My ASL skills have deteriorated from lack of use, but I still enjoy the beauty of the language. Ms. Michaelson recruited 6 actors from Deaf West to put this spin on her new single, “Hell No.”
The link below is to an intriguing abstract of a book by Colin Woodard, called, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. Check out the full Tufts University article and learn more about the map posted below.
I find it interesting that the county in which I live is in the Midlands, but bordered on the south by the Greater Appalachia. From my perspective, I cannot disagree with the article’s observations.
Farmers had self-driving technology before Google. Farmers have been using GPS for both location and field mapping for years. With constant attention directed to the computer monitors and read-outs in the tractor or combine cabs, self-driving technology is a necessity.
The farmer is still needed in the cab, however, to monitor and adjust to changes in the field and crop.
Check out the latest from CNET: How Farmers Got a Head Start on Tomorrow’s Tech.
The making of the violin – more then just ‘print and play.’
June 30 article in the Washington Post discusses a letter signed by 107 (110 as of this post) of the 296 living Nobel laureates in support of GMO science, and urging Greenpeace to back off efforts to block the roll out of GMO rice that has been fortified to combat Vitamin A deficiency in Third World countries.
A significant quote from the Post article cites Nobel laureate Randy Schekman, who is a cell biologist at the University of California at Berkeley: “I find it surprising that groups that are very supportive of science when it comes to global climate change, or even, for the most part, in the appreciation of the value of vaccination in preventing human disease, yet can be so dismissive of the general views of scientists when it comes to something as important as the world’s agricultural future.”
Read the Washington Post Article: 107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs
Read the letter: Laureates Letter Supporting Precision Agriculture (GMOs)
Learn more at the website: Support Precision Agriculture
You have to hand it to Google – they know how to demonstrate a product.
Click image for link to article by GMO Answers, an information website containing articles contributed by education and industry experts.
From “Every Frame a Painting:” If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d like to explore the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist.
Worth the 8 minutes – enjoy your coffee break.
Cuteness done well. Enjoy.
Celebrating 240 years of American’s armed forces (in 2015), this interesting short video is worth a quick coffee break:
The National Academies Press issued a 400+ page report this week on GMOs, with a generally favorable finding, and confirming what those of us in the Production Ag industry have known: GMOs are not harmful to humans.
One observation: The study reports that the introduction of GMOs did not cause a noticeable jump in reported yield. While I don’t think the causation is quite that direct (or lack of direct), my prediction is that yield would dramatically drop if GMO seeds were suddenly not available.
A longer musing – GMO seeds were gradually adopted; meaning farmers who now use GMO seed did not immediately start using GMO seeds when they first became available. That more gradual adoption might have some affect on the “lack of jump” in reported yield over the past 20 years. Additionally, farming technology has changed dramatically in the past 20 years, compared with the previous 20 (or 100) years, so the impact of GMO seeds on crop yield might be diluted by the impact of farming technology, in general.
Below is an interesting infographic about in whose pockets your food dollars go. Note that this might not be logically linear (food services versus wholesale foods versus retail trade might not all be applied to the same apple), but it gives a fair understanding of proportionate dollars in the food production industry. Note that farmers only get about 10.5¢ of every food dollar spent.