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Matthew Smith
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Peanuts!
All right folks, it's time to learn about where food comes from! Specifically today, it's peanuts. Peanuts come from the ground!  And the sun!  Like all food, when you get down to it, including meat, since animals eat plants.  But really. As you no doubt va...
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Sorghum breeding
Strictly speaking I work in corn breeding.  But that's just what I do at work.  (I also have some at-home corn breeding experiments planned for next year.)  At home, I breed pumpkins and sorghum. Here is some sorghum. This is a mix of things.  The paper bag...
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Cotton Blossoms
Cotton is nifty.  You may not know very much about it; I didn't, when I started working in crop science.  We have a lot of cotton plants growing in the Phytotron at NC State, and today at work I took some pictures of various stages of cotton flowers. Cotton...
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This is just to say
Life is confusing.  Things are going well for me right now.  One of my closest friends, though, is going through the worst string of difficulties us first-world types are likely to have to suffer through, while trying to manage an already-stressful career c...
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Another year come and gone.  For some time I've traditionally made a New Years post here, even when I haven't been blogging actively, which I certainly have not been doing this past year.  And while writing more is on my list of things to do for this year, ...
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SNAFU Actually Does Mean Something, You Know
It should come as no surprise to anyone, least of all me, that the day after I wrote the last post, my laptop gave up the ship.  I'm not sure exactly what happened.  It had been running clunkily for some time, but there was no problem I was able to identify...
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MS Office Paperclip Dies From Bloat
Change is good. 
Often. When Facebook changes the display or some significant
settings people get all up in arms about it, but the truth is after about two
weeks most people don’t even notice any more, barely remember that the change
was disruptive, and mov...
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SNAFU Actually Does Mean Something, You Know
It should come as no surprise to anyone, least of all me, that the day after I wrote the last post, my laptop gave up the ship.  I'm not sure exactly what happened.  It had been running clunkily for some time, but there was no problem I was able to identify...
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Is longform blogging dead?
A friend recently asked this
question on Facebook.  I noted that at
the very least my own longform blogging seemed to be dead.  But the question did get me thinking.  Meanwhile another thought occurred:
when I’m writing, I generally feel better. 
I’ve notic...
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An Old Story
I'm applying to study in Costa Rica during Spring Break next year.  The application asks a number of questions, among them the following: The nature of study abroad programs often entails unexpected changes in schedules and activities as well as changes due...
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