(He)artificial Jellyfish

There’s a scene in every version of Frankenstein where Dr. Frankenstein seeks to animate his creation. In the Kenneth Branagh version from the 1990s, he has an inanimate Robert De Niro in a big metal tube, which he then floods with fluid and electricity. And, of course, eventually De Niro starts kicking. The spark of…

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Seal Safari

During our getaway the other weekend to the coast near Año Nuevo State Reserve, we saw that there is a well-established elephant seal rookery at Año Nuevo Island and on the nearby beach. And better yet, we found that you can sign up for a guided nature tour and seal observation hike. That sounded like…

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Happy Año Nuevo

Each year, the Beloved runs a big scientific meeting during the first week in January. It’s the most time-consuming thing that she does all year. It’s a little bit of a bummer that it hangs there on the horizon during the holidays, but that’s the way things go sometimes. Because it’s a pretty big deal…

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Book Review: “When The Killing’s Done” by T.C. Boyle

“I’ll be civil when the killing’s done…” Dave LaJoy I’m going to get right to the point: T.C. Boyle’s latest novel, When The Killing’s Done, ought to be the book that is the lens through which we scrutinize ourselves as a society – not Jonathan Franzen’s it-book from last year, Freedom. Focused on the Channel…

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Friday Afternoon Visitor

Look who stopped by outside my office window this afternoon.  Maybe looking for a little late lunch? Friday Vistor1 Friday Visitor2 Pretty sure it's a red-tailed hawk, they're the most common raptor here.  Glad I'm not a mouse. Read and post comments | Send to a friend

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