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Friday, January 13, 2023

Bison - they're not just a mediocre substitute for beef! Read on in this week's Wolmania.

Good morning - it's Friday again. Today I'd like to talk with you about bison. Well, actually, I'm mostly going to let someone else talk with you (or at you - they will not be listening back) about bison. But before they get started, you might as well hear what I think about bison: they're good!

Now with that out of the way, let's go ahead and see what the newsletter holds this week. Oh, look. It's something about bison.

An American bison chilling out in a field

Here's a story from the New York Times about bison.

Since 2001, American Prairie — formerly known as American Prairie Reserve — has been working to create a fully functioning wild prairie, complete with herds of bison thundering across the landscape and playing their historical ecological role.
Experts originally thought it would take a decade or so to restore the bison-driven grassland ecosystem that would, in turn, replenish native species, including numerous grassland birds, river otters, prairie dogs, grizzly bears and wolves — all of which have been eliminated or diminished, largely by farming and livestock grazing.

Item 2: a list

Cartoonish diagram of the various organelles (other than Chloroplast)
tag yourself - I'm ribosomes

Eukaryote organelles, ranked

  1. Chloroplast
  2. Mitochondrion
  3. Nucleus
  4. Golgi Apparatus
  5. Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum
  6. Lysosome
  7. Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum
  8. Peroxisome

Item 3: a media recommendation

Jacques Brel - L'homme de la Mancha

Item 4: word of the week


Item 5: a photograph

January 10, 2023: Vehicles sit in a sinkhole in Los Angeles as heavy rain and flooding continue to inundate parts of California

See ya!

I think maybe I overstated the sheer amount of bison content this issue would contain. Lesson learned.

Confession for those who made it this far in the newsletter: most of the "word[s] of the week" so far have come from my slow, steady progress through Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and its two sequels which tell the story of one Thomas Cromwell, who did his best to accommodate the whims of King Henry VIII (the Elon Musk of the late 1500s). Fascinating story told (as far as I can tell) pretty faithfully and extremely well. I recommend that you set aside a couple of months and read them.

Anyway, thanks for reading. Have a great weekend - I'll see you next week.