Tuesday 26 January 2010

The Numberland

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I am eager to get my second Alex Bellos' book copy. I had the privilege to read his first one(Futebol: The brazilian way of life) when travelling with him up the Rio Negro. Beto Villares was also in the 10 day-trip and he was about to realease his debut album solo. Add to that his five amazing mates and a wondeful crew. The atmosphere was just terrific!

This how Alex let us know about The Numberland:

I have a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford.

After a decade and a half in journalism I decided to return to maths - and the result is Alex’s Adventures in Numberland.

It’s an attempt to use reportage and history to bring maths alive for the general reader.

I flew around the world - to India, Japan, the US and Europe - in order to see maths in action. It was a lot of fun, and I met lots of amazing people.

The book is being published by Bloomsbury in the UK in April, by The Free Press in the US in June and translation rights have already been bought by five other countries.

Sunday 24 January 2010

PSA through Maria's eyes & heart

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Sunday 17 January 2010

safe but tired: Whitney, Heather and Erin

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Saturday 16 January 2010

Surfers 2 be

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Great day 4 surfing

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Friday 15 January 2010

Artemis in Santarem

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Tuesday 12 January 2010

A letter with excellent shots from a brazilian birder

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Dear William

I am glad you had a chance to get the little book, I am even happier
to learn it you found it useful.

I also appreciate the pictures you sent. The banded booby reminded
the day i saw a brown pelican near my house!!!! it thrilled me.

What I meant with the term is that large parrots and monkeys are
killed for the meat, people dont normally shoot sall ones, and thay
also collect the babies which they sell and buy more bullets.

My next trip will be to photograph the rare lear's macaw, Hyacinth
macaws and golden parakeets. It will take us 12 days in april.

wish me luck

all the best and many thanks for you nice letter

gil serique

ps i also attached two books that i contributed actually one is
credited to me that you may want to read

A letter with excellent shots from a Alabamian birder

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On 12/01/2010,


I was recently in Santarem and during a short shore excursion purchased your Guide (Your Personal Guide to Amazon Wildlife-Birds). This document came in very handy as even a world book did not meet our requirements in bird identification. While by sight I could closely identify birds to their counter parts in the USA, it would have been impossible to identify the species without this guide in the short time we had ashore.

Later as I read the guide I noticed the picture that you took of a boy holding a Macaw. I understand that there is a market for Macaw's, and illegal hunting/trapping surely takes place. However I was somewhat puzzled by the statement (to pay for the ammunition) What were you trying to express by the term. I could only guess that due to their size they take costly shotgun shells, or they are traded for shells for other hunting, etc.

Again this small guide served us far greater than a World Guide! And enjoyed your work and the birds of the floodplain of the Amazon. Only wish that I had had more time to sit and glass the jungle.

Sincerely yours,

William McBride, another avid birder

PS: We have a few birds here in Alabama so enjoy a couple of my pictures

Bald Eagle, photographed in North Alabama, one bird of a pair, with both State and
Federal Bands, other bird was on the nest.
Female Rubythroated Hummingbird, photographed at our house. While
cold now, we currently have a Rufous Hummingbird at a feeder, which should
be in Mexico now and Alaska in the summer

This Masked booby was photographed near the equator last year as we came
towards Brazil, I was amazed when I put the photograph on the computer and
found that it had been banded.

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Another ordinary day

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