Author Archives: Clem

Reflections from/upon this Galactic Speck – Earth Day 2019

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 […]

You’re not connected to a network

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 […]

Can we be specific?

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 […]

Clem claims Climate Clever Clovers courageous – not clueless

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 […]

Clerihews on review

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 […]

Last call for 2018

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 […]

Hawks and Doves

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 – […]

Cows – a gut check… and the future of beer?

The North American soybean harvest of 2018 is not yet in the books. It consumes this writer and many others as perhaps it should. It may interest many that for much of the eastern parts of the North American bread basket the harvest thus far has gone fairly well, and yields have been quite good. […]

Watching from the sidelines

The St Louis Cardinals won’t be in the baseball playoffs this year. My heart will eventually mend. The Cardinals probably shouldn’t be in the playoffs, they didn’t really deserve it this year – but they did have a chance. They’ll be back. I now find myself cheering for the Chicago Cubs. A strange development. If […]

Riff on an old saw

At a livestock auction long ago, my father and I had finished loading up our purchase and were turning about to make our exit. It had started to rain lightly, and the already muddy drive was getting worse by the minute. As we made our way up toward the hard road we came upon a […]