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April 30, 2005


Quail

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April 29, 2005


Nuke Gaia!

Don't ever let anyone tell you that the editor of the Earth Island Journal is afraid to take on the leading lights of environmentalist orthodoxy!...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:38 PM

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April 28, 2005


Back

I am back, and readjusting. Abundant thanks to Paul for blogsitting. Nine chapters of the Joshua tree book drafted, and only fourteen more to go! Or thereabouts. Some of you will be getting the drafts. Lucky people, they. I...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:12 PM

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April 16, 2005


Creek Running North: the Clip Show

It would just figure that my traffic would spike just before this blog goes silent for two weeks. So I went through the last couple years of this blog to find some things I think deserve a few extra readers,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:14 AM

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Zigadenus fremontii

No one eats Zigadenus fremontii, excepting these little beetles and the occasional clueless human. It's poisonous. Livestock give it a wide berth. On the plus side, for those who choose to ignore the plant's common name "death camas," ingestion...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:49 AM

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April 14, 2005


Coming soon: Christian comment abuse from two English-speaking countries

Courtesy The Grauniad....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:41 PM

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Nuance

Here's a little piece of the history of the place I'll be staying....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:36 AM

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April 13, 2005


Reader Challenge

Tost, in comments, asks: Sorry, Mr. Clarke. In the weird depths of my mind, a rather simple statement about a search string has morphed into something far more profound. That's right, boys and girls, I'm going to bypass Chris (unless...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:53 PM

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Google search string du jour

"Short Essay about My Most Important Event In MY Life" Let that one percolate for a while. This is the kind of assignment a teacher gives that's designed to be accessible to even the least literate, laziest students in a...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:00 PM

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Mesa Refuge

Just a few more days until I head off to the Mesa Refuge to write my book on Joshua trees. That means two weeks with no work other than my book, no television nor internet, just the slow grinding of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:00 PM

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April 12, 2005


More on Randi Rhodes

and I suppose you can read that title phonetically. Half an hour talking today about John Negroponte, half an hour talking about US Central America policy in the 1980s and our horrid support of torturers, half an hour talking about...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:40 PM

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April 11, 2005


Andrea Dworkin, 1946-2005

"In blaming and shaming the oppressed, the powerless, the left colludes with the right. There's no reason to look to the left for justice, so people look to the right for order. It's pretty simple. The victory of the right...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:06 PM

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It's now official

David Horowitz is completely devoid of anything remotely resembling credibility. Or intelligence. Did he think we wouldn't find out?...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:37 PM

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Vanessa cardui

For discrete entities to exist, borders must also exist. How else to bound the entity, to determine where self diverges from other? Twilight makes the line between day and night. That band of cattails has dry land on one side,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:42 AM

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April 10, 2005


Thistle

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:51 PM

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April 09, 2005


This morning in the garden

Of all the crenellated, yonic, dark velvety purple reproductive organs I've seen all day, this is my favorite. I think it's time to take myself and my new camera out on a hike....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:22 PM

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April 08, 2005


it's not too late for Friday Miocene Gastropod Blogging!

This is a snail that's been dead for about 13 million years. I'm having a bit of trouble keying it out, and so if any of you know where I might look for more info, I'd be appreciative. (Where...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:40 PM

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"One step from that to injury," or "How soon until they start using guns?"

This time it's David Horowitz hit with a selection from the dessert cart. The "leading critic of the leftovers" was apparently unharmed. There is no word at this time as to what flavor the pie was nor whether there were...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:50 PM

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Palate cleansing after all that Malkinalia

Wash the bad taste from your mouth at Rurality. She's got some amazing photos up this week....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:38 AM

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April 07, 2005


book about a man and his ability to speak softly to Equus caballus + 1998

Will the person who's come to this blog 45 times today on the above search string please let me know if you find what you're looking for? I've become curious....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:24 PM

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This is what happens when progressives ignore what women tell them

The correct phrase is "Michelle Malkin is a fascist." Calling her derogatory names based on her gender not only misses the point, it allows her to make posts like this one in which she is absolutely right to slam the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:04 PM

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speaking of cats and doctors

My pal Ronniecat's cochlear implant has been activated. There's good news....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:23 PM

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I think this officially makes me a "D-List" blogger

I've been MSNBCed....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:26 PM

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April 06, 2005


Back from the hospital

Well, he's back. Minus two toes, that is, which have gone expensively off to the lab to determine whether there is some sort of rabbity bone-eating strep or somesuch for which he is Patient Zero. He's not in a...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:37 PM

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Professional success at last

My piece on Stephen Peter Morin is apparently, as of this moment, the 99th most popular thing to link to in all blogdom. Welcome to all you LiveJournal folks. Make yourselves comfortable. [later] Slipping down to 150 or so. Sic...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:19 AM

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April 05, 2005


Tangled Bank 25

Orac has theTangled Bank up at his Respectful Insolence. My invasives and natives post below is included, as is a whole bunch of other good stuff, which Orac has indexed in unique and entrtaining fashion. Go read!...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:16 PM

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Boring old theropod

Here are a few old photos of Zeke. This one is from almost ten years ago, in Nevada on the Tahoe shore. The last one is from a hike in the Richmond hills near a spot I wrote about...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:28 PM

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Snail sex

The Loom > " href="http://www.corante.com/loom/archives/2005/03/30/love_darts_in_the_backyard.php">Carl Zimmer wrote recently of the interesting and more or less sadomasochistic mating practices of common garden snails, which reminded me of a piece I wrote about ten years back. (This should do interesting things...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:17 PM

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April 04, 2005


Quote of the day, Lone Star content edition

From a fine rant by my brother Craig: It all reminds me of something I noticed during the short time I lived in Texas. In Texas arguing is a sport. To win a Texas argument you don't have to be...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:18 PM

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Welcome Bérubé and Metafilter [and Patrick Nielsen Hayden] readers!

Funny what a couple of friendly links will do. If you're new here, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments, positive or not. And don't worry: not all my posts are as long as the one just below this...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:08 PM

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On invasions and exotics and natives

Hungry Hyaena draws attention to a post by Swarthmore history professor Timothy Burke on the issue of invasive species and our attitudes toward them. Though Burke's post is about six months old, it contains some statements that I think bear...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:09 PM

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April 03, 2005


Coming in out of it

This is Delphinium decorum, the coastal blue larkspur. A swath of them bloomed along a seepy slope on our hike today, along with poppies and fiddlenecks, buttercups and lupines and a white papaveraceous plant whose name I'm forgetting (Anyone?...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:00 PM

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Unlucky rabbit foot

Thistle almost got out of his annual vet exam yesterday with the cleanest bill of health of any member of this household, until we asked the vet about the strange dead skin on one of his toes. It looked...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:45 AM

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April 01, 2005


The front yard

I spent much of the day today pulling weeds in the backyard. (This was interesting as the Claritin has not quite kicked in yet.) I remembered a request from Dave Roycroft for a photo showing the whole garden right...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:20 PM

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How disingenuous can the wingnut right get?

Pat Buchanan gets assaulted with some salad dressing by an alleged leftist, a few days after William Kristol gets hit in the face with a pie, and the rightwing punditariat is clucking "How soon until they start using guns?" ("Which,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:11 PM

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There's a thin wafer of Catholicism left in me, I guess

Because I feel strangely compelled to comment on the death today of Karol Wojtyla. (Which may or may not have happened when I wrote this. The Vatican is denying it right now, something I anticipated in a macabre April Fool's...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:31 AM

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A note for my RSS file readers

I've changed the address for my feed. The one you're using will still work - obviously, or you wouldn't be reading this - but the new one is better, and Atom-compatible, and will let me podcast if I ever want...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:15 AM

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The Infernal Book Meme

You know, I was sure that if I kept my head down this meme would pass me by. But wouldn't you know it. Not only do I get tapped for the thing long after all the best comments on this...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:46 AM

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