Archive for March, 2008

Vector Analysis

26 March 2008


our new Drosera in action

Remember that old adage about flies and honey? Well, I suppose that explains Dr. Vector’s recent bizarre display of uncharacteristic magnanimity toward microecos. And I didn’t even have to bribe him with free tickets to “Robot Dinosaurs Gone Wild!”

Still, I have to say it’s rather unsettling when Matt effing Wedel compliments you. It’s like when someone comes up to you out of the blue and says “hey, nice shirt.” You just stand there staring back blankly, waiting for the “too bad you have such an ugly face” follow-up.

But seriously, I’m flattered. And the even better news is that I’ve worked out a 3.3 million dollar syndication contract with Univision. So put down your signs, get back to work, strike’s over baby!

Of course, I’m not at liberty to discuss the details of the deal but suffice to say there will be a lot more chicks in bikinis and fat guys dressed up like giant babies around here from now on… $ 3.3 million! That’s like easily 1000 euros right? Snap!


Moral of the story: “Honey works well for catching flies. But you just can’t beat a ginormous steaming, fetid pile of B.S.” QEFD

Dung flies

Stay tuned for a 2 year anniversarial spectacular in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile I might throw together an insightful, deeply-probibing post or two. So, uh, hold your breath.

Long in the Hoof

15 March 2008

Lower molar of a new Cretaceous mammal from India
from Prasad et. al 2007.

Behold: Kharmerungulatum vanvaleni – Van Valen’s “ungulate” from the Kharmer River!

Our picture of Mesozoic mammals has been paroxysmal. Fossils like
Repenomamus and Volaticotherium have hacked away at the stereotype of Mesozoic mammals as uniformly pitiful bits of dino-bait. Meanwhile molecular investigations of mammal phylogeny retrodict a Cretaceous diversification of most extant mammalian groups. The isolated molar shown above, presented in last year’s Science (Prasad et. al, 9 November 2007), adds a yet another tiny, curious wrinkle to the story.

The first thing to note is the absurd tininess of the tooth. It’s about 2.5 millimeters long, “half the size of an ant” as LiveScience notes. Or, .002 London bus equivalents. Next is the shape of the tooth: broad, and relatively sturdy with rounded cusps. This suggests that the animal was an herbivore. “We consider Kharmerungulatum to represent an early stage in the evolution of ungulates.”

Fair enough!


Prasad et al. 2007 – A Cretaceous Hoofed Mammal from India — Science 318 5852: 937 

Courtesal des Nimes

14 March 2008
Got my copy of the Open Lab 20o7 today.  Thanks to Bora, Reed and all of the authors and judges

and to the scorpion-watching cult.  Namaste!

80s, 90s, 00s…

5 March 2008

These two videos recollectivate what DeMedicis shows were like back in the early the best of my recollectivation at least

FYI I’m available to manage any band that would like to incorporate on-stage hair-cuts, sleeping bag dancing, slide shows etc. into their performances…also with violently throwing yourself into walls after shows.

um, yeah.

Attacts on Civil Liberties is CANCELLED

4 March 2008


To the many, several…er few, couple readers of microecos:

We’ve received a flood of e-mail from readers concerned about the ongoing negotiations concerning the television syndication of microecos. Many have expressed a fear that the deal may result in a profound change in the quality of publications here. Those readers should take heart: we are committed to continuing to deliver oblique, elliptical and intentionally obscure posts; poorly contextualized, barely edited, ill-defined, laden with non-standard paralogistic syntext &c.

When we return we will be as microecosy as ever, quite possibly more so.