Hidden in plain sight

I’m often fascinated by natural camouflage, and even included a bit about it in the book:

Sunflower and beeNature is also the true master of camouflage. From the almost invisible stone flounder and octopus to the snow fox, leafy sea dragon, and praying mantis, stealth is the difference between life and death. Unless mating, nature’s creatures do not like […]

By |April 7th, 2014|Animals, Biomimicry in Action, Shark Bites|Comments Off on Hidden in plain sight

(I) like it on Facebook

One of the pleasures of having a Facebook page is the chance to share interesting things that pop onto my radar. I run across things during my travels online, people send me links, and books and articles that I read elsewhere have links as well. But I’m quickly learning that Facebook itself is a great source of information and dialog about bio-inspiration, spiral geometries, […]

By |March 24th, 2014|Biomimicry in Action, Shark Bites|Comments Off on (I) like it on Facebook

The Land Down Under

“I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover.”

Down Under
Men at Work (Ronald Graham Strykert  / Colin James Hay)

Jay at beach My wife, Francesca, snapped […]

By |March 10th, 2014|Biomimicry in Action, Shark Bites|Comments Off on The Land Down Under

Smarty Plants!

With the traditional human bias for things that are somehow “like us,” we tend to favor demonstrations of intelligence that reflect our own intellectual assets: gorillas that have mastered sign language; dolphins that can communicate; tool-using apes; pig IQ tests. And we see those less-animate things (like plants) as, well, dumb. (There’s even a plant called the dieffenbachia that’s nicknamed “dumb cane,” though […]

By |February 24th, 2014|Biomimicry in Action, Flowers and plants, Shark Bites|Comments Off on Smarty Plants!

Watch this space!

Actually, watch our Events page.

We’re starting to book events and speaking engagements for 2014, which we launched with a lovely appearance at Book Passage in Corte Madera, just a stone’s throw from my California home.  This is a Bay Area mecca for readers, writers, and everyone in between. They host an amazing series of Author events nearly daily (and in two locations), […]

By |February 10th, 2014|Shark Bites|Comments Off on Watch this space!

Paperback Writer …

Just a short update on the paperback release date, which is September 2014. I’m also looking at a few updates and revisions.  Because biomimicry and bioinspired design is an emerging industry, there’s always a lot of new stuff coming to light. This paperback edition gives me the opportunity to add a few things.  Truth is, I anticipate that every future […]

By |January 27th, 2014|Biomimicry in Action, Shark Bites|Comments Off on Paperback Writer …

The Flight of the Bumblebee

Apparently, the folks over at Harvard University have decided that bees may indeed know a little something about flight.  According to an article from the BBC, Dr. Sridhar Ravi and his research team are looking at how bees can maintain stable flight even in adverse weather conditions. I’ve always said that bees flight abilities and the way the […]

By |January 13th, 2014|Insects, Shark Bites|Comments Off on The Flight of the Bumblebee

Happy New Year to all …

GardeniaFrancesca and I, and our colleagues at White Cloud Press wish everyone a new year filled with prosperity and optimism.

And some exciting news: we’ve ended the year by looking at scheduling the paperback release of The Shark’s Paintbrush. (More on this in 2014 …)

By |December 30th, 2013|Shark Bites|Comments Off on Happy New Year to all …

A wonderful year

2013 has been a truly amazing year with the publishing of a book I have long labored over. Like most authors, it felt like it was taking forever! I was genuinely surprised at how long it takes a book to travel from “idea” to “volume-in-hand,” but this was the year I held that very book.

The end of a year is a time to express […]

By |December 16th, 2013|Biomimicry in Action, Shark Bites|Comments Off on A wonderful year

The economics of bio-inspired design

In November, I participated once again in a conference I’ve spoken at in the past, in the Fourth Annual Bioinspiration Conference, hosted by the San Diego Zoo. From the title of this year’s conference– Accelerating Development of Nature’s Solutions—it was clear that the conference was focused on the scientific and economic realities of developing […]

By |December 2nd, 2013|Biomimicry in Action, Flowers and plants, Shark Bites|Comments Off on The economics of bio-inspired design