Bibliotheca Natura

There's a new section of the blog as of today, called Bibliotheca Natura, where I'm going to write about the biology and ecology of Dubrovnik area. I want to make a kind of biology database where, ideally, anyone will be able to add new (and old) species they encounter around Dubrovnik, and, later on, who knows where else. :3

Now let's explore!

Bibliotheca Natura


Guess who's back?!

Well, of course I'm back. Why would somebody else be back on my blog?

Anyhow, as you can see, I'm back on my old Blogger site. I might ramble about free information society and all that crap but in truth, the only reason I'm not on the alphacmi.com site is because I have no money to renew the domain. So here I am.

If anybody remembers, there was a bunch of new posts on the site after the Another awesome video one, but those are all on the other domain which I can't access any more. Doesn't really matter though, they weren't too clever anyway.

So why am I back? Well, there's been a lot of changes in my life lately so I have a feeling this might be as good time as any to try and breath life into this old bag of thoughts once more. I moved recently, got a car, started the second year of college (again haha)... Things are moving forward and, you know, why would this thing here not move? Let's see how it goes, okay? :)


Another awesome video

This is the most beautiful video I've seen in a long time, so I just wanted to share it. The music, the video... It's all perfect. Viva la human race! :)


Merry Newtonmas!

"25 December is the birthday of one of the truly great men ever to walk the earth. His achievements might justly be celebrated wherever his truths hold sway. And that means from one end of the universe to the other. Happy Newton Day!" - Richard Dawkins

Sir Isaac Newton (16421225 - 17270320) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian. He was probably the greatest scientist who ever lived, and his contributions to science will forever have a special place in the history of mankind. He described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion in his monograph Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, a work that laid the foundations for most of classical mechanics.

Even tho he was deeply religious, and spent a lot of his time working with occultism and alchemy, his influence on science of yore, as well as today, can not be ignored. So, you see, even atheists have a reason to celebrate today - we raise a glass in honor of one of the most important people ever to live on this tiny little planet.  

Merry Newtonmas, my dear rationalists, atheists and skeptics!

I will raise a few more glasses today, probably, since this year I'm celebrating both Hitchmas and Newtonmas at the same time. It's more convenient, I think. :)


Goodbye, little friend.

This is Nero, the ninja cat. I found him somewhere in the middle of summer this year, half-dead, sick and weak. His eyes were still closed even though he was already almost two months old, due to severe case of conjuctivitis, and he couldn't breathe through his nose. I took him to the vet, cared for him for a while, and in a few week's time, he grew stronger and healthier. His fur become shiny and dark, his strength returned and his eyes fully opened.
Throughout the summer, almost every afternoon, after I'd return from work, I would head straight to the Garden and sit to read a book. Nero would jump into my lap, curl up and fall asleep. Oftentimes I would fall asleep too, and together we would sleep the slow, lonely summer afternoons away.
On Saturday, just like every other day, he came to the door, as he always does when he's hungry. I opened the door, and he slowly came in. He was breathing heavily, whimper escaping from him with every breath he took. He was weak, so very weak, and I knew right away something was terribly wrong. At first I thought he was suffering from a cold, or possibly pneumonia, as the past few days were really cold here in Croatia. But he seemed to become weaker and weaker, and I realized he needed to see a vet right away. Seeing how I live in a huge primitive village that has the nerve to call itself a town, no vets work on weekend, and the two I called didn't even answer their emergency numbers. Luckily, somebody, my mother or my girlfriend, I don't remember clearly, remembered there's an animal shelter called near Dubrovnik, so I called them, and they recommended a vet just outside Dubrovnik. I didn't have my car, so I called a friend, and he was kind enough to leave his work for later and take us to the vet. For this, I cannot thank him enough.
After checking him, the vet said Nero's condition was critical, and that she wasn't sure he could survive for long. She gave him a therapy, tried all she could, and sent us home with instructions for the rest of the day. While in the car, Nero became really nervous, so we hurried up and ran into the house. I lowered him to the floor, and he lay down, still very weak. As we gathered around him, he took a few breaths, and just like that, he wasn't breathing any more. His heart stopped, and his eyes lost the glow. Nero died around 0500 PM. He was about seven months old.
Nero died from poisoning. Since he lived in my garden, I am almost completely sure he was poisoned on purpose. It's been two days since he died, and I cannot find a single reason why somebody would do such a thing. He didn't bother anyone, he wasn't loud or wild. I wonder what kind of sad, sick person you'd have to be to purposely poison another living being, and scar another one for his or her life. I am insanely angry, and terribly sad. It's a sad, sad world in which you have to be afraid to have a pet in your own garden.
I don't have many friends, nor do I wish for more. But, as strange as that may sound, I feel like Nero was one of the closest ones I ever had. I know that, with time, I'll be able to spend time in the Garden and not feel that there's something missing. I also know that it won't happen any time soon.

Goodbye, little friend. I saved you once, but I couldn't save you twice. I'm no Superman.

P.S. I want to thank Marjan, who was willing to postpone his work and takes us to the vet; a girl who works at animal shelter "┼Żarkovica", for recommending a vet; a vet, who did all she could for Nero; and Gaby, my girlfriend, for being with us the whole time.
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