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Creek Running North
February 18, 2005
Credit where due
You might have seen those little icons next to individual blog comments on other blogs - I had them here for a while, and may well again if I ever figure out how to work the CSS formatting so that they work the way I want them to. They're called gravatars, and they're free, and you can get one too if you so desire.
I've been using a head-shot of a short-faced bear as mine for a while. The short-faced bear, Arctodus simus, was the largest, nastiest carnivore in North America up until about ten thousand years ago, when it went extinct.
I cropped my gravatar image from the painting you see here (click the thumbnail for a larger view.) And there's no easy way to provide credit information in a gravatar without messing up the design with little hard-to-read text, so I'm doing it here. The painting is the work of Carl Dennis Buell, a regular commenter here (with the handle OGeorge). Carl, aside from being a hell of a guy, is an insanely talented illustrator whose work has appeared all over the place, in books by Carl Zimmer, Ernest Callenbach, even John Muir (in reprint, silly.) He's also in a recent issue of Earth Island Journal.
Carl's a busy guy these days, which has meant a delay in an art and writing blog he's wanted to put together for some time. I can't wait, myself. In the meantime, we his fans can check out more of his work in the rotating upper left corner of PZ Myers' blog Pharyngula — and in PZ's gravatar. Thanks, Carl, for letting me use the bear.
Posted by Chris Clarke at February 18, 2005 08:18 PM
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Thanks for the very kind words Chris, but it's getting embarrassing to see my work only on the sites and web pages of others. That damn bear was supposed to be part of one of my first posts and I wanted to show the proportions of the whole animal, which explains the lack of background. It does not however explain the total lack of posts!
I'll see your Arctodus and raise you a Barbourofelis.Posted by: OGeorge at February 18, 2005 09:15 PM