After a long day in the sun, testing one’s fortitude in the hope of making something meaningful I retire to rest so that tomorrow we might try again. At work we are making crosses. Nope, not religious icons. We are crossing different strains of soybean. Beginning the process of developing new and better varieties for […]

Not exactly a Harper Lee title, nor is this a story about the run up to the first World War (Archduke Franz Ferdinand was, strictly speaking, not yet a Monarch… human or butterfly). And as we shall soon see, no monarchs were actually killed in this episode, tough some habitat was deliberately destroyed. Specialists, are […]

Com in, she said I’ll give ya shelter from the storm

Reflection, noun: 1) the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it. “the reflection of light” 2) serious thought or consideration. “she doesn’t get much time for reflection” Let’s do both. Prepositions will help us infer which of these two senses we mean. Reflection from Looking to the heavens […]

Oh my. Is that serious Doc? How long have I got? What if the neighbors find out? I hope it’s not contagious, or perhaps – I should hope it is. A couple weeks ago Alan Jacobs left a note at his (macro?) blog Snakes and Ladders about his efforts to shrink his exposure to the […]

Someone is showing a photo of a soybean plant on a screen then asking an audience what they are looking at. He corrects anyone who offers “soybean plant” … it is a photograph of a soybean plant. Better still – the digital rendering of a picture onto a screen through software used to make a […]

Back in October I posted a piece on cow guts.  In it I mentioned two avenues to remediation of methane evolution from ruminant guts, the methane affecting atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and global warming (a hot topic). Due credit was given to research to modify the cows through breeding, and to changing cow rations through […]

Poetry is a broad artistic pursuit.  There are many forms, styles, and qualities.  Poets come in all sizes, shapes, and accomplishments.  There are poems which posses little hope of being mistaken for great literature… but still may offer a little smirk.  For me the limerick often does the trick.  The clerihew comes fast on the […]

There seems to be value in reflection; where we’ve been, what we’ve done. Positive memories bring a nostalgia and warming of the heart. Negative memories call forth a resolve to learn from mistakes or guide us toward paths which avoid repeats. The turn of the year seems as good a place as any to take […]

A red-tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, stopped by the house last weekend. A juvenile I believe. We see hawks now and then, they’re not all that rare in these parts… but one tends to see them out in open country and not so much near human habitats. This particular hawk wasn’t the least bit shy – […]