In 2006, in a MetaFilter thread about a person in Norway making a time-lapse of the woods behind their house, I said:
"One of these days I will do something similar where I live."Two months after that comment we bought our little house in the hills of Vermont, and I started playing with my own scenic webcam. [more inside]
I finally finished the ceramic sculpture I've been working on for over two months! He's made of calico stonewear, exploded in the kiln and had to be painstakingly repaired, was raku fired with a white crackle glaze, and finally embellished with individually applied pyrite crystals (smashing pyrite with a hammer is VERY fun). I have named him Steven. He initially came into this world as two pinch pots, and I'm proud of the young man he's become! [more inside]
There's a coot nest right by my office on the canal. I walk to work every day. So, naturally, I'm taking pictures of the coots on my way to work. [more inside]
I make artwork about the natural world; my most recent involves watercolor drawings of anole lizards and interactive live plant pedestals. I also have series of roadkill and dodo oil pastel drawings. As a bonus, I uploaded videos of students poking at the plants in the interactive pieces and saying things like, "I think we should light them on fire." And then doing so.
After five years, the NIH-funded ENCODE Project has unveiled its detailed study of the biochemical context of the human genome. Nature has a special web portal linking together 24 publications in Nature, a special issue of Genome Research, and Genome Biology (all open access). There's also an iPad app to help you navigate through the papers and results. You can look at an enormous poster of results, but it contains only a tiny fraction of the 15 TB of data from the project's >1,600 experiments. Perhaps aerial dance is a better way of portraying what we have learned about genome biology. [more inside]
A webcomic in which wildlife is ascribed various neuroses, unpleasant personality traits, and other assorted character flaws, presented in (loosely) the manner of a nature guide. Think Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom meets Eeyore. Updated weekly.