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    Archive for May, 2014

    Frustrating

    Saturday, May 31st, 2014

    H.I.F. Speaking of gardens: I just want to keep my nose buried in mine: Male student named Connecticut school’s prom queen.

    Saturday

    Saturday, May 31st, 2014

    I live in Michigan. Where I could potentially grow a fig tree. A TDE reader from northern Ohio sent this email: “A friend of my mom’s has two fig trees in her backyard nearby–we stopped by once, and I noticed the leaves and thought ‘Holy crap! Those are fig trees!’ Probably eight feet tall. She [...]

    Friday

    Friday, May 30th, 2014

    BYCU I never knew this: “With more breweries per capita than any U.S. city, Asheville, N.C., has become a sort of Napa Valley of beer.” Of course, the bigger boys now want some of the action, too: “Outsiders have noticed that Asheville’s locally owned, small-batch-beer scene is hot. And they want to join the party. [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, May 29th, 2014

    Thinking about starting an online local newspaper? You may want to check out this essay by Bill Kauffman about The Batavian. Excerpt: Five years of 12-hour-a-day and seven-day-a-week workloads later, Owens has embedded The Batavian in the public mind. From his office on the second floor of the Masonic Temple on Main Street, Howard covers [...]

    Interesting

    Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

    H.I.F. This has a strong ring of truth to is, at least to me: “The truth is, processed foods contain carefully orchestrated flavors and other sensory factors designed to be as addictive as possible. This is in stark contrast to whole foods, the taste and consistency of which was created by nature and therefore work [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

    A handful of great passages from Joseph Epstein’s new book of essays . . . and I’m only about 15% of the way through it: “[I]n the matter of literary criticism, as Mencken once remarked, it is only justice that hurts.” “[I]f the same progress as had been made in education were made in the [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

    Kontent from the Kindle Perhaps the most interesting passage from my Memorial Day Weekend reading. The author is writing about the shocking dearth of archeological remains from approximately 630 to 930 AD and historians’ struggles to account for it: Another school of thought, most influential in Europe, denies the existence of a Dark Age at [...]

    Monday

    Monday, May 26th, 2014

    A Random Passage “Anyone who believes that advertisers control consumers need only be told a few names: Tucker, Henry J., Ford, Edsel, Mercury Park Lane, Studebaker, Wagonaire, Lincoln Blackwood, AMC Marlin, Buick Reatta, and Eagle Premier. These were among many automobiles that were marketed strenuously by their manufacturers but quickly discontinued due to weak sales.” [...]

    Sunday

    Sunday, May 25th, 2014

    In anticipation of the coming football season, I thought I’d post this picture that really cracked me up a few days ago. (If you don’t follow the NFL, my apologies . . . and good for you, btw).

    Saturday

    Saturday, May 24th, 2014

    The rest of my backyard container garden went in Thursday evening. This is a partial picture of the finished deal.

    Meyers

    Friday, May 23rd, 2014

    A group of scientists have started attaching sensors to sharks to help predict hurricane intensity. They’re hoping the information they gather will save enough lives to offset the number of lives lost attaching sensors to sharks.

    BYCU

    Friday, May 23rd, 2014

    BYCU I’d be curious where Memorial Day weekend ranks among drinking weekends. It must be in the top 10, probably top 5 after the brutal winter we’ve just came through. I’ve talked with a lot of people who have told me that it seems like everyone is leaving the office in droves to enjoy the [...]

     


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