Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hummingbirds are but a handy metaphor

Photo by twolf1 and plucked from Firedoglake

"Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air" premieres tonight on PBS. Any blog with the term "hummingbird" in it should be interested in this. But hummingbirds are but a metaphor to me. I like them well enough. Nothing like watching these birds flit around a summer mountain meadow. Now, if you replace the bird with a flitting brain, you have the "hummingbirdminds" metaphor, first coined by Internet pioneer and hyper-dude Ted Nelson.

Find out more about the making of the documentary and local air times at

Watched the documentary and it was very cool. One question: why did PBS air a parental warning at the start of the show? Because it showed unorthodox hummingbird mating habits? Because the it included verifiable evolutionary traits linking flowers and birds? Anyone know?

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