Category: writing

  • Essentially

    Essentially

    A month ago I said “trees are much more than wood and one of our PhD students at the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury had a look at production of Eucalypts essential oils, particularly cineole”. We could easily see seasonality of production (peak in Spring & Summer) and the difference between juvenile and mature foliage.…

  • In between plant and animal breeding 1: economic weights

    In between plant and animal breeding 1: economic weights

    Unless you live in paradise and you have a single objective trait—so your whole breeding objective is “more X”—you have to take into account trade-offs between traits. On the genetics front we deal with this via genetic correlations, but on the value front we have to figure out how much is an extra unit of…

  • Carbon

    Carbon

    I am fascinated by trees, those cute and enormous organisms made out of air. The idea that I can hug the trunk of a little seedling I planted a quarter of a century ago, or stand next to a thousand-year-old alerce is mind blowing. I am also fascinated by the idea of providing products and…

  • Radioactive sessions

    Radioactive sessions

    Sessions last an hour, in which I have to link to something, chain my mind so it doesn’t float away and go to dark places. Music is the easiest anchor; each session I hand-in a piece of paper with the name of an album which becomes the centre of my universe. They search it in…

  • Looser social media

    Looser social media

    On 5th May I wrote something very simple and not new in Mastodon, which appeared to resonate with a few people: I don’t understand the idea that the Fediverse HAS to grow to compete with service X or it will be irrelevant. Firstly a network has to be useful to its members, who do not…