Monthly Archives: June 2016

the young Darwin

Reading Voyage of the Beagle in preparation for our Galápagos trip, I am finding the young Charles Darwin unexpectedly charming, in a sweet and very geeky wayk. The man is (was, but as long as I’m reading the book he’s … Continue reading

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assorted comments while watching the House sit-in

Holy fucking shit. The US House Minority Leader James Clyburn has just said that he’s divided Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letters from Birmingham Jail” into 46 parts, and they’re going to read it out loud in the course of the … Continue reading

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WIP and FOs, because why not

I think it’s been a really long time, since I posted any knitting photos here. This weekend will be our third Black Sheep Squared knitters’ retreat – the ‘retreat’ is basically just me inviting people to stay at our lake … Continue reading

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windfall

Good heavens. I’ve just gotten a credit on Amazon from the Apple price-fixing settlement … for a hair under $250. The time span the settlement covers falls within my expat years; I bought a *lot* of books in those years. … Continue reading

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Why it’s not good to set up memorial crosses for people you don’t know

What I said on Facebook, about the guy who made 49 crosses and brought them to Orlando, to represent the people killed the last week: “If someone put up a cross for me when I died, I’d come back and … Continue reading

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There *is* something you can do

It’s a bit depressing to watch the reaction to this morning’s Orlando shootings. The right blames Obama. The left blames Trump. People screaming to ban refugees, ban guns, their solution will fix everything. It’s as if the most important thing … Continue reading

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and on the medical front

In other news, I had an odd but ultimately useful followup visit with my gastroenterologist yesterday. First I waited 10-15 minutes in the waiting room, because they tell you to show up 15 minutes early even though all I had … Continue reading

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social media quicksand

Yesterday, an old friend of mine (by which I mean we were good friends in maybe 4-9th grade, saw each other sometimes in high school and had no contact after that until Facebook came around) posted something on FB about … Continue reading

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