Category Nature

2 Heuristic Fails

I went kayak fishing Saturday planning to target mackerel early in 25-40′ of water and then to come in shallow later in the morning for flounder. I drifted over a spot that had produced mackerel and pollock for me in the past, jigging a sabiki just off the bottom. I felt a light tap that, […]

Saltwater lessons

I’ve always been a shore based freshwater fisherman but living in Salem I decided to take up saltwater fishing. Fishing from shore proved a failure, I caught only rocks, so I got a used kayak and have been exploring the inshore waters around the city. I’ve learnt a few things. Lesson 1: This aint New […]

Speckled Mountain, Maine

I took a little backpacking excursion to Maine to clear my head. It was just a short overnight trip. The Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness Area is just across the border from New Hampshire’s White Mountains and about 3 hours drive from where I live. This waterfall is just a couple of miles in. There wasn’t any […]

Silver Darlin’s

With the lockdown I’ve been out fishing more but between my inexperience and the unseasonably cold weather I haven’t been catching anything. Still, a bad day fishing is better than a good day in quarantine. Catching fish is a matter of: location: if you are not where the fish are, you are not going to […]

Having it both ways

Greta Thunberg is a child who has no business lecturing anyone on complex weather systems. She is also a victim of mental illness, suffering from anxiety, eating disorders, selective mutism, OCD, etc. The purpose of her campaign is not to convince anyone of anything, but to force people who disagree to either shut up, or […]

My advice to an environmentalist.

A young friend was getting frustrated by the complex moral calculus that she had to engage to be a good environmentalist. She was learning that electric cars were not as environmentally sound as promised and apparently some food choices she had been making were not environmentally sound. It was making her anxious and unsure of […]

The fragility of modern life

The New York Post points out the fragility of modern cities: Walking around Midtown Saturday evening was an exercise in picking which dystopia you wanted to focus on. Thousands of people spilled out of canceled theater performances — spilling into streets and avenues, where they were vulnerable to a wave of cars, buses and trucks […]

Don’t Moralize Technical Problems

Good take on the plastic pollution problem: A 2018 study by the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food looked not just at plastic waste, but also at climate-change damage, ozone depletion, human toxicity and other indicators. It found you must reuse an organic cotton shopping bag 20,000 times before it will have less environmental damage […]

Another rough day in Salem

Whew, boy! Took the kayak out from Dead Horse Beach to see the sights, and maybe catch some mackerel.     More days like this in Salem and I might have to move.  

New Ride!

I’ve wanted a kayak for a long time but since a kayak is, to my mind, a luxury good – neither cheap nor necessary – I’ve been putting it off for eight years or so, finding all kinds of excuses to not go ahead with the purchase. Now that I have disposable income, storage space, […]