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Garden Update

When the bees start buzzing around, it is past time to get started with the garden. The photo above shows a bee that is finding something of interest on a peach tree. Tomato seedlings are doing well. Notice that two of them are blooming already. They are growing in peat pots coconut coir pots. We…

Fixing the Fellowes

This is one of those medical diagnostic mystery stories.  Except, as you can tell from the picture, it is not about diagnosis of a human.  Rather, it is about diagnosis of a machine.  The photo shows the inside view of a Fellowes SB-87Cs paper shredder.  I bought this several years ago to shred several boxes…

Agave From Root Cuttings

Last February, we had a very unusual hard freeze. It killed a lot of plants. The prior year, I had gotten an agave from a local nursery. It was a nice specimen, about 12 inches wide; it cost $25. In the freeze, it died. So I removed all the dead matter above ground. In the…

The good folks at Shrink Rap are conducting a survey about attitudes toward psychiatry. I would appreciate it is some of you would participate.

Agave lechuguilla, commonly called lechuguilla or shin dagger, is a type of agave that grows in northern Mexico and southwestern USA.  It is highly tolerant of drought and alkaline soil; it is somewhat tolerant of cold.  Each plant blossoms exactly once, then the entire plant dies.  I have read that if you cut off the…

A little less than one year ago, the major environmental news pertained to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  From Wikipedia: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the BP oil disaster or the Macondo blowout)[4][5][6] is an oil spill in the Gulf of…

Flickr Pic(kr) 14

This is a photo of a blonde zebra, or albino zebra.  Some rights reserved Judging from the tags on the photo, it appears that this was taken at the Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo, Hawaii.  The author, John Schroedel, indicates that the mutation results in one blonde zebra out of 2.5 to 3 million. 

Insufferable Arrogance® Now Mine

Ok, here’s an idea. The Dervaes family have decide to make the phrase “urban homestead” a registered trademark (1 2 3 4 5; also see the EFF post). Presumably, they are doing this to make money. They have gone so far as to send DMCA takedown notices to other persons…persons who, presumably, thought they all…

This is decidedly ironic: Rolling outages affect most chilly Texans all day By ANGELA K. BROWN Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — A high power demand in the wake of a massive ice storm caused rolling outages for more than eight hours Wednesday across most of Texas, resulting in signal-less intersections, coffee houses with no…

Every clinician knows that careful observation is the foundation for all knowledge. Reading the account of how Nabokov correctly anticipated the outcome of DNA analysis of butterfly taxonomy, using only his acute powers of observation, I am reminded of historical accounts of physicians who could estimate a person’s hematocrit value just by looking at the…