Today Star Trek turns 50, and I have to thank the franchise for providing what in the boy and my's case has been a great quarter century of father-son bonding material. For the long-timers who might remember Graham filling in for me here back in the day, today he turns 27.
Mole crabs are those little grey egg-shaped creatures you see at the beach when you dig in the sand at the water line. If dug up they disappear again in a second. I designed, and George brilliantly constructed, a habitat for these crabs that mimic the crashing waves on a beach. This exhibit opened today and is now my favorite out of all the displays at Biomes. Watch it in action below:
I have a new feature at Biomes where an adult with a birthday coming up can reserve a time to feed their favorite animal. I'm not charging anything extra for this. Here's our first visitor taking advantage of this by feeding Obi the octopus.
In 2006, Dubya did something useful by creating a 140,000 square mile marine sanctuary off the Hawaiian coast. Obama just increased it to well over a half-million square miles, creating the largest national monument in existence (and larger than all of our national parks combined). Hear how Papahānaumokuākea is pronounced.
Here's a reason to let your lawn grow, and towns shouldn't punish you for doing so. Years ago, when I was married, I had a house with seven acres of cleared land. I let all but 1/2 acre grow wild other than what a few sheep could mow down. The wildlife that turned out to enjoy the wild lawn was stunning, from bats and bluebirds to snakes and deer. I also refused to let the in-ground pool to clear up enough to swim in because chlorinating it would kill all the tadpoles that filled it. I ceded the water to the frogs and newts. In a way I miss those days, but living in the middle of nowhere gets old fast.
Although Bill is a very close second, mainly because Obama wins in squeaky cleanliness. His speech at the DNC was awesome, and the best take on this, and the coolness of this guy, naturally comes from Charles Pearce. Here's a link to the last big oration of PBO.