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author, translator, graphic designer
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Another image using the photo-to-line art technique I described in a previous post.

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My review of Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the New Millennium, on first publication, 30 years ago.

A friend and I were talking. One of my favorites is Italo Calvino, she said. Oh, yes!… I used to review some of his books for the San Francisco Chronicle. Which ones? My favorite was Six Memos for the New Millennium. I love that one! Can you send it to…

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Old-school gardeners like me often brewed up a sort of compost tea by dumping a heap of whatever compost they had in a bucket of water and then sloshing it about where it seemed it might be needed. These days, commercial compost teas are made with…

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  The predominant focus in the neurobiological study of memory has been on remembering (persistence). However, recent studies have considered the neurobiology of forgetting (transience). Here we draw parallels between neurobiological and computational…

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Photo to Line Art Technique

Recently I’ve been experimenting with a technique for converting photos to line art, which can then be colorized. (I don’t claim this technique is original to me, but I’ve been refining it for my own purposes.) The essence of the technique is the…

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Intro to mints: Mojito mint, Vietnamese mint, Peppermint, Spearmint

I like growing mint. For one thing, it’s easy. For another, many varieties are available, some of which you would otherwise be hard pressed to find. Here we see Vietnamese mint, Spearmint, Mojito mint, and Peppermint. These are all different species in…

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At the Oxymoron Museum

Our Membership department is pleased to announce another reciprocal museum benefit for our members. All members will now receive admission to the Oxymoron Museum. This museum is brilliantly curated by its director, John Atkinson, who has organized its…

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Flat planting (mostly) Asian greens.

I’ve started a batch of fall crop seeds. I’ll be growing these in a small greenhouse. I’ve abandoned, at least for now, the plug system I was trying out last winter. The plugs became not just expensive but also annoying. Although the plugs are said to be…

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Rough sex and the Praying Mantis

This gentleman, who was lurking in the garden the other day, is a praying mantis. Specifically, he is, I think, a European Mantis, Mantis religiosa. This is an introduced species from Europe that has become naturalized over much of the U.S. Our native…

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Reading Valente at the Library of Congress

Just found out today (from someone who actually watched it) that this is online. I guess it’s been up for years.
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