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Month: June, 2011

Black Walnut Trees

by Robinson

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More help on gardening with Black Walnuts.

Teach.Genetics™

by Robinson

Check out this website I found at teach.genetics.utah.edu

Invasive Plants

by Robinson

I have lately been seduced by two invasive species. Butterfly Bush and Hardy Kiwi. I’ve purchased one plant of each and now I am wondering if I should just let them die in their pots.

Hard to be this pretty

by Scott Smith

Salman Rushdie says TV drama series have taken the place of novels | Books | The Observer

by Scott Smith

Showtime has announced that the hour-long drama will deal with the fast pace of change in modern life, covering the areas of politics, religion, science, technology and sexuality. “It’s a sort of paranoid science-fiction series, people disappearing and being replaced by other people,” said Rushdie, 63, best known for Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses. “It’s not exactly sci-fi, in that there is not an awful lot of science behind it, but there are certainly elements which are not naturalistic,” he said in the interview, which will appear in full in the Observer later this month.

Goodbye Old Black Hen

by Scott Smith

The raccoon struck again and killed the Old Black Hen.

‘True Blood,’ ‘Weeds,’ ‘Rescue Me,’ and ‘Entourage’: Find out what’s next in the Spoiler Room | Inside TV | EW.com

by Scott Smith

When Weeds returns for its 7th season on June 27, there will be much for us to catch up on in the world of Nancy Botwin, who at the end of last season turned herself into police. So what’s waiting for her on the other side of the fence? A halfway house, for one. And also her family, which had been holding up in Copenhagen and went through some changes of their own, according to creator Jenji Kohan. Silas got into modeling, Shane kept busy doing puppet theater, Doug joined them overseas, and Andy “had a nice little thing going” with a woman. But, Kohan says, despite their new lives, Nancy’s release causes them to “quickly mobilize” and return.

Tracy Morgan Is Criticized for Standup Show Seen as Anti-Gay – NYTimes.com

by Scott Smith

Tina Fey, the star and executive producer of “30 Rock,” said in a statement: “I’m glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments. Stand-up comics may have the right to ‘work out’ their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy’s rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community. It also doesn’t line up with the Tracy Morgan I know, who is not a hateful man and is generally much too sleepy and self-centered to ever hurt another person.

RIP White Hen

by Scott Smith

We’re down to five hens. Poor White Hen was attacked last night.

How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code – Technology – The Atlantic

by Scott Smith

I wanted in. So I did what you might expect an over-enthusiastic suburban nitwit to do, and asked my mom to drive me to the mall to buy Ivor Horton’s 1,181-page, 4.6-pound Beginning Visual C++ 6. I imagined myself working montage-like through the book, smoothly accruing expertise one chapter at a time.

What happened instead is that I burned out after a week. The text itself was dense and unsmiling; the exercises were difficult. It was quite possibly the least fun I’ve ever had with a book, or, for that matter, with anything at all. I dropped it as quickly as I had picked it up.