I wanted some low ground cover plants for my aquarium so I ordered these seeds on Amazon:
They came in yesterday, April 10, 2018.
Lots and lots of little seeds. According to the instructions on the seller’s page, they should be planted on top of very wet growing medium which is maintained at 80°F and they should germinate in ten days. I have placed some seeds on extremely well-hydrated peat pellets. The water and growing medium are maintained at about 80°F.
I’ll post an update ten days from yesterday or when the seeds germinate, whichever comes first.
In a way, I feel sorry for strict biblical literalists. They have chosen to follow rules laid down by men who had very little understanding of what the universe is really like. It’s their choice but it’s an unfortunate one and they’ve made themselves intellectually and culturally poorer by it.
I will never perform a Cat Stevens song. First, converting to Islam? That’s just stupid and that’s bad enough. But then he endorsed the fatwa against Salman Rushdie. Think about that. He agreed that a man should die because he wrote a book. A book! There is no excuse, there is no justification. Such a man has no morality. Fuck him.
A few days ago, I saw yet another article which asked a question that just keeps coming around: are science and religion compatible? You might not be terribly shocked to learn that I have an opinion on this.
It seems to me that there is in these terrorist attacks a kind of sick collectivism in which the perpetrators hold whole nations, races, or religions responsible for wrongs (real or imagined) committed in the past or present by a government or some other supposed representative of the larger group.
Yes, it’s true. I’ve abandoned my principles. I plan to vote in the next Canadian federal election. That doesn’t mean I’m any less cynical about electoral politics, though. If anything, it means I’m even more cynical.
So, I’m trying to cancel our Xplornet account. We now have access to an internet service that is faster and costs about a third as much. So, it’s time for a change.I check the website, which provided an email address to use for cancellations. I send the email, complete with all the relevant account information. They email me back to inform me that I need to phone them. So, I phone them.
Some authors and cartoonists have objected to PEN giving the Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo. Their reasoning seems to be that Muslims are an oppressed minority and, therefore, making fun of their religion is intolerance and/or bigotry.