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Re: “HumBug: Winter Butterflies

Just read an article 2 days ago that said butterflies predate flowers...... Let that sink in Glen Franco Simmons...... Buddy o pal buddy...... And yeah anything toxic is not good in the garden or anywhere on Mother Nature's Green Earth...... The volcanoes explode and earthquakes shake and water topples mountain tops to beaches.......natural toxic versus head up ass toxic......

Posted by HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE on 01/12/2018 at 12:06 AM

Re: “HumBug: Winter Butterflies

One way to make it so more butterflies survive is to not use toxic sprays in your yard. Great photos and post.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons on 01/08/2018 at 8:31 AM

Re: “HumBug: Bugs in the Wood

Love to read Humbugs. So informative. Great pictures, too.

Posted by Rick Markgraf on 12/21/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Myth of the Invisible Ships

Ps Not to mention..., when you first see something on the horizon, it's a mere speck, essentially shapeless. It could have been a bird up close, (relatively speaking), so this notion that because they'd never seen anything like it, it was invisible does not make sense. - CCH

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Posted by Capt Rogue on 12/20/2017 at 3:03 AM

Re: “Myth of the Invisible Ships

"The Chinese general, military strategist, and philosopher, Sun Tzu, who lived in the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China and is credited as being the author of "The Art of War" stated in his book:

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Obviously the natives had not read the book, however my point is that their senses and instincts were highly honed. Is it not possible that they were appearing weak and to not notice, while studying the foreign vessel? Wouldn't taking a neutral stance be the smartest play to make on the chessboard given that with some predators in the wild, it's best to never look them in the eye? A "business as usual" charade would not likely incite a battle, it would lead the foreigners into a false sense of security, not to mention likely confuse them, (which it did). It would also give the natives a much needed psychological boost that while they knew little or nothing of the intimidating "whatever" that was watching them, they were essentially pulling the wool over their, or it's eyes... If it can be tricked, it can be defeated. If it can be defeated, we will not go into battle hopelessly, should we need to fight, but rather confidently that we can take on whatever is coming. Just a thought. CCH

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Posted by Capt Rogue on 12/20/2017 at 2:23 AM

Re: “Nobel Sexism

About time!

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Posted by Esme Pendergast on 12/09/2017 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Little Bugs, Little Biters

Do you mean asynchronous muscle *activation*?

Posted by bonmom on 11/30/2017 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Shots, Shots, Shots

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Posted by Sofia Maola on 11/30/2017 at 2:24 AM

Re: “The Sound of Bells

Loved some of the bell sounds in Eureka when I was a kid. I can't even remember where they originated, not just St. Bernard's, but near there.

No doubt the bell sounds in this song are created electronically. Even so, I like them very much and think them appropriate for the genre of death and despair symbolized by the downward movement of baptism.

As a famous movie line captured, it is "only at the point of dying" that some truths can be grasped or known. Only at the end of our rope can we open certain doors. It's the only place we are totally honest. A few of the inmates know...…

Posted by Robert Lockett on 11/27/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “The Sound of Bells

If you're heading towards the east end of the campus via the main parking lot, it's just on the left before the roundabout. There's a plaque as well as marks on the bell.

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Posted by Mary Ann M. on 11/27/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Belphegor's Prime

Around 300 BC, Greek mathematician Euclid showed that there is an infinity of primes thus:
Assume to the contrary, that there is a finite list of primes: p1, p2, ..., pr. Let P be the product of this list plus one, i.e. P = ( Now P is either prime or it is not.
(1) If it is prime, then P is a prime that was not in our list.
(2) If P is not prime, then it is divisible by some prime, call it p. But p can't be any of p1, p2, ..., pr, since you'd have a remainder of 1. So this prime p is some prime that was not in our original list.
Either way, the original list was incomplete, hence there's an infinity of primes.

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Posted by barryevans on 11/23/2017 at 4:47 AM

Re: “Shots, Shots, Shots

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Posted by Cora Medes on 11/22/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “The Sound of Bells

Thanks so much for this, Mary Ann--next time I'm down at CR, I'll ask about it.

Posted by barryevans on 11/21/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Best-smelling Plant on Earth

Eight years later and not much has changed.

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Posted by steve801 on 11/19/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The Sound of Bells

Many may not know the story of the bell at the College of the Redwoods. This 3,340 pound bell was cast at Mare Island in 1883 and installed at Alcatraz Island as a fog signal until 1914. After serving the LA Inner Harbor Fog Station from 1915 to 1928 it was relocated to the Carquinez Lighthouse in San Pablo Bay. The bell last served at Shelter Cove from 1936 to 1945. It remained on site but was no longer used as a fog warned after being replaced by an offshore fog whistle and bell buoy. Tony & Mario Machi rescued it from falling off the cliff it perched on in 1964. The Coast Guard became aware of its precarious situation and, under protest from the Machi brothers, gave guardianship to the Humboldt County Historical Society. It was later donated it to the College of the Redwoods where it resides today.

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Posted by Mary Ann M. on 11/18/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Cannibal Lancetfish

George Mira - great comment. I think they consider the lancetfish to be slow in terms of sustained speed. I suspect that its dorsal fin and body shape allow it to maneuver quickly during feeding lunges. But as you point out, what we think we know about aquatic animals requires a lot of speculation...

Posted by MSidKelly on 11/18/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Cannibal Lancetfish

From time to time we see these beautiful fish washed up on local shores. Their home range extends down over a mile deep. While I had thought from some morphological composition, that they stayed pretty deep (about 2,000 ft in the day), I suspect that they rise and descend in that happy crowd called the deep scattering layer by early navy sonarmen.

the Lancet's huge gape along with the rather transparent teeth are characteristics of those who live in the dark with limited access to lots of food including those on the chain up from organisms that fix calcium.

These are astonishingly beautiful animals, and strangely that large dorsal fin is a trait of some of the fastest fish existing. The sailfish extends its very similar back fin in order to change course as agilely as the smaller prey it eats, and their narrow bodies are indicative of the magnificent ambush predator, the Great Barracuda who, when moderate in size, can flash to different positions more quickly than the eye can follow.

But I suppose we have to go with any discoveries by cellular biologists, who must have been the source of the suggestion that Lancets are slow. Perhaps their morphology is relative to the other more benthic fish, some of whom only catch dinner a few times of year, and so benefit from a torpid existence.
On the other hand, exploring the hormonal and smooth muscle of someone like the rattlesnake, we find that some bodies actually develop in response to a NEED for lunch. That particular beauty increases anabolic activity that restores a digestive system withered from the once-a-month or twice-a-year dining event. We have only recently learned some of the cognitive and social capacities of fish, and know far less about the periodic physiological changes that occur in aquatic species. We mostly see 'em when they are drowning in a foreign milieu, close to or already dead.

When you come across a Lancet or a giant red squid, or some other mysterious old relative of ours (I have only come across two salps in my life, both on the same day!), it's a lot of fun to identify and find out more about its life and home.

I spent much of the first decades of my life in the sea, and have been saddened by the absence of the tremendous densities of fish and other organisms I can still picture, only in my mind. You can't imagine how once common were 16-18 ft. sharks, opaque walls of schooling fish and birds, or 500 pound grouper and even larger rays, flying through the world outside our knowledge. There are two generations older than me still living, and so the loss has been lightning fast as well as catastrophic.

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Posted by george mira on 11/17/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Squid Pro Quo

Thank you Mike for the educational and entertaining monthly column. BTW, I have a recipe for the giant salp if you are interested.

Posted by Andrew Bundschuh on 11/07/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “The Name of the Blob

I liked reading this.

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Posted by Andrew Bundschuh on 11/07/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Myth of the Invisible Ships

Another explanation could be that they very well sighted the ship but interpreted it as something "supernatural" of an evil kind and therefore regarded it dangerous to focus with their eyes.

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Posted by Lars Vegus on 11/03/2017 at 3:52 AM

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