Native Tongue

2000px-faa_phonetic_and_morse_chart2NATO Phonetic Alphabet.  Unattributed.


Sequoiadendron giganteum or “Talking Leaf”

24 September 2014. Towering above every other tree on earth, save for the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), this coniferous Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is the largest tree by volume and lives in the federally-protected groves of Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California.  Belonging to the Cupressaceae family and Sequoioideae subfamily it’s one of the three redwoods along with the Coast and Dawn (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) redwoods.


The tree is purportedly named after Ssiquoya, the silversmith and inventor of the Cherokee syllabary (pictured inset, created around 1809).

Epicurean Adventures

sucrose-solubility-graph21 April 2015.  With credit to my talented wife, Brenna, we have here the unstoppable cohesive efforts of sucrose at the bottom of a bottle of her elderberry simple syrup.  This is an edible example of sugar solubility chemistry!  (Photo credit: The New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology).


Linguistic Family Tree

Feast Your Eyes on This Beautiful Linguistic Family Tree,” Mental Floss,  23 October 2014.


Illustrated Periodic Table of the Elements

The Most Beautiful Periodic Table Products in the World,” Theodore Gray.



Dwarf Planets of the Solar System

Dwarf Planets: Science & Facts About the Solar System’s Smaller Worlds,”, 30 January 2015.


Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using

Little-Known Punctuation Marks for National Punctuation Day,” Mental Floss, 24 September 2016.