Private Property, Hummingbird Style

We recently replaced our long-empty hummingbird feeders with new models that aren’t prone to having their entire contents dump out at random intervals. This has re-established us on the hummingbird circuit. Where for the last few years we rarely saw hummers in our yard we are now visited daily by

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Cute animal pix, July 21, 2022 edition: meet the kākāpō, an endangered New Zealand parrot.

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Plagues Upon the Earth

I’ve been reading a really interesting book about the intertwined evolution of humanity and its parasites and pathogens called Plagues Upon the Earth, by Kyle Harper. He’s a professor of classics and letters at the University of Oklahoma. Which may account for why the book, despite the nature of its

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Reflections on the Late Show

Last night we got to attend a taping of Colbert’s The Late Show. It was a lot of fun, and definitely worth doing if you’re a fan and can coordinate getting tickets the next time you visit New York City. It pretty much played out as I expected. But there

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Great Climate Site

I often like to understand the climate of areas I’m thinking of visiting to get a feel for the best times of year to go. Of all the sites I’ve found so far WeatherSpark has the most informative data displays. At a glance you can tell when it’s rainiest/snowiest, when

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How Much Sunscreen Should I Use?

Ever wanted to know precisely how much sunscreen to use? Well, I don’t know how to help you with that. But I can tell you how to get a reliable reading on how much ultraviolet light is bombarding you. At least if you live in San Carlos, California. Just check

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