Woodpecker Tongues are Weird

"Did You Know...Woodpecker Edition" - The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl (All Rights Reserved - Used With Permission)
“Did You Know…Woodpecker Edition” – The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl (All Rights Reserved – Used With Permission)

In fact, I did know; but that is mostly because my children love to read The Unfeathered Bird* by Katrina van Grouw. I, however, greatly enjoy being reminded of this fact as often as possible (it is the kind of thing you know, but then forget you know – like that John Ratzenberger was in Empire Strikes Back), especially when accompanied by such wonderful illustration.

*Courtesy of Princeton University Press.

The Physics of Otters

This strip from Karl Kerschl’s The Abominable Charles Christopher sits at the intersection of art, science, and otters – a place I like to call “home”.

Anatomy of an Otter Slide - The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl (All Rights Reserved, Used & Adapted with Permission)
Anatomy of an Otter Slide – The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl (All Rights Reserved, Used & Adapted with Permission)

Neither Karl nor I vouch for the equations represented as being either perfectly accurate or the most relevant. Rather they serve as symbols representing the mechanics that go into making something as delightful as an otter sliding into the water. We do, however, provide a comment thread, if you would like to engage in a few rounds of cathartic pedantry (I know I do from time to time).

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“All art is useless”

The other day, I had a twitter debate with @dellybean about the nature of “good art”. Of course, @dellybean was wrong (Michael Craig-Martin’s “An Oak Tree” is brilliant), but art would be dull if we all agreed.

As is wise in such matters, I think it is best to defer to the man I would most like to have gone drinking with, Oscar Wilde (from the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray): Continue reading ““All art is useless””