Bead currency in CA 2,000 years ago
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A recent study by UCSB professor Lynn Gamble indicates that native americans (first citizens) were using bead currency as long as 2,000 years ago, and maybe longer. Summary quote: “Gamble’s research not only resets the origins of money in the … Read More

ELAW publishes Plastic legal resource
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The wonderful folks have put together a new Plastic resource center like they did earlier on coal. This is just fabulous and I’m anxious to see how it grows / matures as we, the global community, take a more serious … Read More

Plastic from Ganges River into Bay of Bengal
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This research summary from University of Plymouth gives a pretty good picture of the sheer volume of plastic flowing into the Bay of Bengal. Quote below (my bold): The study represents the first investigation of microplastic abundance, characteristics and seasonal … Read More

Tony Rice Day
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If you’ve never listened to Tony Rice … it’s time. You have choices – bluegrass, jazz, folk or dawg. I don’t care which but you’ll be surprised regardless. Bryan Sutton, another very fine player, put together a tribute if interested. … Read More

Geese & a woodpecker
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Walking along the bike trail around the mill race … which in places looks like this (sadly) These geese were sitting on top of a very tall cut tree looking, looking majestic (at least for geese) A lonely woodpecker was … Read More

Reuse! – Wind turbine blades in Ireland
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Sometimes something really cool crosses the feeds and it’s one of those ‘V-8 should’ve thought of that’ moments. In an article in Grist this am, they highlighted an effort in Ireland to repurpose old turbine blades for construction projects. There … Read More

Walking around town – early Jan 21
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Eugene is just one of those places you do not want to leave Other folks left their nests behind, but will be coming back soon (Great Blue Heron) This below is one of three osprey nests around Autzen Stadium. Unclear … Read More