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Mystery of the Missing May

Mystery of the Missing May

May 11, 2022

What happens when the calendar ...

Misses a month?

Answer: That's what happened this year when we went from February, March, April to ... June(?)  That's right, by all indications we missed May.  You see typically the start of the summer wet season starts around Memorial Day, or the last week of May.  This year the transition occurred at the end of April, making me wonder if we either leapt a month ahead or somehow missed the month of May.  The good news: Just when I thought May was a lost cause we seem to be in the midst of receiving our final blast of dry air before the 6-month humidity hammer of Florida's endless summer starts to bear down.

 

Dear Shareholders and Steering Committee

Dear Shareholders and Steering Committee

May 4, 2022

Every year Berkshire and Hathaway ...

Gather to talk about their oodles of money.

That's great, and I don't mean to condemn.  But where are those same stakeholders and steering committees convening when it comes to preservation of our natural resources?  A recent article in the New York Times on Warren Buffet's annual meeting inspired me to put together a like-minded soliloquy on the state of affairs all things Nature Folk Inc.  For anyone listening, especially if you're heavily invested in Berkshire Hathaway, Nature Folk Inc is a 501(c)(3) organization and we welcome any charitable (and tax deductible) contributions you can throw our way.  

Donate to Nature Folk Inc

 

How To: Turn a weekend into an algorithm

How To: Turn a weekend into an algorithm

April 26, 2022

I never set out to conquer a computer ...

My goal was to help give nature a voice.

But here I am on a Monday morning come down trying to resolve what happened to the weekend I was supposed to enjoy.  Instead of playing out in nature, and sharing that message with other folks, I found myself knee deep in code, all in the name of Nature Folk.  Will it work?  I have no doubts I will triumphantly emerge to the other side.  Hopefully a shady spot where there's a good trunk for me to rest against.  Here's to hoping!

A dinosaur talks to himself

A dinosaur talks to himself

April 18, 2022

What's the secret ...

To a good interview?

Some would say ample research on the topic you're trying to discuss.  Others would say having a good set of questions.  Still others would say inviting in a good guest.  But for me, the secret to a good interview starts with the host.  It isn't so much the questions or the answers as it is the good conversation to be had.  And really, for that to occur: Is there really a need for anyone else?  Answer: I would say yes.  The caveat is you better be comfortable having a dialog with yourself first.  And that's why in many ways this is a breakthrough interview.  Among the topics I address:  What would be the app I would most like to create?  Why phones are worse than cigarettes?  What words I like to use to impress guests (and myself)? And more.

Find out more at Campfire Park (https://campfirepark.org/interviews)

In Search of: The Rainy Season

In Search of: The Rainy Season

April 15, 2022

There's no lusher drought ...

Than springtime in the Big Cypress Swamp.

This podcast dives deep into the paradox and oxymoron of south Florida's spring drought and when we can expect it to end with the start up of the summer rains.

Find out more at Go Hydrology (https://gohydrology.org)

How To: Make a Cheatsheet

How To: Make a Cheatsheet

March 22, 2022

Say what you will ...

Cheat sheets get people excited.

The reason?  Maybe it's the illusion that there's a short cut to understanding complex material, usually associated with taking a test.  But I think there's more to it than that.  People want to be on the inside looking out, and when it comes to complex topics, people just want to ramp up their understanding so they can lend a helping hand.  That's where Go Hydrology's cheat sheets play a vital role.  They help make experts better and amateurs burgeoning experts.  The truth is, the wisdom of the masses outperforms any one person's knowledge.  These cheat sheets help bring more people into the game.

Find out more at the Go Hydrology website: https://gohydrology.org

Campfire Concert at Old Lake Flirt

Campfire Concert at Old Lake Flirt

March 11, 2022

Long ago developers drained Lake Flirt.

Or did they?

Join singer/songwriter Bobby Angel at the banks of Old Lake Flirt where through a series of campfire crackles, singing and storytelling -- and one or two special guest -- Lake Flirt magically comes back to life.

Find out more about Bobby Angel at https://bobbyangel.org

Bob and Rudi Talk Trilogy

Bob and Rudi Talk Trilogy

March 3, 2022

If you think ...

Writing a trilogy is hard.

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Try co-writing a trilogy.  Bob and Rudi sit down around the campfire to talk about the six year odyssey, how it all started with a simple campfire, and why even after a two year break from the insanity, they're still not done yet.

Find out more at https://campfirepark.org/ranger-rusty  

Interview with a Triceratops

Interview with a Triceratops

March 2, 2022

Welcome to Before Phones (BP),

"Where the Dinosaurs Roam."

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In this episode, Bob the T-Rex interviews Dom the Triceratops.  Backstory:  I allow each guest to pick a dinosaur at the beginning of the interview, and I was almost positive Dom would pick Barney.  Then again, in retrospect the Triceratops makes sense since it's the dinosaur version of a rhino which is his favorite animal, or one of them.  This wide ranging interview includes new insights into the Before Phone (BP) era and other tidbids.

 

Interview with a Stegosaurus

Interview with a Stegosaurus

February 25, 2022

Welcome to Before Phones (BP) ...

Where the Dinosaurs Roam.

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In this episode, Bob (the T-Rex) sits down around the campfire for a trenchant interview with Rudi, who more closely identifies (and resembles) a stegosaurus.  Side note: Did you know that the T-Rex is closer in time to humans than the Stegosaurus epoch.  Yes, the Era of the Dinosaurs was that long, and practically forgotten.  That's where the Before Phones (BP) interviews step in and try to describe what the Geologic Age of Great Phonelessness was all about.  

Find out more at https://campfirepark.org/dino

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