Behold the mighty sky-squid

June 10, 2009

Is it coincidence that this upper-atmosphere lightening (called a “sprite“) resembles a mighty sky-squid? Or is fearsome Cthulhu sending us a sign? YOU DECIDE.

Thanks, Christi!


May 16, 2009

This has nothing whatsoever to do with the ocean or science. And yet it is the Best Thing Ever. Gut Shabbos!

Via Yo, Yenta

TGIF: Parasite-themed klezmer

April 10, 2009

Please enjoy your klezmer with a side of toxoplasma. Happy Pesach! (Via Julie at Modern Mitzvot, whose seder I am very excited to be attending tonight.)

Wolfpigeons, Sharkfalcons, Crocodeagles, Oh My!

April 1, 2009

Hi all. I’ll be filling in for Miriam a bit this coming quarter while she goes on field trips for class, but today I’m going to ease myself back into The Oyster’s Garter (pun intended, I assure you) with a video from the research labs at Qualcomm. I think we can all agree it teaches important lessons about biodiversity.

I liked that one, but it can’t compete with the invention of Hand Solo, from last April 1.

Walrus toots her own horn

March 27, 2009

TGIF, everyone!

Via Best Week Ever and Martini-Corona

A day in the life of three marine biologists. Really.

March 21, 2009

Dr. M at Deep Sea News was all “ZOMG! Ocean science is so much work and reading and computery stuff!” Whatev, Dr M. I don’t know about YOUR science cruises, but MINE are totally like this.* Manta net? Check. Niskin bottles? Check. T-Pain? Check.

*Editor’s Note: The Oyster’s Garter is aimed at a general adult audience and hovers around PG-13 for strong language and some sexual content. Certain awesome yet underage ocean bloggers & their moms should take care. This particular video happens to have strong language, but don’t count on me to remember to disclaim everything.

Martini-Corona, this video changed my life. Thank you, oh thank you.

Powerpoint stand-up comedy

March 16, 2009

Tim Lee is a population biologist turned stand-up comedian. So what does he use for his act? Powerpoint, of course.

Via my statistics professor!

Giant isopods ate my well-known brand of corn chip

March 13, 2009

Unlistenable, yet strangely compelling. Where, indeed, is the kraken? Via the Great Beyond.

Google Search Meme

March 1, 2009

I like Rick’s new Google-search game!

How many of you bloggers play this game from time to time? Open-up a browser window to Google and enter a string of words (that are NOT your blog title) that still delivers your blog as the top-ranked search result.

These all yield an Oyster’s Garter page as the top result:

“adorable jewish geek marine biologist science blogger”

“zombie oysters”

“trash gyre silliness”

“miriam goldstein is not a lolcat”

And best of all, while the Other 95% may win at “sea squirt porn,” the Oyster’s Garter is WAY more classy with “tunicate erotica.”

But I want Capt. Aubrey vs. Jaws!

February 23, 2009

Though “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” might be the best book EVAH, I have to say that I’m not so sure about the movie “Pride and Predator.”

Will Clark is set to direct “Pride and Predator,” which veers from the traditional period costume drama when an alien crash lands and begins to butcher the mannered protags, who suddenly have more than marriage and inheritance to worry about.

“It felt like a fresh and funny way to blow apart the done-to-death Jane Austen genre by literally dropping this alien into the middle of a costume drama, where he stalks and slashes to horrific effect,” Furnish said.

Thanks, Mary!


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