January

So, yes, I’m still with the embedded-tweet format:

Back in the saddle

I spent the last four months of 2015 on parental leave with this guy, who as you can see is a lot of fun. As of today, he’s at day care and I’m back at work.

One of the nice things about time off, for a journalist, is that you don’t stop having story ideas, so I have a long to-do list. I also found the time in November to file a small stack of ATIPs, FIPPA requests, whatever various jurisdictions call them, and I’m hoping these will start to come in in January. A busy winter ahead.

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WordPress

has eaten several months’ worth of posts – I’m not sure why. Here’s a reconstruction, courtesy of the Wayback Machine –

I thought it was time to stop having this blog consist entirely of embedded tweets, but I’m going to start with an embedded tweet:

I’d never seen that map before, but presumably it’s an old story to people who pay attention to British political geography. It reminded me of this map, explained here, of Democratic votes in the Deep South, which track the map of 19th-century cotton production, which in turn track the shoreline of a sea from the Cretaceous era:

During the Cretaceous, 139-65 million years ago, shallow seas covered much of the southern United States. These tropical waters were productive–giving rise to tiny marine plankton with carbonate skeletons which overtime accumulated into massive chalk formations. The chalk, both alkaline and porous, lead to fertile and well-drained soils in a band, mirroring that ancient coastline and stretching across the now much drier South.

So here are presidential votes from 2008:

And cotton production in 1860, on the eve of the Civil War (map from here).

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Catchup post

Catchup post

So this site seems to consist entirely of embedded tweets in posts titled ‘Catchup post’. It is what it is.