Dum Pendebat Filius

A sniff in the kortevar, that what you cry for, yeled? A prert up the cull, a prang on the dumpendebat?

I’m back

I’m back, readers, with photos, as promised.

I’m still working on the pictures of Egypt, but what the hell, you can wait for those; you’ve all seen a million pictures of the Sphinx and the Pyramids anyways. Here are pictures of Ethiopia:

  • Pictures of Addis Ababa, the capital city.
  • Pictures of the Guassa afroalpine grassland (in the Menz Highlands), including my friends’ research camp, and gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada).
  • Pictures of the remote mountain town of Mehal Meda in the Menz Highlands.
Filed under: Personal by dumpendebat at 2008/06/13 - 21:37


  1. Dave Fourputt:

    Welcome back Dump!

    Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Stram:

    Hey welcome back, Filius. Nice to hear things turned out well.

    And thanks for the pictures. Tell us how your friend ended up in Ethiopia studying monkeys. Who runs the research ‘camp’ and how long is his ‘tour’?

  3. troll:

    Wlcm bck Dmp. Gld y r bck sf nd snd.

  4. dumpendebat:

    >Tell us how your friend ended up in Ethiopia studying monkeys.

    My friends are conservation biologists who study the behavior of primates. They picked T. gelada, which is native to Ethiopia, as an animal they could both work on.

    >Who runs the research ‘camp’ and how long is his ‘tour’?

    They spend several months every year at the camp doing their fieldwork. They’ll be doing it for years to come — it’s a long-term project. They both work at zoos back here in the USA when they’re not at their field site.

  5. Stram:

    Interesting, thanks for the info.

  6. Hank Dagny:

    Tell us who is paying for his little study?

    What do you mean “they picked”?
    Maybe I would like to do a study on the effects of spilled beer on putting greens - for years to come.
    My study would probably have more of a benefit to mankind than his.

    And you didn’t answer Stram’s question of who runs this ‘camp’?

  7. dumpendebat:

    >Tell us who is paying for his little study?

    Grant money; zoo research funds; their own money, sometimes.

    By “they picked” I mean “my friends picked.” Substitute “chose” if “picked” has too many letters for you.

    Who runs my friends’ camp? My friends do. They obtained a research permit from the Ethiopian government, got permission from the local authorities, pitched their tents, and got to work.

    You’re an asshole. You keep proving it, again and again. Occasionally you show glimmers of humanity, but you can’t seem to keep a lid on your true nature for long. You always get nasty in the end. Know why? It’s because you’re an asshole.

    Your comments are no longer welcome at this weblog. Bye.

  8. Stram:

    I love it! Nice job, Filius. Dagny is such a hate-filled, pathetic and totally obnoxious little punk.

    He’s back to moderating my comments because I’m once again kicking his punk-ass and embarrassing in front his little group of sheep.

    His new candidate for president, some rinky-dink Baptist preacher named Chuck Baldwin, who is against the war in Iraq and George Bush’s illegal wiretapping shows just how morally ungrounded that little Chickenhawk truly is and he’s just about over the edge with his long battle with his obvious ‘mental illness’ because I’ve called him on his hypocrisy.

    He doesn’t understand the value of research because he’s dumber than a rock. He has absolutely no clue how important research like your friends are doing. He’s so full of hate because he’s been relegated to inspecting seat brackets for a living and he’s totally jealous of anyone who doing better than he.

    Anyway Filius, I won’t bore you with the obvious. I just wanted to say, helluva job!

    Now where are those pictures of Egypt?

  9. Stram:

    I guess I need to clarify to those who don’t ‘know’ dagny.

    He’s had his head up George Bush’s ass since day one of the Iraq invasion and occupation and has supported the unconstitutional wiretapping of American citizens.

    Now he’s in full support of the jackass Chuck Baldwin who has said (see link above) that Bush has needlessly killed over 4,000 Americans and thousands of Iraqis and squandered trillions of dollars.

    But for those of us who know him, we’ve known this was coming. After all, he’s a guy who had four Bush/Cheney signs prominently displayed in his front yard in 2004 but swears to his his ‘readers’ that he didn’t vote for Bush.

  10. dumpendebat:

    I really wish I didn’t have to ban Hank Dagny — he is one of my only readers, after all — but I’ve had enough. I will not let someone come to my website and try to launch some knuckle-dragging, analphabetic, sub-Limbaughian attack on my friends and their work.

    They work harder than anybody I know, voluntarily spending several months every year living in East Africa, in tents, at 11,500 feet, in rain, fog, wind, and forty-degree temperatures, in a campsite so remote that water has to be brought in plastic containers on a donkey’s back, climbing steep hills all day long, to gather data on animal behavior.

    The rest of the year they work day and night analyzing their data and getting it published, in addition to the constant efforts to find grant money to continue their research, not to mention their 9-to-5 “day jobs” at the zoo. When funds fall short, they reach into their own pockets to keep their research going on their meager salaries.

    Nobody goes into science to get rich, or to take it easy — they do it because we human beings want, and need, to know how the world works. They do it to increase the sum of human knowledge.

    So there’s no way on earth I’m going to let some asshole use my website as a forum to try and make it all sound like some fucking boondoggle at taxpayer expense. I’m truly sorry, but that’s the last straw.

  11. Stram:

    They work harder than anybody I know, voluntarily spending several months every year living in East Africa, …..

    I don’t have the balls to do what they do.

  12. RobG:

    Thanks for sharing pictures from your trip. I really enjoyed going through them.

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