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Sue Thomas is a woman I know from the Inquirer column I write about digital literature. She’s a professor of New Media at DeMontfort University in Leicester, UK, who I talked with for an installment of my column about how writing for digital media is taught at the university level. Just yesterday she launched a new project at a blog called The Wild Surmise: a study of nature and cyberspace. She’s looking at the connections people—regular computer and Internet users like you and me—make between the online world and the natural world, and she’ll be writing a book based in part on this research. If you’re interested in participating she’s drawn up 5 questions, and you may answer all or some of them. I answered a couple. They’re interesting things to think about. Have a look.

Hey. I just found out about The Encyclopedia of Life. It claims to give a huge amount of information about every living thing on Earth, starting with the basics like biome (terrestrial, freshwater, or coastal), geography, and type of organism. I’ve just started poking around on the site but the neatest feature I’ve noticed so far is that you can set it to user level, from grade school kid to scientist. Looks like a great resource for amateur naturalists too.