How lucky for the boys that you want to get along with Montana
neighbors...happy "hunting". Gee, those two seem to show the same
individual personality traits they did in the last picture I saw of them.
How cute they are! Love the picture.
And thanks for the response. It's so very thoughtful and thought provoking.
I sent your original data and response to our 16 year old grandson.
Whatever it is that happens to so many people who go to Africa, happened to
both of our grandsons last year. They plan to go back; they loved Malawi.
I am continually surprised at the intensity they still feel about it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jesse Johnson" <johnson@...>
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:25 PM
Subject: Re: [ujeni] Lake Malawi Temperature
> Hi Cathy,
> Well, I was attracted to that article because it is recent (2005), and
> deals with Malawi. I have fun thinking about a bunch of geophysicists
> trying to acquire a lake core in Malawi.
> Then I started thinking about the data. It shows huge changes in
> temperature. I don't think one can say, oh, it's hot, that means
> drought, or vice versa. But what you can say (I think) is that there are
> giant swings on a scale of thousands of years. If anything, lakes have
> a calming effect on big swings (all that water doesn't like to change
> its temperature), away from the lake it was likely even worse.
> Thousands of years, thats the kind of time one needs to do things like;
> domesticate a chicken, selectively breed crops to get higher yields,
> find ways to store harvests, or just identify good species to focus on.
> Well, about the time you start to make headway on any of that, you are
> suddenly living in another world, climate wise.
> And what you really need, if your going to develop science, religion,
> arts, and culture, government and law, what you really need, is
> agricultural stability.
> This graph shows that (probably) Southern Africa never got that.
> And maybe (maybe) that is part of why Africa is the way it is.
> Maybe. It's a question I can't stop thinking about.
> Good to hear from you. Attached is a photo of the boys. They are about
> to participate in this great Montana tradition, hunting. Just driving
> around really, looking out of a truck for elk. This is part of how we
> get on with the neighbors. But they do love to get dressed up.