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On Discovery Sorghum, The Great Climate Crop

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The Yankee Dawdle. Global warming is heating up the thinking of the world about an inconvenient truth:FIRE & ICE.Except that of the Yankees, the Rip Van Winkles of the Millennium. Remember Washington Irving? You will also remember The Legend Of The Sleepy Yankees a hundred years from now. I certainly hope the world is still around around that time. One hot little verse written by my favorite Yankee poet Robert Frost, ‘Fire And Ice,’ published inHarper’s Magazine in the winter of 1920, has been inflaming the hearts of many a reviewer of poetry. I like what Katherine Kearns says of it: ‘Like ice shrieking across a red-hot griddle, his poetry does, indeed, ride on its own melting.’ I like best how Jeffrey Meyers describes it (1996, english.uiuc.edu/): ‘concise, laconic, perfect and perfectly savage.’ Fire And Ice Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of ha…

The Phoenix rises

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The CX Rises
‘Phoenix Rising’ by DarkMatterBy Frank A HilarioToday, 19 February 2007, my son Dinggoy was watching on TV the 2004 remake of the 1965 film The Flight Of The Phoenix; this stars, the ones I recognize, Dennis Quaid (as Frank Towns, the leader) and Hugh Laurie (of ‘Dr House’ fame) and Giovanni Ribisi (as Elliott, designer of model planes).I wasn’t actually watching the remake, but I saw enough to make me remember the 1965 movie, directed by Robert Aldrich (imdb.com/). The basic plot is that there is a plane crash in the desert, miles and miles away from all help, and the passengers must keep their wits in order to survive – and they must get out of there before their food and water run out. One of the passengers say he is a designer of model airplanes, and asserts that they can build a flyable plane from what remains of their plane. In the 1965 version, the passengers all laugh – in derision. A builder of toy airplanes? This must be a sick joke!Ah, but he explains that you c…

The Phoenix rises

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The CX Rises
‘Phoenix Rising’ by DarkMatterBy Frank A HilarioToday, 19 February 2007, my son Dinggoy was watching on TV the 2004 remake of the 1965 film The Flight Of The Phoenix; this stars, the ones I recognize, Dennis Quaid (as Frank Towns, the leader) and Hugh Laurie (of ‘Dr House’ fame) and Giovanni Ribisi (as Elliott, designer of model planes).I wasn’t actually watching the remake, but I saw enough to make me remember the 1965 movie, directed by Robert Aldrich (imdb.com/). The basic plot is that there is a plane crash in the desert, miles and miles away from all help, and the passengers must keep their wits in order to survive – and they must get out of there before their food and water run out. One of the passengers say he is a designer of model airplanes, and asserts that they can build a flyable plane from what remains of their plane. In the 1965 version, the passengers all laugh – in derision. A builder of toy airplanes? This must be a sick joke!Ah, but he explains that you c…

Anil Dashes A Reply To Frank Hilario’s

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By Frank A Hilario Anil Dash writes 15 January 2007 in his self-titled blogsite these not-very-flattering lines: I found Frank Hilario's rant entitled Microsoft’s Mr Bill Gates And The Boy Who Cried Worp to be largely incoherent, but from what I could deduce, he thinks my assessment of Microsoft Office 2007 is off-base. Actually, he says: If you can’t beat them, don’t join them; instead, change the rules of the game. That’s what Worperer Microsoft did with Word 2007, Paul Thurrott (2006, cited) says. Yes. Anil Dash (2006, cited) says: ‘By radically changing the user interface in Office 2007, Microsoft made the riskiest bet in the history of commercial software. And I think they’re going to win the bet.’ Wanna bet? So, here’s another idea, also from me: Go get a fresh tablet of stone and etch on it the idea of an entirely new word processor. Worperers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your worps! Once you've lost your worps, you may enjoy Rafe’s musings ... You may ap…

Sugar is sweet.

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Sweet Sorghum Is Sweeter

Waterlogged sweet sorghum in the Philippines (courtesy of icrisat)From faraway India comes what I call the Sweet Sorghum Initiative (SSi), starting with this crop as the source of ethanol. Between a seed of sweet sorghum and a liter of ethanol, there lies many a great untold story. I shall be telling you those stories here from now on.You are looking at an image of a crop of sweet sorghum planted in a farm in the Philippines that is waterlogged. The plants have tilted towards the ground that is wet, and yet they look robust – because they are. This is a trial planting of a sweet sorghum hybrid from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (icrisat), photo courtesy of icrisat. ‘Semi-arid tropics’ refers to wastelands such as drylands and wetlands, where the soil conditions are extremes for plants to grow: rainfall fails, irrigation is unaffordable, soil fertility is very low, and farming is discouraging. Now comes a hardy crop like sw…

The boys who cried Wolf.

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Stop the fire. Stay the ice. Start the peace
‘One World Bear’ by Gertrud K
By Frank A HilarioThe Global Doubters: I imagine them calling the UN experts on climate change ‘The Boys Who Cried Wolf’ – referring to those who released the first part of their report to the world on 02 February 2007. For the last 6 years, more than 600 scientist members of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been analyzing data and observations on climate change. Last Friday, they came up with a ‘Summary for Policymakers’ of their complete report entitledClimate Change 2007. My summary of that summary is this:Global warming is here, and it is man-made.In relation to data in the past 250 years, it has been seen that:
There is global warming.
The ice caps are melting.
The seas are rising.That’s as far as scientific data. What about observable data, what you can see with your own eyes, or feel with your own flesh? Unless you’re not looking, or you refuse to look, or you refuse t…

The boys who cried Wolf.

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Stop the fire. Stay the ice. Start the peace
‘One World Bear’ by Gertrud K
By Frank A HilarioThe Global Doubters: I imagine them calling the UN experts on climate change ‘The Boys Who Cried Wolf’ – referring to those who released the first part of their report to the world on 02 February 2007. For the last 6 years, more than 600 scientist members of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been analyzing data and observations on climate change. Last Friday, they came up with a ‘Summary for Policymakers’ of their complete report entitledClimate Change 2007. My summary of that summary is this:Global warming is here, and it is man-made.In relation to data in the past 250 years, it has been seen that:
There is global warming.
The ice caps are melting.
The seas are rising.That’s as far as scientific data. What about observable data, what you can see with your own eyes, or feel with your own flesh? Unless you’re not looking, or you refuse to look, or you refuse t…