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Fossil fuel industry caught taking a page out of the tobacco playbook (link). That's the headline from the March 3, 2015 online version of the Guardian. This refers to people finding out that W. Soon failed to tell people where his money comes from, but this is not really news. This was known, but obviously not widely known, at least 18 years ago. Here’s bit of history from an article (The Wall Street Journal Blurs the Lines Between Science, Opinion, & Politics […]
TPP walked into the glasshouse and immediately knew that the taro (Coleocasia esculenta) was in bloom. Generally most people don't notice the distinctive fragrance nor the actual "flower" which hides among the large leaves. This is an aroid, Jack-in-the-pulpit being the best known member of the family here abouts. So, what you really have here is a spike of flowers, an inflorescence known at the spadix, surrounded by a modified leaf, a bract, known as a spathe. In the case of taro only half the […]
This link is little bit of fun. Enter your birthday and it returns the number one song on the American top 40 for that date. Found out the F1's song was Call me by Blondie, which is sort of appropriate. TPP's is from a totally different era, or is that eon? The 12th Street Rag (by Pee Wee Hunt and his Orchestra), and yes, TPP likes ragtime; always have.
Just when you think you've seen, or heard, it all, along comes something completely different. Some cats are pretty quiet. Some cats are quite talky, yacky, and chatty. Some cats seem to chirp. Some seem a bit whiny and pleading, especially in the morning before breakfast. Slow old humans. But never thought of any of our cats as being musical. So here it is, music for cats. Now that I think of it, one of ours hums Cosmo's air frequently.
A reader asks an interesting question. How does wind chill affect plants? If a plant is cold hardy to say 10 F [22 degrees F below freezing for those of you who use rational C units], and the wind chill is -20 degrees, will the additional cold hurt or kill my plant? OK, the short answer, no. The wind chill doesn't affect plants, only the absolute temperature. The wind chill factor is how much colder the temperature seems to us warm-blooded animals because of the […]
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