If you arrived here by chance, you deserve a word or two of explanations. This is the blog of a real-world person. Like all real world people I am sometimes Serious and sometimes Not so serious, and sometimes too I just let my mind wander and speculate on various subjects.

serious articles on climatology, global agriculture and food security


Serious side covers mainly climatology, global agriculture and food security

vaguely philosophical articles

Vaguely philosophical

Issues that puzzle me for various reasons, basically dealt with Seriously

Not so serious articles

Not so serious

Not so serious side is mostly made of subjectivity and a fair dose of derision

Eifel wddings


A geographic study of weddings in the Eifel: who married whom in the Eifel, and where.

life in Bonina


A small place in the deep Piedmont in north-western Italy

Latest posts

Meteo Comments (10/4/2023) Posted in: Bonina
METHODS – Methodological issues (9/8/2023) Posted in: Eifel METHODS.1 A note on outliers in distances to Registry office (Standesamt) METHODS.1.1 The issue explained When plotting the average annual values of the distance between the place of birth of brides and locality of the Registry office where they married, figure METHODS-F01 below is obtained1. Considering that each point on the red curve is the […]
Bonina weather (8/17/2023) Posted in: Bonina Météo Bonina
RELOR – Relative origin of spouses (8/11/2023) Posted in: Eifel This chapter deals with the relative origin of spouses, i.e. their origin (place of birth) relative to the Wedding registry office (RO; Standesamt) as well as their origin relative to each other. It is the twin-post to ABSOR, where it was shown that most spouses used to marry not far away from their birth places. […]
ABSOR – Absolute origin of spouses (8/11/2023) Posted in: Eifel The present ABSOR chapter deals with the “absolute origin” of spouses, i.e. the geographic origin of spouses (e.g. brides) without taking into account the origin of the other spouse (e.g. the groom). The focus is on the distance (always measured “as the crow flies”) between the registry office (Standesamt) and the place of origin of […]
WEDWEEK – Wedding season (8/6/2023) Posted in: Eifel The present chapter assesses how the occurrence of Eifel weddings is distributed over the year. Close to 40% of weddings used to take place during winter in the Moselle valley, while the effect was less marked in the volcanic Eifel of the north. The difference in tradition was completely cancelled during the first world war. […]
WEDDAY – Wedding weekday (8/5/2023) Posted in: Eifel Eifelers have been marrying on different days during the week, and there are some historical and spatial patterns to this behaviour. We consider that weeks start on day 1, Monday and end on day 7, Sunday1 . WEDDAY-1 Preferred wedding day changes over time Figure WEDDAY-F01 below shows that few people married on Sunday, and […]
Nos chats (7/29/2023) Posted in: Bonina Voici un portrait de nos chats. Pas tous. Quelques vivants et quelques morts aussi. Nous pensons que les chats sont de petites personnes, chacune avec son caractère, ses préférences, ses habitudes, ses amitiés et ses inimitiés1. Nous pensons aussi, avec d’autres, que les animaux, domestiques et sauvages, ont une “vie personnelle”, et je suis horrifié […]
About Truth (5/19/2023) Posted in: Vaguely philosophical I am ready to concede that “About Truth” is a very ambitious title1. It is also a difficult concept that in all likelihood and objectivity would exceed my analytical capacity if I wanted to systematically explore all the nuts and bolts2. What I am after, in fact, is the truth of information. The post was […]
TYPOL – Typology of Registry office districts (Standesambezirk) based on scale-independent variables (5/17/2023) Posted in: Eifel TYPOL.1 Purpose A number of environmental and population-related variables have been collected in the ambit of Chapters LUCLIM, VARENV and WEDNUM. They can be used to define a typology of the Registry office districts (Standesamtbezirk). Only “concentrations” were retained, thus excluding variables that depend on the size of the districts (“intensities”, e.g. district areas or […]