May 16, 2014

Happy Friday. Nice day here. We went bike riding last evening and saw people sitting out on their decks enjoying the weather. I’ve been reading The End, by Ian Kershaw, author of a two-volume biography of Hitler, who describes in this book the last 10 months of the Nazi regime from July 1944 to May […]

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May 1, 2014

Happy Thurs. Nice morning here. Should get into the high 50s this afternoon. Still a little snow here and there, mostly where it got piled by plows. In yokel news, we’ve been watching a series of lectures on the American Revolution by Alan Guelzo, a college professor whose book on Gettysburg is currently a best […]

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April 30, 2014

Good Wed. Grayish here. Snow still melting. On the weekend we went to see “Noah” the movie. It was pretty entertaining, if not especially close to the classic text. OTOH, the classic text (Genesis 7-9) is a conflation of two stories (hence one pair of each animal in one version, and seven pairs of “clean” […]

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April 25, 2014

Happy Fri. Nice morning here. Temp got up to 52 yesterday, and the snow is going pretty fast. We still have some in the yard, and there are piles of it where people cleared streets and driveways. The spring bird migration is on. We saw 8 trumpeter swans at Creamer’s Field refuge, along with many […]

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March 25, 2014

Happy Tues. The snow is gradually melting around here. Temp got up to +38 yesterday afternoon and is currently 21. Yokel news is slow. We watched a good History Channel docu-drama about Benedict Arnold, the Revolutionary War hero turned traitor. Washington was rich and could afford to serve without pay. Arnold wasn’t and couldn’t. After […]

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March 21, 2014

Happy Friday. Just 1 degree. Sunny. We’ve been watching two series of lectures by linguist John McWhorter. The first series was Understanding Linguistics. McWhorter is an interesting lecturer and the topics he covers are mostly interesting and often fascinating. How do children learn language? They first learn some words, but they quickly figure out how […]

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Intelligent life

March 20, 2014

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Life cannot be classified in terms of a simple neurological ladder, with human beings at the top; it is more accurate to talk of different forms of intelligence, each with its strengths and weaknesses. This point was well demonstrated in the minutes before last December’s tsunami, when tourists grabbed their digital […]

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March 17, 2014

Good Mon. Looks to be a pleasant day here today. -6 degrees presently. We watched an interesting documentary about Bobby Fischer the chess prodigy who won the US Chess championship at age 14 and went on to beat the Russian Boris Spassky, the world champion, in a 24 game match in Iceland in 1972. The […]

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March 14, 2014

Happy Fri. 26 degrees here and likely to go above freezing by noon. We’ve been watching the HBO series of yore, John Adams, about our second president, rival and friend of Jefferson, VP under Washington. He was a complex man, son of a shoemaker, studied law and married up in the world, loving and respectful […]

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February 26, 2014

Happy Wed. +1 here and kind of hazy cloudy. There was a pink sunrise. Not too much to report here. We watched all four Ed Sullivan variety show programs from 1964-65 that featured the new singing phenoms The Beatles. These appearances were credited with gaining the group a huge US audience. The first three appearances […]

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