Thursday, June 22, 2017

Orcanised Crime....

Amazing Stuff. Kind of backs up why they are referred to as "the wolves of the sea". Just like wolves they are intelligent enough to know that they have more to gain by working with humans rather than trying to eat us.

They're the biggest of the oceanic dolphins, and each pod is a little community.

I just learned from the article that their language is so advanced that they have regional dialects. Accents, slightly varied vocalizations based on location, just like us! Most animals just make the sound they make, but not these amazing mammals. They (and other large marine mammals) are far more intelligent than most people give them credit for.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Black Bean Burgers

Gabe has been craving pasta. I made Baked Ziti which is one of his favorites. While he enjoyed many nights of leftovers I made these.


1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 onion, cut into wedges
3 cloves garlic, peeled

1 egg
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce 

1/2 cup bread crumbs


 1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.

2.  Mash black beans in a medium bowl with a fork until thick and pasty.

 3. Finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans. In a small bowl that was set aside, stir egg,chili powder, cumin and chili sauce together.

4. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into four patties.

5. Bake about 10 minutes on each side.

slightly adapted from Allrecipes

Friday, June 16, 2017

Octopus camouflage

The Octopus eye can see a really wide angle, which probably helps with matching the background. The skin is kind of like an LCD screen, it has these colored pores that can expand and contract so if it wants to look blue in one spot, it contracts the red and green pores and opens the blue pores, and it all works together to make the overall camouflage. I went diving in Bonaire and saw a octopus on the coral reef, the color change was amazing and  see was the texture changes to match the reef.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Only you

It is up to ALL of us. The NPS is something we should value. It's funding and the people who who visit the parks can actually help prevent forest fires. Seriously it all starts with listening to firework laws, not littering with cigarette buds. Making sure your campfire is out before you go to sleep. Its sad that most forest fires ARE caused by humans. 

 The National Park service:

You may of noticed the name on the hat isn't Smokey. Smokey Bear nor any Federal Government insignia are copyrighted.
The Smokey Bear Act of 1952 specifically protects Smokey from ever passing into public domain. He's under the control of the Secretary of Agriculture. The royalties collected from his use go to forest fire prevention education-- over $3M has been collected by keeping him out of the public domain. The U.S.F.S. has a specific guide on when and how to use the Smokey Bear logo.  It will never freely enter the public domain, but it is available for limited use