Archive | June, 2010


29 Jun

Hot mug of coffee! What is this? Portrayals of REAL people?
Also yes, it has been entrusted to me that bandana colour for next game will be yellow, as long as my sources can be trusted. Its not who you know, its what they know.
Also, don’t worry about me, I’ll just use this as an excuse, no reason to buy a new pirate shirt. Hooray!
I hope the mod team don’t have a problem with their likenesses. I thought I had a scoop, but after asking one of the mods whether or not it was ok to disclose this information about bandana colour I found out that this information had already been leaked making it only scoopish. Sigh, why am I always one step behind?
Hope you’re all looking forward to semester 2 as much as I am.



Richard III: Buys Camping Gear

28 Jun

Yeah, I made funny. Bendigo is uneventful as ever. Went into town today, not much and a whole lot has changed.
The new bat colony that they’ve acquired is definitely the highlight. They always took to the wing when I had my back turned, should have take binoculars I guess. One of my favourite little bazaars had a box full of these cool little government issue pouches for $5 each. They’re about 9x4x2.5 inches (holy shit empirical) and can be attached to belts, great for darts or socks during HvZ I reckon. If anyone’s interested then drop me a line and I’ll go get some more and you can pay me back when I get back to Canberra


Speculative Biology Sunday: Marsupial Chameleon

27 Jun

So I was thinking about marsupials the other day, and how uncreatively so many of them are named. Quite a few species are named after their placental analogue: Marsupial Mole, Marsupial Tapir, Marsupial Lion, Tasmanian Tiger, Marsupial Cat ect.
Why isn’t there any marsupial animals named after analogues that aren’t placentals? Probably a bit of a stupid question, I’ll admit, but it gave me a challenge to spec* out. So may I present…

The Marsupial Chameleon

Deep in the jungles of New Guinea, in a few secluded previously uncharted valleys a new species of cuscus was recently discovered and is more likely than not an entirely new genus. Most individuals observed are the size of a small cat, rarely over the size of 35cms or so in length.
In appearance this new species seems somewhat unremarkable compared to other species of cuscus, but what sets this new discovery apart from others is its diet, and how it goes about aquiring its food. For the Marsupial Chameleon is almost entirely insectivorous, like its namesake and captures its prey in a similar sticky way. But instead of a long projectile tongue this small marsupial employs the use of a thick mucousy saliva which it spits with great accuracy at any sizable enough insect that gets close enough, which becomes trapped and can be eaten at this strange cuscus’ leisure.

So yeah, there you go. Hopefully you like it.
*Yeah, “spec” is a verb in my vocabulary now, get over it.


Unfortunate Telling

25 Jun

Evolution isn’t always for the better.
Yeah, supposed to be packing. I have plenty of time.
I’ll be posting more often during the holidays as well, so watch this space.
To all my friends from uni, hope you all did well on all of your exams, and enjoy the holidays!


Study Bream

23 Jun

Yeah, being a smart-arse about typos is what all the cool kids are doing right?
To all you people out there that still have exams, I feel your pain, I am one of you.  Good luck.
Drawing cartoon fish is fun, and easy. Although I can’t help but not draw the anal fin, its looks stupid with it on, but I feel dirty not drawing it. I don’t know why, I just can’t help it.


The Pelican

20 Jun

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I’m damned if I see how the helican!

Dixon Lanier Merritt, “The Pelican” 1910

No sbs today, so have some poetry instead. I love that limerick. Limericks and haikus are clearly the best poetries.


If you want something done right…

19 Jun

You do it yourself.
Finished an exam today, next one isn’t till the 25th. Tapped out and bored, and needed to boost my hits for this week but I had nothing ready to post. So I whipped this out and coloured it in. It was quite fun 🙂

A Puzzle For You

16 Jun

There is a hidden message that I have arranged in the following images. See if you can solve it and retrieve the message. Good luck.

Have you figured it out?

Speculative Biology Sunday: Camursuchus

13 Jun

Yes, so SBS* this week is another competition entry for the monthly competitions on the Speculative Evolution forums that I partake in, but oh well. I enjoy the competitions, and they help me come up with ideas that I probably wouldn’t have had otherwise.
This month competition was to come up with a descendant of a ThalattosuchianMetriorhynchid or Teleosurid set in the Cretaceous, which doesn’t leave much room for creativity, but oh well.
I have a few new concepts floating around in my head, so next week won’t be another competition entry like all my SBS posts have been since Gympie Crab.

*I only just realised that the acronym for Speculative Biology Sunday is SBS


Descendants of Pelagosuchus, these are one of the smallest marine crocodylimorphs in the cretaceous oceans, not usually exceeding 1.6 metres in length but can 2 in favourable conditions if they live long enough. Living exclusively in and around coral reefs, these crocodiles are mostly opportunists, feeding on whatever fish, crustaceans, molluscs and carrion. Specailising on plucking out fish and cephalopods from the very crags, crevices and caves which they themselves use to hide from larger predators, using their hooked snouts to get at particularly well hidden prey. They have also been seen digging up and swallowing brachiopods whole when under stress, seeming hopeful that their powerful stomach acid will cope with the hard calcium carbonate shells.
Mostly hiding amoung the reefs to avoid predators, they are also adorned with bony armour on their back, and will cling to the reefs to protect their relatively softer bellies, they also seem to be found to be quite distasteful to some predators, but these claims have not been substantiated.
Despite living their entire lives in the reefs, these crocodiles must return to dry land to lay their eggs and do so in much the same way that sea turtles do. So much so infact, that they do so in the very same beaches as sea turtles, and laying is timed so that their eggs hatch at the same time. This is for two reasons, the first is that there is less of a chance that they will get picked off by small dinosaurs, lizards or birds, and the second being that when they arrive in the water, they will have something to eat, as the hatchling camursuchus will kill and eat the hatchling turtles as soon as they reach the water.


Kodak Bear

11 Jun

Hooray. Been out of the habit of posting. Oh well.
Also, I didn’t recieve any entries for the colouring competition, so I probably won’t be having one for a while.
Start of the exam period probably isn’t the best time to hold them though I guess. Oh well.
Good luck on your exams everyone, I’ll try to post more often. Especially once exams are over.

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