Rotten Tomatoes

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I’ve been catching up on my Science Friday podcasts, and I heard an interview with Barry Estabrook, author of the recently-published Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. He tell a story of when he was following a tomato truck in rural Florida in the winter, and a tomato fell of the truck, almost cracked his windshield, and still stayed as hard as a baseball.

I really want to read the book but I’m a little scared.

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The weather outside is frightful… How Christmas music stations ruined Christmas music

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(This post may seem a little belated, but pretend we are still following the Julian calendar and that Christmas comes on January 6th.)

Do you know how some radio stations switch over to an all-Christmas music format, sometimes as earlier as Nov. 1? There are two radio stations in my city that do so, although one actually let listener vote on its website, and their switch was mercifully delayed til mid-November. I’m not sure how long this phenomenon has been going on, but I know people have been complaining about it for years. The gist of the objections is that it cheapens and commercializes Christmas even more than it already has been. Well, on Christmas Eve–“new Christmas Eve”, that is, Dec. 24th–a different and more compelling reason why this is bad occurred to me.

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Daylight Saving Time, why bother?

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Some people put all their energy into having a Tea Party. Some people get so mad they want to Occupy something. Me? I want Daylight Saving Time (DST) to go away and never return.

Why do I get so worked up over something that seems so trivial?

Well, it’s partly a matter of my political disposition. In my longer-than-I’d-like-to-admit life, I’ve actually supported some conservative candidates and some liberal candidates. I like to say that I’m “the most liberal conservative” and “the most conservative liberal” that I know. (Someone may protest that there is already a shorthand word for that–moderate–but that’s not quite the same thing. Some of my best friends are moderates, but… no… I just can’t go there.) My overriding political belief, however, is my love of my country, not in a “love-it-or-leave-it” kind of way, but in being proud to be an American and wanting to make US the best that it can be.

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Come over to the dark side…

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Why the trite references to The Empire Strikes Back? Because I resisted using WordPress for so long, it seemed… strangely appropriate.

After having tried several different pieces of software to make websites easier, both at work and at home, I decided it was time to see why WordPress has so many users. I know Internet Explorer has a lot of users, too, but then again, WordPress doesn’t come pre-installed on anybody’s computer, now does it?

So far, so good. I probably stretched the install out longer than it had to be. It still only took about 10 minutes. (Yeah, I am the geeky type who agonizes about whether to make his own password salts.)

That’s a picture of me below. It was drawn by a co-worker at a previous job. Not realistic at all–I don’t look that good in real life. Maybe one day I’ll figure out how to wrap text around images in posts.

Stay tuned for more interesting posts:  Halloween, the treehouse in Winter, the Panthers’ mid-season comeback. And more.

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