James and the Giant Corn Genetics: Studying the Source Code of Nature

October 25, 2009

Bananas: The Original Not-From-Here Fruit

Filed under: agriculture,Crop Profiles,food,Plants — Tags: , , — James @ 6:03 pm
A banana storage room in Salt Lake City in 1913.

A banana storage room in Salt Lake City in 1913.

As early as 1905 the United States was importing 33 million bunches of bananas a year. Bunches averaged more than 100 individual bananas. Billions of bananas were being consumed in America before the Ford Model-T car was first produced. (more…)

October 11, 2009

Snow on Corn

Filed under: Link Posts — Tags: , , , — James @ 3:41 am

Speaking of strange weather: Check out the first photo of the latest post on Plants are the Strangest People. I’m not used to seeing corn getting snowed on until the plants have already turned brown. But that’s exactly what happened in Iowa.

This will be my second winter without snow (except visits to see family in the rest of the country). It feels very unnatural. Hope I still remember how to drive in it (and shovel it) once I leave Berkeley.

Note that it’s 3:40 AM in the west coast. My weekend of decompression and vegetation is going well.

October 10, 2009

Really Strange Looking Clouds

Filed under: Link Posts — Tags: , , — James @ 11:25 pm

It looks like something photoshopped but apparently not, a whole new class of clouds created by ripples between different layers of air in the sky. Like the the dust storm in sydney, real weather can be strange enough to look like something out of a movie with modern CGI.

One question I have from the write up:

In hill country from Iowa to the Scottish Highlands…

Where is this Iowan hill country?

May 6, 2008

The Iowan Wedding

Filed under: Recreational Travel — Tags: , — James @ 5:32 pm

I landed in Des Moines at 2 pm on Friday, got to my parents’ house and turned on my cell phone at 3:30 and was occupied with my best-manly duties pretty much constantly from then until late saturday night. Not having been to a wedding since my uncle’s a decade ago I don’t have a lot of benchmarks to go on, but it seems to have gone off relatively smoothly. (Though I’ve confirmed my low opinion of the average professional photographer.) I didn’t have my camera with me, but got a couple of pictures on my cell phone, and at least one more forwarded to me by my ex-girlfriend.

The happy couple, exhausted after the day’s ceremony:
Bride and Groom
The loyal groomsmen:
Your Loyal PhotographerWilliam
Finally, the reason dollar dances are starting to go out of style at weddings (though I’m to blame for this particular one):
Matthew and Ben
I hope the happy couple is having a great time on their honeymoon in Florida.

January 15, 2008

Creative Free Stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — James @ 4:42 pm

I’m still at my parents, and my dad just got home from back to back conferences in San Diego and New Orleans. He brought back a number of free give aways although my favorite for creativity is a shot-glass attached to a lanyard. I guess if you wore it at parties you wouldn’t have to worry about losing it when you’re falling down drunk?Anyway, tomorrow I’ll be making sure all the electronics my parents have added are in good shape (hopefully the last network adaptor will arrive tomorrow), and taking care of my car, then on Thursday it’s off to St. Paul for the weekend before heading back to class.

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