Saving elephants, one nut at a time.

So this is one of those rabbit trails I have no idea will come between the first and second cup of coffee in the morning browse. From the Anthropocene Magazine link called provocatively “Making Nature Pay for Itself” I followed the trail to a plant-based ivory substitute to the Author of the article David Simpson to the Breakthrough Institute where he publishes to the environmental iconoclasts Nordhaus and Shellenberger and their notions that nuclear energy and big ag are the only ways to save …

Bioprospecting, Ecological Services and Feeding 10 Billion Read more »

My morning pages sometimes get out of hand. What can I say? I’m hearing conversations with inanimate objects now. So lock me up. They ended up, one atop the other, in the back of my car, both bound for the final resting place–unfortunately in the local landfill and not in a next home where each would have been appreciated by yet another human master. There were no takers, and so we’d come to this day, and it had to be done. I pondered the …

The Agonies of Ink to Paper Read more »

It’s a niche interest, maybe; geeky, if you will. But I continue to explore ways that the computer keyboard and monitor that most of us have in our homes these days can do a better job of gathering information and meaning, and not just stupefying us with entertainment and distraction. Also, we presently lack good ways of validation and credibility of the sources we find to support our thinking (we seldom set out to find evidence that falsifies our strongly-held beliefs.) Add to that …

Tools for Thought Read more »

These are the things that I tell myself every morning are in limited and consistently depleted supply. Every morning, this reality should drive me to the top of my task and projects list. And almost every morning, instead, I’m not driven anywhere in particular, other than where my whimsy points me—whimsy backed by curiosity, interest and the hope of discovering something new to know that I didn’t know I wanted or needed to know. It turns out that “genius” and creativity hold a place …

A Future of Keystrokes, Minutes and Synapses Read more »

Pulling, lifting, holding, securing, lashing and binding. Construction, seafaring, sports, adventure. For these purposes, even in our age of advanced technologies, nothing has or will ever come along to replace “the rope.” First found in use around 17,000 years ago, the basic design has remained little changed,  the natural jute, cotton, or hemp fibers have been replaced by nylon and other synthetics since my boyhood. (I remember how hard on the hands was the natural rope we used in the last-evening bonfire tug-of-war at summer …

At the End of Your Rope Read more »