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What you get when geeks are really into the typing experience.

LOL yes, Dvorak would bang these boys like a screen door in a hurricane.

Lawn Craze

May. 26th, 2017 01:34 pm
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Here's a comic about the lawn craze.  Some further thoughts ...

It goes a lot farther back than postwar suburbs.  Lawns started as a status symbol among European aristocracy.

Advice to stop watering, fertilizing, mowing, etc. or to replace lawns with something else is great -- if it's legal.  In many areas it is not, and people are fined or even evicted for being unwilling or unable to keep their lawn in a manner pleasing to others. Such laws are bad for disability and bad for the environment, but those are things fewer people care about than power. Check the local level of tyranny before trying to solve lawn-related problems.
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[personal profile] tinhuviel is moving, but has almost nothing to settle into a new home.  :/  There is a WalMart registry and a GoFundMe page for donations.  If you liked Shiv's housewarming basket, here's your chance to do something similar.
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Here's a cartoon about confirmation bias.  While it technically fits the definition, it's not about belief, but rather about greed -- or possibly survival.  In any case it's an example of how many things which are currently claimed as science are not actually science.  But when you call them that, people mistrust science, instead of mistrusting greed.
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 ... a person of many names, fluid gender, and great escapades.  :D
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 Superheras for Mother's Day.  I think the first Wonder Woman cake is my favorite.
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This essay looks at meaning without work.  Really the problem is not a shortage of work.  There's a ton of stuff that needs doing, there always will be, and people need stuff to do.  The problem is one of distribution: how to pay people for what needs doing.  So much of the money is stuck in a few hands, who don't want to pay for work.  If you want meaning, form relationships, make stuff, have adventures, choose hobbies, save the world.  This often has little if anything to do with making a living, though some of us are lucky enough to find both together.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Catastrophe and Confusion."  It belongs to her original series Voices of the Engines and features some fascinating gender and ethnic dynamics.
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[personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart tipped me to this video of karate in a Victorian dress.  Among the interesting points: skirts and corsets can cause problems, but apparently the sleeves are worse.
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There's a lovely little e-newsletter with links to new articles about gardening for wildlife

"Growing a Better Birdfeeder" discusses the importance of using native species of caterpillar host plants, not just to benefit the insects, but also to attract more birds.  Someone is building a database to list plants by the number of caterpillars they host. This is a level of sophistication that not even I had thought of, which doesn't happen much anymore, so I am really geeking out about it.  :D  I waaaaaant that list.  I looooove not having to make the damn thing myself.  And they're building to run on your zipcode so the plants will automatically be local-to-you.

EDIT 5/3/17: [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron found the image-hidden link to the plant database.  \o/  You can look up plants to see what butterflies and moths they host, or look up insects to see their host plants.

Be a Butterfly Hero!  Because butterflies need saving too.  And these ones don't sting.  ;)

"Weedy to Wonderful" has ideas for making a wildlife garden look nicer.  Yes, we bought a sign for exactly the reason listed.  Also my favorite tip is to put your caterpillar host plants in a less-visible spot if people will be annoyed rather than excited by holes in the leaves.  Me, I see chewed plants and think, "Aww baby butterflies!"  But then I am weird.  When planting herbs beloved of the winged peoples, I plant extra parsley or dill for them and just move the caterpillars there.

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