The good old days of entomological journals

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 | Ants, Humor | 1 Comment

Yes, the discrete logo appeared at the front of each research article.

The articles may have been long, descriptive and rather dull (although important), but boy did they made up for it with crazy typography in the journal’s logo!



Ho, Ho, Ho?

Friday, December 25th, 2009 | Ants, Humor | 2 Comments

This is my reply to the nice image by myrmecos.

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The Pewter Leprechaun Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 | Cladistics, History of Science, Humor | 1 Comment

E. Haeckel

You may not fancy public humiliation of scientific papers (ah come on, who doesn’t?), but the Pewter Leprechaun Awards Ceremony is a fun read. If you want to know what is this all about look here.

You really need to know well your history on systematics and biogeography to fully enjoy the piece, but if you don’t you will do well in putting Google to a good use and run some searches on those names. On a side note, I do think Brazeau’s paper didn’t deserved the nomination, specially among the other contestants.

I hope they do send a pewter leprechaun to the winner (and blog about it).

Leafcutter ant of the genus… Paraponera?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 | Ants, Humor | 11 Comments


Hey look, it’s a picture of a leafcutter ant! And it’s carrying a leaf using its… antennas, that are missing the distal part (wha?). And it has an odd ball-something between the mandibles, and a stick-like thing stuck in the rear foot. And the ant belong to a species not even closely related to true leafcutter ants. It’s, it’s… it’s Photoshop gone wrong. › Continue reading

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Ants are a dominant feature of terrestrial ecosystems

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 | Ants, Humor | Comments Off on Ants are a dominant feature of terrestrial ecosystems

Ants are a dominant feature of terrestrial ecosystems (and variations thereof).

Sigh. Myrmecologists really need to find alternative opening phrases for abstracts, grants and papers. Myself included.


A Virus Walks Into a Bar…

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 | Humor, Science | 1 Comment

If you find the next series of jokes funny (I do), try going out for a stroll at the shopping mall or whatever less science-obsessed people normally do. It gets from awkward to real good at about 1:00.


The Search

Friday, September 18th, 2009 | Humor | Comments Off on The Search

via xkcd – A Webcomic – The Search.


Annie Liebowitz to the arthropods

Friday, September 18th, 2009 | Art, Humor, Personalities | 2 Comments

Sorry, with apologies to my colleague and fellow blogger Alex, I just couldn’t let this one pass. [/giggle]

Alex Wild, Annie Liebowitz to the arthropods” – Carl Zimmer

via Beautifying Bedbugs | The Loom | Discover Magazine.


Sunday’s reflection

Sunday, May 10th, 2009 | Humor, Off topic | Comments Off on Sunday’s reflection

captchaI keep failing those CAPTCHAs on a regular basis. I’m starting to think my parents are hiding something from me.

Making up for last week’s April fool post

Thursday, April 9th, 2009 | Humor | Comments Off on Making up for last week’s April fool post

Last week I posted my Homology Weekly as an April’s fool joke attempt. Since I am sure I was the only one to found it somewhat funny (and looking back, barely so), I decided to make for it this week and post something really interesting for my readers and especially eye-candy for my myrmecologist colleagues. It will be ready to go tonight, provided I have some time to work after supper, but no later than tomorrow.

In my defense I have to say that nothing I wrote in that post about DNA sequences was false. It was meant as a parody/criticism of the level of reductionism that results from our practice of treating each single nucleotide position as a character for phylogenetic reconstruction equivalent to a complex morphological structure.

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