Mon

January 28, 2013

Good Mon. Cold here at -51. We watched a good documentary called Dinosaur Wars about American paleontologists O. C. Marsh of New Haven CT and E. D. Cope of Philadelphia in roughly the last three decades of the 19th century. Between them they located over 130 species of extinct critters in the plains and gullies […]

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Fri

January 25, 2013

Good Fri. Nice day here, sun coming up red over the Alaska Range. -17. If anyone is looking for a recommendation of a good set of college lectures on the high middle ages (also known as the stone age), we’ve been enjoying a Great Courses set from the library. The last few nights we’ve brushed […]

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Fri

January 18, 2013

Happy Friday. -27 here, which seems cool. There was a pretty good breeze last evening that made the cold seem colder. Yokelly I’ve been reading about (and will soon delve into) the Lisle correspondence, 3000 letters composing the largest trove of personal and business letters from the time when King Henry VIII was busy chopping […]

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Mon

January 7, 2013

Happy Mon. -4 at the airport. We watched My Sister’s Keeper, based on the Jodi Picoult novel. I was dubious at first, not being a Cameron Diaz fan, but as the story progressed it became very absorbing. The plot centers on older sister who has leukemia and younger sister who was conceived in vitro to […]

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Friday

January 4, 2013

Happy Friday. +3 here and we are gaining about two minutes a day of daylight. Or is it three? Soon it will be 5 or 6 or 7. Yokelly we’ve been watching a long series of lectures on Medieval England. It’s so much more relaxing to learn about catastrophes far in the past—bubonic plague, revolts, […]

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