Nico decided to be the Universe for Halloween.
So, the night before, he and his friend Anya are painting comets and galaxies and nebulae all over an old jacket of mine.
Knock, knockto the cruel . . .
Mooo! Interrupting Cow!
Where do you find a dog with no legs?to the obscure . . .
Right where you left it.
What does the 'B' in Benoit B. Mandlebrot stand for?It's one of the things people did before the entertainment industry colonized the home, and it felt good to laugh and strain our brains. But eventually we'd exhausted our collective supply of jokes and riddles and so the Girl and Nico returned to their books. (Occasionally, I would hear them quietly harmonizing some pop song together, each of them with their nose in their book.) The rest of us talked into the night of family and politics and art and people and ideas. And I switched from ale to water and eventually to sleep.
Benoit B. Mandlebrot.
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|hen of the woods fer eatin'|
The only effective means of preventing climate breakdown is to leave fossil fuels in the ground. Press any [UK] minister on this matter in private and, in one way or another, they will concede the point. Yet no government will act on it.
. . . all governments collaborate in the disaster they publicly bemoan. They claim to accept the science and to support the [UN] intergovernmental panel. They sagely agree with the need to do something to avert the catastrophe it foresees, while promoting the industries that cause it.
It doesn’t matter how many windmills or solar panels or nuclear plants you build if you are not simultaneously retiring fossil fuel production. We need a global programme whose purpose is to leave most coal and oil and gas reserves in the ground, while developing new sources of power and reducing the amazing amount of energy we waste.