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Farm in Vancouver Winter

Jan 18, 2015
Farm in Vancouver Winter

I started an artistic photography class this week, and for my first assignment I have to photograph in the style of a famous artist. We were given an alphabetical list of several dozen artists to study, but I didn't make it past Cezanne before heading ...

Bamboo and More
Cold tolerance of agaves

Cold tolerance of agaves

Yesterday’s post, ASDM: Agaves in the snow, prompted me to do a little bit of research into the cold tolerance of agaves. There’s a wealth of information available online and in books, but much of it is in bits and pieces. I attempted to compile a list that is as complete—and hence...

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Sunday Commentary: Lessons I took Away From the TedX UC Davis Event on Innovation and Carless Existence

Jan 18, 2015
Sunday Commentary: Lessons I took Away From the TedX UC Davis Event on Innovation and Carless Existence

In recent weeks, I have really gotten into watching TED videos – while TED has been around for years now, only recently have I begun to understand why it is so popular. For me it’s the inspiring ideas, but also the exposure to social justice work that you might not hear about in the...

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Grand Jury Secrecy Comes At a Cost

Jan 18, 2015

By Tom Isler Two new lawsuits are challenging the continued secrecy of the grand jury investigations related to the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. The suits demonstrate just how secret the information gathered by a grand jury is, while also making a compelling case for...

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ASDM: Agaves in the snow

ASDM: Agaves in the snow

New Year’s Day in Tucson started out with a bang: a dusting of snow in the foothills and mountains! I will never forget driving over Gates Pass that morning:

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There was less snow at the Arizona-Sonora...

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My View: Bomb Threat is Scary, But Real Dangers Lurk

Jan 17, 2015
My View: Bomb Threat is Scary, But Real Dangers Lurk

As a father, the tragedy at Newtown Connecticut shook me the core. It was a reminder to all of us that horrible things can happen, they can happen without warning, and they can happen anywhere. But there is another aspect to these tragedies that happen all too often – as much as we hear...

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My View: Slouching Towards Mediocrity

Jan 17, 2015
My View: Slouching Towards Mediocrity

In my time, observing the Davis community, I see two destructive but countervailing trends at work. There are those who appropriate the aphorism from philosopher Voltaire, “the perfect is the enemy of the good,” will take decent proposals for projects without pushing for greatness. On the other hand, there is a tendency, sometimes interestingly...

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Hood River Marina

Jan 16, 2015
Hood River Marina

A misty rain was just starting to blur the reflection at Hood River Marina yesterday. I was so happy to stumble upon this marina, because it's just what I've been imagining photographing.  Mind you, I've been to Hood River at least half a dozen ti...

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Commentary: No, This Wasn’t a Job For an MRAP

Jan 16, 2015

At 11 am on Thursday morning, North Davis Elementary school received a phoned-in bomb threat, described by officials as a “robo-call.”  Naturally school officials rightly took the threat seriously and activated the school’s emergency evacuation. According to the police, the threat also advised that authorities had 30 minutes to evacuate the campus. The school...

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Commentary: The Art of the Possible

Jan 16, 2015
Commentary: The Art of the Possible

The Nishi project represents an interesting conundrum and opportunity.  It is an opportunity because the land rests in a very unique location, adjacent to the university and easy walking distance from downtown, the city and university have the opportunity to create a world class development that can incorporate urban land use principles, innovation park...

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