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Veolia Wildlife Photography

Now in its 48th year, the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best nature photography. The competition is owned by the British Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. The web gallery of top photos is well worth a look. I found the photo below arresting and hilarious:

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The Tsunami Gate

Tsunami gate in Iwate, 1989

Like everyone else, I’ve been following the news from Japan with dismay and sadness. In 1989, I traveled to northeast Honshu, the part of Japan most affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Iwate, the province where this photograph was taken, was considered remote and fairly exotic back in the . . . → Read More: The Tsunami Gate

Even Hitler Hates the Vuvuzuelas

I couldn’t resist posting this video. It’s another clever entry in the new genre of Hitler-in-the-bunker videos with alternative dialogue. Very well done, and I really sympathize with his frustration!

Rabbit Ears

From one of my guilty pleasures/timewasting websites, icanhascheezburger:

Flu Season

This morning I read about a new site being operated by Google with fascination. Google has studied the volume of searches for flu-related terms like “fever” or “flu”. Over five years they tracked it against CDC reported cases of the flu and found that the searches are actually an excellent leading indicator (since CDC reports lag real time by weeks). Now you can go to a new page and get a look at current trends for the US as a whole or for your state or region. Here’s a graph showing the correlation between searches and flu cases from 2004. (More on full post) . . . → Read More: Flu Season

Ninja Cat

Okay, it’s been a while since I put any funny cat videos in. This one had me guffawing– my little Miss Thing used to be a master at this trick. . . . → Read More: Ninja Cat

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats

Thanks to Fritz for this one– another great film about cats. Very important viewing for all my cat-loving engineer friends out there. You know who you are.

The “Blog” of Unnecessary Quote Marks

Wow, this is full of good stuff. Pointless quote marks pointed out for your delectation and amusement. Found this one on the Birdchick Blog.