Author Archives: Wesley R. Elsberry

About Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

Nikon P900 First Impressions

I’ve managed to lay my hands on a Nikon P900 digital camera. This is prosumer bridge-style camera with an exceptionally long zoom range, a 4.3 to 357mm f/2.8-6.5 lens with a full-frame 35mm equivalent view of 24-2000mm. It serves up 16 megapixels. I haven’t done much with it yet, but I thought I would make… Read More »

Thoughts on the Value of Public Education

Over on Facebook, there’s discussion of the federal Department of Education, and a commenter there said she would like to see the department go away and parents get school vouchers. This was my reaction… […] I’m looking at various issues looming and how education can play into that. Let’s start with our military, shall we?… Read More »

Good morning and congratulations, President-elect Trump

I note that estimable source of journalism on American politics today, UK’s The Guardian, on the outcome of the US presidential election. Donald Trump shattered expectations on Tuesday with an election night victory that revealed deep anti-establishment anger among American voters and set the world on a journey into the political unknown. Good morning and… Read More »

Florida: Sunshine, Solar Power, and Shenanigans

The Orlando Sun-Sentinel carried an op-ed by Paula Dockery on a deceptive solar power amendment on the November ballot. This should be a must-read article for any Florida voter. Ms. Dockery covers the topic quite well, leaving little for me to say, though I’m going to say some things anyway. The first, and most important,… Read More »

EpiPen Pricing Defended by Shkreli

Martin Shkreli, pharmaceutical patent scavenger, did an interview with CBS and defended Mylan Corp’s inflated pricing of their EpiPen product. “This particular drug is a necessity for some people,” Nair said. “Yeah sure, that’s great – but I think important medicine should be expensive because they’re valuable,” said Martin Shkreli. The former pharmaceutical chief gained… Read More »

Repeating the Message: Evidence of Multiple Sound Sources in the Bottlenose Dolphin

A colleague of mine called me this evening to recount a disturbing incident at the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life conference recently held in Dublin, Ireland. A high-profile researcher there apparently asserted that bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) only have a single sound source, specifically calling out research I was part of as having been… Read More »

The DI Celebrates 20 Years of Gaming the System

The Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture has a post celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first closed, ID-only conference, which led to the book, “Mere Creation”. They spend a chunk of the article saying how they have deployed rhetoric to get things done, another chunk complaining that people actually disagreed… Read More »

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Sale

Amazon has a sale going for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 14-42mm kit lens at $400. This is about $300 less than usual pricing. My friend Elke has one of these, and essentially it provides the usual excellent Olympus imaging experience with a slightly different approach to an interface than the Olympus OM-D E-M5 I… Read More »

Wireless Photo Transfer

I’ve got cameras, and I’ve got computers, and sometimes I’d like the camera I’m using to talk to a computer. Newer cameras are often equipped with Wifi capabilities of various sorts. I’m going to discuss some of what I’ve done and a new gizmo I’m trying out. Like many photographers, I’ve used the Eye-Fi SD… Read More »

Another Hawk-Killer in Court

Why am I not surprised this jerk was a pigeon fancier? Prosecutors say Kapusta and another person are pigeon-racing enthusiasts who killed the predatory hawks because they saw them as threats to their pigeons.

Springer Offers Books for Free PDF Download

Lifehacker notes thousands of scientific titles are available for free PDF download from Springer. LifeHacker article There’s a bunch of titles on evolution. And they even have Whit Au’s “The Sonar of Dolphins” available. I don’t mind paying $130 for my 1993 print copy, but a free PDF is a fine thing, too. Update: It… Read More »