Zombie skunk cabbage!

In a new episode of the botanical web-video series “Plants Are Cool, Too!” Chris Martine points out that skunk cabbage was a zombie long before zombies were cool.

Representative quote: “Smell that—smells just like skunk!” “Suurrre does!”◼

Plants are creepy, too

Christopher Martine’s web series about all things botanical, Plants are cool, too! (which I’ve mentioned before) has a new episode up just for Halloween. It’s on carnivorous plants, natch.

Elsewhere on the science-y web, Scicurious talks about real-life werewolves, and Kate Clancy offers a terrifying peek at her schedule. Happy trick-or-treat-ing, if you’re doing that sort of thing on a school night.◼

Rescued baby echidna

And, see, I did not previously know that the appropriate word for an echidna (or all monotremes?) at this stage of development is “puggle.” So this is totally an educational experience.

Via Grist.◼


So, John Scalzi’s forthcoming book, Redshirts is pretty excellent, from what I’ve seen of it. (The first four chapters are available online as a preview.) In a nutshell, it’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” but for Star Trek instead of “Hamlet.” So when Jonathan Coulton wrote a song to go with the book, it was only a matter of time before someone mashed it up with actual footage of redshirts* meeting their various and inevitable ends.

Anyway, if all that doesn’t make you immediately want to watch, or if you’re about to leave a comment asking what, exactly, is a “redshirt,” then you probably should just wait for the next post.

*Caution: that link also includes a video of Scalzi covering the song on a ukelele, for which I refuse to vouch.◼

Cinematography beautiful

I don’t know if I could watch a whole feature film like this, but it’s mighty pretty in two minutes-plus of full-screen viewing. And hey, just as I was wondering if there would be Joshua trees, there were Joshua trees.

Via The Awl.◼