Just got back from her regular and my sometimes early morning walk around the “middle road” above Nameless Creek. As usual, I took my pocket camera (Powershot G7X) but never took it out of that storage location. My “phone” OTOH was used to take audio and typed field notes, collect a number of still and video images (of a flock of passing grackles) and record 30 seconds of audio ambient nature sounds. I have to confess, this little wafer of silicon and glass is …

Field Friend: iPhone Read more »

I just noticed last night- -though it had probably been ramping up for a week or more–that the insect noises out our back door were deafening after dark. I came back in for my iPhone to record a snippet but got distracted and never finished the task. But I will. And I’ll post it here to share yet another vignette of life as it happens in my particular time and place. Not many readers click links like that, but I’ll do it anyway because …

Aural Unknowns: What’s That Sound? Read more »

Now that I’ve lost you with the very title, let me say as little as possible so as to move onto other things. I’ve been interested–and concerned–about the fragility of our way of life that, like it or not, has come to depend on the interwebs for commerce, finance, communications, strategic defense and essentially every aspect of life in the more advanced parts of the world. The latest buzz is on the legitimate need for increased cybersecurity with a long list of corporate and …

Built on Rotting Foundations: CyberInsecurity Read more »

I know how anxious you have all been during the silence at Fragments since last week, but want to assure you that all is quiet on the western front, and I come back from my adventures in NY state to find the homelands secure. I will, perhaps, have a story of my encounter with TSA and post my letter to them for your approval, or for you to tell me I’d be crazy to send it, or “why bother.” But hey, there was a …

Homeland Security: Locally Intact Read more »

There are enough possibilities for this topic that are based on solid science to warrant a longer look for me, and then there is some over-statement and razzle-dazzle as well. I will let you wander and browse the links and videos on the web sources listed here and you can make your own judgment about it all. N Tesla‚Äôs experiments from more than 100 years ago apparently transmitted electricity over a distance of some miles without wires. This is not the same as transmitting …

Future Fuels for Free? Read more »