Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

The increasing value of privacy

Brendan Moyle Apr 26, 2013

The motivation for this blog post is the acceptance of one of my papers at an international conference.  All was good until I hit the photography/video waiver.  A condition of attendance is that you can be photographed or videoed, and these images used by the scientific organisation for their purposes. I am very uncomfortable with this.  As a rule, I … Read More

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Crazy Creationists Returns

Brendan Moyle Mar 15, 2013

I had fun with some of these a few years ago, so I thought I’d make a return to them.  The internet is a great source for finding wild claims about evolution that range from the deeply confused to the brazenly dishonest.  Twitter is an especially useful source.  Here’s a wonderful example from twitter. @DebunkEvolution: #Evolution has never been observed. Read More

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E-book ponderings

Brendan Moyle Mar 07, 2012

So far the lure of an e-book reader has escaped me but of late, I’ve been pondering as the options increase. I do seem to accumulate a lot of pdf files- scientific papers and the like- and it strikes me that would be a possible good use for an e-book reader. It’s often inconvenient to have a laptop running in … Read More

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“Trade fuels demand”: Phrases that should be banned

Brendan Moyle Nov 28, 2011

There are many phrases that cause me to wince. The oft-used ‘missing-link‘, beloved by newspaper headline writers, creationists and 1950s B-movie writers is one.  Another that is stubbornly popular in conservation literature is the oft-repeated claim that trade will fuel demand for wildlife parts.  This is typically used as a reason why trade in wildlife (or their parts) should not … Read More

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How to be a successful stalker

Brendan Moyle Oct 28, 2011

Disclaimer: the following is intended as black humour, not encouragement to be a stalker. If you have stalker tendencies you need help. Seriously. The voices aren’t your friend. — When we look at the careers of two recent prolific cyberstalkers (David Mabus and Dawn Gordon), we can see that they have managed to convert this skill into an occupation that … Read More

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Then there’s the email

Brendan Moyle Sep 28, 2011

This is what 48 hours of emails looks like. Click for larger version This is not an exchange. This is not me responding. This is one way-traffic. You don’t read this crap. You weigh it, or measure its height against a ruler. Some of these emails were also sent by Dawn to the Australia & NZ Mental Health Association, … Read More

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It never stops

Brendan Moyle Sep 26, 2011

Here’s a snapshot into a fairly typical 24 hours of blogging by Dawn. Just remember people, this woman is also responsible for the care of a pre-school child. She starts by listing a set of traits she attributes to me. Most are patent fictions. I think she’s discovered a childrens’ book (or set thereof) that she’s convinced I’m partly … Read More

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Tonight’s sallies from cuckoo-land

Brendan Moyle Sep 22, 2011

Some more missives from Dawn’s tumblr blog.  Many of the key-phrases she uses are commonly applied to me. It’s  likely she’s found some other poor sod on tumblr she thinks is a front of mine. Some attempts at suasion going on to abandon my “covert, cryptic life” sic.  Which is that I’m not really a married, very busy conservationist and … Read More