“You’re a parasite!”

A frequently used example for mutualism is the aphid/ant pairing, whereby ants protect aphids, which in turn are “milked” for their sweet… Juice? Milk? Ooze? (Excrement, actually.) Another symbiotic relationship are leafcutter ants ‘farming’ a fungus that feeds off their leaves, which are toxic to the ants when ‘raw.’ By definition mutualism/symbiosis benefit both parties. […]

Using a Language as an Evil Shade

An article’s title in the NYT’s Science section proclaims: “[the] Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of ‘Robo Sapiens’.” It’s one thing for the head of a company trying to create truck-loading robots to say  that “…A new species, Robo sapiens, are emerging.” He’s not supposed to be a biologist (and any decent one would regurgitate […]


I do more than write, but don’t have my other site up and ready to sell ceramic artwork. Note to self: create the marketing and sales collateral before telling people about your wares.

Fractal Lists of Things to Do

I’m drowning under the increasing lists of things to do. To-do items are fractal: each produces subordinate or successor objects, each demanding its time slot, its focus, its ramp-up and ramp-down resources and time. Apparently it’s good for the writing soul, since I’ve started writing poetry after more than an eight-month hiatus. (Okay, there’s no […]

Shlomi Down

Took some time off Friday to have strangers plumb my innards. Bottom line: I’ve got nice innards. (I could have told ’em that.) I also decided to heed my body: even after an only 15 minute procedure early Friday morning, my body is still clamoring for attention. Slept more since then than I did the […]

Facebook Down

As of this writing Facebook is unreachable from my computer. Everything else (including this, obviously) is present and accounted for. It must take a lot to clobber Facebook, even in a limited geographic area. I depend on it to connect with other authors and poets — it’s a weird, early bump in my normal routine. […]


Here are those Top 10 Facebook Pages details: // // Load the Visualization API and the piechart package. google.load(‘visualization’, ‘1.0’, {‘packages’:[‘corechart’]}); // Set a callback to run when the Google Visualization API is loaded. google.setOnLoadCallback(drawChart); // Callback that creates and populates a data table, // instantiates the pie chart, passes in the data and // […]