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80 years ago this week the 21st amendment was ratified which repealed the 18th amendment and the 13 year social experiment in the USA called prohibition ended. Of course prohibition did not mean people quit drinking, it was just that the drinking was all illegal and the quality of booze was poor if not down right bad, and with limited supply to meet the demand, why there was a lot of money to be made if you didn't mind doing something illegal. Where TPP grew up very fast boats were […]
Returning from the tropics to the northern temperate late fall is not a good idea, just a necessity. At the coffee shoppe this AM the friendly clerk asked if it were still warm outside? It was 40 F. How a particular temperature feels depends a great deal upon what recent ambient temperatures you have been experiencing. So, no, it's bloody damp and cold. As much as TPP would like to gently and gradually adjust to regular academic life, the re-entry plunges you […]
The only thing worse than packing for a field trip is repacking everything for the trip home. All the careful packing has degenerated into near chaos as students have pursued their projects, and then revised their projects, and then punted, and then finally succeeded in wringing a bit of information, some data, some new understanding, out of the rainforest. Now all this stuff has to get put away. You figure out that biologists use way too much plastic; what would happen […]
OK, firstly, TPP abhors the rush into the Christmas season, so he is very happy to be avoiding some of it. However, TPP does not live in a cave so it is hard to ignore all the ads. This particular item caught his eye, and it's the one time he wishes he had a standard bicycle rather than his BikeE. You know you can tuck a loaf of bread under your arm and put a cork screw in your pocket, but then what do you do with your bottle of wine? Well, this wine carrier certainly […]
Well, how ridiculous is that? TPP is in the tropics and he allows a Friday to sneak by without posting a flower picture! So here you go. This plant has several nicknames, but the most common one is lipstick plant (Psychotria elata) in the Rubiaceae (coffee family). Up in the northern temperate zone this is not an important or common family, but down here in the neotropics rubiads are everywhere. There are over 45 genera here at the field station and more than a […]
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