Now That Everyone is Away at Steemfest…

Is this the time we can party and burn the place down? One wonders what blockchain activity looks like when all the power players are off in Poland enjoying each others company and imbibing in mass quantities of liquor. Does all the schmoozing result in upvotes on recent posts—the modern equivalent of exchanging business cards?—or is everyone too busy being social and acting like real

Now That Everyone is Away at Steemfest… 2018-11-06T16:44:32+00:00

Twilights and Sunrises

So I'm sitting here working, deleting rows out of a database and waiting for the database server to catch up. Might as well write a steemit post, right? Historically, I've been treating my steemit posts as some major epiphany, some display of amazingness that I need to share with the world. With the price of steemit fairly low and the activity on the blockchain (or

Twilights and Sunrises 2018-11-05T15:46:20+00:00

Cult of Florida :: The Koreshans of South Florida

Recently, the wife and I had an opportunity to take our Landwhale out to camp near Fort Myers, FL. We camped at Koreshan State Park, named as such due to the fact that it was the former homestead of the Koreshan Unity, founded by Cyrus Teed in 1903. The community itself was carved from the wildness of the Florida landscape at that time. They built

Cult of Florida :: The Koreshans of South Florida 2018-10-04T13:45:22+00:00

Exploring South Florida :: Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Last weekend, the wife and I visited the southwest corner of Florida to do a bit of exploring on that side of the state. It's less than a three hour drive, and with a campsite waiting for us there it's actually a pretty easy trip. We hit a bunch of spots, but we've always been a fan of parks and preserves. Especially those that don't

Exploring South Florida :: Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve 2018-09-30T12:28:34+00:00

Crab Death in the Red Tides

This past weekend, the wife and I visited the opposite (west) side of Florida for a couple days in our Landwhale (RV). The beaches there have been mostly abandoned for months now as they suffer the impact of red tides. Without going too far into the science of it, red tide is an algae bloom that discolors the water and produces toxic chemicals that are

Crab Death in the Red Tides 2018-09-26T15:35:41+00:00

Beer Brewing vs Productivity

For the first time since coming back to Florida in mid August, and the first time since having left Florida back at the beginning of June, I am brewing beer. The goal here is a fairly strong IPA along the lines of Founders Centennial IPA. I've always been a fan of Centennial hops, and I have a bunch in my freezer to use up. Beer

Beer Brewing vs Productivity 2018-09-03T14:12:32+00:00

Summer Travels, Overgrown Landscaping, and Looking Forward

After some 30 hours of driving from Wisconsin to Florida, through wind and sun and heavy rain and avoiding a plethora of terrible drivers and not avoiding a lot of bad traffic, the wife and I arrived in Florida for our seasonal (August through May) escapades in the humid lands of the Florida peninsula. It's always a bit interesting to return to something familiar after

Summer Travels, Overgrown Landscaping, and Looking Forward 2018-08-12T15:33:24+00:00

Lily of the Nile :: Agapanthus :: Color Challenge – Sunday Purple

Down in Florida at a recent trip to Disneyworld, the giant entry plaza to Epcot Center is full of banks of these Lily of the Niles (Lilies of the Nile? Lilies of the Niles? No idea...). They grow under the shade of smooth-trunked crepe myrtles, creating a vibrant view and pleasant aroma. As always, my guesses as to the genus and names of the various

Lily of the Nile :: Agapanthus :: Color Challenge – Sunday Purple 2018-07-01T14:33:16+00:00

Color Challenge :: Wednesday Yellow:: Disney Flowers

I guess I'm milking my Disney trip a bit more. What this means is that I've located a bunch of photos I took at Epcot, where their flower show was in full bloom. As part of that, I grabbed a couple images of some very nice (what I believe to be) tiger lilies. So, in the end, what this means is that I must subject

Color Challenge :: Wednesday Yellow:: Disney Flowers 2018-06-20T14:59:42+00:00