Just played again with a random poetry generator. Made it for ferns. Made my moment.
First try is not bad:
Horticulture bugs with actual fossile record.
Shall not a taxonomist radiate with Carboniferous phenotypes?
Direct sunlight is used as the ferns of plenty of families,
But the study of ferns ponders many taxa.
The fern radiation allows for the sister species’ spores.
or even this second one:
The Study Of Ferns’ Fossile Record
Direct sunlight has the fern radiation’s importance,
But It reduces the wind’s phenotype.
Wet conditions begins with actual garden.
Classification disperses the food of Fern’s spores.
The sister species is called growing period.
Ah, but a taxonomist ponders cheap taxa!
Well, you may have noticed, but several new post categories are popping up in here lately. I’m discovering the full potential of scheduling, and new ways to share stuff and enjoy, that is, making Seeds Aside living while still being busy otherwise. That’s good, because an even newer sort of life is to be expected soon (oh, this is deeply secret RL stuff, but if I tell you it’ll certainly decrease if not deplete some more free time like before, you’d easily guess what’s happening).
So, whenever this is going to have me cut off some the creepy stuff from SA, what would it be? The best I can do is directly ask the few readers (and spambots) stuck in here what they like to read best. So here’s my housekeeping poll, where you can vote (up to 4 answers accepted) for your prefered kind of stuff, and whenever I lack time next I’ll skip the least of the likes… Pleaz getz pollz!
I disappeared from blogosphere rather shortly, say during 2 or 3 years. I stopped blogging and almost lurking altogether. That’s the way life is. When I left (with intent to come back later), the sciencey and sceptical blogosphere was rather easily mapped out. You would know a few places to get a fix of science, culture, and its intersection with cultural wars (even if these wars are not really yours). When I came back, I knew things had changed, communities had organised differently, and I should take the time for a new map. Not necessarily with ease.
There’s one thing that for sure boggled my mind, and I had a really hard time understanding what it was, because I had missed opportunities to learn about the huge mess. And this had to be huge, because it clearly changed spheres of interactions. It was really tangible that what was once a somewhat friendly place was on fire. I eventually came to understand whats & abouts. (more…)
I fear that’s just about some wrap up thoughts, hopefully engaging what’s wrong with botany, given it’s a rather nice science.
Botany is probably accepted as, or broadly defined as plant sciences. Wikipedia seems to think that. My PhD advisor did too. I think I disagree, and I’m probably wrong, but there’s nothing bad in being wrong. That’s just fair game. Rather, and maybe because this is deeply enrooted in childhood misconceptions (and childhood doesn’t necessarily mean childish –my kids say that!), I tend to define botany as the probable antic way: the science of plant systematics. (more…)
Before digging into this month’s plants posts, we are happy to learn the come back of I & the bird, the very nice birding carnival interrupted not that long fortunately. Go have a quick look and share the good news!
Evolution may favour different approaches to solve biological problems. Trees evolved two kinds. Once you coopt a solution, you’d better stick to some coordination among organs (stems and leaves for e.g.).
Well, without trying to find excuses, it’s both because I’m still struggling finding out a compatible blog life. Evenings used to concentrate most of my previous blog life but stuff happened, even if some time ago. And growing stuff will now heartedly disagree having to share his dad with E-entities on evenings. Not to speak of competing prior stuff. Plus dad should work during the day already, and that’s not so school!
I certainly have some time between day-work and night-family, and this will certainly happen soon. Yet I’m at a transition, academically speaking, between post-doc and even more academic liability, and this is new to me. Really new. Maybe I shall rant more about academic life next. Would it?
I have much less time to devote to litterature at large: I really have to concentrate on getting as fast as I can the basics of a field completely new to me. Maybe I should see opportunity in this, and forget about plant life but stick into plant diseases. Would you mind? Or navigate through my own grainsandy additions to knowledge and write about easy stuff that I happened to work on? (Easy in the way that I know it already).
Last, I will certainly, because of commodity, turn more into nature-based blogging. Well, I thought that first, but I’m now leaving in a place where nature is strange and does only loosely relate to nature as I knew it. Most importantly, I don’t know all these species, but a few. Is it that of an issue or opportunity?
What do you think a new Seeds Aside should look like? What do you suggest? Please take time to comment upon and discuss it with me. It’s a blogging coffee break. Don’t worry if I take some time answering, next week I’m over there. Dunno if I’ll be connected…