Ryan F. Mandelbaum
ryanfmandelbaum
Science Writer, Founder of Birdmodo
May 19
14

Like scattering subatomic particles, we have entered the asymptotic phase between particle physics writer and readers. For us readers to be good casual observers of almost incomprehensible stuff we need good science writers. Very nicely done and we’ll miss you Ryan. Read more

May 16
5

Every morning as I make coffee I watch the mass of finches that occupy the huge Lilly Pilly tree outside my kitchen window. I always marvel at their antics and especially their flying skill as they blast through the gaps in the picket fence without missing a beat. Read more

May 15
2

Why is everyone so upset about a dead bird in the freezer? This is perfectly normal behaviour for an amateur or professional zoologist. Ryan established true bona fides by this act, which I salute.

May 15
2

Still - sorry to see you go. Thanks for validating another birdwatcher. Saw a canvasback, goldeneyes, American widgeon, eared grebes, red-headed duck, and bufflehead all in the same city pond on one of my COVID hikes this week. Also an Audubon’s warbler.

May 15
8

These are some sweet birds. So long and thanks for all the fish feathers

May 13
8

Quirky electrical systems (common in older buildings) may be causing your TV noises, especially if there are speakers that are separate from the TV. Stray currents and signals can find their way into sound systems and produce a variety of hums, buzzes, and radio output. This Techhive article hits most of them and Read more

May 12
1

Ah, yes. If only the world were completely different than it is and we didn’t have resource scarcity, societal obligations, etc. then we would be different...no shit. Read more

May 12
46

I think taht what she was getting at is that there’s a lot of question-begging in evolutionary psychology - people tend to assume their conclusions and work backwards from them. Not all of it, of course, but she’s perfectly correct in saying that there’s a great deal of justifying of bad behaviour based upon Read more