The Pleb Who Built Rome: Marcus Agrippa

We Lack Discipline talks one of their absolute heroes of Rome, the friend of Augustus and hard-working General, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. We discuss his life and his works, his role in shaping the Pantheon and why he was fundamental to the founding of the Principate and Imperial Rome.

Caturday Special: Serval, Leptailurus serval

A short Caturday Special about the wonderful and elegant-looking medium-sized African Wildcat, the Serval. Giving a rundown of what it is, what it eats, when it’s active, how it has babies and most importantly why breeding them with domestic cats to make savannah cats is a bad idea.

Why Every Biologist Should Oppose Racism

Because they don’t want to behave like dicks? Okay, obvious answer out of the way let’s get to a little explaining. I’ve given you fundamentals of life, in my introduction to biology, if you want a recap go over it. In there I talk about how life has been evolving, constantly, for close to 4Continue reading “Why Every Biologist Should Oppose Racism”

Etched into my Mind: Gustave Doré

I take a look at one of my favourite artists, Gustav Doré, most famous for his etchings (mostly wood, sometimes metal) but who was also a remarkable painter and illustrator.

I go through a few of my favourite pieces, mainly from La Comedia Divina, The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri, Paradise Lost, by John Milton and Doré’s etchings for the Bible.

Celestial Classics: Pluto and Orpheus

Exploring the far-off dwarf planet, and trans-neptunian object, Pluto as both a planet and the mythological God of the Underworld. Included is a discussion about Orpheus, both the legendary poet and musician of ancient Greece and asteroid 3361 Orpheus, a Near-Earth asteroid designated as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid. Exploring themes of death, rebirth, katabasis, eschatology and all sorts of other lovely stuff along the way we come to the ultimate conclusion. Pluto is all about love.

Top Ten Sharks #1 – The Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus

The Spirit of the Ocean – the whale shark, a placid giant, a filter-feeding shark that lives a relaxed life in the tropics. Friend to divers, remora and other mutualistic fish and the largest known fish species in the world today. The largest known animal at all outside of the whales. This fish, this shark, is truly spectacular from their feeding methods, to their size, to their behaviour. Find out why we put this shark as our number 1!

My Life and Intolerance to Uncertainty

A first-person, almost stream-of-consciousness account of fear caused by uncertainty in someone with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), with focus on intrusive, unwanted thoughts of negative outcomes, gathering information to assist in feeling more comfortable, distraction and routine-building to help out as well as just accepting failure as an option!

Top Ten Sharks #2 – The Greenland Shark, Somniosus microcephalus

The Greenland shark, somniosus microcephalus, is probably one of the most remarkable species on planet earth. Approximately the same length as a great white, with flesh toxic to humans if they eat it untreated, that swims in deep waters, or very cold waters, eats polar bears and lives for 300+ years. There is something truly special about the Greenland shark.

Top Ten Sharks #3 – The Basking Shark, Cetorhinus maximus

Exploring the world’s second largest fish, the basking shark, in all its glory. A wonderful, placid, filter-feeding shark that is sadly often overfished, the basking shark represents peace and passivity more than any other shark. We discuss this and explore whether human, ambitious, competitive philosophy could gain from being a bit more shark, a bit more basking shark in particular.

Top Ten Sharks #4 – The Hammerheads, Family Sphyrnidae

Exploring the similarities and differences between the members of the family of hammerhead sharks, the Sphyrnidae, with focus on the scalloped hammerhead and its overfishing, and the bonnethead shark which it turns out is omnivorous.