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Re: “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Someone was puzzled by my byline. Groucho continued, "Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

Posted by barryevans on 01/17/2015 at 9:36 AM
Posted by Jennifer Savage on 01/10/2015 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Adventure Club

I love this, how can you join?

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Posted by Jovianne Jane on 01/10/2015 at 8:25 AM

Re: “To Sleep, Perchance to be Brainwashed

Another good reason to keep my sons on a regular sleep schedule, and me too! Good article.

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Posted by Kama Hicks on 12/04/2014 at 9:35 AM

Re: “To Sleep, Perchance to be Brainwashed

The question "What is sleep" is the challenge now being presented to research scientists, and the winning answer(s) are to be chosen by thousands of eleven-year-old school children.
Discussed at:

Posted by JimPell on 12/04/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “The Kelsey Trail

Hi John, I'm indebted to you, I used your comprehensive and fascinating presentation on the Kelsey brothers extensively when writing my earlier story,…
Glad you like this one! Only so much I can do in 500-odd words...

Posted by barryevans on 11/21/2014 at 1:42 PM

Re: “The Kelsey Trail

great article Barry. For a more detailed look at the down side of the Kelsey Brothers in California take a look at:…

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Posted by John Parker on 11/20/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Gutenberg's Legacy:

Thanks for this Geoff--I appreciate both pixels and paper, for all the reasons you mention (especially pixels for travel on my ipad mini). Carr's book is a great read, whether one agrees or not. I was annotating constantly. e.g. this: "...we are training our brains to pay attention to the crap." (Carr quoting Michael Merzenich.

Posted by barryevans on 11/01/2014 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Gutenberg's Legacy:

It is more than "ironic" that Carr's book is available on Kindle. That is the new printing press of our day. I come from the era of the print culture and I am now with my feet in both camps. I have seen no credible studies that support Carr's thesis. Bookmarks Magazine is quoted as saying "Many bought into his argument about the neurological effects of the Internet, but the more expert among them (Jonah Lehrer, for one) cited scientific evidence that such technologies actually benefit the mind." Citing "neurological evidence" is always a dangerous game because the technology and science in that field is a quickly moving target. There are many studies of universities using openly licensed, free electronic books in place of traditional textbooks and there is no significant difference in the success rates of students in those courses. In fact, because the stress of the textbook cost is eliminated, retention rates actually go up. Some of those studies were performed here at College of the Redwoods via the Kaleidoscope project. Much of the date can be found at Lumen Learning.… I personally enjoy reading on the internet - in an ereader, I can annotate, bookmark and easily share what I am reading with others. I can carry a dozen books with me to the cafe. I can also look up words and ideas. In fact, sometimes it is a more engaging experience. Also, some books are not available in our library - I don't have the luxury of driving down to the special collection in Stanford or Harvard. But much of what I need, I can find through Google Books. Anyway, I am a big McLuhan fan - always good to see someone writing about Gutenberg! :-)

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Posted by Geoff Cain1 on 10/30/2014 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Saddle Up!

A moderately achy bum? Parsed out it COULD read as an "acute equine evinced arrears" because "back payment" IS rather karmic, from the horses' standpoint at least😝

Posted by Joan Crandell on 10/16/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Stroller Hike

I figured I would share this here for moms who are interested in doing more local hikes. Humboldt just grew a "Hike It Baby" branch. Please join our page to be informed of upcoming hikes. You can also lead hikes and win prizes from our sponsors. Meet other moms, get outside and get moving! :)…

Posted by pmcterry on 09/24/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Test Your Science Quotient

I found 2 meter deep powdery plankton.and tunnel.

Posted by Zoltan Welvart on 09/22/2014 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Baron Versus Mountain

La Grange Mine is now a Eagle Rock Quarry and under the direction of the Army Core of Engineers and they do a great polution...critters and trees.

Posted by Audra Homicz on 08/22/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Test Your Science Quotient

I think the finding of plankton on the International Space Station as reported in Tass is interesting… My comment on it is:- This finding on the International Space Station makes it clear that the earth is surrounded by an aura of life, at least in the form of plankton. Though the particular type of plankton has not been identified, it has been established that it is not the type of plankton, which would have possibly been picked up from the delivery launch area of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan . Were the plankton picked up before launch, doubtless the extreme heat would have destroyed them. The ISS has been orbiting the earth since 1998 at an altitude of between 330 km / 205 mi and 435 km /270 mi It is clear that if they are first lifted from the sea into the atmosphere by rising air currents and winds, when those winds dissipate that the plankton carries on at their own steam as though drifting in the seas. The oceans have been here some 4,400 billion years, it must be posited that what ever means the plankton has used to make it into space onto the ISS, has been going on since that time. The unthinkable alternative is that the deeps, of space, is full of this life form, which of course will give the evolutionists new material, other than asteroids, with which to rework their theories of the seeding of life on earth.

Posted by Nat Turner on 08/21/2014 at 7:49 AM

Re: “New at the Zoo

I am just thrilled to hear that the river otters will be living a restricted, captive life with no opportunity to mate or interact with other otters. These very bright animals who love to find new ways to have fun, a new slide here, a new body of water there, will live out their lives now in a zoo. All for the entertainment of humans because that's what all the animals are here for: humans. I just love to go and watch animals in cages, it's so entertaining and educational for children to see.

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Posted by Sylvia De Rooy on 08/17/2014 at 3:11 PM

Re: “New at the Zoo

Where did these animals and birds come from?

Posted by Michael Shreeve Sr. on 08/16/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “A Home in a Redwood

My favorite tree house ever.

Posted by Ronnie Windham on 07/02/2014 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Replicants, Unite!…
--this is Nick Bostrom's take on Hans Moravic on Rene Descartes "it's just a simulation anyway!" thoughts.

Posted by barryevans on 06/19/2014 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Whispers from the Birth of the Universe

Only I can talk to the dead.

Posted by Zoltan Welvart on 06/03/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “May To-Do List

Hohokam grew big on salty desert.they grew algae insquare ponds for fertilizer.others built pyramids by producing food off algae grown on mined algae . that's why they needed ships and wars in years of atlantis, olmec, and other heathen cultures.this far north is only good for pot and dreams of pyramids here.pure neurosis.

Posted by Zoltan Welvart on 06/02/2014 at 8:18 AM

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