Thursday, March 31, 2011

Two New Kinds of Flowers

These were taken March 28.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

Daily Flower Post

According to the lovely wife, these are "iris".

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Flowers, They Keep Rolling

The blog could be like this for some weeks. Get your peanuts.

Friday, March 18, 2011

If You Are Interested in Facts, Not Fear, About the Japanese Nuclear Incident

What is going on with the Japanese nuclear reactor is certainly bad news, but it is by no means a major catastrophe. Loss of life and damage caused by the actual earthquake and tsunami is far, far, far greater even under a worst-case scenario (and the most likely scenario is essentially zero effect on Japanese people and minimal effect on even the workers themselves).

It is very distressing to me that Americans so fear-oriented about nuclear matters. The greatest risk of this incident to humans and the environment has nothing to do with the nuclear incident itself but rather the higher use of coal, petroleum, and other dirty energy sources that nuclear power could otherwise displace. For example, coal electrical generation kills thousands of people per year via pollution, and the economic cost is estimated at $500 billion dollars [source].

(The situation w.r.t. terrorism is very similar -- e.g., the TSA has unquestionably caused a net loss of life because they make people more likely to drive, which is riskier than flying, and their procedures do little to actually protect us from terrorism.)

Anyway, if you're interested in facts, not fear, about the nuclear incident (which I hope you are), here are a couple of sources which I am finding extremely helpful and easy to understand. They both have RSS feeds.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Flowers on March 8!!!

I discovered the following blooms on the way to work this morning. No, they are not plastic. My lovely wife informs me they are "crocus".

Flowers on March 8!? Maybe Boston isn't so bad after all.