I can’t believe my last post was July. Since then many ideas for posts have been jotted down in notebooks and on pieces of paper. Some have been half written and are sitting in drafts. Others are half composed in my head. I blinked in July and suddenly it was November and I felt like… More Back into the swing of things
Today I butted in on a twitter conversation. [View the story “So what is permeate?” on Storify] The question that caught my eye was this: What is permeate? I’ve been following the discussion about permeate and I knew that Lynne Strong from Clover Hill Dairies had recently posted something on the subject. Now my friends… More So, what IS permeate?
This morning my twitter feed was swamped with comments from agricultural producers about the new advertisements by Woolworths. The conversation was prompted by a blog post from Lynne Strong on how the advertisements made her feel. As you can see from her blog, Lynne has worked hard to present a very different view of agriculture… More Does ‘getting it wrong’ bring us closer to getting it right?
One of my favourite cooking utensils is a hand beater that I inherited from my grandmother. All the paint has worn off, but it has a good weight to it and the action still feels smooth. It has a nice sound, and using it reminds me of her and the times I’d help her cook.… More Ingredients for learning about food production
One of the things that’s really important to me as a science communicator is telling stories. I certainly didn’t invent the idea of moving towards a more narrative way of describing science, and I know that I’m not the only one that feels that storytelling is key to more engagement in science. In fact, it… More Bringing story back
This post was first published on the Letters to Sir David Attenborough blog set up by my ASC pals @upulie and @ScientistMags. Dear Sir David Everyone has a collection of Very Special Things. These are the precious things, the first things into the car when a bushfire looms along with the kids and the pets.… More Dear Sir David
Last week I went to the Australian Science Communicators conference in Sydney. I’ve been to lots of work-related conferences before, but this one felt very different. Perhaps it was because I was presenting my own research, rather than someone elses, for the first time in a long time. But I think the main reason was… More A room full of friends I’d never met
As you’ve probably gathered, I’m not one to miss an opportunity for some agricultural science, whether it’s at work, social occaisons or at home. Recently an opportunity presented itself so I thought I’d share. During the summer school holidays, Boy persuaded me to get some of those ‘kitchen garden’ kits from a popular retailer. They… More Look at our tomatoes!
I love the sciencey bit. I don’t mean the stuff on face cream or toothpaste ads. I mean the bit that comes just after the point where you ask yourself “Ooh, how does that work?” when you’re reading or watching something. I ask myself that question a lot, always have. And I love finding out,… More Here’s the sciencey bit
According to Wikipedia, ‘downshifting‘ means to live a simpler life with less focus on material things and to find an improved balance between life and work. It usually means spending ‘quality time’ with family and friends and trying to have less impact on the environment. It’s also about spending time meaningfully. In 2012 I’m downshifting. Why?… More Downshifting