Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bedsledding? Teapot curling? Grand Lake's wild west winter games open to all

Robin's latest Worth the Trip travel feature in the Examiner newspapers. By the way, the photo featured in the article was taken by Robin, not the AP.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

See the roots of human behavior - great book

Animal Welfare Institute "Roots of Human Behavior" is a vibrant photo documentation of the parallels between animal and human expressions, emotions and psychology. A prominent mind in the field of laboratory science, as well as a veterinarian and ethologist, Viktor Reinhardt's 280 candid photos of animals and humans reveal stunning resemblances between the species. The book is well worth having (and a bargain at $8), and you can get a free PDF version online.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Horse brutality funded by your tax dollars

In Defense of Animals:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to remove 550 “excess” wild horses beginning on February 14 (Happy Valentine's Day to land-grabbing ranchers and other money grubbers ... these are public lands!!). These cruel roundups using helicopters run horses for miles over rough ground leaving them lame and even dead. Just last Friday, IDA reported that as a result of a helicopter stampede and roundup underway in Nevada's Calico Mountains:

A small colt was run so hard and long that he was killed due to “multiple hoof sloughs from the capture.” A mare went down in the trailer transport truck after being stampeded by helicopter for miles. No help was available for the downed mare on the 4-5 hour drive between Calico and the holding facility. Care about other living, sentient beings? More info here:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sharing paint

The wedding/art event of the new year: Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow tie the knot Feb. 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at their joint new works opening at Long View Gallery in DC. Details here.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Glider adventure: wings, no engine

Robin's Jan. 10 piece for the Examiner is about gliding in a plane with no engine. Read it here. It was also picked up by the aviation community here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wasteful science spending

Weight Concerns Affect Responses to Weight Loss Spam E-mail: Young adults who believe they have a weight problem are more likely to receive, read, and respond to spam e-mail for weight loss products, reports a study in the January Southern Medical Journal. Southern Medical Journal, Jan-2010.