Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Palaeos Wiki online

Just announcing that the new Palaeos Wiki is now online. The original Palaeos site will also be restored, but will be greatly streamlined as various material is transferred over to the wiki.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Palaeos, and Essay

Some assorted news.

First, good news re Palaeos. A number of us have been discussing restoring the site as and converting it to a wiki. So hopefully not only will it be back, but it will be better than ever, and this time easier to maintain as a multi-authored project.

Second, re my Integral/Holistic Metaparadigm essay, also good news; the first draft is almost finished. So I'll send that to a couple of people for freedback and constructive criticism, and then when i hear back from them will send the revised version to Frank for posting on Integral World. It's been fun working on this essay and i look forward to seeing the sort of response (if any) the integral movement will have.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Unique "living fossil" under threat

The rare Australian Lungfish - a creature literally unchanged since the early Triassic period (before the days of the dinosaurs) - is under threat. Please read and sign this online petition. Even better, write a snail mail letter!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Palaeos website down

I have been so busy with my other projects that I forgot about Palaeos (although I was working on the Middle Permian about a month or two ago). It seems that the site is down, because in doing maintenances work the server deleted the whole thing. I found out about this about 3 days ago. I don't have an up to date backup; well i have a backup of some parts but not on a number of new pages like the Eukaryotes. There's a whole giant section that hasn't been backed up. I could get it through painstaking going through the cache on the Wayback Machine (Internet Archive), but that mostly captures text; rarely the graphics files.

Anyway i'm kicking myself for not creating a complete backup on my hard-drive

I emailed my friend Toby who was managing, editing, and updating the site until he had to take a sabbatical from it for about 6 months or so (due to r/l commitments), but haven't received a reply yet. Hopefully when I hear from him he'll be able to restore the site.

Anyway, it's depressing, because it was a good site that many people all over the world used as an important reference, a real alternative to the endless sites on dinosaurs etc (sorry, don't mean to criticise, but what about all the rest of the history of life on Earth?), and so much work went into it. Hopefully when Toby gets back on line he'll be able to restore the site.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Steve Irwin - Wildlife Warrior

I've posted a tribute to Steve Irwin, tragically killed while fiming marine life in North Queensland, on my Zaadz blog

(For those who don't know who Steve Irwin is, here's the wikipedia page)