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Thursday, 09 September 2004

Night Time Prowlers Seen In Utah
CREDIT: © J. Scott Altenbach/Utah DWR
WHERE: Utah, USA. WHAT: bat varieties resident in the state.
MAP: Utah. Thumbnails [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] pop-up source pages with larger images
Bat 1 © J. Scott AltenbachBat 2 © J. Scott AltenbachBat 3 © J. Scott AltenbachBat 4 © J. Scott AltenbachBat 5 © J. Scott Altenbach
The technical reasons behind yesterday's débâcle with pop-up links that did not work in some platform/browser combinations, and only intermittently in others, has never been resolved. We suspect that the server hosting the pictures is running some kind of access denial configuration: we chose removing links over copyright violation.

We understand the motives, and sympathize with the issues, that make some sites do this, but we think it is a misguided step. It does not stop image theft enemies. Whatever you may read, and whatever highly priced software you may be offered, and no matter how clever your server tech support, we give you our money back guarantee that preventing image theft from a web site is impossible — though if bandwidth theft prevention is the goal, that can be achieved.

Such measures also thwart friends trying to bring the site to a wider audience. Clearly a lesson to be learned by us is that there is no such thing as too much compatibility checking! Time, regrettably, is a finite quantity, and becoming more so.

The feature did make us wonder just how many species make Utah their home. We found one answer, in fact many answers, on the Utah DWR [Division of Wildlife Resources]. The species are divided into vertebrates (with five sections: [1] fishes, [2] mammals, [3] amphibians, [4] reptiles, and [5] birds), invertebrates (with two sections for mollusks, and insects), and finally plants. The number of entries is so overwhelming that we chose only mammals, then manually selected bat entries.

These selections tie in nicely with an article 'Bats of Utah: A Literature Review' by George V. Oliver, offered as a PDF [400KB] download. The article discusses eighteen varieties of bats, and we found eighteen bat entries in the database that were accompanied by pictures (some entries are still awaiting pictures). We have not yet cross checked for any differences. Seventeen of the pictures were taken by J. Scott Altenbach, and the remaining one [18] was taken by Bruce Bonebrake.

Some readers will be content just to view our five [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] images selected for the thumbnail gallery, but enquiring minds will no doubt feel compelled to view the complete range: [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18].

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)