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Prickly pear cactus in bloom.

Desert rose

Flowering cactuses are a beautiful sight.

Most of the year Phoenix is a sun-blasted, bleak moonscape wilting in a heat that actively tries to kill everything living.

But March, ah, March is fantastic, with eternal shorts-and-t-shirt temperature and the flowering of the cactuses. It’s wonderful to see these tanks of the flora open up to sprout bright flowers for just a few days.

You can watch the picture above and many more in high resolution in my Sonoran Yard Flickr set.

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Enjoy the ten latest posts:

An Apple ebook reader would be nice

Nic is frustrated with his Kindle and would love to see Apple make an e-ink reader.

Flashing a Gigabyte BIOS should be easier than this

Once again user-interface ineptitude and Internet idiots make things harder than they have to be.

Red immigration meat in the Arizona primaries

There are ways to fix the illegal immigration problem. They don’t involve yelling at children in buses. Nic explains.

Book roundup, part 15

Solid reads abound in this installment of the roundup. Includes Console Wars, Your Inner Fish, Flash Boys, Digital Wars, The Perfect Storm, Tower Lord, By Blood We Live, I am Pilgrim and Lexicon.

The rumored iWatch won’t be what you think

Why whatever Apple is about to release will not be anything like the Pebble or Android Wear.

After the empire fades

Game of Thrones and The First Law Trilogy illustrate the different ways England and America are dealing with fading empires.

Happy midsummer!

Nic is homesick on Midsummer’s Eve.

Damnatio memoriae

We should forget the names of our mass murderers.

Movie roundup, part 22

Movie time, kids! Includes an excellent documentary and a lot of not-great movies. Includes Sorcerer, Generation Iron, Restrepo, The Numbers Station, Pacific Rim and 300: Rise of an Empire.

White privilege in extremism

It’s way easier to be an extremist in America if you’re white.