- Man, oh man. Possibly the coolest website ever and more chemical ecology than I know what to do with (and here's another). h/t OrchidGrownMan from Biofortified
- Open source Legos for grownups. Can I have a microtractor? or a microcombine? or a dimensional sawmill? Pleeeease?
- More scientific sour grapes. Why won't grad students sacrifice their entire careers to do what we think is important?
- And, as always, maps! This time, watch agriculture spread. h/t Seed.Feed.Food
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I recently spoke with one of the ketchup tomato breeders I know. Among other topics, he lamented the consumer's irrational fixation on price. He pointed out that most of us won't hesitate to grab a generic bottle of ketchup over a trusted brand for a difference of only 20 cents - which breaks down to no difference over the months it sits in your fridge: How do you sell a better product to a customer who's not willing to pay 1 cent more per week?
Saturday, April 16, 2011
It's how the Dutch do it.
A couple people told me it's common to see trees pruned like this out in rural areas - particularly willows. I assume the traditional purpose is to coppice for fuel and baskets - and here it's nostalgia for the countryside.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
It showed up a couple weeks earlier in the heat island of the city proper.
The cherries bloomed first in DC, than along the highways and now in my apartment complex. I imagine my neighbors around the courtyard wished these Bradford pears smelled like cherry trees. I don't mind. The scent reminds me of my suburban street hockey days.
"car! ... game on!"