Author Archives: pendantry

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.

People of the forest

25 orangutans will die today. Just like yesterday. And tomorrow. Palm oil deforestation is killing the last orangutans on our planet, and if we don’t act now, in just eight years there won’t be any left. Orangutans need trees to … Continue reading

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The end of a streak

WordPress has been congratulating me for more than a month for being ‘on a streak’, as it calls it, which means that I’ve posted at least once every day during that time. All good things must come to an end, … Continue reading

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Spring into summer

Another time-lapse series of my dwarf horse chestnut tree, in the months of May and June 2020. During this time, the edges of the tree’s leaves have become severely dry, despite my daily watering. I’ve seen this happening for the … Continue reading

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Living your dash

I learnt about ‘living your dash’ from Robby Robin’s Journey. ‘The dash’ is the one that goes between your dates of birth and death. Mine, for instance, is in “1960-” (because I’m not dead yet). Jane Fritz says: This expression … Continue reading

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The sea

The sea Unfathomable Yet we wage war on it Three-quarters of the Earth’s surface Unknown Pollution and overfishing Will kill all the oceans But do we care… Enough? Prompt: The Writer’s Corner poetry prompt: The Sea

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Marcus Brigstocke on Religion: Part Two of Two

I have to admit, I did swear a bit myself this week. I was reading the Daily Express newspaper — I say ‘newspaper’, that’s overstating it a bit, unless Princess Diana’s mysteriously easy to explain death is still news; however, … Continue reading

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The paradox of expertise

I’ve long maintained that the deal that’s been struck by computer makers with computer users about security is very one-sided. It assumes that the user always has the nouse to deal with their end of the bargain, and that’s simply … Continue reading

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A deep (very deep!) Mandelbrot set

This amazing five minute video illustrates the Mandelbrot set; an infinite geometric figure (a fractal). Obviously the video doesn’t delve into the entire set — if it were to do that, it would take a bit longer to watch than … Continue reading

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Strong at heart; these powerful steeds thunder through, fully unrestrained revelling in freedom ingrained. This natural, majestic breed arising from an ancient seed was born to run, and run it shall through brush, and plain, and chapparal. When they are … Continue reading

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Waste Not Want Not — The Pretenders

Take, take, take, takin’ what you don’t need You’ll get, get, gettin’ what you don’t need Stand back, take a look and take heed All the children in god’s kingdom bleed See the networks of concrete and steel They’ve no … Continue reading

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