Great Tits Cope with Global Warming better than Lesser Tits

At least one of Britain’s birds appears to be coping well as climate change alters the availability of a key food.

Researchers found that great tits are laying eggs earlier in the spring than they used to, keeping step with the earlier emergence of caterpillars.

Writing in the journal Science, they point out that the same birds in the Netherlands have not managed to adjust. Understanding why some species in some places are affected more than others by climatic shifts is vital, they say.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) commented that other species are likely to fare much worse than great tits as temperatures rise.

Cougar in the hot tub

In a related story, four other cougars joined several young men in a hot tub. Their big, tan, hairy bodies were welcomed by the drunken revelers. It just goes to show, a cougar by any other name, is still big, tan, and hairy.


DEADWOOD, S.D. – A relaxing soak in a hot tub came to an abrupt end when Marlene Todd came eye to eye with a mountain lion in her backyard.

“I was kind of hidden, sitting with my back up against the side of the tub, and I heard a little rustling sound in the needles right beside me,” she said.

Todd said she thought it might have been her house cat until she saw “this big, tan, hairy body” just 4 inches away.

“I didn’t realize what it was until it took a leap and jumped up on the side of my hot tub,” Todd said.

The cougar was cornered somewhat because the deck stairs blocked its retreat. It would have to go up and over the hot tub.

“It just took a leap. It jumped on the side of the hot tub,” Todd said of the Thursday morning encounter. “We locked eyes, and it kicked off of the hot tub and ran away. When it jumped, it flipped my robe into the hot tub.”

She summoned Deadwood police, who surmised the big cat was stalking some deer in the neighborhood and may have been attracted to the warmth of the hot tub on the frosty morning.

“Now I know what a goldfish feels like when the cat is staring in its bowl,” Todd said.

Obama Photos…amazing!

First of all, a photo of Obama’s sister and family. I know Maya and Konrad Ng from the University of Hawaii. They are nice people. Conrad is an incredible lecturer and knows more about film than just about anyone I’ve ever met. Maya I’ve only talked with a few times, but she seems like a real peach.

And then there is this picture of the President taking a break from having Bud Light in the White House to save some ducklings.

Way to go Obamas!

Bryant Park Project finds World’s Awesomest Person

The BPP’s search for the World’s Awesomest Person is over, and we have a winner. Riley. In his awesomely awesome CraigList post he writes:

I’m tired of answering ads on these pages only to find poseurs, geeks and acoustic folk acts who want me to change my unique playing style to match their style. It’s time for a band that is as unique and forceful as I am, and I’m taking no prisoners.

This monumental effort will require the cooperation of a thunderous bass player with the mind and skills to keep this beast of a freight train on its tracks while a talented drummer will unleash an unrelenting hailstorm of destruction down upon his kingdom of percussion….

As you can see from my picture, I wear chain mail to protect my body from the rigors of extreme playing.

It doesn’t really matter whether this post is real. It’s awesome.

NPR: The Bryant Park Project