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Einstein, Patrick and Tesla

Open thread: Men with pets

For today’s open thread, I want to share two sites http://cuteboyswithcats.net/ and http://cuteboyswithdogs.tumblr.com/ both of which are pretty much exactly what it says on the tin:

Einstein, Patrick and Tesla  via Cute Boys With Dogs

Einstein, Patrick and Tesla via Cute Boys With Dogs

Dave Salmoni, a large predator expert, with a lion, via  Cute Boys With Cats

Dave Salmoni, a large predator expert, with a lion, via Cute Boys With Cats

And if you prefer to know more about your babes and baby animals, you can try http://hotguysholdingcutepuppies.tumblr.com/, which is not updating but still contains cute pictures. Need more snark with your pictures? Maybe try Cute With Chris’s men with pets category.

We have open threads not just to look at boys and or pets or allow you to rant about my repeated invocation of the feminist cat-lover stereotype, but also so that people can comment on older posts (comments close automatically after two weeks), get in touch with us, or discuss anything else that falls within our comment guidelines. Don’t apologize for being off topic here: there is no required topic! (But if you feel really guilty about it, you can link some cute puppy pictures. I won’t complain.)

In an act of supreme self-sacrifice, I paged through a lot of cute pets and boys to bring you some samples, so there’s a few more pictures below the cut:

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Open thread: Bill Nye the Music Guy

I found this great source of Bill Nye music videos and this one made me laugh:

I don’t know if he’s known world-wide, but the Bill Nye The Science Guy was an inordinately popular kids’ science show in North America when I was still in public school.

User NyeTunes on youtube has uploaded a large number of music videos from the show, so if you’re not as amused by rocks as I am, go find the one you like best and let us know in the comments!

This is an open thread, so nothing is off-topic here as long as you stay within our comment guidelines. We have these open threads so that you can comment on older posts, get in touch with us to ask questions or suggest links, etc. Feel free to reminisce about great educational TV!


Open Thread: Maru the cat

Today’s open thread is brought to you by Maru the cat, who recently turned 4 and his famous for his love of jumping into boxes.

We have open threads every few weeks so that people can comment on older posts (our regular posts stop accepting comments after 2 weeks), suggest links, or talk about whatever as long as it fits within our comment guidelines. Nothing is off-topic for this thread, so feel free to share more adorable cat videos.

Open Thread: Turtles!

Today’s open thread is brought to you by turtles.

You're a turtle!

I feel the xkcd comic above is much funnier if you read it then watch this terribly educational video about turtles:

Now that you know all about turtles… it’s time for an open thread! We have these every few weeks so that people can comment on older posts, make suggestions, and talk about feminist stuff. Nothing is off-topic for this post as long as you fit within our comment guidelines. Have fun!

(PS – That’s a tortoise.)

Open thread: Super mario bros accapella by Jimmy Wong

There are a lot of covers are the mario bros theme, but Jimmy Wong’s version is especially cute and singable because it goes beyond the source to make something really fun:

And as if the song itself weren’t amazing, the artist himself is a pretty neat guy. Check out the NPR story on him: Jimmy Wong Saves The Internet:

Jimmy Wong reminded me that the tools that can be deployed by the so-called cyberbullies are also freely available to those they harass.


The lyrics are funny and good-spirited, and effectively turn the tables on the original rant. And the song itself has a catchy hook, has been viewed about 800,000 times, and is now for sale on iTunes.

When I was a kid, here’s one thing I never thought of saying to a bully who was about to pummel me:

“Hey, don’t mess with me. I’ve got a quirky sense of humor, a great singing voice, and I know how to code!”

But Jimmy Wong and many others are proving those types of creative skills could be a decent way to put up a defense.

Jimmy’s Mario song is available on iTunes along with a bunch of his other music, and proceeds are currently going to the Japanese relief efforts.

Those of you who follow me elsewhere may notice I wrote this post originally for cuwise, but I love the song so much and we’re overdue for an open thread so I’m re-using the post for this open thread. We try to have these regularly to give you a chance to talk about whatever you’d like. So nothing is off-topic here as long as you stay within our comment guidelines. Talk about music, games, or whatever else you think you’d like to level up in…

Open Thread: Your beluga best friend

Today’s open thread has been brought to you by your beluga best friend, who says:

I know standing out isn’t always easy. Half my life is spent listening to people go WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT and IT LOOKS LIKE AN ALIEN.

People are rude sometimes, aren’t they? They think I’m strange because they’ve never seen anything that looks like me. But even if I’m unusual, I still exist. And I don’t deserve to be singled out like a giant freak just because I’m a little different. Or a lot different.

The same is true for you, friend. You don’t deserve to be harassed or humiliated for looking or acting or moving differently. You can tell those people, “Hey, shut up,” or “Damn, you guys are jerks,” or you can say nothing, or you can just walk away. But no matter your reaction, always remember that you didn’t deserve it. There’s nothing about how you look that gives anyone the right to harass you. No exceptions.

Love, Your Beluga Best Friend

This is an open thread which means all comments are welcomed here as long as they adhere to our comment policy. There is no such thing as off-topic in this thread. Missed a chance to comment on an older thread? Have a link for our next linkspam? Want to offer to write a guest post? Just want to talk about how awesome it is to have a beluga best friend? This is the place.

Open thread: hyperbolic crochet

Apparently we’ve never had a hyperbolic crochet thread before. Criminal, I say. Here’s an example:

A close-up of a very multi-coloured crochet item, with many curves folding in on itself
Image description: a close-up of a very multi-coloured crochet item, with many curves folding in on itself. Image credit: Michael Wade, CC BY-SA.

Two of the major things brought widespread awareness to hyperbolic crochet were Margaret Wertheim’s TED talk on the beautiful math of coral and the Hyperbolic Crochet Reef exhibitions. Here’s a picture of one the latter:

hyperbolic crocheted coral reef
Image description: a shot of many crochet items forming a coral reef sculpture. Image credit: Steve Jurvetson.

There’s a book on getting started on your own creations and there’s Flickr groups to admire the work of others: Hyperbolic Crochet and Hyperbolic Crochet Taxonomic Gallery sharing details of the models too!

Note: this is an open thread, and comments can be on any topic as long as they are otherwise ok with our policy. An increasing number of commenters are posting apologies for off-topicness on the open thread. Nothing is off-topic on the open thread! We promise! Hyperbolic crochets are only the start of what you could talk about!

Open Thread: Bangable Dudes in History

You know, I’m not sure I can think of any commentary that would really enhance this link: Bangable Dudes in History.

So instead, I’m going to tell you that this is an open thread. We have open threads because comments close after two weeks, and sometimes you’ll want to say something about a story here that’s older than that. Or maybe you just have something else on your mind and think maybe it should be on ours too. By which I mean, you don’t have to talk about Bangable Dudes in History; you can talk about anything you want as long as it fits our comment guidelines.

And here’s a picture of Tesla so you know what you’re missing if you don’t click that link:

The graph tells you why Tesla was a lot hotter than Edison

Open thread: parthenogenesis in Komodo dragons

A baby Komodo dragon born by parthenogenesis, photographed at Chester Zoo (CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia user Neil)

A baby Komodo dragon born by parthenogenesis, photographed at Chester Zoo (CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia user Neil)

What the hell. It’s geeky. And this is a fairly new (published 2006) finding about komodo dragons. To quote from Wikipedia:

On December 20, 2006, it was reported that Flora, a captive Komodo dragon living in the Chester Zoo in England, was the second known Komodo dragon to have laid unfertilized eggs: she laid 11 eggs, and 7 of them hatched, all of them male. Scientists at Liverpool University in England performed genetic tests on three eggs that collapsed after being moved to an incubator, and verified that Flora had never been in physical contact with a male dragon. After Flora’s eggs’ condition had been discovered, testing showed that [London Zoo dragon] Sungai’s eggs were also produced without outside fertilization…

Komodo dragons have the ZW chromosomal sex-determination system, as opposed to the mammalian XY system. Male progeny prove that Flora’s unfertilized eggs were haploid (n) and doubled their chromosomes later to become diploid (2n) (by being fertilized by a polar body, or by chromosome duplication without cell division), rather than by her laying diploid eggs by one of the meiosis reduction-divisions in her ovaries failing. When a female Komodo dragon (with ZW sex chromosomes) reproduces in this manner, she provides her progeny with only one chromosome from each of her pairs of chromosomes, including only one of her two sex chromosomes. This single set of chromosomes is duplicated in the egg, which develops parthenogenetically. Eggs receiving a Z chromosome become ZZ (male); those receiving a W chromosome become WW and fail to develop.

The Nature article is Phillip C. Watts et al (2006) Parthenogenesis in Komodo dragons, Nature 444, 1021–1022 (21 December 2006), doi:10.1038/4441021a.

This is an open thread, for a discussion of biology geeking, great nerdy events and, of course, anything else you want to discuss!