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NY Times Education:

College Leaders Take to Blogging.  I’d give a lot to have experienced Witherspoon or McCosh with a weblog.

11/22/06 • 09:07 AM • Scholarly • No Comments

NY Times Health:

Study Questions Need to Operate on Disk Injuries.  How many of us have heard that same old saw, “Well, if you won’t consider surgery, you’ll just have to be in pain for the rest of your life”?  The knowledge in this article has been passed from sufferer to sufferer by word-of-mouth, for a long time.  Depends on the severity, certainly, but everyone I know who’s had severe back pain, has been significantly helped by modern physical therapy and a fitness maintenance regime.  Those I know who chose surgery, faced more pain ... more surgery ... more pain ... more surgery ... (stop me now).  Physicians have been wising up to this fact, on their own.  Now they have a study to back up the procedure.

11/22/06 • 08:59 AM • HealthPhysical Fitness1 Comment

SF New Mexican:

S.F. High to have daily police presence.  Five threats over the last four days.

11/22/06 • 08:38 AM • ChildhoodLawScholarly • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Airline booze ban among anti-DWI ideas.  Oh, that’s going to go a long way.  Airports are bristling with security personnel these days.  Surely it would be simple enough for a flight attendant to communicate to security that certain persons might need to blow into a breathalyzer?  Drunken driving is a lot more common than terrorism.  Might as well give the security personnel something useful to do.  I mean, the resources are all there.  Someone just has to use them.

11/22/06 • 08:28 AM • FoodLawSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Woman, 92, dies in shootout with police.  It seems, as far as she was concerned, it was a breaking-and-entering.

11/22/06 • 08:08 AM • Human RightsLaw • No Comments

Times Online.UK:

Go green. Look a complete idiot.  The way you practice, is the way you perform.  I had the habit of wowing instructors with balancing my 750 on the front wheel in panic stops; I forgot and did so in my NJ State motorcycle test, and almost flunked out.  You’re not supposed to let the rear tire leave the ground.  My advice, take the motorcycle test on a small-displacement bike, not a heavy 1000cc model or a laid-back cruiser [not that a tiny bike helped this individual].  Some Harleys are physically unable to turn sharp enough to pass the test by staying between the lines in the 90 degree corner.

11/21/06 • 09:51 PM • PersonalSports • No Comments

Washington Post:

The end of the United Kingdom?  William Wallace must be smiling, “Butcher” Cumberland groaning.

11/21/06 • 05:58 PM • Human RightsLawPolitics • No Comments

For horse lovers.

Sicab 2006 is going on right now. Some gorgeous Andalusians.  Saw a shot on WaPo’s “Day in Photos”, and thought to dig a bit further.

11/21/06 • 05:43 PM • General • No Comments

Washington Post:

I’d wondered what Sikhs were doing about their ceremonial daggers, in this post-9/11 world of ours.

11/21/06 • 05:26 PM • LawPoliticsReligionTravel • No Comments

Albuquerque Tribune:

Radioactive materials `misplaced,’ says state.  I certainly hope medical radioactives will be followed more closely, but I won’t hold my breath.

11/21/06 • 12:57 PM • EnvironmentalHealthSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Washington Post:

“Plan B” goes OTC.

11/21/06 • 10:40 AM • HealthHuman RightsPoliticsReligion • No Comments

Luminous Landscape:

From the Big House, to the Outhouse.  On critics and critique.  Creativity is like breathing; you need no excuses to engage in it, no profits to show results from it.  It just is.  The most talented artists I know, create because they have to, not because they want to.  It is as basic to them as any bodily function.

11/21/06 • 10:25 AM • ArtsPhotography1 Comment


The interview: Robert Pirsig.  “Why, for example, should a group of simple, stable compounds of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen struggle for billions of years to organise themselves into a professor of chemistry? What’s the motive?”

11/21/06 • 10:21 AM • BooksHistoryPsychologyReligionScholarly • No Comments


U.S. Acting ‘Needs Some Help,’ Says Burstyn.  I find pacing is the problem.  Words and action are jammed into a film like sardines in a can ... leaving me to process even major plot points after the film’s done with.  Very little ‘acting’ can take place, with such time constraints.

11/21/06 • 10:12 AM • Entertainment • No Comments

NY Times Health:

Historians Resurrect ‘Cartoon Medicine’ for a New Generation.  At my former company, Aniforms, we regularly used a live-animation cartoon to convince audiences of management’s goals; placing the animation as a member of the salesforce, a skeptic, who is eventually brought around to seeing things as management would prefer.  Skillful scripting and biting, acerbic humor were the vehicles.  All of our former live animators went on to Hollywood, writing for “The Tracy Ullman Show”, “Huff”, etc.  In one instance of my recall, our animated character helped prevent a workforce from going union ... no, animation is a very powerful tool.  The public perception is the opposite, for very good reason: Disney and Pixar have mechanized animation into soullessness.

11/21/06 • 09:44 AM • EntertainmentHealthPsychology • No Comments

NY Times:

The embedded Intrepid proves an uncontroversial way to show support for the military, for some politicos.  The last time I was on board, she was quite tatty.  The planes on deck had been stripped of engines, even gauges.  What’s the payoff to climbing up a ladder to look into a stripped cockpit?  Kids were walking off clearly disappointed ... the derelict state of everything on board didn’t serve to fire imagination.  The Brooklyn Navy Yard, in its advanced state of decomposition, is more interesting.

11/21/06 • 09:11 AM • ChildhoodHistory • No Comments

NY Times Business:

Google Shares Top $500 for 1st Time.  I should have had faith and bought Google when they went public.  Kicking myself generously now.

Tangential: In web world, rich envy the super-rich.  Just an aside, I’ve been hearing from acquaintances who own Priuses (Prii?) that one should be sure to buy another gas-engine car at the same time to drive back and forth from the Toyota dealer when the Prius needs annoyingly frequent repairs.  True?  I get the idea there’s a strong undercurrent of disgruntlement going on among some owners.

11/21/06 • 08:59 AM • ComputingEconomicsInternet • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Bernalillo County confirms Wilson’s win over Madrid.  Unless there were reported incidents of fraud (and I heard none), Madrid should concede.  The longer the wait, the more it appears sour grapes ... fitting into the stereotype Wilson broadcast in her ads over those last few days prior to election.  The local Democrats don’t need that kind of rep.

11/21/06 • 08:57 AM • PoliticsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Police investigate 3 alleged sex crimes.  Be careful in SoCap after nightfall.

11/21/06 • 08:46 AM • ChildhoodHome & LivingLaw • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

There’s been brown haze in the air, I wondered why: prescribed burns in the Watershed.

11/21/06 • 08:39 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Tests close in on 400-year-old Jamestown bones’ identity.

11/20/06 • 09:52 PM • HistoryScience • No Comments


Free Viagra spices up small town life.  “Some of the old men aren’t seeking out their wives. They’ve got romances on the side.”  Whoops.

11/20/06 • 09:38 PM • HealthPsychology • No Comments

Times Online.UK:

Thallium seems to be the substance of choice to poison one’s enemies with ... whether ‘evil’ dictator, or ‘virtuous’ democracy.

11/20/06 • 08:45 PM • HealthHistory • No Comments


‘No proof’ of Iran nuclear arms.  “A current senior intelligence official confirmed the existence of the CIA analysis, and told me that the White House had been hostile to it.”

11/20/06 • 08:34 PM • Human RightsPolitics • No Comments

Times Online.UK:

A posthumous artistic reconciliation.

11/20/06 • 03:15 PM • ArtsHistory • No Comments
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