Camouflage: similar shapes

This is pretty good!

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Origins of the Eucharist?

The symbolic cannibalism of Christianity is apparently not an original idea.

He who will not eat of my body and drink of my blood, so that he will be made one with me and I with him, the same shall not know salvation.” —inscription of Mithras

Jesus is a mythical figure in the tradition of pagan mythology and almost nothing in all of ancient literature would lead one to believe otherwise. Anyone wanting to believe Jesus lived and walked as a real live human being must do so despite the evidence, not because of it.” —C. Dennis McKinsey

There is not a conception associated with Christ that is not common to some or all of the Savior cults of antiquity.” —J.M. Robertson

…are our..[beliefs] to be accounted myths and theirs [the Christians’] believed? What reasons do the Christians give for the distinctiveness of their beliefs? In truth, there is nothing at all unusual about what the Christians believe…” —Celsus, late 2nd century CE, commenting on the similarities between the beliefs of Christians and followers of other religions.

Read all this and more at Religious Tolerance: “Were elements of Jesus’ life copied from other saviors/god-men/heroes?”

Extreme Home Makeover: Forever Wild Animal Sanctuary

tiger-profileThe Extreme Home Makeover folks took as its project the dilapidated home and small animal cages of a wild animal sanctuary. Forever Wild Animal Sanctuary in California has been taking in unwanted and abused animals, mostly exotic large cats, from for several years. As they struggled to make ends meet, they couldn’t afford repairs on their own house.

The Extreme Makeover team recruited about a hundred volunteers. Sponsors supplied earthmoving and construction equipment. The family, parents Joel and Charmain Almquist and four daughters from teen to toddler, were sent on vacation to Costa Rica. The team demolished the house and built a new, larger home with solar panels on the roof. Each child’s bedroom was a personal space that reflected the child’s interests.  The house became a secure sanctuary and change of pace. The local community college and university offered four-year scholarships for each of the children.

While the family was away, the team took one of the tigers for surgery to cure its longstanding paw injuries from “de-clawing” and relieve it of constant pain.

They built a learning centre for educating the public. The learning centre will enable Forever Wild to bring in school tours. There are new terrariums for the exotic (venemous) snakes. It also has a food preparation area and large fridges, so that the family can prepare 300 lb of meat a day for their animals. Each animal had a new sign with its picture, name, and story.

They made larger cages with more space for the animals and an animal playground for the tigers. They wove cat beds from indestructible used fire hoses.

The builders and volunteers collected $50,000 for maintaining the learning centre.  It was a fitting reward for the years of hard work and caring put in by the Almquists.


For animals as visual as we are, camouflage is powerful.

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This illustrates color matching and disruptive patterns.

Tony Lyons’ marathon swim

I’m not sure if Tony set a record, but it was certainly a personal best. On Friday he swam a marathon distance, 42.2 km, in just over 17 hours, in a pool in New Westminster, BC. In doing so, he raised at least $7,600 for the KCLN Orphans’ Fund.

This was not a record. Someone pool-swam 43 km in 1998.

Firefox LOLcats

I know it’s altered with Photoshop, but I like it.

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Concensus on I Can Haz Cheezburger is that someone laid ginger tabby markings on some cream-coloured kittens with Himalayan markings. The Himalayan gene, if that’s the right name for it, expresses pigment on the cooler parts of the body, giving rise to a “Siamese cat” pattern. A “Himalayan” is a long-haired cat  with the same pattern.

Up & coming talent

If sheer talent and a beautiful voice can do it, you’ll be hearing more of S.B. Galt:

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Summary of H. floresiensis controversy

homo-floresiensis-skullYou can find a brief summary of the state of play in re Homo floresiensis in this summary article on PLoS Biology: “What is ‘the Hobbit’?” by Tabitha M. Powledge (doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0040440).

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