Groom of Doom

Groom of Doom

And fighting the urge to cling

(August 14, 2014) Hey McGuinty! I am freaking out! In three weeks I'm getting married and not even the honeymoon sounds good at this point. My lady and I have been together for...

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New at the Zoo

Otters, salmon and eagles, oh my!

(August 14, 2014) Over the years, I have written about rooting around for mushrooms, long walks around the bay or along the coast, cycling the Avenue of the Giants, tidepooling, ziplining and wrestling...

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The Mapmaker's Dilemma

(August 7, 2014) If you're over 50, chances are the obligatory world maps hanging in your classrooms were based on the Mercator projection. You probably remember it: Greenland, which is 14 times smaller...

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August Gardening To-Do List

(August 7, 2014) Welcome to August! At the moment, you're probably still naively excited about every zucchini you harvest, but by the end of the month, don't be surprised if friends start playing...

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Pretty Fly

Kiteboarding at Clam Beach

(July 24, 2014) You may have noticed those giant kites in the sky above Clam Beach and wondered what's going on out there. It's kiteboarding, also known as kitesurfing. It's similar to wakeboarding...

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Soft Drinks, Obesity and Scientific Neutrality

(July 24, 2014) Some connections are just so obvious we hardly give them a second thought: drinking and driving, crack and bad teeth, smoking and lung cancer. And — this week's topic —...

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Quest for the Mother Tongue: Part 2

(July 10, 2014) Last week, we considered the possibility of reconstructing Proto-World, the mother tongue from which all of the world's languages, living and dead, are derived. Although a handful of maverick researchers...

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Quest for the Mother Tongue: Part 1

(July 3, 2014) According to most linguists, all languages trace their roots to a single mother tongue, dubbed "Proto-World," "Proto-Sapiens" or the "Ur" language. Invented more than 100,000 years ago, before humans left...

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July To-Dos

(July 3, 2014) With temperatures rising and both vegetable gardens and landscaped areas hitting their stride, there's a lot to be done in the garden and it's easy to fall behind. Not only...

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Replicants, Unite!

(June 19, 2014) Two reality-bending episodes of Star Trek: the Next Generation are standouts for me. In the final scene of "Ship in a Bottle," a glowing cube not much larger than a...

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Bay Walk

A locadventure at 2 miles per hour

(June 19, 2014) My feet felt like tenderized beef and there was still a layer of sweat salt on my forehead. I had several new rips in my hiking pants and ritual scarification...

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Chesbro Explains Lonely 'No' Vote

(August 14, 2014) North Coast Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro was one of only two California lawmakers to vote against putting a $7.5 billion water bond before state voters in November that is being hailed...

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Around Humboldt County

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A Boost for the Bay Trail?

(August 12, 2014) The Humboldt Bay Trail seems poised to take a great leap forward this month. California Transportation Commission staff is recommending approval of a $3.1 million grant application from the city...

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