Monthly Archives: February 2006

just to be tedious

(From Chris) So I’m still having random blog issues, but it seems like none of the other authors are. I created a new user in order to test that theory. Hopefully it’s some adminitrative wackiness thing and not Global Spin turning against me.

Go Team Wales – Day Fifteen

You know those mini tornadoes that you would get in the middle of the street or on the blacktop, in that place where no bushes grew but where the chip bags and twinkie wrappers lay scattered, and the fall wind would come out of nowhere, it seemed, and there would be this inverted cone of dust, leaves, and lightweight trash that rose into the sky and danced, no, moseyed across the playground or down the street and you would just watch and watch, because it was like a magic trick and the blessing of a miracle that was visible from your second-floor fifth-grade classroom was too wonderful not to stare at?
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Dogs Drafted in Pest War

Welcome to the Vine Mealybug Sniffer Dog Project. Faced with the use of hard core pesticides* to get rid of this nasty new pest, the Vine Mealybug Workgroup started looking into other options, as you can read here. The idea is quicker detection, quicker eradication and less use of chemicals. I love being on the cutting edge.

*Pesticides such as organophosphates and carbamates — such icky stuff, most growers don’t use it anymore. They are both cholinesterase inhibitors. If you don’t know what that is, you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you that it’s bad. Unless you have Alzheimer’s apparently.

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This is a test. I’m having some difficulties with the blog software. Please stand by.

UPDATE: Looks like the problem was resolved. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging.