Category Archives: Video

Bump me with your plastron, you sexy Threatened thing you.

Making new desert tortoises in Joshua Tree.

FtBCON: Science, Skepticism, and Environmental Activism

Tonight I spoke with my Pharyngula co-blogger PZ Myers and my Network colleagues Madhu Katti and Jenn Campbell-Smith about the relationship between Science, Skepticism, and Environmental Action. Or at least that was the intended topic: We talked about a lot more than that. And Jenn had a bird on her head.

The panel discussion was part of FtBCONscience; Atheism With A Conscience — the online conference sponsored by Freethought Blogs still in progress with panels all day Sunday on a wide range of issues. Check it out!

Here’s the conversation between PZ, Madhu, Jenn and me.

Driving through Arches with Ed Abbey

I know I’ve linked to this little gem of a video essay before somewhere. Not sure I’ve done it here.

It’s an old network TV magazine show snippet by Ned Judge that was vetoed by Roger Mudd for its featuring an “Eco-terrorist.” Never had much use for Roger Mudd.

LED Awesome Powah!


My office has been dark what with it being the winter solstice and all. I saved up $20 and bought a 13.5 watt lightbulb.

It’s rated as the equivalent in output to a 60W incandescent bulb. This one seems brighter. And it’s likely to last me the rest of my life.

Tell me again why we need to bulldoze the desert for utility-scale solar?

This is what our life was like every day, once


Update: Kenn Kaufmann, whose little finger knows more about birds than I do in my entire body, has this reaction:

“A golden eagle tries to snatch a baby in Montreal,” and the video goes viral. But it’s faked. Golden Eagle is a scarce visitor in the Montreal area, but the bird in the video is not a Golden Eagle, nor anything else that occurs in the wild in North America. This was clearly a setup: using a falconer’s bird, and probably a fake toddler for the distant scene. With all the ignorance about nature that’s out there already, the last thing we need is this kind of stupid garbage.


The Wilds of California

The wonderfully talented San Diego-area filmmaker Jim Karnik has an ambitious project in mind: an hour-long film that will introduce viewers to Californian biodiversity in all the varying ecosystems the state has to offer, from coastal tidepools to alpine rock and ice. This trailer is amazing.

Jim’s got an Indiegogo site set up, and as soon as I get my December budget figured out I’m kicking something in. Check it out and see if you want to as well.