19 July 2013

hazing the Poulder

^^the haze in the Poulder this week is blamed on a combination of 
local smog and smoke drifting in from the Ellison Provincial Park forest fire. 
This view is looking roughly north east, approaching the dike that separates
 the farming region from the wildlife sanctuary. Sturgeon slough  is just on the other side of the dike.
^^Sturgeon slough runs along the dike. Blueberry and cranberry fields dominate south of the dike.
^^ water levels at the Poulder fluctuate a meter or so through the seasons, controlled 
by pumping stations.  Most of this was submerged in April.
^^looking north east
^^agriculture pest test
^^quarry activity, looking roughly west
^^looking south west over the blueberry crop

16 July 2013

random science 21: Jack Andraka

 source: Wikipedia: Jack is openly gay teenager who developed a new, rapid, and inexpensive method to detect the presence of pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer during early stages... When asked about his willingness to be interviewed and his sexual orientation, Jack responded "That sounds awesome! I’m openly gay and one of my biggest hopes is that I can help inspire other LGBT youth to get involved in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics]. I didn’t have many [gay] role models [in science] besides Alan Turing."

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14 July 2013

random sounds 58: Autoheart

from Autoheart: We are lucky in Britain to have laws that mean whether we are gay, straight, bisexual or anything in between, our relationships are recognised and our rights protected by law. But in Russia there is an anti-gay crisis happening right now: their government does not want to afford their people those same rights and are trying to criminalise even the discussion of gay equality.

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9 July 2013

random flower post

 ^^creeping broom,   variety 'vancouver gold'
^^lewisia cultivar
^^Cleistocactus species, possibly C. hyalacanthus
^^snake's head lilies aka checker lilies, Fritillaria meleagris
^^periwinkle, Vinca minor
 ^^english laurel, Prunus laurocerasus
 ^^trillium species, probably Trillium ovatum
^^iris cultivar
 ^^Flowering tobacco, (Nicotiana alata) and  pink morning glory (Ipomoea sp.)

3 July 2013

gender, orientation and intersex: Eden Atwood

Dr. Lindsey Doe interviews jazz singer, actress and social activist Eden Atwood about the gender spectrum. Before watching it, though, check out Hank Green's primer on human gender and sexuality:

The Interface Project
Eden Atwood's Wiki bio and Facebook page

I'll Cose My Eyes, Eden Atwood with David Morgenroth and Friends at the TUC Club in Tokyo, December 2009