So, I’m currently reading Dry Store Room #1, a book about the experience of working at the Natural History Museum in London.
by Richard ForteyHardcover
It’s a great book by an author who is both a Fellow of the Royal Society (Britain’s pre-eminent scientific body) and the Royal Academy of Literature (same for writing). Highly recommended.
So naturally, I’m thinking in terms of museum preparation when I come across this comic:
And my immediate reaction: this is a museum diorama and not a good one. Real skeletons in the real environment do not look like that. The bones separate and are strewn about, they don’t look like an anatomy-teaching specimen you might find in a medical school–those are wired together to show the normal relationship of the bones. Also, in a real desert everything from ants up to condors would be ripping the corpse apart and taking away useful bits for their own (digestive) purposes, scattering the bones further. The only way real bones stay close together is by getting suddenly buried, for instance by volcanic ash.
No, it isn’t important. No, I’m not criticizing Dave Blazek. Yes, I think my own idiosyncratic reaction was weird enough to be worth posting.
This is a very rare double-post (the only one) between this and my other blog at Nitpicking.com.
10% of your brain: can we please put this one to bed?
I’ve been hearing for decades about how we only use 10% of our brains. It’s silly as soon as you think about it: why would we evolve such huge brains for our body size then not use them?
I believed it as a kid, mind you, before being trained in biology
Now Monty (a decades-old newspaper comic, formerly called Robotman), demolishes that whole urban legend in four panels.
Meddick is right. Can we (as a culture) please stop making idiot movies based on this myth?
Grocery Shopping With Obby
I’ve been reading The Devil’s Panties for years now. I’ve always enjoyed its slice-of-life humor. Since creator Jennie Breeden married Obby, there have been occasional position-taking strips. Obbie is listed as co-writer these days, maybe he’s more of an advocate. This one is very much to the point:
I had the pleasure of meeting Jennie at Dragon Con in 2014. (Obby was away from their table when I went by.) Take a look at their comic, I think you’ll like it–and it will never, ever insult your intelligence or tell you to eat Free Range Kale.