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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Catskill Ruins Porn.


I’ve written before about the Detroit Safari, and the taking of pictures in ruined Detroit places; now the Catskills gets the same treatment.



I’ve heard people say that they have trouble getting full-sized carrots, but I’ll say I’ve never had that problem.  I grow mine in raised beds, and I make every effort not to step in the beds and compact the soil.  My soil is high in nitrogen, which may help.  The variety grown may make a […]

From the Nutty Catholicism Department…


A friend tipped me off to the story of the “monkey Jesus,” a botched fresco-restoration effort by an elderly woman in a Spanish parochial church.  “The once dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic,” the BBC story reports.  This is fine: paintings sometimes get destroyed.  But […]

Rondout Valley Common Ground Celebration.


I’m sort of hoping I’ll be up here for the Rondout Valley Common Ground Celebration – which bills itself as a “new kind of country fair.”  They have on offer “re-skilling” – reacquiring old live-off-the-land skills.  Or new ones.  This year they are offering a course on building your own pizza oven, which has a […]

Old Growth.


Admit it, that’s the biggest yellow birch you’ve ever seen!  From a stand of old-growth trees on the Devil’s Path in the Catskills.

Harvesting Coriander.


Coriander has been one of the unexpected gifts of this year’s garden.  It’s also known as cilantro, Coriandrum sativum.  The seed is generally known by a derivative of its Latin name while the plant uses an Italian name.  Finding the sound of the word pleasing, I’m happy to use the term coriander for both.  I […]

Identifying Smells and Controlling Impulses.


This correlation impresses me: The researchers found that those individuals who scored highly on psychopathic traits were more likely to struggle to both identify smells and tell the difference between smells, even though they knew they were smelling something. These results show that brain areas controlling olfactory processes are less efficient in individuals with psychopathic […]

Searching for Sugar Man.


Recognition depends to a great extent on chance, but given enough time, chance produces fairly reliable results. In general, however, a single human lifetime is not long enough. And so there will always be people whose excellence goes unrecognized in their lifetimes. Van Gogh is the most extreme example, the painter who never sold a […]

Some Wendell Berry.


The Mad Farmer Liberation Front Manifesto: Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything made. Be afraid to know you neighbors and to die. And you will have a window in your head. Not even your future will be a mystery any more. Your mind will be punched in […]

Harvest Time!