Five Things Friday: where I assemble assorted favorites, oddities, time-sensitive announcements, discoveries, random thoughts, life tidbits and whatever else wasn’t long enough for a real post.
What I’ve Been Reading
Articles from around the interwoobles that I read this past week. If it’s in this list it made me raise a single eyebrow, gesticulate wildly, or guffaw inappropriately.
In Which The Neural Network Gets Bored Halfway Through Making Cookies (Postcards From The Frontiers Of Science) The funniest thing I read this week. Sure the AI can play chess, but can it bake?
Living on water: Welcome to Freedom Cove (CBS News) Warning: link auto-plays video accompaniment to article. Hate that shit, but the story is really interesting. Ever thought about escaping it all by becoming a sea-steader? This couple in British Columbia has build an off-grid floating mini-island for a home.
Forget About Being a Good Writer (And Do This Instead) (The Mission) I like writing, and I think I’m passably capable at it, but I’m not a writer in Maya Angelou or Ernest Hemingway sense. I’ve never kept a personal diary or a journal. I’ve never dreamed of publishing my Great American Novel. I just like to create things, and I often use words to do so. From that lowbrow perspective, I agree with everything in this article.
Sea Salt Is Contaminated With Micro Plastics, Study Finds (Digital Journal) Nature study confirms that the plastic situation is just as bad as you thought.
Slow Flowers Bouquet of The Week
Local, sustainable, slow flowers are the newest big deal in gardening. Nothing’s more local than your backyard! This week I gathered Chinese wisteria, lilac, columbine, Rosa rugosa, and Russian comfrey.
I’m not a flower person so don’t ask me for varieties or anything. Common ones, almost certainly. I liked the little pop of pink from the rose, but all the petals fell off within a day. Sad! Is that normal for Rugosa roses, does anyone know?
The more I look, the more I think I overdid the droopy wisteria. But, it does smell very lovely in the front hall.
Cool Plant of The Week – Tree Collards!
The folks at Project Tree Collard were kind enough to send me three baby cuttings of perennial tree collards.
You really see the value of perennials when you stop gardening for a year. I was like, “No, stop, I don’t want fresh organic food for free,” and the garden was like, “Too bad, sucker! You’re getting it anyway.”
That’s perennials for ya.