Thurs

February 13, 2014

Happy Thurs. Partly overcast here and -18. We finished watching a series of 36 lectures on the human brain. The 30-minute lectures, produced by The Teaching Company, are by Prof. Jeannette Norden of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The course assumes no prior knowledge about the brain. The first two-thirds of the lectures cover the […]

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Maw

February 10, 2014

Interesting very old word today. Word of the Day maw \maw\, noun: 1. the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kind: the ravenous maw of Death. 2. the mouth, throat, or gullet of an animal, especially a carnivorous mammal. 3. a cavernous opening that resembles the open jaws of […]

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Monday

February 10, 2014

Happy Monday. Clear and -33 here. I read a good book on the periodic table called “The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements,” by science writer Sam Kean. It’s a very readable history of the periodic table of elements […]

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Tues

February 4, 2014

Good Tues. Nice clear day here but cool at -9. I watched the Superbowl, my first football game of the year. I withheld comment yesterday to give Bronco’s fans a break, but although I used to root for the Broncos when John Elway was QB, I was inclined to throw my psychic support to the […]

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Monday

January 27, 2014

Good Monday. +12 after some temps hovering around freezing over the weekend. Nice sunrise and sunset yesterday. We watched a couple of Marilyn Monroe movies the past two weekends, Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The former is better than the latter, but both are pretty much B movies. Famous directors: Billy Wilder […]

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Wed

January 15, 2014

Good Wed. -2 here. Yokelly we watched a good documentary about the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Amateurs called They Came to Play. 75 pianists were selected to compete based on recordings they submitted. After the first round of recitals, 25 were selected by the panel of judges to play a second recital. […]

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Mon

January 13, 2014

Good Mon. Cool here over the weekend. -36 yesterday. But it was mostly clear and Saturday was spectacular with a long-lasting sundog display in the south. I took a couple of photos. Top: looking south on Cushman Street from 4th Ave. Bottom: 20 minutes later from 8 blocks further south.  

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Tues

January 7, 2014

Good Tues. Dark here and -4. School starts up again tomorrow. We watched an excellent BBC documentary on the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. Lots of geology and animals and spectacular scenery. I got it because I am reading a good book on the search for hominid fossils in Africa, and most of them […]

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Thursday

January 2, 2014

Happy Thursday, sacred to Thor, the Norse god of thunder. We had some of that New Year’s Eve in our neighborhood. I envisioned billions of dollars paid to the Chinese and going up in smoke.

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Mon

December 30, 2013

Happy Mon, the last Mon of the year. -20 and dark. We underwent The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Imax 3D yesterday. If you haven’t seen it yet, it runs almost 3 hours. (There’s a slow part about an hour in when the dwarves and Bilbo enter the land of the elves that you […]

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