Giant Isopods and Coconut Crabs

This is an edited chat discussion with research links about giant isopods and coconut crabs as affecting design theory on crab-clawed bugs, or isopods as bug larva Stella: why are they so cute looking! 8:28 PM me: wow! Might be the rounded head outline 8:29 PM They’re not spikey …

Dramatis Locae

The place we’re talking about, Bayou Rainette Possible locations Since the setting is practically a chara in its own right… I didn’t check on whether the Chitimacha tribe was in this area, I know that Tina had a spot in mind there. ETA later: The Chitimacha Reservation is located in …

Header Picture Credits

Many thanks to the great photographers and artists that have consented to have their work to be converted/cropped/mauled into banners for the site! 1 Bird Island – B. Gladney (artbeco) 2 Boy Dragonfly Wings – B. Gladney (artbeco) 3 Boy on Chair by Window – B. Gladney (artbeco) 4 BW …

mantis shrimps and Circular Polarized Light

Coiled ribbon sensors might be antennas capable of picking up CPL.

Mantis shrimps have th ability to pick up on circular polarized light (CPL), which no other animal on earth does.

They’ve evolved on their own since the Cretaceous, and they’re pretty damn strange in their own right.  They also used to be the recordkeeper on fastest-moving animal reactions.  Also interesting!

Some Music to Calm the Savage Beast

While Dance is freaking out, half out of his head on toxins, Emberley puts on music. Familiar, soothing things. Things he knows that Dance will have to follow in his memory, reminding Dance of the bowing and fingering motions so well known in his muscle memory. These are things he’s sure that Dance will have some kind of long-term emotional associations with, even if maybe they aren’t all nice ones.
Heavens, they may remind him of screaming sessions with temperamental divas and soloists–but it will remind him of work, or the symphony, of mundane real life.