Comments for Coyote Crossing Writing and photography from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts by Chris Clarke Wed, 20 May 2015 17:52:36 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on The Swainson’s thrush by Marcia Wolfe Wed, 20 May 2015 17:52:36 +0000 One of my most favorite birds, that sits in the spring in the top of alpine fir and sing their heartfelt songs back and forth across Paradise Valley to each other… and then one day a couple years ago, now living in California, I heard one in my backyard in Bakersfield. It stayed for months. And last year too, though I haven’t heard or seen it recently. I was shocked and amazed to find what I was used to in the subalpine, living at near sea level in the residential desert of Bakersfield!

Comment on Voice recognition by Jim Stanger Sat, 16 May 2015 01:44:39 +0000 Hey, groovy. Of course keep the old one. Anything you shied away from doing with it because it was a phone is now possible. In other words…weather balloon that beast up!

Comment on Social media isn’t by Jym Dyer Fri, 15 May 2015 07:19:50 +0000 =v= Wherever and whatever you write, I shall read.

The first social network that really grabbed me was Flickr, with its well-thought-out options. You can have Contacts, but you can additionally promote them to Friends and/or Family, and share accordingly. Nowadays this particular niche has been taken over by something with no such distinctions, not many options at all, and all the photos are square and low-resolution. I can understand the ease, but not giving up choice. As a wise man once said, Resist much, obey little.

Facebook manipulates us with its low threshold for “Friend”ship and by its “Like” limitation. Being perhaps overly literal, I resolved to limit my Friends to those I actually knew and liked. (My first exemption was a woman who Friended me and had you as a Friend. Turns out she had you confused with a different Chris Clarke and me confused with someone else — but we met in real life and it all worked out.) I don’t think this changes things much, though, it’s apparently typical to find that x% of the people on your list lack manners, y% overshare, and z% turn out to be horrible racists. My only defriendings have been the z%.

Twitter sets up no such expectations, everyone’s a “Follower” or not (or they get blocked). Your friendship develops, or not, on its own terms. Oddly enough, this makes it kind of more like Usenet, or blogs.

Comment on Social media isn’t by Alison Thu, 14 May 2015 15:51:45 +0000 Sending love, Chris. Really.

Comment on Social media isn’t by Karen Thu, 14 May 2015 13:00:56 +0000 When I started using FB, I feared something like this could happen. So I added friends very selectively. A couple of years in, I’m now up to a whopping 123!

But I’m not a writer. Social media is just social for me. Having lots of “friends” who are readers, would-be readers, sources of info, and just good contacts seems like it would be really helpful to a writer (though I don’t actually know that, I’m just guessing). But, as you point out, FB has no way of distinguishing friends and “friends”.

If FB Purity tells me Chris Clarke unfriended me, I would understand, and I would still follow the writer Chris Clarke — because his writing is awesome. To anyone else reading this, I would encourage you to join me. If you value Chris, give him the breathing room he deserves.

Comment on Social media isn’t by Sheila Crawford Bunch Thu, 14 May 2015 10:51:07 +0000 A pretty good assessment of Facebook I would say. As a much removed fan(riend?) from rural Nevada, I’ve enjoyed your writing and observations about what most people assume to be a wasteland. Its beauty and value are secretly treasured by those of us who actually live here, including miners and ranchers who are more environmentally inclined than people realize. Thanks Chris.

Comment on Orthodoxy in the Climate Movement: Franzen and His Deniers by biodiversivist Sat, 09 May 2015 05:08:23 +0000 Thank you. Wonderful piece of writing, Chris.

I use to write for Grist. Dave Roberts was at one time my editor. My greatest fear is that VOX will assign him to energy or environmental issues. Having a degree in environmental ethics from a private college, in all seriousness, he does not know a kW from a kWh, and likely would not know the difference between a grasshopper and a gecko. His real penchant is political punditry, which I hope is where VOX will put him because his uninformed writings on energy and environmetal issues over the years have done the planet, and likely my children, a great disservice.

Energy Trends Insider just posted an article of mine that is critical of Joe Romm’s anti-Franzen piece. I won’t put the URL here for fear of automatic spam control. Google “The Corrections to Joe Romm’s Corrections–Part I.”

Part II will parse both Robert’s and the Audubon response, although you have pretty much covered it here.

Again, wonderful piece or writing.

Comment on Big Morongo Canyon by druidsring Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:13:55 +0000 Not many poems would be written about the highway extension that we stopped, so many years ago, in Big, Morongo…a 2-lane blacktop where trees once stood, a pipe under the ground to take the water away. We stopped them then, we would stop them again, if they tried to stop the flow, of the Big, Morongo…

Comment on Orthodoxy in the Climate Movement: Franzen and His Deniers by Steve T. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:33:38 +0000 Really? Because I read your piece as a call to pick sides — a damning of climate change “orthodoxy,” in which that orthodoxy is framed as an irrational and almost wholesale dismissal of biodiversity protection.

In my experience, many climate activists and scientists often come down on the side of climate change mitigation taking primacy over habitat preservation in many cases (but not in the case of that tidal energy project, which I pointedly described as an exception). In my experience, the choice of elevating the mitigation of climate change is viewed and a painful decision based on well-considered cost-benefit analyses that require consideration of short- and long-term timeframes of potential effects. In my experience, *nobody* who cares about wild places prefers vast solar fields in sunny and arid places to pristine habitat. Maybe climate-primacy folks are ultimately wrong about the costs and benefits they’ve calculated. But in my experience, the vast majority of the people who fall into the climate-primacy camp (there are always cranks) are *not* telling your camp to STFU, as you and Franzen seem to believe. And it’s not their responsibility to pipe down so that you’re voice isn’t second-loudest.

As for aesthetics, I wrongly assumed that you fall into that large majority who think that aesthetics have a certain legitimate touchy-feely poetic importance, but only a little philosophical and almost no scientific relevance. If I’m flat wrong about that, in the words of Col. Nathan R. Jessup: “Don’t I feel like the fucking asshole?”

I often make the argument that it *all* boils down to aesthetics. If you think biodiversity is being treated like a red-headed stepchild, take a gander at the lack of respect/attention/grant funding that environmental aesthetics receives.

Comment on Orthodoxy in the Climate Movement: Franzen and His Deniers by Chris Clarke Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:36:02 +0000 My piece absolutely does not advance an either/or argument. I’m attacking the either/or argument that’s been advanced by a subset of climate activists for the last decade. I say at several points that it’s not one or the other, but both. And my activist colleagues in the Southwest have been told repeatedly for years, by climate hawks and renewable energy developers and agency staff, that climate action trumps biodiversity protection.

I *want* us to consider both.

Though as for dismissive, I’ll cop to that: it’s frustrating having the same talking heads who told us Ivanpah was a necessary sacrifice lecture people now about how we can’t pick just climate or biodiversity.

As for this:

Another place where I think we might be on the same page, though you might not want to admit it: Aesthetics.

Why would you think I wouldn’t admit that? I’m all about the aesthetics.