For those of you who care about camel crickets, and you know who you are, I just wanted to let you know that fermented fish sauce is a fantastic attractant. I’m using it as bait for option #7 in my Ten cures for camel crickets page (see cricket-sucking-movie if you’re curious).
On an otherwise slow news day, I noticed that I had my one millionth visitor this morning, around 8am. Not sure who it was, but wanted to say thanks. By the way, Dr Evo, on right, was painted by Carl Buell when I needed a “Dr Evil” analog for my now-deceased Axis of Evo blog. If you haven’t seen the Austin Powers movies, this silly joke is probably lost on you, with apologies. In a day when site visits need to be in billions to be truly newsworthy, a mere million is only worth a laugh, at my own expense.
Gratuitous pug photographs to get you in the holiday mood. No pugs were harmed or tortured in making these shots. She likes the snow.
The beach at Chicxulub is pretty darn close to where the K/T asteroid hit the Yucatan some 65 million years ago, and caused the extinction of all the dinosaurs excepts birds. As a biologist, it was on my life list of places to see, and the photograph below is from my visit to the Yucatan Peninsula in early 2013 (more coming).
The asteroid was 6.2 miles in diameter (we think). That might seem small … but if you’re a runner, that’s a 10K just to get across the darn thing. But there would be no outrunning the consequences of the impact, which created fireballs, molten ejecta, tidal waves, climate change, etc., sparing little around the world. It would have been spectacular. Definitely an Instagram moment (#ohno).
And here’s the sign close to where the core was drilled. Our guide was from this town (Yaxcopoil), I think, though he was not a part of the Chicxulub Scientific Drilling Project. I wish there had been a museum there so that I could see the cores they recovered. Oh, well.
Bacon lattice on my Thanksgiving turkey. I pre-make the lattice and store it on wax paper in the refrigerator, then apply after bird is 1/3 done. If you can find it, get the extra thick cut bacon. Just wanted to share.