In the late 19th century, the American west was plagued by locust. Then they went extinct. Did the plow do it? (this is a really good, dramatic podcast story)

Wishful thinking from 150 years ago lead to the "dust bowl"...because rain does not follow the plow. But sometimes the plow does change the environment for the better (see next)

A publication in Science proposes that solar and wind energy installations will bring rain to the Sahel and Sahara. This reminds me of the old American idea that "rain follows the plow" (see next)

Here's a collection of 100+ outstanding stories. I can vouch for "the prophet" on the "Reply All" podcast -- it blew my mind.


I'm mulling how the federation could evolve. I found one good article on the topic ( A few of my thoughts below...

Seems like my is working... spinach, cabbages, lettuce and 2 tomatoes (just to experiment). The fertility is replenish by kitchen scraps from an increasing amount of neighbors, which I plan to repay in food.

That's just a test, if it works properly I expect my yard walls to be covered by fall =D

I've made a deliberate choice against a quoting feature because it inevitably adds toxicity to people's behaviours. You are tempted to quote when you should be replying, and so you speak at your audience instead of with the person you are talking to. It becomes performative. Even when doing it for "good" like ridiculing awful comments, you are giving awful comments more eyeballs that way. No quote toots. Thank's

@bnys Brendan Nystedt: Thanks for bringing my attention to Mastadon! I like a lot of it...but one essential feature is missing (easy account migration):

Let me know if my profile picture is too gruesome. It's just something I found walking around my neighborhood (evidence of a bird of prey).

I use some Android apps to help me identify and document the life I see. The one I use most commonly is the Audubon app ( The most impressive bird in this area is a brown-tailed hawk. I also hear owls occasionally, but have never seen them. My hummingbird feeder has attracted several ruby-throated hummingbirds. My most recent "discovery" was the Eastern Towhee.

Greetings ya'll. I'm a biologist living in Decatur GA. I sit in front of a computer all day, so I'm making a point of paying attention to all of the life around me. Some of it I try to nurture or attract (e.g. butterfly garden), but a lot of it shows up on it's own, or I just pass it by during my day. That's not why I'm here, just something I do (and the meaning of my handle).


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