17 pounds and 4 inches of Carbon Neutral

Bing bong! Who is that disturbing my workout? After opening the door, I hear the UPS getaway truck speeding into the distance. Look down. See the shrink wrapped pile. 8 catalogs. 17 pounds. 4 inches thick – at least two Sears Catalogs thick from the good...

US Postal Service, are you listening?

Ordered a monitor from South Korea. Here is the tracking information from eBay, which looks like it comes from the Korea Post Office: Tracking #:EG1XXXXXXXKR Carrier:Korea Post Status:ACCEPTEDIN TRANSITDELIVERED Delivered Mar-29-13, 09:54 AM, WOODSTOCK, IL 60098...

Water Flow

Here we are in the midst of the worst drought in my memory, and this, the year of the prairie native garden walk. Our garden looks like a hayfield. While I was watering some bushes, I wondered how long I need to hover over a bush to water it sufficiently. Too little,...

She Sells Beer

The only Super Bowl ad this year I remember was the Budweiser “Eternal Optimism” spot, a highly patriotic decade in review since WWII. And I like the music, hate the beer. Imagine my surprise when the song turns out to be a mashup of “She Sells...

Lab burgers: it’s what’s for dinner (The Economist)

Memories of Chicken Little in Pohl and Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants I first read in high school. The older I get, the more that novel gets everything right. Hamburger junction www.economist.com Lab burgers: it’s what’s for dinner A QUARTER of a million euros...