Filling the Blogroll…

New links for the sidebar:

Catalogue of Organisms – Christopher Taylor somehow has time to both complete a Ph.D. in spider systematics AND blog prolifically about all matters invertebrate and taxonomic. I like it because Taylor is a gifted writer and his blog is a fine read. Plus, I have a soft spot for Australians.

Getting Things Done in Academia – Myrmecologist extraordinaire Mike Kaspari bares all about how to thrive as a young scientist. Some of his more serious advice seems to involve beer consumption, so take it with a grain of salt (and some lime).

The Strobist – The brain is the photographer’s most underappreciated piece of equipment. The Strobist shows the way.

Clique: Career advice for the new photographer – Photographer Shaun Krisher is positively bubbling over with advice for aspiring pros. Krisher is more on the wedding/fashion side of things, but I’m always surprised at how much is relevant for nature photographers.

Sorry for the light posting…

…we had to move across town this weekend. The new house is not yet configured for internet, so it may be a few days until I’m back on track. In the meantime, here are some links to keep you entertained:

Asian Myrmecology, a new ant journal! The first volume is open-access.
An ecological menage a trois between Ants, Plants, and… Elephants?
Friday Ark #173 at The Modulator
The Ants of Fiji can be found online at

Things to come…

Light posting over the last couple days, I’m afraid. Our kitten Mingus came down with a little kitty fever this morning of 106º (That’s 41ºC for the Fahrenheit- impaired) and is spending the night in the pet hospital, enough of a distraction to derail my blogging schedule.

Don’t despair, though, there is freshy bloggy material on the way. I’ve been writing drafts on a number of photography topics in the background. Things to come include:

  • Image post-processing (what happens after a photo is taken)
  • The importance of backdrop
  • Photographing uncooperative insects
  • Cameras and lenses for macro

If there is any topic in particular you would like me to post about, email me or let me know in the comments below.


Update (12/12/07): Mingus is back from the little kitteh hospital- he’s doing much better!

Qu’est-ce que c’est?

Zut alors! This blog seems to have developed a following of Frenchmen. The shame of it is, I studied French for 5 years in High School and don’t remember a word of it.

The French ant-enthusiast forum Acideformik looks like a fine place to hang out on the intra-webs. Most online myrmecology forums are populated by 12 year-olds relating their experiences fighting red and black ants, or trying to trade in their allowance to import a colony of exotic bulldog ants (to kick the butts of both red and black ants, I gather). However, the French are over there having book discussions and contemplating the finer points of petiolar morphology. I’m jealous.