Monthly Archives: January 2006

Maybe He Should Take A Sitz-Bath

More than I needed to know about any author: This morning on the Writer’s Aaaal-manac, the big wind from Minnesota said Norman Mailer had “a fatal taint.” Heh heh, Beavis, he said “taint.”

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To Prevent Confusion

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The Scissor Arches of Wells Cathedral

Click image to enlarge I’ve been to quite a few cathedrals and great churches over the years. St. Mark’s Basilica, the Aya Sofya, San Vitale in Ravenna, the Selimiye Mosque of Edirne, Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, the Duomo in … Continue reading

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Crime And Punishment In The Digital Age

“If you visit Greyfriars Church in Edinburgh as a tourist, one of the items on display will be the Cutty Stool. It’s a simple wooden piece, rather like the step you’d use in an old-fashioned library to get at the … Continue reading

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I’ll Never Forget Where I Was When I Heard About:

The Challenger Explosion: Twenty years ago this day. I was back on Long Island, taking my mother to the shopping mall. Same day they put their Golden Retriever to sleep; bad day all around. The Columbia Explosion: sitting at the … Continue reading

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Big Day For Mary

Crazy little Mary seemed to be doing very well today, so we decided to take her along with her Uncle Nelson on his daily trip to the beach. Most of the time, Mary does not seem to get a whole … Continue reading

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You And Me And The Snow On The Roof

New York Times, January 28, 2006: Polish Roof Collapse Kills at Least Four The snow-covered roof of a trade hall in southern Poland collapsed Saturday with as many as 500 people inside for a racing pigeon exhibition, killing at least … Continue reading

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My Favorite Movie Review So Far This Year

A gentleman using the nom-de-net of The Carrot wrote the following: The problem I have with Brokeback Mountain is simple: when I tell people that I don’t want to see the movie I get a guilt trip, followed by the … Continue reading

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Things That Made Me Laugh Today

For aging geeks who remember the first computer game they played: Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure You are standing inside a White House, having just been elected to the presidency of the United States. You knew Scalia would pull through … Continue reading

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Chimp Is Already Asking, “How’d They Do That?”

Google Image Search Results: “Tiananmen Square” Google China Image Search Results: “Tiananmen Square” -Thanks to Little Green Footballs

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News I Could Have Used In My Younger Days

Sex calms nerves before public speaking: study ABC News Online, January 26, 2006 Forget pretending you are talking to one person or concentrating on a single point in the audience – having sex is good way to calm nerves before … Continue reading

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I’m Not The Only One Bummed

…about Minolta leaving the camera business. Over at PC Magazine, the oracular John Dvorak laments, It was a shame to see the Konica-Minolta folks fold their tent and sell their designs and assets to Sony, a company that will undoubtedly … Continue reading

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