Happy HollyDays!


Amazing! See the tasty slice here: Scientists have Finally Sampled The Most Abundant Material on Earth, Motherboard, via Digg.

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Bugbear’s Boot


Who will tell Tunny Tardigrade?

H/T to Churyumov–Gerasimenko and Philae.
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In the boulder house
With its button door
StarBear tuns
BugBear’s gone walkabout
All is quiet

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Cool Cuz

You just never know where you'll meet up with family!

You just never know where you’ll meet up with family!

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Gone Gecko Gift


RIP, poor space geckoes


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Meanwhile, back at the museum

Meanwhile, back at the museum: A Belly Button Culture Event

(H/T to Belly Button Biodiversity)


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Freaky Family

Lobo Lobo: Lobopod

Lobo Lobo: Lobopod

Some more family! Hallucigenia.

(I first read about Hallucigenia in Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms, by Richard Fortey, in which he mentioned that the animal was thusly-named by Simon Conway Morris in 1977.) Tunny has her own way of remembering things though…

Tunny Tardi:

My ou broer,

wat is dit wat daar buite ons grashuisie roer?

Ek vermoed dis ‘n geel gemsbokkomkommer…

Vriend Ferweelwurm:

Nee mosvarkie, moenie wonner,

dit maak jou net dommer

om jou se koppie so te beslommer;

dis net ‘n nagwolf op sy Daliesque gebeen

wat so verskriklik ween!


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Bye-Bye Baby Bootless

An empty crib

An empty crib

Oh noes! Has Baby Bootless taken up the life of a rootless, tizzy tumble wheedler? Is the Selaginella lepidophylla bouquet a subtle clue or just the goodbye gift of an errant moss piglet to a toey tunny? Only time will tell…


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Logo Lullaby


Bedtime Story

Tunny Tardigrade sings a Bedtime Lullaby

You can add a logo to your WordPress site,  not yet on the Twenty-Ten theme, but maybe soon. So, I  was thinking about logos and their implications, when I came across this rather well-done short movie via The Browser: Logorama (Some swearing):

Logorama from Marc Altshuler – Human Music on Vimeo.

(There are many depictions of logos for famous scientists, if they had to brand themselves, too. You can google it.)

The Michelin Man bears a faint resemblance to StarBear…the Michelline water bear! She’s much more attractive, of course.

So, on the mind meanders and brings a memory of Luciferous Logolepsy, where the word for a ten-legged Polar bear caught my eye. You can spend many an interesting minute on Google books looking at many (1930 results!) of the fantastical Native American myths around the qoqoqiak/kiniq/kukuweaq/kukuiak, etc. If you look up kuku/koko in the Urban Dictionary, you will see that it should be used  with forbearance. StarBear is an eight-legger, and does share a forebear with the polar bear on the TimeTree.

(At gym we do a polar bear walk which is very tiring.)

Coming back to branding. The word ‘brand’ reminds me of a second year course I took in English literature, when the cultural wasteland of my then-current employment was driving me scatty. In the final test we had to analyze what I thought was a poem called Dollar Brand. In my over-excited exam state I analyzed the living bejeezus out of the metaphor of consumerism, only realizing afterwards with hot-faced embarrasment that it was the poet’s name, not the poem’s title. I got excellent marks though.

StarBear, the précis of pyrrhic passion, is a logo already. Moss piglets and moss go together like peanut butter and jelly, or like water bears and moskonfyt, if you will…though the mos in moskonfyt refers to the must of (sweet-, not those metaphorically sour-!) grapes. Which reminded me of another great video, discovered via NPR:

Oh, and ‘bugbear’ was word of the day too.

I must, I must go do something else now.










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Look into those phobossy eyes…
Sad Ice and Green Tea: Sounds like a song yet to be composed. Better than a Total Eclipse of the Heart?

H/T to “What’s better than a total Eclipse of the Sun?” / NASA/JPL-Caltech


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