[caption id="attachment_559" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Dunsjömåla, a typical Swedish villa in the middle of the forest."][/caption] Linda's father lives in Småland, literally meaning "small lands" - not because things are tiny here, but it was historically made up of several smaller, independent lands.
[caption id="attachment_554" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Entrance to Dunsjömåla, means "bird life". "][/caption] After 8 hours of driving to Virginia, 6 hours driving to Newark, 3 hours wait in the airport, 8 hours flight over the Atlantic and finally a 6 hour drive to the south, we are finally home again for the first time.
[caption id="attachment_549" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Swede and two halflings safely aboard the plane to Sweden."][/caption] Strangely, we arrived in Sweden without any major problems.
As I am getting to ready to begin a new chapter of my life in my wife's homeland, I will keep a journal here to mark my thoughts and transitions to life as an expat American in Sweden.
[caption id="attachment_529" align="aligncenter" width="525" caption="Color in males and females: Color functions as signal for male fighting ability.
The species concept "problem" has pervaded for many years and will not be resolved anytime soon, if ever. The problem, of course, being that no two scientists will agree on universal definitions of what the darn things are!
Sorry about the dust and cobwebs! I'm in the middle of a move to a new country. Moving my family to Sweden has taken it's toll on my "free time." People have been very interested about the move, why I'm doing, how it's going, what I'll do there, etc.
When you don't know what to do, but know you should do something, what do you do? Rage against the machine! Or... sign an online petition? In a bid to call attention to the decades old problem of Joseph Kony, a horrible man who steals children and brainwashes them into serving in his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), the nonprofit group Invisible Children has created a new campaign to keep political pressure on Congress to maintain a US military presence in Uganda to hunt Kony down and bring him to justice.
It has been just 45 days since I wrote about my nontraditional pathway into science at Deep Sea News . This post and the resulting hashtag #IamScience on Twitter resulted in an explosion of stories from 140 character tweets to several hundred blog posts from an enormously diverse group of online scientists.
[caption id="attachment_479" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Behold! The Sieve!"][/caption] Behold the sieve. It is a marine biologist's best friend, saving hours of sorting and enabling us to quantify ecosystems.
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