nature adapts


~ ROLLOVER ~

When I saw this, it just screamed Mahan’s strategic choke points.
Think of it as an allegory on The Enlightened Plan™.
It’s just a bit of fun, actually.
Yeah, I’m that easily entertained.

Oops, forgot to include the KisPref.

32 Comments!

  1. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm |

    wolves waiting in ambush: *snerk*

  2. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm |

    Ain’t it great that we are such a rich country with such a budget surplus that we can afford to build bridges for deer? (or whatever)

  3. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm |

    ^ Rich: It is possible I was being ironic.

  4. DougM (November is coming)
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm |

    ^ Sorry, that would have made sense if I hadn’t trashed my comment.
    (Mine didn’t co-snark well, and I didn’t wanna step on your excellent observation.)
    You’re counter-commentin’ too dang fast!
    I need tiiiiime to fix my originals after I notice they don’t make sense.

  5. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm |

    By the way Doug, thanks for the Mahan ref; like many things, I had never heard of him.

    I made a quick trip over to Amazon and found a large body of Alfred Thayer Mahan books available free in Kindle format.

    (Previously got free Kindle Churchill’s River War, etc. the same way.)

  6. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm |

    4:

    I need tiiiiime to fix my originals after I notice they don’t make sense. Yeah, don’t we all.

    co-snark I think you have just invented a fine word. Now we can engage in “co-snarking.”

  7. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm |

    You’re counter-commentin’ too dang fast! Yeh, I can type with all ten fingers (*snerk*), though from my typos it appears they may all be thumbs.

  8. Steve Skubinna
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm |

    Mahan on Kindle? Damn it, now I gotta…

    The best thing about Kindle, for me, is all the books I already own but are too bulky to stuff in my luggage to reread when traveling. Momsen, Gibbon, Suetonius, Herodotus, Tacitus, Thucydides, all those guys.

    And now Alfred Thayer goes on the list.

  9. Merovign
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 2:02 am |

    Hey, I think it’s wonderful that people want to build colossal concreteworks for animals.

    Wait, you mean that was tax money?

    (looks left, looks right)

  10. Thunderbottom
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 5:41 am |

    Let me get this straight – that’s an actual wildlife overpass, not some clever “Photoshop” rendering? And have wolves actually been observed waiting in ambush for prey on and around this overpass? I knew wolves were smart but now they’re adapting tactics from A.T. Mahan? Wow – sounds like a great topic for a Gary Larson “The Far Side” cartoon.

  11. DougM (November is coming)
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 6:46 am |

    Thunderbottom (10)
    Yeah, Gary Larson!
    The wolves part was my PShop (note the signature, lower-left of the rollover).
    (What? I missed the snark?)

  12. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:08 am |

    ^ snarks can sometimes be so subtle.

    As I expect most people know, you can get reasonably functional free kindle readers for most computers and many other devices. Which means if you have a laptop on the road you don’t have to buy/lug an extra device along just to have and read the books.

    Since the kindle book is licensed to the individual, rather than to the device, the purchased ones will work on all the devices you have, and of course the free ones too.

    I read some on my 27″ iMac screen, which makes reading a whole different experience, but the big deal of course is on the road.

    I’ve even read a little on my Blackberry, although on that tiny screen I really have to want to…. but just imagine, 15 years ago, would anyone have thought of having Marcus Aurelius* on a phone in their pocket, and being able to take it out and read it in a plane, train or automobile? On a mountain peak?

    * For the literal minded, “Marcus Aurelius” means his works, not the man.

  13. Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:27 am |

    We have a few…. Culvert type…. Undercrossings here near Thousand Oaks, CA. Supposedly keep the Mountain Lions and Coyotes safe.

    Must admit, I’ve seen very few Coyote carcasses since they were installed about ten years ago.

    Not to mention the Vehicle grills….

  14. mech
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:43 am |

    Heh, we have underpasses and fences just east of town.
    That canyon can get a bit crowded and the drivers just have no consideration for slower creatures on the freeway.

  15. mojo
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:50 am |

    Just wait till the wolves figure out that they can panic them to jump over the edge, onto the freeway…

  16. mojo
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:06 am |

    PS: Outside for my morning smoke, when 3 wild turkeys come trotting up onto the lawn…

    Oh, for a shotgun…

  17. Thunderbottom
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:30 am |

    #12, Ironic: from the Wikipedia: “Marcus was taught at home, in line with contemporary aristocratic trends;[31] Marcus thanks Catilius Severus for encouraging him to avoid public schools.” So Marcus Aurelius was homeschooled – huh; another argument against government-run indoctrination centers schools.

  18. geezerette
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:40 am |

    The overpass is for the deer who can’t read the deer crossing signs. ORRRR it’s for all other animals who don’t have a sign designating the area for them to cross.

  19. accipiter NW
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 9:33 am |

    I hope they show the deer a video of other deer using the overpass. Would like to see the updated video of wolves or mountain lions and get the deer reaction as they watch that one too. (I base that on the old Alaska pipeline story about caribou and elk and some wildlife dept proposal to get them to not fear crossing under the pipeline)

    Plenty of mountain lions in this state have been in the news over the years for attacking people on bicycles. I wonder how long before a lone biker under one of these overpasses is attacked.

  20. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 9:58 am |

    As I have previously commented, my back yard is a virtual pasture for deer & turkeys. Yesterday I saw a new sign up at the North gate. Said, “Mountain lions AND Bear spotted in last 24 hours!”

    Cricky! Have to lug my 1911 outside in my own yard? (…bears are a new addition…)

  21. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:22 am |

    Thunderbottom 17: this presumes that the goal is to produce great people. On the other hand, if the goal is to produce a lot of ignorant, brainless, compliant sheep, then public education is just the thing.

  22. TimO
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:28 am |

    Not just land-based, either…

    The Feds and Florida have spent many millions of (your) dollars building artificial reefs off the shorelines to attract a sustained population of reef fish. The only problem is that now the sharks that used to migrate along the coastline twice a year now stay here year-round because they have a permanent source of food.

    ….and now we are getting year-round shark attacks along our beaches.

  23. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:34 am |

    Leaving aside the wolves, I wonder what the laws are about the distance from the freeway allowed for the discharge of firearms…..

    … or wait! I bet it hasn’t occurred to any legislators (yet) to ban the discharge of archery equipment near public roads. [rechecks, Doug's wolfie choke points]

  24. Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:47 am |

    Wolves hell. It looks like a great place for a hunter to set up a blind.

    if they actually stopped deer and elk from crossing freeways, yes.

    But I doubt they have any effect on vehicle-deer collisions.

  25. geezerette
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:56 am |

    It’s a troll bridge

  26. ZZMike
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm |

    Ironic (#12): “… having Marcus Aurelius* on a phone …”

    I thought you meant, like, one of those “help lines” on quiz shows.

    And “.. reasonably functional free kindle readers for most computers …”

    Now that’s something worth knowing.

    Steve (#8) “… too bulky to stuff in my luggage…”

    That’s the best argument I’ve heard for those darn new-fangled electric book thingies.

  27. DougM (November is coming)
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

    ^ Hello, this is Marcus.
    Aureli? Well, this is Biggus.

    (What? Hey, you have any idea how long I’ve wanted to use that pun?)

  28. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm |

    ZZMIke 26:

    My God, I did say I had Marcus Aurelius on the phone didn’t I?

    Wonder what he’d advise about today? He’s remembered as a stoic, but if I recall correctly, he was not adverse to a significant amount of blood-letting in the pursuit of matters of state… including a good deal of Persian blood.

    Aside: I have Mark Twain and Charles Dickens on the phone too.

  29. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm |

    About Kindle on the computer: one feature of most if not all Kindle readers is the ability to copy a limited amount of text on a page in a book, which can then be pasted into other applications such as a word processor, email, or a blog. eg:

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth,

    United States (2011-03-24). The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America (Kindle Locations 4-5). . Kindle Edition.

    All I did was copy and paste. Unfortunately, there seems to be a block on copying from one page to the next, so it you are copying something that runs from one page to the next, you have to copy whatever is at the end of one page, paste it, then copy whatever is on the next and so forth.

    This is a very handy thing if you are in dialogue with folks about some book.

  30. Posted October 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm |

    ^^ that’s it Mr. ZZ……. Nice on you, but I have Anastasia on my quick dial!

    Ok, that’s my Baby Daughter’s name, but still……. :)

  31. Paul
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm |

    Hey, I see a good place for a box stand. Bet early in the morning you can get a real trophy buck!

  32. PeggyU
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm |

    Rrring, rrring …

    Hello?
    Hello, Marcus? This is Biggus. What’s 12 inches long and hangs up?

    I dunno …

    Click