HumBug: Winter Insects

(February 16, 2020) Walking along the road, I saw my first two milkmaids (Cardamine californica), the daffodil bulbs my friend gave me last fall, are starting to put up leaves and the pussy...

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A Question of Longitude

Part 2 of 2

(February 13, 2020) Last week, we saw how, starting in the late 1600s, astronomers published almanacs of predictable celestial events, in particular the eclipses of Jupiter's four bright ("Galilean") moons, allowing travelers anywhere...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Feb. 13, 2020

(February 13, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Now that she's in her late 40s, Aries comedian and actress Tig Notaro is wiser about love. Her increased capacity for romantic happiness has developed in...

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A Question of Longitude

(Part 1 of 2)

(February 6, 2020) For 2,000 years, since the time of Greek geographer Claudius Ptolemy, we have defined our position on Earth by two numbers. Latitude tells you how far you are from the...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Feb. 6, 2020

(February 6, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): You now have the power to make connections that have not previously been possible. You can tap into an enhanced capacity to forge new alliances and...

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HumBug: Worms, Ticks and Hand Sanitizer

(February 2, 2020) During the damp months of the year, dozens of robins at a time visit my yard. They hop about, stopping, tilting their heads, then driving their beaks into the ground,...

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Wiener Dog of the Sea

Aka harbor porpoises

(January 30, 2020) Once while wading in a little cove during a beautiful sunrise, I noticed a harbor porpoise swimming surprisingly close to me. And she had a tiny baby porpoise at...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Jan. 30, 2020

(January 30, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): My favorite ancient Greek philosopher was the rascal Diogenes. As a joke, he carried around a lantern during the daytime, proclaiming, "I am just looking for...

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HumBug: Three for a Rainy Day

(January 26, 2020) With rainy cold days suppressing entomological activity it put my assertion that there's always, ALWAYS something interesting to find outdoors to the test. So, camera in hand, I went looking....

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Dark Energy: Blunder or Boondoggle?

(January 23, 2020) Albert Einstein told physicist George Gamow that the greatest blunder of his life was his introduction of a "cosmological constant" designated by Λ, the Greek letter lambda. In his 1915...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Jan. 23, 2020

(January 23, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) declared that English writer Lord Byron (1788–1824) was the greatest genius of the 19th century. Here's an interesting coincidence:...

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HumBug: The Current Mass Extinction

(January 19, 2020) There have been five major mass extinction events in the fossil record. Some folks claim the human race is causing the sixth right now. Dumping massive amounts of greenhouse gasses, saturating...

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Joyful Moving

(January 16, 2020) Every year, between the end of December and early January, I read a fair number of articles focused on health and wellness. My favorite this season was: "How to...

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Vacancy at Fourth and E Streets, Eureka

(January 16, 2020) For years, driving by, I would see her lonely figure sitting on the bench. I never stopped but in time I grew used to her presence there, looking to...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Jan. 16, 2020

(January 16, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): Comedian John Cleese has an insight I hope you'll consider. He says, "It's easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do...

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HumBug: Even Parasites have Nightmares

(January 12, 2020) Some experts assert that the most common lifestyle in nature is that of parasitism. (Read Rachel Nuwer's interview with ecologist Kevin Lafferty "Parasitism is the Most Popular Lifestyle on Earth" for...

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Does My BMI Make Me Look Fat?

(January 9, 2020) OMG! My BMI (body mass index) just jumped from under 24, where it's been for years, to more than 24. It's only a matter of time before it tops 25,...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Jan. 9, 2020

(January 9, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): When comedian John Cleese was 61, his mother died. She was 101. Cleese testifies, "Just towards the end, as she began to run out of energy,...

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Best of the Bugs

(January 2, 2020) After almost five years doing a weekly blog it had to happen. With rainy, cold weather and the fact that over the last several years I've already written about most...

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Free Will Astrology

Week of Jan. 2, 2020

(January 2, 2020) ARIES (March 21-April 19): "We are all hostages of the joy of which we deprive ourselves," wrote poet Odysseus Elytis. Isn't that an astounding idea? That we refuse to allow...

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HumBug: Winter Insects

(February 16, 2020) Walking along the road, I saw my first two milkmaids (Cardamine californica), the daffodil bulbs my friend gave me last fall, are starting to put up leaves and the pussy...

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NCJ Preview with Access Humboldt

(February 13, 2020) This week: We've got answers from candidates in the Humboldt County Supervisors races for the First and Second districts covering the economy, climate crisis, homelessness and infrastructure and road maintenance....

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North Coast Night Lights: Portrait of 'Himslef,' the Mysterious Stranger

(February 8, 2020) You know that not everything you believe can be true, and not everything that’s true can be believed. And whether or not something written is true may well depend on...

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