Are Artists Obsolete? Has Artificial Intelligence Replaced Them?

“An A.I.-Generated Picture Won an Art Prize. Artists Aren’t Happy,” announces a recent New York Times article. The reporter goes on to say that, at a state-fair art competition, one artist won the digital-art category for an AI-generated image. Although I have no qualms about the artist submitting this piece, especially since he was up-frontContinue reading “Are Artists Obsolete? Has Artificial Intelligence Replaced Them?”

Flatworm in the garden

A visitor from southeast Asia in the garden. This is Dolichoplana striata, one of many introduced flatworms now found in the United States. Most of the flatworms feed on earthworms, 30% of which are also foreign species. Flatworms are slimy and can be killed with a generous application of salt. But don’t cut them inContinue reading “Flatworm in the garden”

An exterminator threatens my suburban island

The doorbell rang. I looked through the window and then stepped onto the porch, where a lanky young man in navy shirt and khakis greeted me. “Hi. My name is Kevin. I wanted to let you know about some work being done on your street tomorrow.” Road work maybe? “Your neighbor has a pest problem.”Continue reading “An exterminator threatens my suburban island”

How Boomers Think

The Greatest Generation (1901-1927)The Silent Generation (1928-1945)Baby Boomers (1946-1964) As human beings, we love to categorize. But categorizing generations is only statistically convenient. We are assigned a generation according to which 16-18 year period we fall into. But in a world that changes daily – hourly – a single generation holds multiple groups that experienceContinue reading “How Boomers Think”

Why follow a routine?

What is routine? A reason to get up in the morning; to persevere throughout the day. I think that’s what it comes down to. So it’s important that the first routine be pleasant. Or productive. Which means different things to different people. My favorite start to the day is coffee on the patio; an arrayContinue reading “Why follow a routine?”

A single cardinal and idle thought

I need time away form the world’s incessant chatter. And away from the chatter in my own head. My own brain. Which is beginning to mimic the technology it’s connected to. Jumping from one thing to the next unendingly. I’ve become fearful of solitude and idle thought, and run from myself. Of course, one canContinue reading “A single cardinal and idle thought”

Florida Fossils on Display

The Fantastic Fossils exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History (Gainesville) runs through December 30, 2022. As visitors enter the exhibit, they are greeted by Triceratops and Albertosaurus skeletons. Although these replicas are amazing to look at, no dinosaurs have been found in Florida, which was covered with water during the dinosaurs’ reign. However,Continue reading “Florida Fossils on Display”

Natural Teaching Lab Trails

When visiting the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville (FL), be sure to visit the nearby Natural Teaching Lab Trails. In spring and fall, there are many small animals and interesting plants. The pictures below were taken in May.

Spider wraps itself in a leaf

I was watering my hydrangea when I noticed that one of the leaves was tubular. I immediately suspected a caterpillar and instinctively pinched the leaf from its stem. “Shoot. Why did you do that?” I’d recently done the same while checking another plant, only to realize the tube held the larva of a Long-tailed Skipper,Continue reading “Spider wraps itself in a leaf”

The Swamp Comes Alive in Spring

The weather was pleasantly cool and breezy; a good day for day-hiking. Since many trails in northeastern Florida remain flooded, I opted to walk the elevated trails at Sweetwater Wetlands. Water levels being high, the park’s dry basins had filled. Alligators of all sizes took advantage of the expanded habitat. One young gator amused visitorsContinue reading “The Swamp Comes Alive in Spring”