Monthly Archives: February 2008

Fields That End At The Sea

In the early 1970s, when I worked at a county park at the juncture of Long Island’s North and South Forks, I pulled a lot of night shifts, leaving plenty of daytime for Ranger Sue and me to bicycle around … Continue reading

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On The Market Right Now!

I so want to buy this house: Signal Mountain Space House To Be Auctioned March 15 Talk about a pad! Three bedrooms, two baths, warp drive, photon guns… Heck, maybe I’d finally have a chance with Anne Francis! Shoot, why … Continue reading

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My Brother Mycroft Is Also Way Cool

Thirty-some years ago, he sculpted Pallas Athena out of snow. I like my scanner. Nothing like printing old negatives without a darkroom full of smelly chemicals.

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Is This A Cool Bridge, Or What?

The Széchenyi lánchíd, or Budapest Chain Bridge. (Click for closer look.) Always wanted to see it, and got the chance in April, 1990. According to our friends at Wikipedia, Széchenyi lánchíd or Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that … Continue reading

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Breaking News: William F. Buckley Enmortuates

The world will be a briefer place without him.

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Passing Of A Great American

You’ve probably never heard of Russ Dickenson, unless you work for the National Park Service. Historic literacy being what it is these days, I suspect a lot of current NPS employees don’t know the name, either. Russell Dickenson was a … Continue reading

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A Very Welcome Addition To The Blogosphere

One of my favorite former coworkers- the witty and incredibly erudite Historian Nan- has just started a blog of her own. Nan is interested in a lot of the same things I am, and the all-too-brief time we spent sharing … Continue reading

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Mary’s Mile-Long Tug-Of-War

Sunny days and mild temperatures this weekend, so we spent a lot of time out and about with the dogs. One of our favorite things to do this time of year is just to get out on the ice of … Continue reading

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Oh, Mr. Editor?

The Grauniad can’t quite make up its mind about orbital debris: Warning of catastrophe from mass of ‘space junk’ The Guardian, Feb. 24, 2008: To date, only one person has been injured by space debris, however: an Oklahoma woman who … Continue reading

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Please Mr. UPS Man, Look And See

“Is there a package in your truck for me?” The shopping is done; now comes the waiting. Here’s what will go into the new box: CPU– Intel Core Duo E6750 2.66GHz, 4MB L2 Cache…. looks to sit right on the … Continue reading

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Protecting National Icons, Korea-Style

The same week the Department of Interior Inspector General’s office releases a report confirming that the U.S. Park Police is not adequately staffed to protect our most iconic national symbols, some clown with a few won worth of gas burns … Continue reading

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Reached The Lower Limit?

Well, it’s -15 F this morning with sustained winds of 30 mph, gusting to 40. Wind chills are said to be 50 below or worse. We let the dogs out first thing, and rather than hang around outdoors as usual, … Continue reading

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