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Archives for July, 2010

Yesterday at 3pm EST, I was part of a critical stage of labor negotiations between SEED Media and Science Bloggers, and I’m happy to report that through the sole grace of my diplomatic skills, the strike was resolved. There were some other folks there too, but I cannot tell a lie – it was your…

Betcha giving head to a movie star betcha gotta llama riding in Your car betcha u gotta tv built in your jet skis, betcha giving Head to a movie star betcha gotta llama riding in your car Betcha u gotta tv built in your jet skis. Hidee high, lowdy low, get up and go to…

The first two pieces of this series were largely comic pieces. This one is more serious. I have said this before, but I’ll repeat it – I came to science blogs for one reason, and one only – because there was no one else talking about facing up to our material limits on this kind…

Putting Me in My Place

The first thing you need to know about my farm is that it is huge. I mean enormous – by world standards. The vast majority of the world’s farms – more than 80%, are very small farms, of less than 2 hectares (about 5 acres), and they produce the majority of the world’s staple crops…

On Comments

I’ve noticed that the comments have been kind of nasty lately around here, and I just wanted to remind everyone of my comment policy. The major part of it can be summed up as “please make an effort not to be a complete jerk.” Look, I know we all get angry sometimes and say what…

“How did you get there, Roo?” asked Piglet. “On Tigger’s back! And Tiggers can’t climb downwards, because their tails get in the way, only upwards, and Tigger forgot about that when we started, and he’s only just remembered. So we’ve got to stay here for ever and ever – unless we go higher. What did…

Wheat Stem Rust in the Economist

Longtime readers of ye olde blogge will remember that we talked a lot about wheat stem rust and other wheat diseases in the last few years, since Ug99 began to devastate Kenyan wheat production, and then again as it appeared in Yemen and Iran, but I don’t think I’ve posted anything about the track of…

In the previous thread commenters DC Sessions and Prometheus have been discussing the pure aesthetic appreciation of the BP disaster and other man made problems with splendor that is grim. And what they say is true -and I think interesting and worth looking at. After all, all of us are just a teensie weensy wee…

If a whole nation can have its fingers crossed, I suspect it does right now. But what happens if it (and the other containment efforts) don’t work? I don’t think this is fear mongering,after 3 months of oil blowing into the Gulf. We have to ask the question. Greg Laden has an answer, by way…

Run the Numbers on Your Ride

There’s a great post at The Oil Drum by Jeff Radtke that gives people a good way of evaluating the resource uses in their cars. Now you don’t actually have to do this to figure out that light cars are better than heavy ones – the results aren’t that difficult. But if you think it…