If it ever does get cold, I’m thinking about trying to grow mushrooms
in the basement this winter. From what I can tell, it looks like Paul Stamets’ books (Mushroom Cultivator…
and Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms…
) are the ones to get. I’ll be checking them out at my local library. Any advice? Horror stories?  

18:27:35 PM

6°C (42.8°F) Dense fog again tonight. The ground is just soaking up the run-off. I’m glad the soil has had a chance to replenish its moisture, but I’m still ready for colder winter weather. When I was in grad school (here
), I used to go home to North Carolina for the holidays and 45 degrees there was so warm compared to the cold I was used to that I would go outside in a T-shirt.

Which reminds me of one of a weather story from a couple of years ago (I can’t find it online, or I’d link to it). During a really cold spell (40-60° below zero across the state), it warmed up to about 30 below. People in places like Warroad and International Falls didn’t even zip up their coats, it was so warm.

Which reminds me of my favorite deal at my favorite ice cream store
: 1% off for every degree below zero. I ate a lot of ice cream that winter.

18:36:10 PM

Only one comment I have to make about “Segway” – I don’t want to add to the carefully orchestrated publicity unnecessarily, but:

If you really want to “revolutionize transportation” or “redesign our cities,” why not do it based on something we already have, for free – our feet
? For example, see James Howard Kunstler’s site
(author of The Geography of Nowhere
and other books), or Carfree.com
for some practical suggestions of how to do just that.

The only thing interesting about the Segway is its user interface. I wonder what Donald Norman
(of The Psychology of Everyday Things
fame) will have to say about it – nothing there yet.  

18:38:49 PM

3°C (37.4°F) The clouds are taking back their snow. I can’t remember the last time it was so warm here in December. It reminds me of childhood Decembers in North Carolina.