Category Nature

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, […]

Feel Good Story of the Day

In Richmond VA someone described a cat in the “found” section on Craigslist: please if u r his owner contact me ASAP i can not keep him here because as cute as he is, he is CRAZY and has gotten into everything in the house in 1 night and is EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE!! Even though I […]

Another Nor’Easter

Though it has been an otherwise mild winter, Massachusetts is about to be hit with our fourth Nor’Easter. The first came unseasonably early in December, then in February came one that was just rain, high winds, and flooding. It blew tiles off the roof which scratched up my car. The third knocked out power all […]

Snow in the Sahara

These photos are pretty cool, but apparently it isn’t a rare phenomena: While this week’s Saharan snowstorm was unusual, “it’s not like it’s never happened before,” Kaplan says. Last winter saw a similar dusting of snow over the Algerian town of Ain Sefra, which NASA’s Earth Observatory says is sometimes called the “gateway to the […]