March 25, 2014

Happy Tues. The snow is gradually melting around here. Temp got up to +38 yesterday afternoon and is currently 21. Yokel news is slow. We watched a good History Channel docu-drama about Benedict Arnold, the Revolutionary War hero turned traitor. Washington was rich and could afford to serve without pay. Arnold wasn’t and couldn’t. After […]

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March 21, 2014

Happy Friday. Just 1 degree. Sunny. We’ve been watching two series of lectures by linguist John McWhorter. The first series was Understanding Linguistics. McWhorter is an interesting lecturer and the topics he covers are mostly interesting and often fascinating. How do children learn language? They first learn some words, but they quickly figure out how […]

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Intelligent life

March 20, 2014

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Life cannot be classified in terms of a simple neurological ladder, with human beings at the top; it is more accurate to talk of different forms of intelligence, each with its strengths and weaknesses. This point was well demonstrated in the minutes before last December’s tsunami, when tourists grabbed their digital […]

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March 17, 2014

Good Mon. Looks to be a pleasant day here today. -6 degrees presently. We watched an interesting documentary about Bobby Fischer the chess prodigy who won the US Chess championship at age 14 and went on to beat the Russian Boris Spassky, the world champion, in a 24 game match in Iceland in 1972. The […]

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March 14, 2014

Happy Fri. 26 degrees here and likely to go above freezing by noon. We’ve been watching the HBO series of yore, John Adams, about our second president, rival and friend of Jefferson, VP under Washington. He was a complex man, son of a shoemaker, studied law and married up in the world, loving and respectful […]

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