Leap Wednesday

February 29, 2012

Good Wednesday and Happy Leap Day. Nice clear day here, but cooler at -10. A breeze blew much of yesterday, demonstrating wind chill very effectively. Interesting Frontline program last night on the near meltdown of the Japanese nuclear reactors following the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Much of what went wrong was things the designers […]

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Middlemarch

February 27, 2012

“He is a little buried in books, you know, Casaubon is.” — Mr. Brooke to Dorothea, Book 1, Chapter 4.

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Mon

February 27, 2012

Happy Mon. Grayish here and  bit cooler at +5. We watched a transporting documentary of Mongolian nomadic life called The Story of the Weeping Camel (2004). The plot, such as it is, traces a family’s efforts to save a white Bactrian camel colt who is rejected by his normal brown mother after a difficult birth. […]

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Thurs

February 23, 2012

Happy Thurs. +14 here. Kind of gray. We watched a powerful documentary, The Long Way Home, about the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. It opens with footage shot in 1945 by the US Army of the liberation of the extermination camps in Germany and Poland. The sight of the Jews (and Gypsies) […]

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Tuesday

February 21, 2012

Happy Tuesday, sacred to the goddess Twiggy. Well, that’s not quite right, actually. Sez that authoritative source, Wikipedia, The English name is derived from Old English Tiwesdæg and Middle English Tewesday, meaning “Tīw’s Day”, the day of Tiw or Týr, the god of single combat, victory and heroic glory in Norse mythology. Tiw was equated […]

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Thor’s Day

February 16, 2012

Happy Thor’s Day. Many are beating the drums of war this week, as if the last couple of such exercises worked out really well. Short memories? Investments in the military-industrial complex? It is peaceful here. +24 and it may be sunny after an overcast day yesterday. Yokelly not too much is happening. Joe Miller is […]

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Quote for the day

February 16, 2012

“To him that knoweth not the port to which he is bound, no wind can be favourable; neither can he who has not yet determined at what mark he is to shoot direct his arrow aright.” –Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

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Random Thought

February 16, 2012

From Anu Garg’s A Word A Day– “Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.” –Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592) Ain’t it the truth.

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Mon

February 13, 2012

Happy Mon. +6 here in the flats and +25 on the slopes. We watched an interesting documentary about the damming of the Yangtze River in China and the dislocation of about 2 million people, many of them dirt poor, by the rising water. The film centers on one family forced to move from a town […]

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February 8, 2012

Good Weddance. +25 here and we have fairly normal daylight back. The temp hit +33 yesterday afternoon, not so great for the roads. We watched an interview of Jonathan Haidt, author of a new book called The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Haidt’s explanation of the political gridlock in […]

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