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Back from hiatus

I can’t stand blog posts that begin “it’s been ages since I wrote”, but here I am almost one year from my last post, and what else is there to say? The lack of posts does not reflect a boring year. The past 12 months have been action packed, which may actually be the problem. […]

Best student comment ever

It speaks for itself:

Thanks to a colleague for tacking this up in their office.

A new look for A Fish Eye View

I thought it was time liven up this space a bit.

But the changes are more than skin deep. I have added a list in the right sidebar of my favorite posts spanning some of the different topics that I write about. And lower down in the right sidebar I have a section for Ashland […]

Facebook at your own risk

I pulled my head out of a grant proposal writing daze long enough this past week to notice a fellow professor having some trouble with their Facebook privacy settings. Seems that a religion professor at Dartmouth thought it would be funny to point out the verbosity of some of her colleagues. Even better, she worried […]

Darwin 150 years later

My friend Tom Hayden has a great new piece in Smithsonian magazine on how Charles Darwin’s work remains relevant 150 years after the publication of The Origin. It includes a nice brief history of Darwin’s early years, the development of his thinking on common descent and natural selection, and most interestingly how new […]

Sea kittens . . . really?

Next time you’re reeling in that fish, picture Whiskers or Fluffy hooked through the mouth on the end of your line. At least that is what PETA would like you to do. In a new PR campaign the animal rights group is attempting to rebrand “fish” as “sea kitten”. The rationale:

When your name can […]

Creepy Friday videos

That is if you find spiders creepy. And if you do, maybe your fears are well founded.

This shark video is only creepy if you were in the submarine, and the sharks actually posed a threat. Which they probably didn’t. But it is still worth checking out.

Holiday debauchery ain’t so bad

If the holidays and New Years has left you feeling that you took some years off your life, you’ll feel better reading this.

And if last night’s party got a bit out of hand and today you can’t smell the difference between lemons and vanilla, this may help you find out […]