With the last scheduled blast
on the Glines Canyon Dam
the Elwha River
is flowing completely free for the first time in a century. [more inside]
Behold, the fish cannon.
Fish ladders are passé. If you want to move your salmon upriver, shoot them there!
I see the internet looking at me.
Just like last year
and the year before
, you can once again stare at bears staring at water as they wait for salmon to swim upstream
in Katmai National Park. [more inside]
OCTOBER 22 IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!!!
EVERY YEAR WE GET TOGETHER AND MAKE SALMON FOR TOAST, EVERY YEAR WE GET A CROCKETY BLOAT, EVERY YEAR WE GET DRUNK ON THE DOCKS, AND EVERY YEAR WE HAVE SEX WITH OUR CAPS LOCKS!!!!
Felix Salmon muses on why art prices keep rising.
On the way, he discusses why some art becomes super-popular:
"Fine art has become the billionaire’s-club equivalent of a Louis Vuitton bag, slathered in logos. It’s not connoisseurship which drives values, so much as recognizability. Which in turn helps to explain why the most prolific artists (Picasso, Warhol, Hirst) are also the most expensive: the more of their work there is, the more exposed to it people become, the more they’ll recognize it, and therefore the more desirable it is."
is a nice little collection of curated and tagged economic news stories, 5-8 every day. It is edited in part by the admirable (and MetaFave) financial journalist Felix Salmon
Look at my fucking red trousers!
"A collection of photographs in celebration of the vibrant and burgeoning red-trousered communities of London and elsewhere."
Four years after being spawned Fraser River Sockeye salmon return to the same creeks in which they were born to mate, spawn and die. Salmon have a strong preference for heavier returns every four years. Prior to 1913 this cycle peaked every second odd year (IE: 1905 - 1909 - 1913). However in 1913 (a year that had a record high 31 million fish harvested) construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway along side the Frasier river resulted in massive rock slides that prevented most of the returning fish from making it to their ancestral streams
. Clean up efforts in subsequent years and the construction of fish ladders at Hell's Gate saved the Salmon from extinction and switched peaked returns to every second even year (IE: 2010 - 2014 - 2018) but numbers of fish returning were way down. Until now
. This year's projected returns are the highest since 1913's record year and not far short of it. This is bound to make the organizers of Salute to the Sockeye
very happy. [more inside]
Beer Cooler Sous-Vide
can produce restaurant quality results, without expensive lab equipment
. All you need is a beer cooler and an accurate thermometer and you can make perfectly medium rare steak
with a great sear
, moist and tender chicken breast
, and flavorful salmon
. [more inside]
Salmon, Trout Populations Surge in Oregon Rivers Steelhead, along with Coho and Chinook salmon, have made a spectacular return to local streams in the past year, leaving sportsmen exultant and putting food on the tables of struggling Oregonians.
(fMRI) is a widely used technique of brain imaging in the cognitive sciences, allowing researchers to visualize what part of the brain is responding to certain stimuli, resulting in striking images
of live brains
. These days, fMRI is seeing more non-research use, such as forming the basis of controversial new lie detectors
. Craig Bennett, a postdoctoral researcher at UCSB, submitted a whole Atlantic salmon to fMRI analysis
, and found that this fish could apparently detect, and respond to, the the emotional state of human beings (poster
). Remarkable science, especially considering the salmon was dead at the time. [more inside]
The perfect Sunday nosh: A short history of the bagel
. In an age when allegedly edible breadstuffs that my grandmother would have barely recognized
have become ubiquitous
, did you know that even the Pharaohs had a yen for the iconic
Jewish comfort food that is as much a symbol of New York City
as baguettes are to Paris? Bagels turn out to be surprisingly easy to make at home
, too, though they won't be the same without a schmear
and some nice Nova
on Ask.) Extra credit: the history of everything
Have you been salmoned?
I just met a stranger from Denver via the process of salmoning, in which a chatbot initiates an unexpected two-way conversation between two (apparently random) nicks, giving them both aliases ending with "salmon," and leaving both parties confused. [more inside]
I’ve seen men in fur suits masturbating on stuffed animals. I’ve seen high heels stepping on snails. I’ve seen women farting on birthday cakes. I’ve seen guys wearing white socks in two inches of water in the bathtub. I’ve seen a tutorial on how to jack-off with a pair of Keds. And I’ve seen some weird stuff, too. Isn’t there a line of some kind, where it just stops being sexy to anyone? And the answer it seems, is no....
Because there is sexually explicit salmon hentai
. NSFW. Via FG blog
More cuckoo than cuckoos: mate two salmon, get a... trout! Just give the parents a sperm transplant.
And the sperm stem cells work in females too:
...Injecting the male cells into female salmon sometimes worked, too, prompting five female salmon to ovulate trout eggs.... The stem cells were still primitive enough to switch gears from sperm-producers to egg-producers when they wound up inside female organs....
Lawyerbear: The Leader In Ursine Litigation and Defense
The bear that is a lawyer. Comics and sundry parodies penned by a local.
[via mefi projects
Grizzly Bears frolicking
at McNeill Falls, Alaska
. It requires Real Player, sorry, but it's really quite something - the sight and sound of a Grizzly feeding frenzy that happens each summer here.
Gov't will no longer report on M3 money supply, nor count Columbia River salmon
Without explanation, the the Federal Reserve Board will, in March 2006, be stopping publication
of its "M3"
money supply information.
Funding for the lab responsible for counting salmon on the Columbia River has also been eliminated.
The Grand Coulee
dam in northeast Washington
state is the largest concrete structure
in the United States. First conceived
as a smaller dam, the idea of a large
project won out and the Coulee's size was limited only by the fact that, if bigger, we'd flood Canada.
It wasn't until the New Deal philosophy of putting folks to work (even songwriters
) materialized that the dam was given a green-light. The project, 30 years in development and 9 years in construction, was by all means a rousing success. Unless
you were a displaced native
. Or a fish
The SalmoFan: So long, and thanks for all the fish and animals, and plants...
Amidst the catastrophic decline of large ocean fish
, Salmon farmers can choose the hue of their "farmed" Salmon
with the SalmoFan
. [Meanwhile, these same salmon are fed on a factory fishing catch process which effectively strips most large life forms from the ocean.] With 1/4 of all mammmals
and 1/2 of all plant species
facing extinction, Is the planet truly at a crossroads
? Are we losing the extinction battle?
.."Overfishing is a global problem. People are taking marine life faster than it can reproduce. The world's catch peaked at 86 million tons in 1989, up fourfold in 50 years.....But many governments, including the United States, Mexico, the European Union, Japan and China, kept on pouring subsidies into commercial fishing fleets to keep them afloat...The Gulf of California in Mexico is not dead, but it is exhausted from overfishing, which has caused every important species of fish there to decline....Crucial fisheries have collapsed worldwide."
Contrast that with This
: "[once upon a time there were] cod shoals "so thick by the shore that we hardly have been able to row a boat through them."
There were six- and seven-foot-long codfish weighing as much as 200 pounds. There were great banks of oysters as large as shoes. At low tide, children were sent to the shore to collect 10-, 15-, even 20-pound lobsters with hand rakes for use as bait or pig feed. Eight- to 12-foot sturgeon choked New England rivers, and salmon packed streams from the Hudson River to Hudson's Bay. Herring, squid and capelin (a small open-water fish seven inches long) spawning runs were so gigantic they astonished observers for more than four centuries"
The Most Delicious Food That's Also Very Good For You -
- in fact, to my mind, the best
food in the world
, including all the tastiest unhealthy ones, is sashimi
. And sushi
comes second. But sometimes it's late at night or too early in the morning; you're broke; the restaurants
are closed; you're nowhere near Tokyo's Tsukiji
and all your sushi etiquette
; your favourite sushi websites
; your well-thumbed sushi books
and your fishy wishlists
...are of no darn use to you. Then
you remember it's late or early enough to hit your local fish market... And it's then
that this ideologically incorrect and Hawaii-leaning, California-dreaming, somewhat Englishly-challenged set of video tutorials comes into its own! Truth be told, for the price of one fresh mackerel, one sardine, a slice of salmon... and sashimi is yours! [But who am I kidding? It's just not the same. Oh well, Windows Media required for the vids.
Ever wonder where that salmon steak on your plate came from? It turns out that it was either farmed or caught in the wild, and like everything else these days, the origins of salmon can spark a political
debate. On one side are those how believe there are
great costs in the farming of salmon
, while others feel farming salmon
is good for industry and the environment. "If you are what you eat, but don't know what you're eating, do you know who you are?" I cannot for the death of me remember where I heard this quote
had a pretty interesting article (wish it was up on line) about farm-raised salmon v. wild salmon. Farm-raised salmon is scary, especially with regards to disease
, waste handling
, food (feather meal, blood meal, bone meal and other things that wild salmon do not eat) and an industry which is controlled by a very small number of multinational companies.