Stanford, U of CA, Peace Corps Morocco, grapegrowing, farming, horticultural journalism and photography, new ventures (Hypertat, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate, Learn2Grow.com, YourGardenShow.com), art photography.
Areas of Expertise
Horticulture/earth safety/garden design, Delta blues
An idea worth spreading
A free website (call it Conjecture Haven) where scientifically-minded and observant people can post their conjectures about why a phenomena exists or came to be and what it is doing. Idea #2: a Google Wiki for the connections people make between disparate items but rarely express, a sort of meta Google search feature. For example, when I think of tyranny, in the abstract or in current events, I almost always think of Nabokov's novel Bend Sinister, the supreme immersion in the nightmare. In its current form Google doesn't know that connection but it could.
I'm passionate about
Energy efficiency, science and science reporting, sustainable living.
Talk to me about
the natural world
People don't know I'm good at
My TED story
Hans Rosling's presentations have inspired me to gather collaborators and resources to build a statistical history of Iowa as a tool for spotting trends and their direction, partly as a way of adding facts to political life, partly to help people see where they live.