Mon

November 28, 2011

Good Mon. – 4 here, -19 in the flats. Not too much to report yokelly. We watched a NOVA special on Cracking the Maya Code, which is fascinating. If you have any interest in the Maya of Central America or decipherment of ancient writing, this is an excellent program. In 1950 scholars could read mostly […]

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Wodin

November 23, 2011

Wodin’s Day wonce again, celebrating the chief Norse god, counterpart to the Greek Zeus (whose name is related to theos, “god,” whence we get theology). Tomorrow we celebrate Thor, god of thunder, with a feast. Temp here has moderated. It is now above zero, barely, at +2. On the treadmill I’ve been listening to a […]

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Mon

November 21, 2011

Happy Mon. Nice day here, but continues cold. -35 in the flats, and most of the inversion has disappeared. We watched an old movie, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? (1967) with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn as parents of a 23 year old daughter who resembles Ann Margaret. She arrives home to San Francisco from […]

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Friday

November 18, 2011

Happy Friday. -34 here in the flats, not so bad at the citadel, where it is currently -11. Looks like a gorgeous day dawning. The Alaska Range is clearly visible in the south. There are often weeks on end when the mountains are not visible from Fairbanks. Mostly you see them in the fall and […]

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Thurs

November 18, 2011

Good Thurs. Still -38. Nice day otherwise, with the sun up. Says the News-Minus, The first cold snap of the season is turning out to be a record setter. For the second time in three days, Fairbanks set a new low temperature record. A temperature of 41 degrees below zero — the first 40 below […]

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Wed

November 16, 2011

Happy Wodin’s Day. Cool here at -38 in the flats, our first cold snap of the winter. Yokel news is nothing much. Locally, the opening of the new ADFG sport fish hatchery has been delayed again. It was supposed to go online, of whatever you do with fish, in March 2010. The bill is for […]

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Mon

November 14, 2011

Good Mon. Dark and cold here. -8. Oh, what’s the use? Well, actually it is getting lighter out there, so maybe there is hope. We got snow over the weekend and I put in my first stint of scooping for the season. With luck more snow will hold off until I get the rest of […]

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Thurs

November 10, 2011

Happy Thurs. +13 here. Nothing going on yokelly. In local news, we have the usual mix that shows up everywhere else. We do have our own sovereign citizen seeking bail to be with her poisonous plants, but that has become common, I believe. If you have not read the Grand Jury report on the Penn […]

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Tues

November 8, 2011

Happy Tues. +2 degrees here. We got dusty snow yesterday, a little bit at a time. Yokelly, we watched a movie called “Beautiful Boxer” that I bet you have not seen. It is based on the true story of Nong Thoom, the Thai kick-boxing champion who retired with his earnings and got a sex change […]

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Friday

November 4, 2011

Happy Friday. + 20 here, up from -8 two days ago. We watched another couple of segments of Life, the BBC nature documentary with David Attenborough. Some of the most amazing photography I’ve ever seen. I thought Planet Earth was spectacular, and it is, but parts of Life might be even better. Last evening we […]

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