September 30, 2015

snippets, 9-30-2015

... in a savage land ... it would be scandalous to eat without having loudly called out thrice whether there is not somebody wanting to share the food. All that a respectable citizen has to do now is to pay the poor tax and to let the starving starve. The ... theory which maintains that men can, and must, seek their own happiness in disregard of other people's wants is now triumphant all round in law, in science, in religion. It is the religion of the day.
-Petr Kropotkin, Mutual Aid, 1902

Well, that was 113 years ago. We need a minor elision to bring the second sentence up to date: "All that a respectable citizen has to do now is...let the starving starve."

Tony Benn - 10-minute history lesson (video).

September 27, 2015

September 26, 2015

field notes, mmxv-ix-xxvi

We tracked a racket of crows and bluejays for 10 or 15 minutes and found them yelling at a great horned owl up in an oak tree.  First time I've seen one in daylight.

September 24, 2015

September 18, 2015

snippets, 9-18-2015

Host Biology in Light of the Microbiome: Ten Principles of Holobionts and Hologenomes. Next up on my reading list is a little Kropotkin. (Wonder if I could wander across the street and audit a course or two?

September 17, 2015

new playplace

the district upscaled the little playground down by the duck pond

snippets, 9-17-2015

30 minutes with Alice Cooper (via The Guardian). “You speak ENGLISH? After three days of BABBLING?” lol

September 15, 2015

garden notes, mmxv-ix-xv


so this is new

This spider lily popped up in our salvia today. No idea where it came from.

guest post: somebody misses me

Bren took this picture while I was at work...

September 12, 2015

September 9, 2015

garden notes, mmxv-ix-ix


snippets, 9-9-2015

Palabras Meurtas, a finalist in the 2015 Texas Observer short story contest.

September 8, 2015

September 5, 2015