I am plagued or blessed–depending on the way I squint my eyes when I reflect on the things that fill my vision at various moments on any day of the week–with a lot of interests. I guess I just don’t want to miss anything before the lights go out. One of the current spinning plates in the Vaudeville Act of Life is a resurrected interest in playing the piano–and this after giving away our old family upright that, in this moist location with drying …

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â–ºI often thought, when looking up at a crop of walnuts, that it would hurt mightily to be hit by one of those things. I was right. A glancing blow and no permanent damage done, but this time of year, wear protective clothing in walnut country. You were warned. â–ºAnd there are a gazillion nuts just waiting–a heavy mast year, and the oldtimers would say, this tells all the critters it’s gonna be a hard winter. The Good Lord is making sure there’s enuff …

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► What to give for Christmas this year? I’ve started my list.  This Desktop Edible Insect Hive Grows Your Daily Protein At Home. Lower your food carbon-footprint Feed your livestock kitchen scraps, harvest and prepare–all on your kitchen countertop. Comes with a starter kit of mealworms. Think of it: the mealworm smoothies; quiches; stews and casseroles! High in protein, low in carbs. No animal diseases transmitted; no hormones or antibiotics required; no farm effluents to pollute local waters. Squeamish? Get over it. The Golden Age …

Notes to Self ~ 13 Nov 2015 Read more »

â–º I have not written in depth about synthetic biology here because the subject is not of interest to most regular visitors (yes there are certainly exceptions) and the topic is just becoming enormous in breadth, depth and relevance to life on the ground. Suffice it to say there are some encouraging signs that public (and scientific) concerns about escape into the wild of novel lab-created organisms may have an answer. â–º The MacPro has a new home. It took about an hour on …

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If I plotted the frequency of posts and their entry times over the past year, I’d see a drop in the number per week and words per post, and also see a trend in which post times grow later and later. With wife working far fewer day shifts, the alarm does not go off anymore at 3:45 a.m., and if she is a sluggard until 5 or 5:30, then so am I. I know that, if I want uninterrupted writing time any more, I …

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