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Barry Evans 

Barry Evans lives in Old Town Eureka with his girlfriend (and wife) Louisa Rogers, several kayaks and bikes, and a stuffed gorilla named “Nameless.” A recovering civil engineer, he is the author of two McGraw-Hill popular science books and has taught science and history. His Field Notes anthologies are available... more

Recent Posts

  • A Magical Elk Moment on the Beach

    • Jul 29, 2013
  • Dia de la Virgen
  • Dia de la Virgen

    • Dec 12, 2012
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    Recent Articles

  • The Great Bike Helmet Debate
  • The Great Bike Helmet Debate

    • May 14, 2015
  • Dodgy Diets
  • Dodgy Diets

    • Apr 30, 2015
  • Elevator to Space
  • Elevator to Space

    • Apr 16, 2015
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    Recent Comments

    Re: “Dodgy Diets

    @runforfun--well, yeah, sort of: you have to run 35 miles to lose a pound (very roughly--100 calories/running mile, 3500 calories/lb. weight). The problem is that few obese people are up to running one mile, let alone 35 miles.
    OTOH, I do believe fast walking/jogging/running is the best for maintaining a decent weight, not so much for losing in the first place.

    Posted by barryevans on 05/10/2015 at 12:28 PM

    Re: “Elevator to Space

    Oops. Carbon: atomic no. = 6; standard atomic weight = 12.011. Most common isotope, carbon 12, has 6 protons + 6 neutrons. Best thing is 4 of its 6 electrons are available to form covalent bonds. (Thanks, Don!)

    Posted by barryevans on 04/16/2015 at 6:47 PM

    Re: “Nerfing the World

    I don't know how old Ryan is, but assuming he isn't an octogenarian or nonagenarian now, one day he probably will be...shuffling across 4th or 5th, appreciating the countdown timers that he now scoffs at.

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    Posted by barryevans on 04/02/2015 at 4:30 PM

    Re: “Wing and a Prayer

    Plan B: Comfortable buses (like the Mexican long-distance first-class ones) linking Humboldt to the regular Santa Rosa shuttle service to SFO?

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    Posted by barryevans on 03/26/2015 at 11:44 AM

    Re: “Laws are Made to be Broken

    Thanks Charles. The First Law (not "Law"!) takes losses into account. The human digestive tract is super-efficient--at least 95%--in wringing available energy from food, which is why human shit doesn't make for useful fertilizer. When turds float, it's either due to excess fat or sulfur dioxide gas (not O2), which is why farts smell like rotten eggs.

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    Posted by barryevans on 02/27/2015 at 5:43 AM

    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

    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

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