Author Archives: Steven Popkes

State of the Farm, Fall 2017

  (Picture from here.) You recall last year when we had the worst drought I’d ever seen since I moved out here. Parts of our garden just twisted themselves out of the ground and we lost a couple of trees. … Continue reading

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Ammonites, Allosaurs and Sauropods. Oh, My.

(Picture from here.) It has been a while since I put up a post– nearly two months. A lot of things have happened in that time, including a two week vacation for the eclipse and a visit to Dinosaur National … Continue reading

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Invasion!

I took this picture on the train station on my daily commute. There are four problem species in the picture: Asian bittersweet, Japanese knotweed, bamboo and Concord grapes. Of the four, only the grapes are native. For us, this year … Continue reading

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Blending People

(Picture from here.) Human beings are biased towards themselves. We then to think of the world as reflections of ourselves. We project our nature on our pets, our automobiles, our weapons, the landscape and fictional entities. Sometimes I think we are … Continue reading

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State of the Farm: June, 2017

The drought last year and this wet spring have been significant enough I thought it worthwhile to revisit our little farm. As my two readers might recall, we had a multi-century drought last year. With the precipitation since last summer, … Continue reading

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State of the Farm, Spring 2017

  Well, it’s spring up here finally. Real spring. When the fruit trees blossoms and the bees come out. None of this “sort of” spring where the temperature hovers a few precious degrees above freezing and the sky is gray and … Continue reading

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Enceladus

(Picture from here.) NASA has announced some new findings from the Cassini probe. In 2015, Enceladus produced a geyser that Cassini managed to fly through. In its mass spectrometer, it detected molecular hydrogen. This is hydrogen that is only bonded … Continue reading

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Consideration of Works Present: Sully

(Picture from here.) I saw the film Sully last night (Starring Tom Hanks. Directed by Clint Eastwood.) and found it both compelling and irritating. The directing was quite good and Tom Hanks’ performance was quite good. The film is about Chesley … Continue reading

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Unnatural Empathy

(Picture from here.) The eastern gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor) and the Cope’s gray tree frog (H. chrysoscelis) are closely related. They look identical. Yet they only mate preferentially with each other. Why? You might ask. The Cope’s frog has … Continue reading

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Old Man’s Judo

(Picture from here.) When I was in grade school, in California, my father enrolled me in a judo class. I have no idea why he did it—in fact, it was done so early in my life it seemed completely natural. Who … Continue reading

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