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Spider from Marx Ricoh KR-10 Super Berlin, Germany Monday, September 5th, 1988.

Darwin Garden
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Darwin Garden iPhone 6S England Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017.

Darwin’s Farpoint
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Darwin’s Farpoint iPhone 6S England Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017.

OK?
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OK? iPhone 6S West Sussex, England Saturday, November 19th, 2016.

Streetwatch in Blue
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Streetwatch in Blue iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Monday, June 24th, 2013.

Tzurfin’ Tzafari
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Tzurfin’ Tzafari iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Saturday, May 18th, 2013.

What a Cutie
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What a Cutie iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Thursday, March 8th, 2012.

Call of the Even Slightly Wild
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Call of the Even Slightly Wild Olympus C5050 Brighton, East Sussex, England Saturday, November 26th, 2011.

Who’s the Jam?
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Who’s the Jam? Nokia 6630 Rome, Lazio, Italy Saturday, September 17th, 2005.

The Civilized Dog
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Looks like they should be reading the Financial Times.

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The Civilized Dog Nokia 6630 Villa Pamphili, Monteverde, Rome, Lazio, Italy Friday, September 16th, 2005.

Jam in Bereavement
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Taken just 8 days after her mother accidentally died at this house, I believe Jam’s faraway look here is due to the trauma and loss.

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Jam in Bereavement Nokia 6630 Rome, Lazio, Italy Thursday, September 15th, 2005.

Pantheon pidgeons
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Pantheon pidgeons Olympus C5050 Sunday, January 16th, 2005.

Two Exhausted Dogs
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Totally candid — I did not try to get them into this position — they were collapsed during a break on our 4-day hike from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. As I write this, 24 April 2007, Maddie on the right, mother to Jam on the left, has been gone from us for 19.5 months. Jam is still in Italy. The seat of my own self still feels to be somewhere in the center of this image.

How different their coats are. Jam’s is shorter and silkier, Maddie’s was tuftier and flyaway, wilder. Jam has a snout that tapers a bit meanly, Maddie had a snout more generous, perfect and shapely than a Rolls Royce grille. (I did think of them as my Bentley and my Rolls as well as my Harvard and my Yale).

I love how their heads touch here. It really shows the nice bond they had.

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Two Exhausted Dogs Olympus C5050 Israel Tuesday, October 12th, 2004.

Cat and the Green Buddha’s temple
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Outside this central compound in Bangkok, where I had to rent long trousers in order to be properly attired to go in, I noticed that the stray cats lounging on the sidewalk don’t bother to move for passers-by, who must step over them.

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Cat and the Green Buddha’s temple Olympus C5050 Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, May 23rd, 2001.

Spider from Marx
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Spider from Marx Ricoh KR-10 Super Berlin, Germany Monday, September 5th, 1988.

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Briefs

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

As an antidote to the borderline smarminess of Jason Horowitz’s New York Times article about returning to Rome, here is a more substantial, dignified, rewarding and useful guide to visiting the city by a blogger named Nan Quick: My Recipe for a Stress-Free Week in Rome. Warning: she takes a couple of paragraphs to warm up.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Speed of Dark

Elizabeth Moon

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I was brought to this most non-sci-fi of sci-fi novels by the Brighton Science Fiction Discussion Group. Narrated in character by its autistic protagonist, Speed of Light initially reminded me of Mr Robot. Yes, I did like it, but wasn’t sure if the thinness of the other characters is due to our narrator’s limitations or those of the author; I don’t know her other work so can’t say. A mostly unsentimental decency permeates — actually it’s an exploration of decency — which gives it an appreciable pre-cyberpunk, almost square feel.

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

What we learn from the past is to maximize the qualities of our future memories, not necessarily of our future experience.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Friday, August 12th, 2016

“Losses” evokes stronger negative feelings than “costs”.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

 

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

The illusion of loss is the place [where] we suffer.

Tony Robbins

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future.

Daniel Kahneman

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Sustaining doubt is harder work than sliding into certainty.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

“You can’t cross the species barrier but, by bumping up against it, you can learn things.” In The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman surveys ventriloquism of the soul. “Tolstoy’s animals teach us to be good,” he explains. “Joyce’s teach us to be alive.” [via aldaily.com]

Monday, April 25th, 2016

I was amazed when my own dog Jam found her way home through 5 miles of unknown territory. This sheepdog found its way home 240 miles away.

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Becoming Animal

David Abram

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A suggestion for a retitling: The Book of the Author’s Flaring Nostrils. For much of the time during the first half of the book I was more than irritated with the author’s unmooring, which threatened to seriously undermine my value of his previous book, Spell of the Sensuous, which I loved. I did enjoy his honest account of his silly heightened action state coming out of the theatre after watching a James Bond movie.

Friday, January 18th, 2013

It’s official: women are mate-poachers. I would have wagered on this anyway. “Offered a single man, 59% [of single women] were interested … But when he was attached, 90% said they were…”

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The World Until Yesterday

Jared Diamond

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It’s been criticized that nobody comes alive, and it’s also repetitive, and would be a better book if it were denser. but it’s great. It tells us some real truths about an important thing: how we were for the vast majority of our time. The implications of tribalism, where meeting any stranger is potentially deadly, is important. What a memoir.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Humans evolved to run long distances, argues Daniel Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, and the evolutionary approach helps us use our bodies better. Great stuff!

Friday, August 31st, 2012

To paraphrase what Lincoln said about slavery, if cruelty to animals is not wrong then nothing is wrong.

Larry Hansen

Friday, August 17th, 2012

BBC presenter Ben Fogle’s eulogy of his black labrador. This dog angel helped him win his fame, fortune and hot wife. Commiserations.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A brief step into the fascinating question of early-life memory. Lots of comments as well, some are interesting.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Though I and the author, 42-year-old David Bainbridge, may be biased, middle-aged humans are the crowning achievement of evolution. [via aldaily.com]

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The Avatar pony-tail conceit: it is our unique affinity with other species that makes us most human.

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

No other animal on earth could do this. Maybe beavers. But not like this.

Dwight Schrute at a garbage dump in The Office

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Britain, with Charles Darwin and Adam Smith, gives us at long last cosmology and sociology that are not narrative but algorithmic.

ASK

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

However yawns arise, and whatever they signify, such a spontaneous copying response to a second person’s signal of mood is an unmistakable sign of empathy.

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

The world’s best ever 5 minutes of stand-up? Richard Pryor in the African Jungle.

Thursday, September 12th, 2002

 
 

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