of Civil War daugeurrotypes
(like this rhinocerous
) or the breezier portraits of Margaret Cameron
(like this deer
). (Whatever you do, don't miss the gorilla.)
“When I was a kid growing up I was obsessed with animals and monsters… I’d draw them everyday, and when I grew up I either wanted to be a zoologist or a monster hunter
… When I got a bit older I realized that being a zoologist was less exciting than I had imagined, and that ‘monster hunter’ isn’t even a real job
, so I just kept drawing. I pretty much do the exact same thing
at 29 years old that I did when I was 9 years old.”
Nicholas Di Genova weaves organisms together in pen and ink. [more inside]
True American Dog
is where I go for my silliness these days. It's a single panel photoshop comic about animals. And what animals! There's Kooly the Bear
and many more. It's about as silly as it gets, in a good way.
... it's terribly important for veterans to feel they are continuing a mission that held them together through the violence and stress of war. "PTSD carries a stigma, that you're broken and wounded," said Yount, "And many guys have guilt for not still being in the fight. The idea of Paws for Purple Hearts is you can be part of the war effort while you're getting treatment."
A Squirrel's Guide to Fashion
: from Life Magazine, circa 1940.
The panda: surprisingly good at life
- "New research has revealed that, contrary to popular beliefs, pandas are surprisingly well-equipped for survival." (via ners
Chris Wemmer is the Camera Trap Codger
, posting wildlife photos from his robotic photographers. [more inside]
Andrew O'Hehir, writing for Salon.com, called Secretariat
: "A gorgeous, creepy American myth"
. Roger Ebert described O'Hehir's review as "insane"
. O'Hehir responds
The Cornucopia Institute's Organic Egg Scorecard
ranks egg producers on a scale from 1 to 5 eggs,
using criteria like outdoor access, indoor space per bird, ownership structure, beak trimming and other factors
[pdf]. The scorecard is part of the Institute's new report, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture
. The executive summary
[pdf] provides some political context.
"Whole Foods, Walmart, A&P, Costco, Meijer, Safeway, and Trader Joe's store-brand eggs all received the lowest possible rating in Cornucopia's study.
The hidden wonders of a British landmark.
Long before Pink Floyd floated a pig
above its 340ft chimneys, Battersea Power Station
was an iconic landmark, described from the start as a 'temple of power': a brick cathedral to rank alongside St Paul's. Its four-pillared outline is as familiar as the building's sad decline since being decommissioned in 1983. After numerous failed redevelopment attempts from various owners, Battersea Power Station
is now on the 'buildings at risk' register. Photographer Peter Dazeley
set out to document the legendary building as part of a personal project. [via
Bear baiting is possibly the world's most savage blood sport.
Bears are have their teeth and claws removed, are tethered to a post and set upon by dogs. It is illegal in every civilized country. Authorities turn a blind eye to bear baiting in two countries: Pakistan
and the USA
, where South Carolina Officials refuse to act
. [more inside]
.......will warm your black, cynical, withered MeFi hearts ya misanthropes! Labrador Retriever/Dolphin love! (SLYT)
Optimal control of MRSA's spread and diversity would involve attention to the role of pets
and livestock, especially factory-farmed livestock
(40 minute podcast -- no transcript, but here
is the text of an interview that covers some of the same ground as the podcast.) Science journalist Maryn McKenna: "[Bacteria are] unpredictable and dynamic
. . . We have few treatment options, so we need to be much more thoughtful." [more inside]
Animals as spiritual, and the role of animals in spirituality. "Some religious leaders welcome pets to worship services, memorialize them at death and discuss them as spiritual beings without distinction from humanity"
... "Factory farming, green living among topics sparking discussion." [more inside]
One reason why humans are special and unique: We masturbate. A lot
In the beginning, there was text. The early users of the internet looked upon it and saw that it was good. They used e-mail and also communicated with each other via Usenet, a series of bulletin/discussion boards shared across various networks and the internet.
But that was the old way, and open databases are the new way. The best known movie database, IMDB
, will turn 20 on October 17, 2010
, but for some enthusiasts, it's not detailed enough. Were you wondering exactly what weaponry was shown in that episode of Mail Call
? Check the page on IMFDb
, a wiki catalog of guns in movies. Having debates over what was said in the Book of Eli
? There's a Database for that
. Perhaps you're a fan of vespas
? The Internet Movie Car Database
. And don't forget to check the Internet Game Car Database
, or the other sites linked from IMCDb
, including the database for movie car chases
). Soundtrack Collector
, Soundtrack Info
, and Sounds Familiar
have (you guessed it) information on soundtracks. [more inside]
iPhone 4 came out but that's nothing, SILLY BANDZ
are still where it's at!!!! What they are
is rubber bands that are shaped like animals and shapes. These are extremely cool and you can wear them on your wrists
or even put your photos of them
on the company website. Adults don't like them sometimes
. I want a bird one
Look at This Little Thing!
A tumblr collection of the perfectly tiny and miniature. [via mefi projects
"Bryn the pygmy rabbit died in 2008, marking the end of her genetic line. This subpopulation lost its sagebrush habitat as the land was developed for agriculture ... In an off-exhibit room at the Oregon Zoo, the staff was quiet, even reverent, as they brought in Bryn. She was one of two Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits left, and since both were old females, this was a solemn occasion." Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species
Attenborough's Pitcher, an "Udderly Weird Yam," a two-inch phallic mushroom already immortalized on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me
, and the "Bombardier Worm" ("Chaff worm" would seem a more accurate name) are just four of the newly described species making the International Institute for Species Exploration's totally arbitrary Top 10 New Species list
. [more inside]
Animals AutoTuned: Wolves
So this new critter
, the Symbion pandora
, has such a bizarre life cycle and is just so bloody weird -unlike anything we had come across before- that its discovery
in 1995 lead to the creation of a whole new phylum in the Animal Kingdom. Meet the little monsters
If your weird-o-meter is humming, keep reading Zoologger
, a new column in NewScientist magazine that writes about about weird animals from around the globe. Selective abortion in pipefish, single-cell giants that enslave bacteria, amphibious cats, you name it.