February 22, 2013

Tamara Staples
Bearded Buff Frizzle Polish Bantam hen

February 21, 2013
"destiny is constructed."

— Susan Oyama, The Ontogeny of Information, 2nd ed. p 9.

February 20, 2013

Camera traps from the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network via Wired

February 19, 2013

A side view of brain pathways, from the right. At far left is the visual cortex, connected by a large bundle, green, which connects to the frontal lobes. At centre, the vertical pathways in blue serve voluntary movement, connecting the motor areas of the brain with the spinal cord and muscles. The green path at centre is the right cingulum bundle, here seen from the side. The cerebellum, which controls coordinated movement, can be seen at bottom left.

via BBC News)

February 18, 2013

Wilton M. Krogman, The Scars of Human Evolution, Scientific American 1951.

February 18, 2013

Nematode, from The Yearbook of the Department of Agriculture via @JenniferFrazer

February 17, 2013

bird and moon

(Source: rhamphotheca, via notrare)

February 16, 2013

Ben Giles
Skeleton

February 16, 2013
DAGs, vectors, and correctness

John Myles White on writing better statistical programs:

• write out a graphical model
• fit your model to simulated data to check correctness

February 13, 2013

Carl Buell, via Not Exactly Rocket Science

February 6, 2013
"data is the ultimate arbiter of truth in science, and when we see scientists engaged in emotional arguments about competing theoretical visions, this probably results from the inability to bring data to bear on the controversies"

— Chris Jensen paraphrasing H. Allen Orr

February 4, 2013
R and the permission culture

The R package specification enforces the permission culture by requiring a License field in the package DESCRIPTION file. I buckled and slapped a CC0 sticker on the package I am currently writing.

February 2, 2013

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. — Michel de Montaigne

(Source: psychotherapy)

January 27, 2013
"scientific education is, to a considerable extent, an exercise in taming the authority of one’s intuition"

— H. Allen Orr, Awaiting a New Darwin, The New York Review of Books

January 13, 2013
"Everybody wants to be Jared Diamond, that’s the problem."