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By John Yunker

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    Most people I know who have an iPhone and love ebooks, use the Kindle app. They don’t shop from Apple’s iBookstore. There are several reason for this: If you buy a book in the iBookstore, you have to read it on your iPad or iPhone or iTouch — and only there. With Amazon, you can [...]

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    The Tourist Trail tells the story Magellanic penguin researchers and anti-whaling activists. And though the book is fiction, the stories themselves reflect all-to-real events happening right now around the world. I read this morning that Japan had suspended whaling activities due to harassment from the Sea Shepherd Society. This is amazing news, though Japan could [...]

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    Prion Island is a small island just off the coast of South Georgia, a much-larger island probably best known as the resting place of Ernest Shackleton. It’s not easy to get to Prion Island, nor cheap. You need a boat to get you there, typically an Antarctic tourism vessel. I hope to visit these parts [...]

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    You should read this travel article about Bahia Bustamante. Bahia Bustamante is a sprawling private ranch south of Punta Tombo, the site of the world’s largest Magellanic penguin colony. The article nicely captures the environment and its rich diversity of animal life — armadillos, guanacos and even steamer ducks. Here’s a picture of a pair [...]

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  • 03/15/11--17:53: The seals of Namibia
  • In The Tourist Trail, I briefly touched on the cape seals of Namibia and how they are slaughtered each year. While much of the world’s attention has been focused on the Canadian seal cull — and for good reason — attention must also be paid to the beaches of Namibia. If you want to learn [...]

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  • 03/20/11--08:34: Notes from a road less taken
  • Five years ago, I could not have imagined a life without the almighty hamburger. Or chicken. Or steak. I was raised a meat-and-potatoes guy, and that’s how I viewed myself. I also believed that to be a successful athlete you had no choice but to be a carnivore. I was wrong. Today, in honor of Meatout, I [...]

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    So now the questions begin: What caused the death of the celebrity polar bear Knut? Early indications point to some form of brain disease. Environmentalists say Knut was overly stressed. Zoo officials deny this, of course. But when I look at the photo of the polar bear above, I think the question should be: Why [...]

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    Despite the success of the Kindle and the iPad, many people still prefer the old-fashioned print book. Like me. I have a Kindle and yet I still buy print books. Partly out of habit. Partly because many of the books I buy are reference and tutorial books. I have a book on programming (don’t ask) [...]

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  • 04/21/11--16:35: Eagles up close
  • I came across a live video stream today of a pair of bald eagles and their three chicks living in a tree in Decorah, Iowa. You can check it out here. Warning: It’s highly addictive. And here is a screen grab…    

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  • 04/22/11--17:46: Happy beneath-the-earth day
  • Perhaps Midge and I took Earth Day a bit seriously this year. We visited Oregon Caves Nationals Monument and spent the afternoon underground getting dripped on (euphemistically called ‘cave kisses’). I really recommend the tour. Ranger Joe was excellent (and great with the kids) and his passion for the caves was evident. This cave is [...]

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    Answer: Probably never. The Tourist Trail has been out for eight months now and I’m still sending out review copies. Granted, I’m only sending out one or two a week at most, but if I find someone who has an audience and might be willing to devote time to reading the book, I’m more than [...]

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    I read yesterday that Brian Gordon, Major League Baseball pitcher for the Yankees, became the first player to use a 100% non-leather glove. This may seem like a trivial detail, but it’s not. Leather has long been viewed as the best material for many sports-related products — from shoes to gloves to the balls themselves. [...]

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  • 06/25/11--17:16: Go FAUX
  • Hot off the presses! These 1-inch “FAUX” buttons are a positive way of showing your support for non-leather and fur products. And for anyone who purchases a copy of The Tourist Trail, I’ll include a free button (or more if you buy more). Purchase here.

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    So what I have been up to these past few months? Well, I went and co-founded a publishing house: Ashland Creek Press. As you know, I’m passionate about animal rights and the environment.That’s why I wrote The Tourist Trail. But one of the reasons I struggled to find a mainstream publisher for this novel was [...]

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    Awhile back I started a “best eco-fiction” list on GoodReads. While there is plenty of excellent non-fiction out there about animal rights and activism, I wanted to focus on fiction. Since then, the list has grown as others have suggested books I wasn’t aware of or had completely overlooked. Here are a few titles from [...]

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  • 12/17/11--11:37: A little Philip Glass

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  • 02/24/12--14:33: What’s new?
  • A lot, actually. Which is largely why this blog has remained untouched for so long. That small press that Midge and I founded about a year ago is humming along nicely. We’ve got about 10 books in various stages of production. Most of these books have strong environmental themes. Like Falling Into Green and The [...]

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      Every year, the Farm Animal Rights Movement sponsors a Meatout day to, well, urge people to give up meat. At least for a day. Or, better yet, one day a week, a very popular trend known as “Meatout Mondays.” There is ample evidence that cutting back on meat will improve your health. As readers of [...]

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    Sometimes small changes are actually big changes. They just don’t seem like big changes at the time. When it comes to veganism, I’m always on the lookout for these changes. A celebrity announcing that he or she has gone vegan. That’s not a big change. But when a major retailer begins highlighting vegan products, that’s [...]

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    The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society has created a Google Earth tour of a dozen active and proposed protected areas around the world. And if you don’t want to bother with Google Earth, check out this YouTube video:

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