Month: January 2012

Crowdsourcing: accessibility on

I’ve noticed that quite a few of the trendy designs for blog templates on the free site, while looking very gorgeous and all, are just not that accessible for folks – pale grey fonts, especially tiny pale grey fonts, are the worst offender. I’d like to have a list of themes good and bad…

Sunday Singalong: Violeta Parra

OK, this one is Violeta Parra, an incredibly haunting Chilean folk singer who saw folk music as a “weapon against oppression”.  Yeah which revolutionary didn’t? She and her children became the song-writers of the left-wing political movement of her country…. Read More ›

BFTP — Endangered Sunday: grey nurse shark

I’ve been in the water with a lot of sharks: leopard sharks, wobbegongs, Port Jackson sharks, grey and white tipped reef sharks and grey nurse sharks. What’s a scary thing I’ve encountered diving? That dreaded apex predatory homo sapiens. Homo sapiens is of course the big threat to today’s Endangered Sunday species, the grey nurse shark or carcharias taurus.

Mary’s helpful guide to soliciting research participation on the ‘net

In my years on the ‘net, I’ve seen any number of people want to interview others or get them to take surveys for everything from a short high school or undergraduate paper through to graduate research projects and books. And they so seldom manage to meet basic ethical guidelines for making sure they aren’t wasting their participants’ time at best or endangering them at worst.

Otterday! And Open Thread.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? […] Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?