Redux: Falling

Back in 2012, I wrote about falling and gravity’s terrible vengeance when we don’t perfectly obey and how, if we’d just learned our physics, all this wouldn’t be so surprising.  Re-reading the post now, it seems also to be a nice science metaphor. That is, physics says the best way to not let gravity hurt […]

Stuff Chris Found

  Chris Whitaker, a neighbor, retired with a plan.  Most retired people’s plans are to travel or to follow up on a hobby or to have no plan at all – all of which seem to make these people happy — but as one self-educating photographer said to me, “You can show your wife just […]

Will You Find Me a Planet? Please?

For someone who’s not interested in planets around other stars, exoplanets, I write about them a lot.  But exoplanets have been hot news for some time now and they’re not cooling off any time soon.* The planets are big or little or in between; they’re made of gas or rock or maybe some combination; they […]

Redux: the Springtime of Robins

The robins are BACK, they don’t intend for you to miss them, flying like bats out of hell, tearing up the mulch, yelling at everybody and stalking around, sticking their tummies out. Wherever they’re going, they need to get there fast so they take a shortcut through my porch.  I was out one morning trying […]

The Last Word

April 17 – 21, 2017 My neighbors, of whom I was exceedingly fond, moved away and I was sad.  So I made a list of things to do to be a neighbor whose neighbors are sad to see you go. The People of LWON apparently live on different planets and their community listservs reflect that […]

The Last Word

April 10 – 14, 2017 The word was, DC’s famous cherry blossoms had died untimely deaths due to cold and ice.  Wrong, says Helen, and proves it, sepal by sepal, petal by petal. The music behind the math in movies, says Guest Stephen Ornes, can sound just like the math: doubling back, laying down patterns, […]

The Junk-Bond Salesmen of Science: A Tribute

[UPDATE:  see links below* for the titles of predatory journals] In honor of the posts of Michelle Nijhuis and Christie Aschwanden, too many posts to link to, about the detection, prevention, and treatment of bullshit. I hate being lied to.  I purely hate it.  I hate it with a cold, hard hate.  I understand that […]