First Figs!

first_figs_2014Sorry for being a bit quiet the last week. I’ve ben working hard on a project and a lot of other things, and got snowed under. One of the things that has kept me busy has been the garden, and I am getting good rewards for my efforts. More later.

The fig trees have begun their production of fruit, even after being trimmed back quite sternly earlier this year. The photo shows figs of both varieties. I don’t think I will be able to net either tree this year given the spread of the branches and so I anticipate a lot of frustrating battles with critters of several types (Fluffy, Flitty, etc…). The figs are worth it though. There is simply nothing quite like the flesh of a fresh fig off the tree, still warm from the sun…


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7 Responses to First Figs!

  1. Fred says:

    Sorry for being off-topic, but I’m just curious. What is your opinion about Windows vs Mac from a physicist’s perspective? Thanks!

  2. Fred says:

    Never mind. I did some googling and found your views on the issue from previous posts. Thanks!

  3. Clifford says:

    Oh! Wow. I forgot that I had already expressed views. I spent a bit of time thinking about Windows vs Mac afresh and how I think about it compared to how I thought about it a while back. Overall, for the work that I do, I still prefer Mac and related products, and love that I have access to a unix core at the heart of all of the system. But frankly, while I still think that they make the better products for my needs and preferences, I’ve become less enamoured of Apple in recent times, as they have become more powerful and less “outsider”. It is mainly because I find that more and more choices are being taken away from the user, on both the hardware and software side, and that bothers me. I detest the way we are all being forced to put things into “The cloud”, and like everything else, every change makes it harder and harder to opt out. And I especially hate the choices we’ve lost when it comes to being able to dig “under the hood” and access components and make changes…. This used to be a joy once upon a time…. now Apple are making it harder and harder to repair things yourself… all the fancy talk about environmentally friendly packaging has to be viewed right alongside the encouragement or even forcing people to dispose of hardware rather than repair or upgrade. But that’s perhaps another conversation….


  4. Fred says:

    Thanks for your response! Can you elaborate on the Unix part? Is it that Unix makes for a more stable operating system?

  5. Clifford says:

    Well, yes , or at least it felt that way back when it first appeared at the core of OSX. At least as compared to the competition. Also, it felt like I could tinker coherently under the hood in line mode and ignore the WYSIWYG stuff if I wanted to… But a lot of it is probably also knowing that I could connect to a long line of great Unix culture and packages… And on that note, see the Fink project. Others can say more on this I am sure. It has been a while since I thought about it.