Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
-Hassan Abbassi, Top advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei
Heh. For those of us who have been paying attention, the Anglo-Saxons lost in 1066.
Maybe these Persian wannabes should check their history.
It might remind them of a few places like Marathon.
These modern Iranian leaders do not even amount to a polyp in the rectum of Cyrus or Xerxes.
I missed a lot of important events in the few shorts days of my absence.
Maybe I can catch up.
An SUV hit a deer right in front of us on the trip home.
Timing is everything.
There is an alternate universe where we hit the deer, and I am glad I am not in that one.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
"Had more Republicans in the White House and on Capitol Hill over the last few years shared Jim Sensenbrenner’s readiness to fight for principle, the GOP might still be running Congress."
Using Will's own math, let us say that 99.9% of 100 million blogs lack seriousness.
Let me get out my abacus.
.... there are 100,000 blogs that are serious.
Who has time to read 100,000 blogs?
One of the neighbors told me she saw a wolf in the neighborhood a few weeks ago. (A wolf was killed by a car in nearby Waukesha in 2003.)
Another neighbor said he saw a cougar in the neighborhood a few weeks ago. These sightings are always dismissed by the DNR. The DNR claims that most cougar sightings are golden retrievers (this assertion is so preposterous that I do not even know where to begin).
Combined with the black bear in Wauwatosa (captured alive by the DNR) and the bigfoot at Holy Hill (reported by a DNR employee), we are getting to be some kind of wildlife preserve around here.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
- Pakastani President Musharraf
There is a tendency to associate terrorism with Islam, particularly in cases where the terrorists claimed that they were indeed Muslims.
I would rather have Goode than Gwen Moore (D-Wisconsin).
I would rather have Goode than Jerry Kleczka (this bum actually was my rep. once).
I can list a lot of liberal democrats that are poorer choices than Goode.
I agree with Jonah Goldberg, this is cowardice.
"2006: probably the coldest year in the last five years"
Yes, but what the author does not understand is that (according to liberals) colder years are actually caused by global warming.
This is proved by the fact that 2006 is warmer than the years during the last ice age, when parts of Wisconsin were buried under an ice sheet up to a mile thick.
And, as liberals correctly point out, it has not been this warm (even 2006 warm) since the time between the last two ice ages.
But liberals usually fail to mention that the warm times of the past, like between the last two ice ages, had no significant human activity to contribute to global warming.
I wonder why they fail to mention that part?
They probably just forgot.
Addendum: Just like I forgot to mention that this was post #500 in this blog.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
- George Allen
My own comment = Just for the record, I would still vote for George Allen.
by David Kline and Dan Burstein
The book combines a brief history of blogging, interviews with notable bloggers (like Wil Wheaton and Colby Buzzell), and previously published articles (from places like Foreign Policy, Fortune, Business Week).
Very interesting and well worth reading.
A few examples from their blogroll:
I froze in place and she walked towards me.
I remained motionless and she walked to within a few feet of me. It was almost like she could not decide what I was.
She stayed close for a few minutes, then wandered off.
Not exactly an X-files case, but sort of weird.
Viruses for Everyone!
According to security vendor Symantec, ever-increasing amounts of exploit code - meaning viruses, spyware, adware, and denial-of-service attacks - are expected to plague Apple's Mac OS X as it continues to gain in popularity. Much like celebrities and their paparazzi, this negative attention is the steep price that such vital software pays for fortune and glory.
MUSLIM: Why are you asking me about something so insignificant as airline regulations when there are terrorists out there in need of killing? Why don't you trade that camera in for a rifle and shoot some terrorists yourself and stop being so useless?
- Frank J. 12-18-2006 at http://www.imao.us/
- Ayatollah Khomeini, 1979
- John Hawkins
- Amanda B. Carpenter
Monday, December 18, 2006
- Robert Spencer
My own comment = Yes, but it is not a sane world.
Al Franken is going to run for U.S. Senator from Minnesota.
My own comment = The Franken news is old news. We have been hearing this for at least two years. What is so scary is that some of the people in Minnesota have such low self-esteem that they would want Franken.
- Newt Gingrich
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Please accept with no obligation,
implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious,
socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral
celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most
enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or
secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular
persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice
religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and
medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally
accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the
calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society
have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily
greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western
Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed,
color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of
By accepting these greetings, you are accepting the
aforementioned terms as stated. This greeting is not subject to
clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no
alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher
to actually implement any of the wishes for herself/himself/others, and
is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion
of the wisher.
This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual
application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the
issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and
warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new
wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.
For My Conservative Friends:
“Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”
Saturday, December 16, 2006
600 Parks You Can Visit
Featuring 25 Favorites
No maps, but brief descriptions and a few black & white photos
The 25 favorites are:
Ledge View Nature Center, Calumet County
Husher Park, Crawford County
Stewart Park, Dane County
Cave Point Park, Door County
Harstad Park, Eau Claire County
Petrifying Springs Park, Kenosha County
Goose Island Park, La Crosse County
Otter Lake Recreation Area, Lincoln County
Cherney Maribel Caves Park, Manitowoc County
Dells of the Eau Claire Park, Marathon County
Goodman Park, Marinette County
John Muir Memorial Park, Marquette County
Grant Park, Milwaukee County
Whitnall Park, Milwaukee County
Plamann Park, Outagamie County
Covered Bridge Park, Ozaukee County
Nugget Lake Park, Pierce County
Lake Emily Park, Portage County
Timm's Hill Park, Price County
Pier Park, Richland County
Magnolia Bluff Park, Rock County
Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park, Sheboygan County
Keller Park, Waupaca County
Mount Morris Hills Park, Waushara County
Powers Bluff Park, Wood County
Friday, December 15, 2006
Edited by Don Davenport
Detailed maps and descriptions with nice color photos.
Lots of trivia, here are just a few examples:
Kenosha means "pike" (Potawatomi)
Racine is the birthplace of the malted milkshake (1883)
Wausau means "far away"
Marinette was once called the "White Pine Capital of the World"
Waupaca means "pale or clear water"
Montello's red granite was used for Grant's Tomb
Coon Valley was named for the large number of raccoons found there
Richland Center was the birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright
Fond du Lac means "foot of the lake"
Muscoda calls itself the "World Morel Mushroom Capital"
Waukesha means "fox" (Potawatomi)
Timm's Hill is the highest elevation in Wisconsin (1,951.5 feet)
Awesome store. Almost like a museum with the mounted heads, dioramas, and aquariums.
Seeing the little sturgeon swimming around in an enormous aquarium was a definite highpoint.
They had a very nice footwear department: Cabela's, Merrel, Croc, and New Balance.
There was a deli/grill featuring elk, bison, wild boar, etc.
There was a gun library with dozens and dozens of interesting weapons.
It was well worth the trip out there, and I want to go back.
- Winston Churchill
I see two main possibilities here. First, he was just plain wrong about the first half of that.
The second possibility is that I am a stone cold heartless SOB.
I am always amazed (bordering on stupification) by how rocks that look like cobbles at the bottom of the cliff feel like boulders by the time I get them to the top of the cliff.
And the two nicest pieces of limestone I saw were too heavy for me to carry.
by Bob Crawford
Very informative book with detailed maps and descriptions. Worth buying.
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay
The Cofrin Arboretum, Green Bay
Ken Euers Nature Area, Green Bay
Brillion Wildlife Area, Brillion
High Cliff State Park, Sherwood
Ledge View Nature Center, Chilton
Fond du Lac, County
Hobbs Woods Nature Area, south of Fond du Lac
South Woods Nature Study Area, Ripon
Green Lake County
Historical Neighborhood Walking Tours, Berlin
Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton
Houdini Historic Walking Tour, Appleton
Mosquito Hill Nature Center, New London
Plamann Park, north of Appleton
1,000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna
Lasley Point Achaeological Site, Winneconne
Memorial Park, Neenah
Waukau Creek Nature Preserve, Waukau
Ahnapee State Trail, Sturgeon Bay - Algoma
Ellison Bluff County Park, west of Ellison Bay
Newport State Park, east of Elllison Bay
Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek
Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay
The Ridges Sanctuary, Baileys Harbor
Whitefish Dunes State Park, south of Jacksonport
Cherney Maribel Caves County Park, Maribel
Point Beach Energy Center Nature Trail
Point Beach State Forest, north of Two Rivers
Henry R. Schuette Park, Manitowoc
Woodland Dunes Nature Center, between Manitowoc and Two Rivers
Northern Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest
Kohler-Andrae State Park, south of Sheboygan
Maywood Park, Sheboygan
Evergreen Park, Sheboygan
Jaycee Park, Sheboygan
Old Plank Road Trail, Sheboygan to Greenbush
Jaycee Riverwalk, Sheboygan Falls
Sheboygan Riverfront Boardwalk and Lakefront Multi-Purpose Trail
Schlitz Audubon Center, near Fox Point
Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee
Historic Building Tours, Milwaukee
Lake Park, northeast Milwaukee
Washington Avenue Historic District, Cedarburg
Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg
Glacier Hills County Park, southeast of Hartford
West Bend segment, Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Bark River Ice Age Trail, Hartland
Bugline Recreation Trail, Menomonee Falls - Merton
Fox River Sanctuary Trail, Waukesha
Lake Country Recreation Trail, Delafield
Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha
Horicon Marsh, near Horicon, Mayville, and Waupun
Wild Goose State Trail, between Juneau and Fond du Lac
Green Circle, Stevens Point
Jordan Park, northeast of Stevens Point
Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point
Hartman Creek State Park, west of Waupaca
Waupaca - Portage Counties
Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Wauapca - Portage Counties segment
Consolidated Papers Forest Tour II, Biron
Downtown Marshfield Historical Tour
Powers Bluff Park, Arpin
Wisconsin River Walk, Wisconsin Rapids
Sandhill Wildlife Area, Babcock
South Wood County Park - Lake Wazeecha, Wisconsin Rapids
YMCA Camp Alexander, Wisconsin Rapids
Petenwell County Park, Monroe Center
Quincy Bluff and Wetlands Preserve, southeast of Adams
Van Kuran Trail, Town of Strongs Prairie
Bass Hollow Recreation Area, southern Juneau County
Buckhorn State Park, southeast of Necedah
Elroy-Sparta State Park Trail, Elroy
"400" State Trail, Elroy
Omaha Trail, Elroy
John Muir Memorial Park, south of Montello
Bannerman Trail, Redgranite
Kusel Lake County Park, Saxeville
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I mean, he probably has excellent hearing, but since when is that a negative?
There are a lot of people that would love to have excellent hearing, and just for the record, I am one of them.
- August Derleth
Heh. Derleth was talking about Wisconsin. That means the cold ruled out winter, and the mosquitoes ruled out the rest of the year.
So when exactly did he walk?
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
my own comment = a brutal review of the movie that just might persuade me not to see it
by Hugh Hewitt
Interesting book that combines the history of blogs with lots of good advice about blogs.
Documents how blogs were instrumental in the crash & burn of people like John Kerry, Dan Rather, and Trent Lott.
Has some additional history of text, Gutenberg, Luther, and other topics.
Very interesting how a book published so recently is out of date regarding personalities:
Peter Jennings is dead
Katie Couric is no longer at Today
The Dixie Chicks are no longer a top draw at the box office
Furnishes some interesting statistics. For example, out of 4 million blogs, only fifty thousand are updated every day. That seems like a low percent to me.
The author recommends many blogs:
This book recharged my blogging battery. Well worth reading.
Fat Tire is crafted by New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, CO.
Good beer. I like it. Has some depth and breadth of flavors.
Fat Tire lacks the "punch in the face intensity" of Tyranena's Bitter Woman IPA (but hay, let's be fair about this, few beers can match that standard).
Additional note: On a previous trip to Arizona, Andrew accused me of stealing Katie's Fat Tire, but I really did buy my own.
I obviously need to do some homework because I know very little about some of them.
I was surprised to see McCain's 83% ACU rating. I would have guessed it was much lower than that.
I know all about Thompson from his Wisconsin governor days. He is DOA as a serious presidential candidate in my opinion.
"In a remarkably short span of time, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has pushed aside former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) as the principal challenger of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). A long hard road is ahead for Obama, but he is clearly more than a media phenomenon."
This book is about a tribe of hunter/gatherers in the Kalahari. The people are the Ju/wasi (also known as Bushmen or San). They lived in the Nyae Nyae area (about 100 miles west of the Okavango Swamp).
The book is written in two parts.
The first part describes how the Ju/wasi lived The Old Way, as had their ancestors for many thousands of years. These are a people who literally were living in balance with nature, and, if they had been left alone, could have done so in perpetuity.
The Old Way should not be romanticized. It was an incredibly difficult life where people routinely suffered thirst and starvation. Hunters suffered terrible injuries from encounters with dangerous animals. People lost limbs from poisonous snakebites. In the hardest times, women were forced to practice infanticide.
The Ju/wasi gathered nuts, dug tubers, etc. for most of their rations. They hunted several species of antelopes for the food they desired most. They used poisoned arrows to bring down the antelopes, although there were a few exceptional hunters who could literally run down an antelope and kill it with their bare hands.
This first part of the book is one of the best non-fiction works I have ever read. I would be willing to buy this part of the book. It is worth reading over and over.
The second part of the book is a thoroughly depressing account of how rich white liberals ruined the lives of the Ju/wasi.
Here is one example: The area where the Ju/wasi lived was turned into a game preserve where the Ju/wasi were no longer allowed to hunt. Then rich white liberals illegally poached the game with rifles.
It confirms my own view that Europeans were (and still are) a plague upon the Earth.
I realize that the second part of the book is necessary to tell the story of the people. But I would never read the second part again.
I wish I had something profound to say to commemorate the occasion.
OK, how about this?
I had to look up the word "crepuscular" today. I am sure that I once knew what it meant, but I just could not remember.
Crepuscular - Active in the twilight, as certain insects.
My own comment = Intense flavor, but not as spicy as a good Pinot Noir. I would definitely buy this wine again.
After reformers were defeated for all top House Republican leadership posts, a reformer -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) -- did defeat an appropriator -- Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) -- to become top Republican on the House Budget Committee. Ryan is a conservative and supply-sider.
My own comment = I am proud to claim Paul Ryan as my own congressman.
Al was raised by an African Muslim, a poor goat herder. Al's father received a lot of money (from al Qaeda as part of the greatest terror plot in history) to move to Hawaii and raise his son in a private Muslim school.
Al was soon taken out of Muslim schools and began his resume building, all with secret financial support. Al's father married a white atheist and they selected Chicago as the best district to enter politics.
As the plot began to make progress, there was a risk that the plot could be disclosed by the father, so Al's father was murdered in Africa. The crime was disguised as a "car accident".
Al became friends with black Christians in Chicago partly for political connections, and
partly for added cover and electability. Al was elected as a Democrat to a prominent Illinois political position.
The plan is for Al to become Vice President under one of the Clantons (like Sen. Hillary Clinton, for example). Then the president will be assassinated, and Al will ascend to the presidency. In the national grief period, a nuclear bomb will explode in an American city. In the delirium that follows, Al will announce that in order to advance world peace, he is converting to Islam. Subsequently he will appoint Muslims into key cabinet positions. This 40 year plot will be a tremendous victory for the Islamo-fascists.
[Truth: I did not write this myself, I only did some very minor editing. I do not wish to identify the original author due to considerations for his safety.]
[Also note that if the Earps had been more efficient, there is one element of this plot that would have to be modified.]
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Another very fine novel by Michael Crichton. This one deals with genetic engineering, gene therapy, rogue scientists, ruthless corporations, bounty hunters, and much more.
The novel included a ton of science, a lot of which was beyond me, but that never interfered with my enjoyment of the novel because the emphasis was always on the very interesting cast of characters, not all of them human.
Just as in real life, many of the most brilliant characters were tragically flawed.
After the novel, the author lists 5 conclusions from his research:
1) Stop patenting genes
2) Establish clear guidelines for the use of human tissues
3) Pass laws to ensure that data about gene testing is made public
4) Avoid bans on research
5) Rescind the Bayh-Dole Act
The book ends with an extensive annotated bibliography.
This is one of the most interesting novels I have ever read, worth reading more than once.
by Kelly Kindscher
Drawings by Carol Kuhn
Many of the entries are illustrated with exquisite line drawings. The illustrations really add a lot to the quality of the book.
Includes Indian names and uses.
Provides tips on cultivation.
Contains glossary, bibliography, index.
Well worth reading, over and over. Worth buying.
Wild Onion (Allium canadense)
Prostrate Pigweed (Amaranthus graecizans)
Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)
Hog Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)
Blue Funnel Lily (Andrstphium caeruleum)
Groundnut (Apios americana)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Groundplum Milkvetch (Astragalus crassicarpus)
Saltbush (Atriplex subspicata)
Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe involucrata)
Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides)
New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)
Lamb's Quarters (Chenopodium berlandieri)
Wavy-leafed Thistle (Cirsium undulatum)
Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant (Cleome serrulata)
Bastard Toadflax (Comandra umbellata)
Hazelnut (Corylus americana)
Pincushion Cactus (Coryphantha vivipara)
Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima)
White Prairie Clover (Dalea candida)
White Dog's Tooth Violet (Erythronium mesochoreum)
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
American Licorice (Glycyrrhiza lepidota)
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Bush Morning Glory (Ipomoea leptophylla)
Marsh Elder (Iva annua)
Gayfeather (Liatris punctata)
Prairie Parsley (Lomatium foeniculaceum)
Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa)
Prickly Pear (Opuntia macrorhiza)
Violet Wood Sorrel (Oxalis violacea)
Ground Cherry (Physalis heterophylla)
Devil's Claw (Proboscidea louisianica)
Wild Plum (Prunus americana)
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
Prairie Turnip (Psoralea esculenta)
Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra)
Buffalo Currant (Ribes odoratum)
Wild Rose (Rosa arkansana)
Dewberry (Rubus flagellaris)
Buffalo Berry (Shepherdia argentea)
Prince's Plume (Stanleya pinnata)
Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis)
Prairie Violet (Viola pedatifida)
Small Soapweed (Yucca glauca)
Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis)
Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)
Fescue (Festuca sp.)
Junegrass (Koeleria pyramidata)
Muhly (Muhlenbergia sp.)
Indian Ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides)
Panic Grass (Panicum sp.)
Maygrass (Phalaris caroliniana)
Sand Dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus)
Eastern Gama Grass (Tripsacum dactyloides)
Wild Rice (Zizania aquatica)
Other edible prairie plants
Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus)
Lavender Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
Pussy Toes (Antennaria sp.)
Sage (Artemisia sp.)
Canadian Milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis)
Sego Lily (Calochortus gunnisonii)
Netleaf Hackberry (Celtis reticulata)
Curly Top Gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)
Hoary Peavine (Lathyrus polumorphus)
Round Head Lespedeza (Lespedeza capitata)
Blue Flax (Linum perenne)
Mentzelia (Mentzelia albicaulis)
American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea)
Common Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)
Broomrape (Orobanche ludoviciana)
Knotweed (Polygonum sp.)
Cinquefoil (Potentilla sp.)
Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum sp.)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Cup Plant (Silphiu perfoliatum)
Goldenrod (Solidago sp.)
Greenthread (Thelesperma magapotamicum)
My own thoughts = Heh. I am someone who spent a lot of time cleaning dog kennels in a previous life. And I can say with total certainty that I always tried to pick up the turds by the clean ends.
In my opinion, this would be a very small niche game, and therefore is not likely to ever happen.
But look at the long-term success of EVE. Small game (as most games are when compared with World of Warcraft) but a dedicated fan base.
The infamous Don't Drink and Drive mantra has most definitely contributed to saving the lives of many drivers. Driving under the influence not only endangers your own life, but that lives of others on the road as well.
Drinking around your computer, whether it be alcohol or simply water, is quite dangerous as well. While not exactly life threatening, accidentally spilling a drink onto your keyboard or into your computer case could have devastating results. To avoid any possible risk of damaging your computer or peripherals, it is best to not drink around your computer.
Monday, December 11, 2006
$12 for a shot, which was a tumbler containing at least two shot glasses worth of bourbon.
Intense flavor, but very smooth.
$37.99 for 750ml in Hales Corners.
Sipping whiskey is not cheap.
$15k for one week per year, plus fees of about $500 per year.
It was very tempting because it offered so much flexibility. But somehow we resisted. I have some regrets.
There were a lot of Seahawks fans at the game.
The Cardinals won. It was an exciting game that came right down to the end.
I really liked the seats. They were low down in the corner of the end zone. It gave me a lot different view of the game than I get on TV.
Excellent food and great service from Travis.
I asked the salad chef if it was authentic to put the anchovies on the Caesar salad, and he said, "Yes!" This lends weight to the idea that the Cesar salad was indeed invented by Caesar Ritz of the Ritz Hotel chain.
I had the spicy yellowfin ahi. Outstanding.
On Saturday, we hiked from Echo Canyon Parkway to the summit of Camelback Mountain (elevation = 2,704 feet).
The trail is about 1.2 miles (one way) and the elevation gain is 1,264 feet.
According to the Phoenix government website, "This is a very strenuous trail recommended only for experienced hikers."
It was mostly massive granite with a few mafic inclusions. There was a small felsite dike at the summit. Many granites contain numerous pegmatite and quartz veins, but in this case, either they had been eroded off the top or they were never present in the first place.
The Lost Echo Canyon Gold Mine was either a hoax or it is extremely well hidden. The lost mine was originally reported by William "One Eared Bill" Sunomono, a member of the infamous Sunomono clan that terrorized the Old Wild West. Honesty was never one of old One Ear's strong points.
The appetizers were stuffed peppers and fish tacos, and both were outstanding.
I had a flavorful seafood stew. It was excellent.
The only downside was that I managed to lose my favorite comb. That comb had been with me for over 15 years, a real heartbreaker to lose it.
The Bears crushed the Rams 42-27.
In spite of what Paul Taglibue would have us believe, this is not parity. This is mediocrity.
The game was in St. Louis, but the Rams are so mediodre that it was a Bears home game.
On special teams, the Rams exude a stench so vile that it makes your teeth feel loose in their sockets. Not only were they unable to cover kicks, they also failed an extra point kick attempt.
The Rams are poorly coached and chronic underachievers.
But the Rams defense made Rex Grossman look great.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Midori Snyder wrote the Folkroots column in the February 2007 issue of Realms of Fantasy magazine.
The column was sub-titled, "Hail to the cook, who has the power to transform through the magic of food."
It is an intensely personal column, with anecdotes about her father, and samples of poetry that Ms. Snyder and her daughter wrote for each other.
According to Ms. Snyder, "The very best cooks are wizards and tricksters. They must be, for they are capable of powerful acts of transformation."
It is a fascinating piece that draws on diverse sources such as Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, the myths and legends of Circe and Baba-Yaga, a German tale "The Most Indispensable Thing," and an Italian tale "The Daughter of the Sun."
Ms. Snyder also interprets more modern stories, such as the movies Chocolat (one of my favorites) and Like Water for Chocolate.
Ms. Snyder furnishes some interesting quotes:
"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness."
- Elsa Schiaperelli
"What does cookery mean? It means the knowledge of Medusa and of Circe, and of Calypso, and Sheba."
- John Ruskin
This is a column well worth reading, more than once.
This would probably not be national news if Bonnie Bleskachek was not the first openly lesbian fire chief in a major U.S. city.
Is she a pervert as her detractors claim?
Or is her personal situation just a convenient excuse for her political opponents?
According to the Washington Post, the Minneapolis fire department is "rife with personal dramas and romantic entanglements."
Is that a selling point for Minneapolis?
Just a small sample:
If at first you don't succeed
call it version 1.0
There are 10 types of people in this world
Those who understand binary and those who don't
If it isn't broken
take it apart and fix it
Math illiteracy affects
7 out of every 5 people
Give someone a fish and you
feed them for a day
Teach someone to use the
internet and you won't
see them for weeks
Keyboard not detected
Press F1 to continue
The generation of random numbers is
too important to leave to chance
Support a secure internet
If you're running Windows
You're part of the problem
The box said
Requires Windows 98 or better
So I installed Linux
I will have to make some effort to find the list and blog it.
The list contained names like Yurasis Dragon. I saw an artist named Dragon at a recent art show. I should have asked Mr. Dragon if his mother ever considered naming him Yurasis. She probably never thought of it.
It has been about 3 weeks since the last post regarding the showing of Al Gore's movie "An Implausible Truth."
I am sure that all the staff are very busy, and it is hard to make time for blogging. It is a zero-sum game, if they take time to blog, then that time cannot be used to shelve books.
Or maybe some of them have lost interest.
While I agree with Mr. Pitts, I am pessimistic about the chances of any real lasting changes.
Too many people, white and black, are addicted to the use of the word.
- January 2007 issue of PC Gamer
Spore has been selected as one of the Top 10 Games of 2007. In Spore, the player starts as a single-celled organism and crawls up the foodchain, eventually building an interstellar civilization.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest deciduous tree species on earth. It has distinctive bi-lobed and fanlike leaves, which turn a beautiful golden yellow in the fall. It is hardy zones 3-9. It can be planted in almost any kind of soil. In 10-12 years, it will stand 20 feet tall. In 100 years, it should stand 100 feet tall. The Ginkgo has a long life span, typically 1000-1500 years.
If you are going to start your seeds indoors, it is important to first expose seeds to warm temperatures followed by cold temperatures to improve their germination rate. This is known as stratification.
Mix and knead the germination medium with water until you can form it into a ball. Squeeze out all excess water.
Place the seeds into the germination bag with the moistened germination medium. Zip up the bag, write the contents and date on the outside of the bag, and store it at room temperature (68-86 degrees F) for one month. Do not place the bag in direct sunlight.
Inspect the seeds every week to make sure the germination medium is moist and the seeds are not dark and soft. Add water to moisten the medium if necessary. Throw away any dark and softened seeds.
After the month, remoisten the medium (if required), then put the germination bag in the bottom vegetable crisper compartment of your refrigerator for 60-90 days.
Inspect seeds every week as before.
Return the seeds in their germination bag back to room temperature, keeping them out of direct sunlight.
The seeds may start to sprout at some point during refrigeration or they may sprout when stored at room temperature. It may take up to 3 months at room temperature before sprouting begins. Pot the seedlings using growing medium.
Water and mist your ginkgo frequently at first.
Make sure it has plenty of light (a sunny window will work) and air circulation.
After a few months in the pot, it may be planted outside in light shade, preferably in a greenhouse for the first year.
Plant in permanent location the following spring.
1) Plant bulb in pot with approximately the top third of the bulb showing above the soil surface.
2) Add water so the soil is moist, but not soggy. Do not overwater.
3) Keep the Amaryllis in a warm location (70-75 degrees F). but not in direct sunlight.
4) Water on a regular basis throughout the flowering period.
5) After flowering, remove the flower stem just above the bulb and continue to water. Plant outdoors in the spring and fertilize throughout the summer. After first frost, dig bulb and store bareroot in a cool dark place for at least 8 weeks. Repot bulb and a new cycle will begin.
1 stick butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Heat butter and sugar in heavy saucepan over medium heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly.
Boil 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Watch the heat very carefully, you want the mixture to boil, but not burn. (There are few things less palatable than burned toffee!)
Pour mixture into buttered 8 x 8 pan.
Cool until set (should only take a few minutes), then invert pan over cookie sheet and remove toffee from pan (you might have to loosen the sides with a spatula).
Break into pieces and enjoy rich, buttery toffee.
Note: This recipe is named after "Plain Jane" Sunomono, a member of the notorious clan that terrorized the Old Wild West. Plain Jane cheated at cards, robbed banks and stagecoaches, jumped mining claims, and rustled cattle, but she sure liked her toffee. So it is only fitting that this recipe is named for her.
Mr. Kane, I always enjoy reading your column, even though I rarely agree with it.
I was amazed bordering on stupification to find myself agreeing with your column today titled, "McGee deserves to finish his term."
The people of his district elected him and they deserve to have him as their alderperson. In fact, I would say that McGee and the people deserve each other. Literally.
If someone does not like the job he is doing, then they can run against him in the next regularly scheduled election.
Not that I would ever see any money from it, but I am very curious about what types of ads would be placed.
I have sort of an eclectic blog, which might make for equally eclectic ads.
"I think the weather kept some people away," he said.
Using that logic (or lack thereof), the stands should have been empty during The Ice Bowl.
During the loss to the Jets, it was the largest halftime deficit (trailing 31-0) in the long history of the Packers playing at Lambeau. The home fans were booing the Packers. Many fans got up and walked out in disgust.
Harlan needs to step aside and let someone qualified take over.
A Navy deserter who committed treason rationalized his desertion by saying the service did not meet his expectations, "I had a very idealized view, basically what amounted to a World War II Navy."
My own comments:
Too bad he could not have served in the WWII Navy when a lot of good, brave men died fighting off Nazi submarines and Japanese kamikaze pilots.
Or maybe that was not the WWII Navy he was talking about.
- Kelly Kindscher (1987) Edible Wild Plants of the Prarie: An Ethnobotanical Guide
Monday, December 04, 2006
At her largest, she weighed 1,050 pounds and was 8 feet wide.
I am amazed bordering on stupification that she made Gilbert Brown look like a shrimp.
She obviously set a standard for corpulence that few others can even approach.
According to a sheriff, the hunter died of a heart attack.
According to a pathologist, the hunter died because his lungs were completely filled with brown fluid.
The hunter's wife said she intially thought that her husband had been shot.
I guess it is another X-Files case.
Wolak refers to the mayor's previous comment, "I would not call it a crisis because we're going to deal with it."
The author of the letter obviously does not buy into the notion that if you are a rich white liberal, then mouthing platitudes is good enough.
There was a stunning assortment of food, with quality to satisfy any gourmet and quantity to satisfy any gourmand.
Just a few of the outstanding dishes:
Made-to-order Ginger Waffles
Cavatappi Ginger Shrimp Salad
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Gingersnap Crust
House Cured Salmon with Ginger Brandy
The fans should remember that this team is built in the image of Bob Harlan, who has a sweet Catch-22 going in that he cannot do his job due to health reasons, but he is also immune to criticism for the same health reasons.
One of the reasons McCarthy was hired was his "toughness" (whatever that means).
Two measures of toughness might be a team's ability to tackle on defense and ability to run the ball on offense. The Packers are woeful in both regards.
At least now the local sports media can dispense with the talk of playoffs.
Contains lots of gorgeous color photographs.
Omits zone hardiness information. The author is a Brit, so maybe he does not understand why this information is important in the U.S.
Shrubs for shade:
Laurel (Acuba japonica) [Crotonifolia, Gold Dust, Variegata, Crassifolia, Golden King]
Rose of Sharon (Hypericum calycinum)
Holly (Ilex aquifolium) [Golden Queen, Golden van Tol, Silver Queen]
Privet (Ligustrum sp.)
Honeysuckl (Lonicera sp.)
Ornamental bramble (Rubus cockburnianus) [Goldenvale, Benenden]
Shrubs for clay soils:
Barberry (Berberis sp.)
Japonica (Chaenomeles speciosa) [Crimson & Gold, Moerloosei, Pink Lady, Elly Mossel]
Mexican orange blossom (Choisya ternata) [Sundance, Aztec Pearl]
Dogwood (Cornus sp.)
Spanish gorse (Genista hispanica)
Mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius) [Varoegatus, Aureus]
Firethorn (Pyracantha sp.)
Ornamental currant (Ribes sp.)
Some other shrubs of interest:
Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)
Butterfly bush (Beddleja davidii)
Box (Buxus sempervirens)
Creeping dogwood (Cornus canadensis)
Winter hazel (Corylopsis sp.)
Smoke bush (Cotinus coggyria)
Witch hazel (Hamamelis sp.)
Shrubby mallow (Hibiscus syriacus)
Ornamental cherry (Prunus tenella) [Fire Hill]
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Published in the June 2003 issue of America's 1st Freedom (Official Journal of the National Rifle Association)
This is an odd article with lots of background information (particularly about Cynthia and Quanah Parker) and not much detail on the event of June 27, 1874 itself.
The author failed to address many of the controversial points of the shot. Maybe Lantz worried that uncertainty about what actually happened might detract from the author's far-ranging social conclusions.
Esa-tai was one of the leaders of the attack. Lantz failed to provide a translation for the name. Some accounts give it as "Coyote Dung" and others as "Rear End of a Wolf." Maybe the author was trying to be politically correct by avoiding what might seem unflattering (but historically correct) names. Or maybe not, since Lantz seems otherwise prejudiced against the medicine man, dismissing him as arrogant and a sleight of hand trickster. [How could Lantz possibly know that Esa-tai was arrogant? Either Lantz has additional information that he chose not to share with us, or he is woefully ignorant of the belief systems of the people about whom he is writing.] The author speculated that Quanah Parker had little faith in Esa-tai's magic without providing any evidence that this was in fact the case. Lantz mentions the skunk incident out of context and dismisses it as a lame excuse for the failure of Esa-tai's medicine. Other accounts more fully explain the incident and place it in its proper context.
The author failed to mention that the initial attack was repelled at close range with handguns. This was a very important aspect of the battle. "The Shot" was the punctuation of a very bad day for the attackers, rather than the one big event that changed the course of western civilization as protrayed by Lantz.
Billy Dixon used a borrowed rifle to make the shot. The author failed to identify the owner of the rifle. Some accounts say that Bat Masterson was the owner. Lantz failed to mention that Bat Masterson was even present at the battle. This is an odd omission considering that Bat was the most famous person at the battle [face facts, more people have heard of Bat Masterson than either Quanah Parker or Billy Dixon].
This author's version stated that the unidentified gun owner offered the unloaded rifle to Billy, who then loaded the rifle and fired the shot. Most accounts state that Billy asked for the loan of a loaded rifle so that he could fire immediately without taking the time to load a rifle. There is a certain logic to the latter scenario that is absent from Lantz's account.
The author failed to identify the caliber of the rifle. By all accounts, the rifle was a Sharps.
Lantz failed to mention the controversy surrounding the range of the shot. Most versions give the range as 1,538 yards (as does Lantz). Since the range was measured well after the event, there is some legitimate uncertainty. An analysis of the ballistics of a shot fired at this extreme range make the success of such a shot seem very unlikely. And all existing sources indicate that the shot was a success. Even if the shot were fired at a shorter range (say one thousand yards, for example) it would still be one of the greatest shots of all time.
The author failed to identify the target of the shot. Some versions say it was Esa-tai himself. [My favorite version is that a warrior, unhappy about the way the attack was going, threatened Esa-tai with a quirt. Before he could strike Esa-tai, he was knocked off his horse by Dixon's shot. In this version, it would seem that Esa-tai's medicine was not so weak after all.]
In most ways, this is a very disappointing article. The author seemed more interested in engaging in speculation to further his own political agenda than in trying to explain the facts of the case.
"The Shot" is one of my favorite events in American history, and it was poorly served by this author. Of all the accounts of the event that I have read so far, this is the weakest, by a huge margin.
The editors of the NRA magazine deserve a hefty portion of blame for the sad state of the article. They obviously agreed with this less than stellar rendition of one of American history's most interesting events, or they would not have published it as is.
This is the same paper that criticized Rep. Sensenbrenner a few weeks ago when he warned that violent crime was on the rise in the city. The paper's editorial board complained that Sensenbrenner should get his facts straight.
No mention in this newest article that Sensenbrenner was right, and the editorial board was clueless as usual.
Note that the murder rate is down, not because fewer people are getting shot, but because fewer victims die due to heroic measures taken by emergency medical teams.