Yes, some females of some frog species choose the males that either croak the loudest or that have the right “pitch” of croak.
This type of poison dart frog: well, she just choses the closest male.
Here a Frog fights off a grass snake:
In this longer video, it appears as if the frog is a goner (at 4-4:30 into it). The frog keeps fighting, gets in the water and works its way almost out; then at 8:30 another frog appears (slow it down) and appears to attack the snake; a biologist told me that the second frog was probably either attacking the first frog or trying to mate with it. In either event, the snake gets chased off and swims away, still hungry and completely humiliated.
Woo and yoga
Someone asked me how I could like yoga and be down on “alternative (quack) medicine”. Well, there have been some rigorous studies done on yoga and it CAN be recommended for physical therapy purposes (e. g. back aches). Via our National Institute of Health.
This Tiger Frog from Ghana is a cutie:
Movies: I want to see this one:
Note: my beef with religion, at least as practiced in the west, is that too many of them require people to accept “miracles” (resurrections, parting seas, virgin births, etc.) on “faith” (sans evidence). So once you “accept” that the laws of science (naturalism) can be suspended at set times, then, well, why trust science with anything? Seriously: if there is, say, water on your basement floor and a pipe joint above that with green on the joint…well…if you didn’t SEE it drip, then maybe the water and the green just appeared because of the work of some devil or pixie? Why not…if suspensions of naturalism are allowed?
My beef is NOT with religions that don’t require acceptance of miracles.
It is my opinion that a deity/spirit/whatever that is interested in humans and human affairs makes no sense, but that is the realm of opinion.
The eye of a super-hurricane at Saturn’s north pole looks like a peaceful red rose in a fresh bouquet of pictures from NASA’s Cassini orbiter. But don’t be fooled: That rosy appearance is merely due to the false colors ascribed to infrared wavelengths.
This storm’s eye measures 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) in diameter, about 20 times wider than the average hurricane’s eye on Earth. The outer clouds at the hurricane’s edge are traveling at 330 mph (530 kilometers per hour), which would be off the scale on our planet. The vortex whirls inside Saturn’s mysterious hexagonal cloud pattern, and it’s not going anywhere.
How do you like this image of the moon taking from space near the earth?
Here is a picture of a solar eclipse via Scientific American:
Miloslav Druckmüller, a mathematician at the Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic, and his colleagues were on Enewetak as the eclipse’s shadow raced toward them from the northwest at more than twice the speed of sound. This composite of 31 images from the eclipse shows the solar corona, the wispy “atmosphere” of the sun peeking out from behind the moon as well as the cratered, rayed surface of the moon itself.
Back on Earth Again
This species of fish, commonly found in China, Russia and Korea, has been found in New York. It is an invasive species.
Even more interestingly, it can actually breathe outside of water for a short period of time (days) and even hunt.
Workout notes 10K walk in 1:27:50; it was dark and took me a while to get going. 1:12:18 for the first 5.1 or so (Cornstalk).
Personal: first day of class. First lesson in the books.
Movies On Hulu: the “horror” film Frogs.
Ok, ok, the “frogs” are really Cane toads (Bufo Marinus) and their “ribbits” are taking from Pacific tree frogs (Pseudacris regilla) but the story line is awesome: the “frogs” are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore!!! So, the frogs direct an army of: insects, snakes, alligators, iguanas, snapping turtles and birds to do in those pesky humans. And the “frogs” win, big time! Best part: the very end when the frogs do in the main villain by….well…basically “ribbiting” him to death. Really.
Note: you can watch the film free of charge at the above link on Hulu.
Awesome movie…..must see!
(those toads are just adorable!!!)
Must. See. It.
I slept in too late (for the warm day) and ended up cutting my long walk short (to 11 miles)
I walked to and from Bradley Park (1 mile each way) and did three 3-mile (almost 5K) hilly back and forth segments: 44:44, 44:48, 44:56.
Note: I extended the spur to the park entrance (sidewalk on Park Street) to get to 3 miles; the above shows the spur to the upper parking lot.
The walk was so-so. It took 15:06 to return home; 2:43:53 was my time (slow)
But what I saw…on the first out and back, just prior the turn around, I saw……a beautiful specimen of rana clamitans (green frog) just sitting on the bridge. I had to stop, talk to it and even pick it up. It got away; I sure wish that I had a camera with me.
That put some pep in my step; it was so cute!
Weights (usual) and swimming.
Weights: my 4 sets of 10 pull ups was harder than usual. Bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 4 x 180, 7 x 165 (felt unbalanced), incline: two sets of 7 x 140. It appears that the recent cut-back on swimming has made me a bit weaker. It might be from the residual effects of blood donation. Not sure.
Swimming: lots of drills (500 of fist/free, 500 of front/free, 500 of 3g/free, 500 of stroke/free (fly or back), 200 of side/free.
This was a really wimpy swim workout.
I have to disagree with this photo, just a bit. This is certainly true of “requests for magical intervention” type prayers (e. g. prayers that someone’s cancer will go away, or that a storm won’t hit, etc.). But if one prays to change one’s own attitude (e. g., “make me more patient” or “help me be of service to others”) then it might work. This is NOT some deity rearranging your brain chemistry but rather similar to what many athletes do right before an event.
Since we are on religion, Jerry Coyne is reading the Bible. (Yes, I’ve read it…..ugh). Bottom line: I have to laugh at the memories of my high school English teachers solemnly telling me that it was the greatest book ever written…much of it is awful! Much of it is pretty gruesome too:
There is a mass slaughter here, bears mauling bratty kids there, and of course, The Almighty getting defeated by….IRON CHARIOTS???? Good thing that they didn’t have B-52′s.
Videos and Commentary
What is it like to go to 70,000 feet in a U-2?
Come on Girls, Science is for you!
Yep, mini-skirts, Achilles tendon ruining shoes, blowing cute little kisses at the test tubes….really GIRRRRLS…
Update: they took down the video. Here is a screen shot of the start of it:
(fortunately there is some pushback against this well intended but….well…attempt to lure women to science).
This is rather ineffective (the video, that is) but it is funny….the kind of corn that I love during election season.
Now if you want to talk about Mitt Romney and the Republican Party:
Mitt Romney takes some shots at teacher’s unions both in his book (No Apology) and on the campaign trail. I’ll talk about his book in greater detail later; I am about 75 percent through. It is worth reading, IMHO (much better than Sarah Palin’s book!) But while Mr. Romney backs up some of his claims with data, he doesn’t do that with other claims. So here is some data on those terrible teacher’s unions: basically the states with them out perform the states without them…. Yes, there may be confounding variables, but….to use Mr. Romney’s own analysis against him: there is no data that shows that teacher’s unions harms the educational outcomes.
And as far as the public sector, there are some cases in which privatization is proving to be a disaster. Prisons is one such area. My quick two cents: areas in which there is free-market competition are fine for private enterprise. However there really isn’t much competition for things like prisons (aside from one-time bids) and for a good part of healthcare (“ooohhh…I am having a heart attack….let me research the hospitals to see who is having a sale on heart procedures today….”).
It is true that one might be able to shop around for things like non-emergency blood tests, physicals…even knee surgery (non-emergency), etc.
Ate dinner at the packet pickup, now watching 76′ers-Celtics on TV. Celtics up 46-31 at the half. It could be warm tomorrow; perhaps some rain toward the end.
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