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May 12, 2012
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November 04, 2011
Cold Rain
Once again this year, like every year, there comes a time when I am reminded of the pleasures of radiant heat from my old wood stove. I timed it well this year, having finished cutting, stacking and tarping my wood late yesterday, just before the rains began. Overnight the temperatures plunged, and today I am enjoying the warmth of the fire. . . for a second time if you count the warmth generated by cutting and splitting the wood in the first place....
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February 02, 2011
Green Neeping
Against my better judgement I've been engaged in a discussion thread at Tyler's place. There's no new content, and it's not deep geekery or anything, but you might find some value in the repetition of things that you already know....
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January 31, 2011
BTW III
Continuing my connectivity upgrade saga, in which I lost land line telecoms access during the "western wallop" and so also lost dial up net access, and began experimenting with an HSPA+ laptop connect device. To run the device I had to upgrade my OS to XP3 - the hard way - which also allows me to experiment with browsers. I've begun playing with Chrome now that I can do so, and it is very much faster than Firefox as well as being a bit more spare and elegant. But what does HSPA+ mean? High Speed Packet Access (evolved). It implies that I could connect at 4G (whatever that means) speeds up to 21Mbps, but since I have glitchy 3G network access I'm getting more like 2Mbps at best on download, half that on upload, and the connection frequently drops out. I hear that I might be better off with a tethered Android HSPA+ smart phone since it would be...
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January 13, 2011
BTW II
Continuing the saga of my weather related com outage during the so called western wallop in which we got a lot of rain in a short time period. The AT&T USBConnect device that I began using while my land line was out and so dial-up was not available (now fixed) required me to update my decade old XP OS to SP3. I was at SP1. I had to get connected to get connected. I used an old, but not that old, laptop for a couple of days until my land line was finally fixed, and then began trying to download 150 Mb of software in two tranches (you have to do SP2 to do SP3). Each tranche took about 6 hours but the connection would drop a few times and require restarts from a checkpoint, which added wall time to the process. Starting at 6:00 PM on the day that the line was fixed I worked until 11:00 AM...
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November 22, 2010
Pyromania
It's cold today. Yesterday was mixed rain and hail at this elevation, and when the clouds cleared this morning the snow on the mountain tops was revealed. There are signs up now on the roads going up the hill that chains are required, that snow is not cleared at night, and that it is 26 miles to the next gas station. Traveler beware. I built a fire in the stove and had more thoughts about fire. As I was fussily arranging odd shaped pieces of wood so that they would burn in a semi-controlled fashion I thought about the science and art of managing a fire. Not everyone does it well and part of the difference may be passion for the task. You have to be a bit of a fire bug, someone who gets satisfaction from doing it well. I was reminded of some of the talk among home brew char makers of late that the most avid...
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November 12, 2010
Winterlude II
There was frost in the low spots this morning and I haven't yet put on winter fat to keep me warmer, though I do have a well improved appetite lately and it won't take long to bulk up a bit. I shivered and ached in my too thin skin until I finally gave in and built a fire in the old iron stove. Sitting here now I had sense of having done all of this before and it is so. A few years ago it went like this: Winterlude The days are short and temperatures have dropped. It almost freezes at night now. I know that's not very impressive for those in colder climes, but it makes life harder. I'm not a big weather wimp, but it finally broke me down. I lit a fire in the wood stove this morning, the only source of heat. It was a revelation. I had forgotten the simple pleasure of radiant heat,...
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July 28, 2010
Moto-giggle
Many years ago when my son, the seriously dangerous Marine Gunnery Sergeant, was a toddler he couldn't quite say motorcycle - he said what I heard as motogiggle. I was charmed and still call my bike a motogiggle in moments of silliness. I just want to say that riding is one of the few unmitigated joys remaining to me....
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July 02, 2010
Odd Balls
As noted in several posts over the years I collect them. Eccentrics. One sandwich short of a picnic. A screw loose. History is littered with sometimes charming enthusiasts who go a bit over the top, following a line of reasoning beyond the pale, shocking, outraging or just titillating more sober and cautious types. Sometimes they are vindicated as knowledge increases over time and their musings are shown to have been prescient. That's overstatement since it's more a matter of fresh perspectives that attract me. Those who ask interesting questions or provide unexpected answers to stale questions enlarge the thought space and make it more possible to advance an inquiry. The book the author reads is not the same as the one other people read. At the beginning of the novel, two strangers find themselves crossing a high mountain pass together. In the course of their conversation, one of them mentions a lady who is an important leader in her...
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June 28, 2010
Play Work
Dour musings never confuse leisure that makes you sweat with work. It's all the same to me, but then, I like to work. Perhaps Robin doesn't....
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March 26, 2010
Spring Brief
It's spring and we are having a good stretch of dry weather so I'm in the fields a lot rather than at the keyboard. In managed grazing the spring growth flush is one of the main tests: bungle it and you spend the rest of the year trying to undo the harm done then, manage it well and you can get a false sense of ease that the summer slump will beat out of you. A storm system is supposed to come next week. Then I'll be more productive here....
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December 02, 2009
Yule Logs
December is a cold month here - not serious cold like in much of the nation, we're weather wimps by comparison - but cold enough to matter. The thermo and photo periods are low enough to all but halt grass growth even for the most winter active varieties, and sends most varieties into dormancy or death. It's wood stove weather: low 30s at night, frost in the morning, thin ice on the water troughs, cattle with longer winter coats, snow in the mountains only a couple of miles away by line of sight though 15 miles away on foot due to winding, indirect routes. I get inordinately fond of fire wood. I'll gaze approvingly at a good oak round that was a heavy inconvenience a month ago. I'd try to give it away just to be rid of it. Now it's several hours of a particularly pleasant sort of warmth from the radiant heat of a well stoked stove....
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November 29, 2009
In The Saddle
My monitor smoked and stank. It was old, a CRT, 19" at 1600 x 1280 75 hz, good in its day. I borrowed a spare LCD from a friend to get me by: 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz. It's OK for now. While I was down I did a D&C on the case, reseated some cards, etc. which improved some things and quieted some gerbils. But, it was a sign. It's time to think about a new box. In the past I've always tinkered up my own boxen. That may no longer be useful since the prices of off-the-rack systems have fallen sharply. There may even be some sales coming up if the retail season is off a lot - it's down 8% per capita by one account. Still, I enjoy the tinkering even if it isn't worthwhile in other ways. I'm a DIY sort of fellow....
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October 26, 2009
Greener Grass
I had a semi-interesting visitor late last week, a fellow from Whole Foods Market interested in range fed livestock produced by smaller local growers. You may recall some kerfuffle about that a couple of years ago when activist journalists were beating up on John Mackey, the CEO, for his reliance on industrial growers - organic or not - to fill his supply chain. This is presumably a result of that. We did a short pasture walk show and tell. Mike, my chicken egg buddy, was there too since we have been talking about some deal where I use his chickens to do multi-species grazing. I've done it in the past but have no interest in marketing those products. This way we could both benefit: he gets the meat and eggs and I get bug control by some of the world's best bug hunters - chickens. There may some asymmetry in that deal that can be resolved by sharing some...
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October 11, 2009
Save Britain
Not much I can do from here in the toolies, AFAIK, but perhaps you can do something. Leftwing blogger and author Dave Osler is facing a libel case over a blog comment. The implications for political blogging in the UK are considerable. Bloggers from left and right, including (I'm pleased to see) some of the more, ah, vehement stalwarts of the British right-libertarian/Tory blogosphere, are rallying round. 'Speaking on behalf of the political blogosphere, may I say that while you're clearly a terminally deluded lefty imbecile, you're our terminally deluded lefty imbecile,' says one. Further expressions of fraternal solidarity would be welcome....
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October 08, 2009
Pretty Tunes
Most of the people that I know, those who occupy prominent places in my social universe, are nothing but words. I've never met them, don't know what they look like, and sometimes don't even know if they are boy, girl or other if you accept the notion that some of the boys are female, and the reverse. So, I end up constructing elaborate images in my mind to flesh them out, like characters in a novel. Indeed, some of them are characters in novels. I smile a bit at nattering about virtual worlds to come since in a sense that's where I live and have always done so. One of my virtual characters is Cosma, the sloth, who has vowed to be a bit more positive, perhaps even faux cheerful, now and then for variety. His struggle is illuminated by this cheerful account of the thinking of John Holland, on his 80th birthday. The problem of emergence is, roughly...
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October 05, 2009
Stylistic Adventurism
Blogism Frankly, I make mistakes of tone all the time, and I say things I don’t have adequate support for. And I’m not going to claim that I will try to eliminate all of them; sometimes a mistake of tone is the price you pay for trying to say something sharp and original, and enough of those bets pay off that it would be unwise to forswear all stylistic adventurism. And on the factual-support count, I think if I really made a commitment to only make claims I had adequate footnoted evidentiary support for, it would be a form of dishonesty. Part of the function of a blog is to air our snap reactions and our generalized rough convictions about the universe, and a lot of that is stuff we couldn’t produce solid support for on the spur of the moment even though it’s clearly true. Clear truths are often just provincialism. . . . there’s a danger to...
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September 08, 2009
Slovenly
Sometimes I read my own posts. I should do that before I publish them since they are often full of errors. I wonder if those who read them are able to figure out what was intended, and how much the defects in writing detract from the concepts? When I read the posts of others my mind's eye does the correction automatically on the fly, as it does for most visual inputs. I see what I expect to see, what makes sense. From the limited visual stimuli gathered by senses my mind constructs a whole image. Most of the time this is a feature rather than a bug. But it makes it harder to see new things and think new thoughts that are subtly different from past inputs. It is good to take periodic skeptical holidays and question every input, argue against myself and doubt my senses. Today I am a heresiarch....
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September 04, 2009
Both Sides
Jared and Brooke (see previous posts) are looking to up the local grass fed beef business here abouts. They have improved processing and packaging, which gives them some new options. They not only can sell smaller quantities at the farmer's markets, and so reach a wider audience, they can ship things to non-locals. It's an interesting concept, and by no means novel. According to the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions, shipping two 20 pound packages by overnight air -the most energy-intensive delivery mode -- still uses 40 percent less fuel than driving 20 miles round-trip to the mall or store or wherever you're going; ground shipping -- which is much more efficient than overnight air -- checks in at just one-tenth the energy used driving yourself. This is from the outfit that does "fulfillment" for some of the biggest food shippers in the business, such as Amazon. The idea is that they do the warehouse, transportation, packing, and...
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August 27, 2009
The Beef
My old buddy Jared and his adult daughter Brooke have some beef for sale. I raised their animals for them here, and they had them processed at a USDA facility over on the coast so that they are square with the regulators. It's cryovac packed and up to snuff. The processor does grass beef for many of the fancy folks in the bay area and knows what he is doing. He said that he'd never seen better grass beef and that we ought to be doing more and selling it in the cities where folks want such food and are making do with lesser quality, perhaps not even knowing that higher quality grass beef is made by those who have some experience. So, if you have ever wondered what I was talking about you can find out now without having to be my neighbor and buying in large quantities like local rural folk have always done. You can buy...
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June 07, 2009
Topic Drift
And trolls. One of my mudges is the volume of nonsense messages that come in on topical mailing lists. You attend a list due to interest in some topic - say biochar or geoengineering - but trolls spam the lists with a high volume of long off-topic material that is at best only tangentially related to the topic. It's like going to a club to hear real jazz and finding some guy with an accordion playing polka music while some boozy babe galumphs about banging a tambourine. To make it worse, the same cut and paste off topic messages are spammed into multiple lists, so you get the same tripe more than once....
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May 02, 2009
Soft Day
Yesterday was nicely warm and clear until dusk, then it rained all night at a soft but steady rate accumulating about an inch. This morning dawned bright and clear. My pastures look like they grew an inch over night. The orange trees are in bloom and the air is sweetly perfumed. Life is good. Update: There are also an extraordinary number of rose blooms. I'm not sure what caused this but this year is rosier than any previous one. The air is intoxicating. I'm giddy....
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April 18, 2009
Interlude
I'm so busy. It's spring - hellza poppin. This weekend is the Jackass Mail Run and next weekend is the rodeo. In addition to the heavy work load of spring there are visitors, guests and such to greet. Not much time or energy left to talk with you. I'll be back....
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March 10, 2009
Moderate Opinion
Long ago in a far away galaxy, before the net, prigs began discussing discussion. The brutality of public debate on the internet is due to one fact above all — the option of anonymity. The belligerence would not be tolerated if the perpetrators’ identities were known because they would be rebuffed and criticised by those who know them. Free speech without accountability breeds dogmatism and confrontation. Moderate opinion tends to be based on a more nuanced and thoughtful view of the world and is more inclined to consider alternative views. Yet these are precisely the contributions excluded from discussion by the bullying culture of online forums. There is little scope for the back-and-forward of debate when the normal social rules of respect and reciprocity do not apply. Nonsense. That's why bozo filters were invented. Even when you don't have software affordances to enforce your filters it's trivially simple to ignore bozos. It is simply not true that there are...
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February 06, 2009
Stormy Weather
Just four days ago in Sweet Day I was enjoying a taste of spring. Now the temperatures have fallen 25 degrees, the clouds have moved in, and it's miserably wet. Night temperatures will be near freezing. That's normal for February. That's why the World Ag Expo in Tulare happens the second week in February. There's no point to having a show in good weather since the farmers would be in their fields. The purpose of the show is to sell equipment to farmers, but they won't come if they can work their fields. It really is a big deal. It really is an international event. It started in 1968 as the Tulare Field and Row Crop Equipment Show and was held at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. But, it has been such a success that it is now held at the International Agri-Center - which was created for the show - and changed its name to reflect the reality of...
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February 04, 2009
Hello Kitty
I seem to have a new cat. I saw her take down a ground squirrel half her size in a lean-to shed out back a couple of days ago. I thought she was just a traveler that I'd never see again, but she's still here and knowingly showing herself to me. With feral cats that is usually a test, a diffident offer of companionship or at least coexistence. She's a semi-pretty gray tabby that doesn't look like the fierce hunter that she has shown herself to be. I hope she stays and that the bobcats don't make a snack of her, but she's too well groomed to be a true feral cat. She used to be someone's personal cat, and may still be. Perhaps I'll set out a saucer of milk as an escalation of commitment. She'll have to defend it since this place is well and truly over run by wildlife. I'd welcome her help with rodent control....
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January 24, 2009
Tule Neeping
Luigi ponders a type of sedge called tules. Although not domesticated, tules have (or had) a lot of interesting uses among the Native Americans of California, including in the construction of boats. People still build tule boats, mainly for fun. I bring all this up because of a recent article on some fascinating new thinking about how people spread around the world. It seems that there is increasing evidence that they may have done so by boat, including perhaps during the initial peopling of the Americas from Asia. I mention this since I live in Tulare county California. The name comes from the Mexican word tular meaning tule swamp. My pastures are located by the Tule river and I irrigate them using its waters. Historically, the river had no outlet to the sea and so created a large, shallow seasonal lake and tule swamp on the valley floor below here. Now the water is distributed and the area is...
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May 03, 2007
Unusual Substance
It has been noted that blogging is in decline, that some long time (in blog years) bloggers have retired. I've come, gone, come again, gone again etc. since 2000 so I have some understanding of this. Unless you have a compelling reason to persist it's likely that some other compelling reason will pull you away, at least for a time. But there's churn, new blogs to replace the retired ones, and IMO the quality continues to improve while the range of topics and issues grows wider. There may be less war blogging and other pure political type blogs, fewer gadget blogs etc., but there seems to be a slow increase in technology and science blogs of substance. I couldn't be more pleased. The new group blog Climate Feedback is an example. Climate Feedback is a blog hosted by Nature Reports: Climate Change to facilitate lively and informative discussion on the science and wider implications of global warming. The blog...
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March 31, 2007
But More So
Timothy makes a specific point that I think generalizes well. Most of us tend to turn on this kind of skeptical parsing of research results only when the reported results offend against our own common sense or our political commitments. If the research supports our prior commitments, then we tend to act as carriers of the meme. So here’s the pledge I think we all should take. Do not endorse research about social behavior or social psychology without first looking very carefully at the methodology and the effect size. If you would disregard the study on those grounds when it contradicts your own social views, disregard it when it endorses your views. I think this applies across the board, not just for research about social behavior or social psychology. Something that I sometimes worry about isn't that I endorse research that doesn't bear close scrutiny as that I don't bother to speak about it unless it offends my priors....
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January 22, 2007
Riveting Analysis
If one buys Matthew Nisbet's argument that members of the public are "cognitive misers" (and it seems to me a pretty reasonable argument that I'm at least willing to seriously entertain), then there is little point to giving the public the details. This is of course a problem for me, as I have no other marketable skills. I'm thinking of learning to weld. That's a comment left on a Prometheus post by John Fleck, an apparently ink-stained wretch who runs jfleck at inkstain: A few thoughts from John Fleck, a writer of journalism and other things living in New Mexico. Phunny. I'll take the feed for a while to see if there are repeats....
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December 28, 2006
Ho Ho
I have nothing to say, but I've been offline for a while due to seasonal coms difficulty. It happens every year when the rains come and this has been a worse than normal year. It isn't that there has been so much rain - just right in fact - but phone repair services aren't what they were in the day. It may be due to the switch from land lines to cell technologies for voice, and satellite for data, that has made POTS a lower priority. I found being offline for several days to be instructive. At first there was an itch, then I forgot to scratch, and today didn't even notice until late in the day that the repair had been made. I'm adaptable I guess. It seems, given the evidence gathered so far doing my net route, that I didn't miss much. The kind of stuff that interests me seems to go dormant for the holidays. There...
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December 18, 2006
Crumbless
A few folks, most recently Norm, have asked if I intended to post at Crumb Trail any longer. I let the domain name lapse, and haven't kept up the old Blogspot version from back in the day. I don't have the time for blogging I once had. So, I'll just combine them, drop the crumbs here so to speak, and follow paths as time permits. For example: It seems obvious, but not well quantified, that Soil nutrition affects carbon sequestration in forests. Building on preliminary studies reported in Nature, the researchers found that trees can only increase wood growth from elevated CO2 if there is enough leaf area to support that growth. Leaf area, in turn, is limited by soil nutrition; without adequate soil nutrition, trees respond to elevated CO2 by transferring carbon below ground, then recycling it back to the atmospheric through respiration. And there are implications. Looking at the beast with a slightly different lens we see...
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October 24, 2006
Glomalin Critics
This is another post about strings used to get here. I repeated the search to see what would result but didn't find any actual "glomalin critics". I did find this older overview that had some information that was new to me. In 1996, Dr. Sarah Wright and colleagues at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service isolated a glycoprotein called glomalin that literally "gums up" the soil rhizosphere (the interface between soil and plant roots) with carbon fixed from the atmosphere. The compound is produced by common soil fungi called mycorrhizae that frequent the roots of many crops. When Wright removed glomalin from soil samples, the result was a lifeless mineral powder. The soil had lost its tilth - the substance that conveys texture and health. She had inadvertently discovered the fundamental factor of soil welfare, elusive for over 10,000 years. Humic acid, previously thought to be the main contributor to soil carbon, could muster only a tiny percentage of glomalin's...
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April 19, 2006
Addicted to Zen
First, read Too Much Information. I'll wait here till you return ..................... There is, perhaps, an explanation. Everybody has experienced a sense of "losing oneself" in an activity--whether a movie, sport, sex, or meditation. Now, researchers have caught the brain in the act of losing "self" as it shuts down introspection during a demanding sensory task. The researchers--led by Rafael Malach and Ilan Goldberg of the Weizmann Institute of Science reporting in the April 20, 2006, issue of Neuron--say their findings show that self-related function actually shuts down during such intense sensory tasks. Thus, an "observer" function in the brain does not appear to play an active part of in the production of our vivid sensory experiences. These findings go against common models of sensory experience that assume that there is some kind of "homunculus", or observer function in the brain that "looks at" sensory brain areas. Thus the finding, they said, has significance for understanding the basic nature...
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March 21, 2006
Ugly Rumors . . .
and family trees. The last blog I excitedly pointed out here was Transect Points, Philip Small's soil science blog. So you see, I give good blog advice. I'd also like you to consider bit-player, the personal blog of Brian Hayes who writes the Computing Science column for American Scientist. See Library Daze for a taste. . . . at the end of my junior year in high school, I told my parents I was going to the beach for the summer, a fib I had concocted so they wouldn’t worry about me; I actually ran away to the Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania, where I wrote a novel about a kid who goes to the beach for the summer. (Yes, I know, what a waste! Next time I’ll write about a kid who goes to the library for the summer.) But don't miss 0.203188. In a “Computing Science” column titled “Rumours and Errours,” not quite a...
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January 16, 2006
True Mirror
There is such a thing. First patented in 1887, the idea of a true image mirror still was never seen as more than a curiosity until a key benefit was discovered by founder John Walter. What he saw was that his "real self" was present in the true image; a big contrast over the "self" seen in a flat, traditional mirror. You probably knew that. But did you know that visitors to your web site decide in 50 milliseconds whether your site is any good? Lindgaard and her team presented volunteers with the briefest glimpses of web pages previously rated as being either easy on the eye or particularly jarring, and asked them to rate the websites on a sliding scale of visual appeal. Even though the images flashed up for just 50 milliseconds, roughly the duration of a single frame of standard television footage, their verdicts tallied well with judgements made after a longer period of scrutiny. ....
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December 21, 2005
Dr. Dirt
Last year about this time Tozier asked What’s in dirt? How much?: Let’s define a “molecular species” in the context of this thought experiment as a particular arrangement of covalently-bonded atoms (I’m ignoring hydrogen bonds, ionic associations and other supramolecular complexes for the sake of sanity). But just to make things challenging, say we count ionization states and radicals as different molecular species, too. So, you have a little pile of dirt? Great. Stop time. I want to look at it instantaneously. Make a list of all the molecular species in that sample. Count how many individual examples there are of each molecule. Got that? Good. Now make a little histogram of the molecular species, sorted in order of decreasing occurrence. So the common stuff like atmospheric gases and common mineral stuff will be over at the left, and weird, rare gunk like bug metabolites and DNA will be over at the right end. Draw it. Show me. Hell,...
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November 16, 2005
Too Much Information
When my wife left 20 years ago this month she accused me of being a workaholic, of needing to work like a drug addict needs a fix, and that this was a form of spousal abuse. I denied it at the time and made excuses for my behavior, but she was right. My name is Gary and I'm a workaholic. I don't want to recover. I like it, even now that I have fully faced my "condition". In a way admitting to myself that it is so was a great relief, a liberating act that allowed my to embrace it heartily and develop it more fully. I've even committed poetry (a crime I never do in public), waxing lyrical about the mental and physical high I get when I've worked long, hard and well. It sharpens my perceptions and awareness, speeds my mind and body, gives me a sense of physical and mental well being that at my age...
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March 21, 2005
Interlude
If you don’t respond to this, your computer will explode and assorted bad things will happen Susan Miles ignored this chain blogmeme, and within 48 hours she had become the inspiration for both a grisly waxworks tableau at Madame Tussaud’s, and an unpalatable sandwich at a notoriously unsavory Knoxville delicatessen. Be warned. You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be? I'm not good at lists, tend not to have favorites and, like cheesecake in the deli case, absorb the odors of whatever else is in the case. Ever had dill pickle cheesecake? So, I'd try to be useful, be a reference text of some sort, perhaps the OED. I am cursed with a good memory, which may account in part for my difficulty with favorites, but the indexing system is erratic. As a reference text I would be random access rather than serial access. Just ask. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional...
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