Casaubon's Book

Archives for February, 2010

I really should be working on the book, but just a couple more: The amazing Louis Jordan performing “There Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” – fabulous! I admit, I have a lasting fondness going back to high school (hey, I’m a kid of the 80s, what can I say) for John Mellencamp, and he…

Waking Up and Getting Growing

There are a few snow showers still falling around here, so that means it has been snowing here continuously since Tuesday morning. We have a little less than 4 feet of snow on the ground. Which makes it hard for me to remember that spring is nearly here – in fact it has been warm…

I knew I could count on my fellow Science Blogger Dr. Klemetti for a good take on the physical reality of the Chilean Earthquake, so I checked in this morning, only to see him, quite property, take the MSM to task for inane rhetoric, notably an MSNBC headline that reads “Is Nature Out of Control?”…

Three feet and counting so far. The prediction for the “upper elevations” (that would be us) is that we could get another 1-2 feet before tomorrow night. So while I am lost in meditation of the stunning beauty that surrounds me and trying to locate my woodpile, our car and the dog, all of whom…

NOFA and NESEA

Just a reminder that if you are in the relevant parts of New England, I’m going to be doing a couple of presentations there. First, a week from Saturday, on March 6, I’ll be at the NOFA NH annual Winter Conference in Concord New Hampshire all day. I’m both giving the keynote talk about food…

In a recent previous post “Do You Have to Grow Food” I pointed out that the impact of urban gardening is vastly greater, in the aggregate, than most people believe. We tend to think that little gardens here and there make no difference, but in fact, they add up rapidly. Consider the impact of US…

Mother Jones notes that in private interviews, Glenn Beck, fiery loon of the right, privately seems to believe in anthropogenic climate change. Last week he mocked climate scientists for being “alarmists” who believe that “we’re all going to die in a fiery flood.” Not long ago he touted the global warming chapter of his An…

Note: 1 1/2 feet of snow so far and still falling – we may get more than three by the end (the words “in the higher elevations” are generally the ones you want to listen to when forecasts are made for my area). Power so far, but not expecting it to last. Smaller dog must…

Why Bunnies are Cuter than Babies

Not as off-topic for this blog as it might seem, I thought this (which I found through Gene Expression, one of my new favorite reads) essay on the merits of evolutionary psychology to be a very good and clear way of expressing my doubts on the subject. He writes: Daniel Dennett has advanced the opinion…

Well, there’s sledding, and snowmen, and drinking cocoa. There are board games and lessons (we already homeschool the younger three) and sitting around snuggling. There’s room cleaning and barn chores and shoveling. There’s music to practice and baking to do and new skills to learn. And there are books. We’re in a particularly good period…