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Further Notice

I am in the process of moving, physically, as well as making myriad other adjustments, major and minor.

All of these things are good.

They have been in the works for some time, but now is achieved escape velocity.

For every silver lining, they say, there is a cloud. And the cloud here is that, for the foreseeable future, escape velocity will not permit me to post to this blog. There is neither time nor space for it. At least as time and space are currently constituted. Of course, that is one of the things I will be working on. ; )

Someday, I imagine, I may return here. But not for the nonce.

So, until such time as we again begin here the beguine, a little somethin’ that used to be around. That still is, actually. Written by Philip Whalen. Evangelized by Lew Welch.

Further Notice

I can't live in this world 
And I refuse to kill myself 
Or let you kill me 

The dill plant lives, the airplane 
My alarm clock, this ink 
I won't go away 

I shall be myself—
Free, a genius, an embarrassment 
Like the Indian, the buffalo 

Like Yellowstone National Park.


Res Ipsa Loquitur

Dr Possum: Silkhearts, Fishspeak, And The Mysteries Of Wings

(Well. Here it is. Thursday morning. The perfect time to post the weekly wisdom of Dr. Possum. Which arrived in my inbox in plenty of time, for me to post it, as every week scheduled, on Monday morning. Except I couldn’t. Post it then. On Monday morning. Because of multiple dysfunctions. Which seem to recur weekly. Oh well. Alas. As it is written. We work in the dark. We do what we can.)

New discoveries, new takes on old knowledge, and other bits of news are all available for the perusing in today’s information world. Over the fold are selections from the past week from a few of the many excellent science news sites around the world. Today’s tidbits include life goes on near hydrothermal vents even when the vent turns icy cold, worm silk as a scaffold for heart tissue, the first recordings of deep-sea fish noises, graphene can be used to distill alcohol, how wings really work, and detecting detrimental change in coral reefs. Pull up that comfy chair and grab a spot near the fireside. There is always plenty of room for everyone. Another session of Dr. Possum’s science education, entertainment, and potluck discussion is set to begin.

Hydrothermal vents deep beneath the ocean surface usually provide a very hot environment in which life proliferates.

Scientists have long known that active vents provided the heat and nutrients necessary to maintain microbes. But dormant vents – lacking a flow of hot, nutrient-rich water—were thought to be devoid of life.

Hydrothermal vents are formed on the ocean floor with the motion of tectonic plates. Where the sea floor becomes thin, the hot magma below the surface creates a fissure that spews geothermally heated water—reaching temperatures of more than 400 degrees C.

After a (geologically) brief time of actively venting into the ocean, the same sea floor spreading that brought them into being shuffles them away from the hotspot. The vents grow cold and dormant.

And new forms of life take the place in a succession of organisms.


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