May 30, 2012

“The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge.” –Daniel J. Boorstin, historian, professor, attorney, and writer (1914-2004)  

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May 29, 2012

Happy Tues. Nice day here after a mixed weekend. It rained Friday and was not that great Saturday, but Sunday and Monday both had sunny patches. We looked for spring birds and found quite a few.  At one spot off South Cushman near the landfill we saw an assortment of ducks and shorebirds, a magpie […]

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May 26, 2012

I recently read Vikram Seth’s An Equal Music, a novel narrated by the second fiddle in the Maggiore String Quartet, Michael Holme. Michael is looking back at his dreary life and relating how he twice lost the love of his life, both times due to his own narcissistic impulses. Ten years before he was a […]

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May 25, 2012

Happy Fri. Rain here, which is good I suppose, greening everything up, knocking down pollen, helping seeds germinate, creating bird baths, and ruining the holiday weekend for thousands of humans. 51 degrees. Yokelly we finished the Bible Battles documentary. The fact of the matter was that the Israelites were a small population living on the […]

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May 24, 2012

Good Thursday. Nice morning here, sunny with a light breeze after a mostly cloudy afternoon and evening that brought a heavy shower followed but intermittent light rain. The leaves are mostly popped and very green. The robins continue to serenade me through the night, and a pair of dueling hermit thrushes did the same for […]

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May 22, 2012

Happy Tuesday. Nice day here. Sunny with a breeze, wafting pollen everywhere. Not too much to report. We watched a four-part NOVA series on The Fabric of the Cosmos with physics professor Brian Greene, who is not your usual torpid college prof. I have to admit not quite following a lot of what he talked […]

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May 21, 2012

“There is something profoundly unfortunate, we feel, about a person who lies much, and the best thing we can say about anyone who frequently gives us misleading information because of honest bad judgment is that he is a nuisance. Whenever speech is supposed to be informative in a factual sense, we ask that it be […]

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May 18, 2012

“One finds in current American all the characters and tendencies that marked the rich English of Shakespeare’s time — an eager borrowing of neologisms from other languages, a bold and often very ingenious use of metaphor, and a fine disdain of the barricades separating the parts of speech.” — H.L. Mencken, The American Language

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May 17, 2012

Nice day here. Sunny, with leaves-a-poppin’. We watched a cool NOVA program on how they repaired the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. Interesting and with great footage of astronauts in space working on the bus-sized telescope, replacing old parts in a vacuum (where did I put that screw?), images of mind-boggling photos of the far […]

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May 15, 2012

“Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.” — Nietzsche (1844-1900)

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