Also this week: visualizing extinct megafuna vs. their extant relatives, 10,000 Maniacs vs. Michael Stipe, and more.
The story of Walter Pitts, the teenage runaway who became a neuroscience and AI pioneer. The linked piece isn’t new, but it was new to me. It’s amazing, and tragic. Go read it.
Writing in the ESA Bulletin, Walt Carson and a large and diverse group of co-authors have a comprehensive guide to applying to graduate school in ecology and evolution. Worth sharing with undergraduates considering graduate school in EEB.
Visualizing the sizes of extinct megafauna vs. their living relatives. You’ve probably seen these comparisons before using silhouettes. But somehow, photoshopping near-photorealistic reconstructions of the extinct species into photos of their living relatives makes the size differences much more striking. Nice touch: photoshopping a two-toed sloth to cling to the side of a Megatherium. 🙂 Also: TIL there used to be giant wombats. And that there’s an extinct whale named for Herman Melville.
Well, this all seems horrible.
And finally, this live performance catches 10,000 Maniacs near their peak, plus Michael Stipe guests for “Candy Everybody Wants” and a cover of “To Sir With Love”. Skip Dennis Miller’s intro. Why yes, my musical tastes were formed in the late ’80s and early ’90s, how could you tell?
Have a good weekend. 🙂