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Archives for March, 2010

Burned Out and On Vacation

Hi Folks – I’ve been under the weather physically and stressed out mentally, overwhelmed by a book that isn’t coming together and generally pretty unhappy recently, and I have decided it behooves me to take a vacation from the blog. So no posts for a least a week. I’m talking with my publisher about how…

A new Gallup poll suggests that Americans are less worried about most environmental issues than they have been since Gallup began polling 20 years ago. “Americans are less worried about each of eight specific environmental problems than they were a year ago, and on all but global warming and maintenance of the nation’s fresh water…

Reaching the hellacious end-of-book period where I do nothing but merge endlessly with my computer. Thus, low on new content. So you can read this stuff instead. First, check out “Little House in the Ghetto” which will be going on my blogroll just as soon as I figure out how to change my blogroll. Waking…

After all that work, you’ll want to plant good seeds. Glenn Beck approved seeds, ideally. Well, Stephen Colbert is right on board, aware that in a disaster, we’ll all want raddichio. He’s even started his own crisis herb garden, because, “I may be ready for a world where the streets run with blood, and zombies…

Poultry is a Feminist Issue?

First of all, may I ask which New York Times editor was responsible for permitting the coinage “femivore” to pass into language. Talk about illiterate (linguistically a “femivore” would be someone who ate women) and uneuphonious – yes, yes, I get that you want to get a Michael Pollan reference in there somehow, but come…

First of all, I present to you, the cover for my new book (not yet finished, but it will be really soon) forthcoming this fall. I didn’t think it was possible that they could come up with something prettier than the cover for Independence Days (which you can see on the sidebar), but I think…

When Cheap Food Isn’t Cheap

The Miami-Herald is reporting today that food stamp use has more than doubled among Floridians in the last three years: More than 2.5 million Floridians are on food stamps, up from three years ago where 1.2 million residents received assistance. That’s according to records kept by the Department of Children and Families, which administers the…

Peep!

Note: It hasn’t happened yet here, although we heard them down the hill in the valley yesterday. But we seem to be having an early spring, even though we’ve still got more than a foot of snow to melt off. I wrote this last year, and though the precise circumstances are different, the need for…

In an American Chemical Society paper, “Forecasting World Crude Oil Production Using Multicyclic Hubbert Model” authors Ibrahim Sami Nashawi, Adel Malallah and Mohammed Al-Bisharah propose: Even though forecasting should be handled with extreme caution, it is always desirable to look ahead as far as possible to make an intellectual judgment on the future supplies of…

We’re Gonna Need More Pie

I’m back from my northeast travels – I had a great time at both NOFA and NESEA, and am slowly recovering from a glazed state of sleep deprivation to something sort of coherent enough to finish the book (3 weeks to go!). But I’m still sleepy and tired, so to remind you that Pi day…