Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Check In Questions at Peru Airports



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Monday, February 25, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Jurassic Park IV news, promos, vids and ... literotica?

Since the announcement of Jurassic Park IV, there have been some interesting developments and a few neat fan creations. 

In the news: Hasbro has returned to be the franchise’s toymaker.

The toyco has signed on as the global toy licensee for Jurassic Park 4, which will be released in June 2014, and will work with Universal Partnerships & Licensing once again to market and distribute new toys based on the film. Hasbro has the rights to develop a wide variety of toys including figures, plush, dolls, play sets, vehicles, role play, games, KRE-O branded building sets and novelty items.



In other news, long-time JP producer Kathleen Kennedy will be preoccupied with producing the new Star Wars installment, and thus not be available to act as producer for JPIV.

…she is in charge of reviving the beloved characters from a galaxy far, far away in a sequel written by Michael Arndt and directed by J.J. Abrams. "JP4" is still without a director.
Are they cutting it a bit close to not have a director yet, let alone not have started filming, if it’s to be released in only 477 days!? 

New 3D poster for this summer’s re-release of Jurassic Park.


Jurassic Park meets metal
 
This is cool!
 

 Fan-made poster art by Mark Englert.


Also there’s this wicked map of Isla Nublar which would look great hanging on the wall of any room.

And from the segment “the fractal curves of chaos theory in Jurassic Park simply explained by people who haven’t read the novel” is this video. It’s interesting.

And I’ll leave you with a link to Jurassic Park-themed fan fiction and erotica. I haven’t read any of this yet, so I have absolutely no idea what to expect: Maybe it’s NSFW?

Monday, February 18, 2013

King St. Capers | Lost Bet

There was no end to our banter about who would go in for a life-threatening straight shave from Mr. Minestrone. He couldn't get a haircut right - lord only knows what would happen with a straight razor all over your face... :S
Also, I'm starting to learn how to add colour to images, though I'm hardly good at it yet - not only am I bad at it, but it takes me AGES to get through it. It might be a while before colour makes a regular appearance in the Capers BUT ... .check this out, it's pretty cool.

Bonus Capers content!

Also, on a whim:



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Milky Dinosaurs Problem Gnaws on Comparative Physiologist for 15 Years

Since paleontologists have persuasively argued in favour of dinosaurs developing herd, pack and family behaviours, it raised the question: How in blue blazes dinosaurs that were so damned big provide any type of nurturing for their hatchlings which were so damned small

Physiology professor Paul Else from the University of Wollongong (yes, it’s in Australia), was baffled by this concern, and found a correlation between other avian species, namely penguins, flamingos and pigeons, which produce a “milk-like” substance fed to their chicks. 

 The “milk” is similar in purpose as to what mammalians lactate for their offspring, providing the necessary antibodies, protein, fats and carotenoids for a healthy bouncing baby. In the case of pigeons and doves, they also produce an epidermal growth factor. 

This theory helps explain how dinosaurs grew so quickly. 

Prof. Else says he ultimately works at the “molecular level” as a “comparative physiologist,” so connecting the dots between modern and extinct species was right in his wheelhouse. 

“Since birds and dinosaurs share much in common I proposed that some dinosaurs likely used this feeding strategy.” 

It’s been a problem he’s been gnawing on for a long while. 

“… I sat on the idea for about 15 years waiting to have some time to explore it. Finally, when on study leave, I sent 300 words describing the idea to the editor of the Journal of Experimental Biology. The editor liked it and asked for an article – and that’s when the work really began – taking a pure idea and making it real, while at the same time being critical about the possibility of dinosaur lactation,” Else says. 

More technically speaking, the secretion would have generated in the upper digestive tract from crop glands or glands of the oesophagus

Now the theory has been launched into the official world of academia when it was published in the latest issue of The Journal of Experimental Biology, it’s Else’s hope paleobiologists and paleontologists will investigate whether his proposition has any legs to stand on. 

He suggests beginning the investigation with hadrosaurs, who have been catalogued as “site breeders with nest-bound youth fed by parents.” 

References: 
http://www.geekosystem.com/dinosaur-milk/ 
http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/02/did-dinosaurs-lactate http://io9.com/5983401/did-dinosaurs-produce-milk-for-their-young

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pope announces retirement on Twitter


Posted to a video on Tout.com, Benedict XVI reached out to his fans to say:
We did it. Almost 9 years baby, thank you very much. That’s why I’m telling you first, about the retirement. Love you. Talk to you soon.

Monday, February 11, 2013

King St. Capers | Before it was cool


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Hipsters wear the bowl cut ironically. Copycats are posers.
He's also wearing that moustache ironically: he's not actually mischievous.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ancient Winged Transylvanian Predator Discovered

When you think of winged predators soaring through the Transylvanian evening, you generally think of a mythical bat preying on men, hotly pursued by Dr. Abraham Van Helsing to rid the world of vampires.

However, some cryptozoologists feel that Bram Stoker’s legendary monster story is rooted in the genuine reports of Transylvanians who observed a monstrous, nocturnal flying predator: namely a pterosaur.

The discovery of Eurazhdarcho is the most complete example of an azhdarchid found in Europe so far. According to researchers, its discovery adds credence to a theory about the behavior of these types of creatures.

I’m in no way about to propagate that myth (however cool it would be!) but there is a romantic relationship between discovering a large pterosaur in the Late Cretaceous rocks of the Sebeş-Glod in the Transylvanian Basin, Romania, and Dracula himself.

The location of the discovery is what’s most exciting about this find, too. The Sebeş-Glod has been the source of other prehistoric and fossilized dinosaurs, mammals, turtles, lizards and ancient crocodiles.

It’s a 68-million-year-old formation which senior lecturer in vertebrate palaeontology at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton Gareth Dyke says was comprised of an inland, continental environment which included meandering rivers and swampy regions.

It strengthens the argument to suggest these pterosaurs soared above forests and plains in search of small animal prey.

What makes this pterosaur, Eurazhdarcho langendorfensis, special is that it’s the first azhdarchid pterosaur discovered in Europe, and one of the most complete discoveries of its kind, which helps further illustrate its bizarre form:

A medium-sized wingspan of three metres, long neck, long beak and wings strongly adapted for a soaring lifestyle. Features of its wings and hind-limb bones show it could fold its wings and walk on all fours, as well. 
“Experts have argued for years over the lifestyle and behavior of azhdarchids. It has been suggested that they grabbed prey from the water while in flight, that they patrolled wetlands and hunted in a heron or stork-like fashion, or that they were like gigantic sandpipers, hunting by pushing their long bills into mud,” says Gareth Dyke.
Its discovery strengthens suggestions that azhdarchid pterosaurs were linked to terrestrial floodplains and wooded environments, because Eurazhdarcho lived alongside other gigantic contemporary pterosaurs, like Hatzegopteryx thambema.

References:
http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/researchers-discover-a-new-type-of-flying-reptile-from-the-age-of-dinosaurs/ 
http://trap.it/#!traps/id/46cc09ce-e70f-48aa-94b5-1f1fc81d7c1e/jump/6E4T1z2bv002q6IvMa9u

Monday, February 4, 2013

King St. Capers | buncha stooges

Beard-o enjoys his Christmas, forgetting all about his interests in photographing
the parade of stooges that emerge from Mr. Minestrone's barbershop.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Perspective

Plus, happy birthday to my brother today.
He's unlikely to eat any of this stuff.
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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Breaking: an early spring!

Wake up Willie! Wake up Willie! Wake up Willie!
He did not see his shadow, it's an early spring!
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