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Archives for February, 2011

Best Love Song Ever

“Everyone says I love you, but just what they say it for I never knew. Its just inviting trouble for the poor sucker who says I love you.”

I’m a bit short on time today, given that I told my boys that today is “smooch day” and Moms have to kiss their kids as much as possible. Since my boys are all deep in the “ewwww….kissing” phase this means that they are spending every spare minute following me around and daring me to…

How Expensive is Food, Really?

This is a lightly revised and updated version of a piece that ran at ye olde blogge and at Grist, but it seems just as pertinent now as it did in 2007 when I wrote it. At the time, some people doubted that the boom we were seeing in biofuel production, which was pushing up…

So Simple, But So Useful

I have to say, learning to replace a zipper now and again has extended the life of a number of favorite items of clothing. It is a very simple thing, but a bit of a pain, and useful to see how to do it. The Matron of Husbandry at Trapper Creek has kindly provided a…

The Change

“Did you look at the forecast?” “Is this it?” “Should we get them out?” My children keep asking, and I keep telling them that I think so, but that no one can know for sure. We are talking of the change in the weather, slated to begin today, warming us up from the last wave…

(Yes, I will eventually explain this ;-)) I don’t usually participate in the Huffington Post bashing that goes on at science blogs. Not because I don’t often agree with it, but because my colleagues seem to have it covered when it comes to autism/vaccine links and dubious medical studies. Still, Raymond Learsy’s column about Wikileaks…

Low-Input Seed Starting

The first thing you need to remember is to think ahead, and bring in the compost before three feet of snow and ice lands on top of it. That was my big discovery two years ago, and like so many big discoveries was a. unpleasant and b. completely obvious – in retrospect. Living in a…

Saudi Oil WikiLeaks

It was only a matter of time – Bart Anderson of Energy Bulletin even predicted it in the ASPO-USA predictions piece I put together this December! From the Guardian: The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating, confidential cables from its…

Pimp Your Blog Week!

Ok, I have to go frantically clean my house. Objectively I know that the social worker wants to know that the house is clean, safe and appropriate for kids, not to look at the shine on the linoleum (of which there is presently none ;-)). In my inner heart, however, I’m pretty sure she’s going…

The Anyway Project: Update Two

In all the chaos of having interrupted internet and lots of stormy weather, I never posted a January Anyway Project Update – oops, sorry! So here’s an early February one, and I’ll try and do one in late Feb. as well, because, of course, I’ll definitely be accomplishing double in this short month. Sure. If…