Archives July 2011

New beta story: “Husbandry”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The missionaries’ suntans contrasted with the rain falling outside Angela’s porch. They wore raincoats with the same lemon color as the house’s trim, and their facial expressions reminded her of puppies begging for attention. As the woman held up a plastic-bagged copy of The Watchtower, Angela rubbed sleep out of her eyes. Maybe ...

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Getting closer to nature

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

A flowering onion stem: a single umbel atop a tall, leafless scape.

At some point while researching a story, I came across information on companion planting. One of the suggestions from that page was that plants in the Allium family, including onions, are good to plant with fruit trees, because they deter pests. So when we had a couple of onion bulbs destined for the compost bin ...

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Debt ceiling: the endgame begins

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

1:09 p.m.
President Obama warns that if the debt ceiling is not raised by August 3rd, Social Security, disability, and veterans’ checks may not go out.
2:56 p.m.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) proposes an escape hatch that would allow the President to unilaterally raise the debt limit, subject ...

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Lambda: the ultimate religion

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Puritans of the colonial era believed in Calvinist theology, which states that God chose who would be saved from eternal damnation, and if He didn’t choose you, nothing you did could change His mind about your fate. In order to join their churches, you had to convince the church elders that you were ...

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