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The Importance of GMO Food to the Survival of the Human Race

by Miriam - April 15th, 2016


Terrific article by Mark Lynas in the New York Times about why GMO foods will be critical to human survival- especially in harsher locations (both climate and politics-wise).

Of interest, the article notes that the gap between science and pop-culture is wider for the anti-GMO folks (51 points) versus the anti-vaccination folks (18 points) and climate change deniers (37 points).

Worth the read – Check it out:

How I Got Converted to GMO Food


Happy Equal Pay Day

by Miriam - April 12th, 2016

Why is this still a thing? (Click on the image to go to the source URL)



NYC Through Our Time

by Miriam - March 18th, 2016

Styled as an elevator ride up the new One World Trade Center, this one-minute video is a surprisingly vivid and accurate journey through the growth of NYC.

Latest from the IRS

by Miriam - March 5th, 2016

From Uber Humor

Vincent Van Gogh Dominogh

by Miriam - March 4th, 2016

Van Gogh’s Starry Night has become iconic in today’s pop culture.  The dominos rendering in the video below is fantastic – you can see how the sculpture was built and then watch it fall, with an effect reminiscent of what Van Gogh must have envisioned when he painted Starry Night.

Note the clock in the video, marking the extensive time devoted to the activity.  Also note that a number of trial runs are built, which dramatically increases the time and effort involved.

Worth the watch:

The Marble Machine

by Miriam - March 4th, 2016

Utterly fascinating.

See the behind the scenes – this took imagination and dedication to bring to reality.

Why Does February Have 28 [29] Days?

by Miriam - February 29th, 2016

From the You Tube channel, “It’s OK to be Smart,” here’s a nice, informative, video to provide the information you never knew you needed to know.

What it takes to make money in farming – Size matters

by Miriam - February 24th, 2016

Check out The Real Reason a Million of Acres of America’s Farmland Disappeared Last Year.

Not what you’d think.

There is a tipping point of “farm size” where the family farm can have fair chance of making money more often than losing money.  This is why a lot of farmers have outside employment to make ends meet.

Farmsize profit

Note – large non-family corporate farms are not as profitable as “Moderate-sales Small Family Farms.”  This suggests that farming is more than an investment in farmland.  It’s a way of life that requires personal commitment to succeed.

If you are a farmer, you already know this.

Change the world – Make your bed

by Miriam - February 22nd, 2016

Admiral McRaven addresses the University of Texas at Austin Class of 2014:

Desktop Rube Goldberg – Burning a DVD

by Miriam - February 15th, 2016

This is cool. Watch the chain reaction that takes place on the desktop and the desktop).

How do you like your coffee?

by Miriam - February 2nd, 2016

Coffee preparations from around the world. Most of them are pretty involved and way too sweet for my taste. However, I wouldn’t say “no” to the Irish coffee.

Not a “Latte” – Pesticide use on the average farm

by Miriam - January 21st, 2016

Check out this great video which explains to non-farmers about pesticide use on farms:

[Filing this under the category, “wish I’d thought of that.”]

Gravity Glue

by Miriam - January 20th, 2016

Take a 7-minute coffee break and enjoy this video.   The balance is amazing, and just as interesting in deconstructing and constructing.  Be sure you watch all the way through.  Kudos to the artist.

7 Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Drones

by Miriam - January 15th, 2016
Drone Bee

No, not *that*kind of drone – though it does apply to agriculture.

Check out this the over-view article by Stephen Pulley about the current state of the law with respect to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS – or “drones”).

As of 2016, the law has tightened, particularly with respect to recreational use of drones. Anything over 1/2 pound (.55 pounds, or 250 grams) must be registered with the FAA for outdoor use (if you are into remote control devices, you will know that anything under 1/2 pound doesn’t fly well in the great outdoors, so doesn’t pose much of an airspace threat).

There are a lot of recreational and commercial applications to drone use, but as an Agriculture Attorney, I’m mostly interested in the use of drones in farming. I’m getting more inquiries from clients about drones, so I wanted a quick and handy resource (that includes helpful links).

Seven Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Drones, by Stephen Palley.

More resources on UAS:

FAA Announces Drone Registration Rules

Drone Pre-flight Checklist

Know before you  Fly


State of the Union Address, by Wes Anderson

by Miriam - January 13th, 2016

No substance, but here’s a 4-minute summary on why and how it happens.  Cool.