Monthly Archives: August 2015

Me and Rube

A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption, invention, device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg … Continue reading

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A murder of crows

When he was a kid, he told me, he killed crows by the hundreds, but as he got older he grew to like them so much he couldn’t bring himself to shoot. “They’re a lot like us,” he would say: … Continue reading

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North Country math

The good news is that the tree fell exactly where I wanted. The not-so-good news is that it takes a long, hot, weary day of work to cut up a 16-inch red elm tree even when it falls along the … Continue reading

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The cost of $7 corn

The ag industrialists of the North Country have been high on ethanol fuel for more than a decade, staggeringly intoxicated with the stuff that has brought them much profit from higher grain prices, primarily the corn from which most ethanol … Continue reading

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