NY Times Sunday Book Review:
Confessions of a Book Abuser. The sequence of photos is sacrilege! I hesitate to write in anything but schoolbooks. The books I inherited when my father passed away tend to have slips of paper, coins, bits of leather squirreled away in them. Anything that was easy to reach, usable as a bookmark. Curious phrases written out in longhand, stacks of numbers, all bearing witness to a workaday past, but supplying endless hours of contemplation over what they actually represented. Some of the older books have related articles in them, newspaper clippings with book reviews, corset ads, images of perambulators.
Never buy a bookmark. Use something that gives a flavor of the era, instead. You’ll be entertaining your future children and grandchildren.
NY Times Science:
A United Kingdom? Maybe. DNA is going to gift us with some really fun conclusions. Will old prejudices disappear? I suppose they’ll probably just shift to belief, rather than blood.
NY Times Health:
NY Times Art & Design:
Discovering photographer Henry Wessel, celebrating the views that others looked past.
NY Times Health:
Insufferable Clinginess, or Healthy Dependence? “Psychiatrists often advise a kind of sympathetic distancing: acknowledge the person’s fears; offer some reassurance; but nudge (or push) the person to at least experiment with interests, hobbies or habits that don’t revolve around the relationship.”
Rainer Maria Rilke once said:
“The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality
by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good
marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other
to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each
other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people
is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a
hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both
parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once
the realization is accepted that even between the closest
people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side
can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse
between them, which gives them the possibility of always
seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.”
That is my philosophy of marriage and relationship, exactly.
SF New Mexican:
SF New Mexican:
State denied jurisdiction in Indian Country. “Privately held lands ‘remain Indian country,’ the state Supreme Court ruled, reversing decisions by the state Court of Appeals.”
London Review of Books:
Who has the gall? Translating Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. “The rhythmic alliterative line was divided into two halves, each containing two (or in the first half-line originally three) main stresses ... The third stress (that is, the first stress of the second half-line) always alliterates with one or both of the stresses in the first half-line, but never with the fourth stress.” Yeow, pat your head and rub your stomach while parsing poetry ... and who is going to clean up all that alliter?
Goodbye to the blues, a survey of the American South. “The lesson of southern history is that non-violence works, both in that narrow sense and in a broader one. An economic system based on free labour and free exchange is far more dynamic and adaptable than a system based on coercion. And a political system that heeds all voices is far more stable than one that heeds some and seeks to silence the rest.”
Close the Immigration Vault with Employer Enforcement. Read it before you dismiss it because of the source, Leftys. Skip the first half’s story telling. I have a bad taste in my mouth from contractors who charge full-rate for skilled work, but hire untrained illegals. That circumstance, forces my hand on this issue.
I saved a little girl’s life in this. Review of the Bentley Continental drop-top, but a powerful condemnation of motorcycle riding. I simply do not ride my motorcycle as much as I used to. Part of the reason is New Mexico’s penchant for drunks. The lack of state inspections, which gifts the road with various car parts. The lack of responsibility, in tying things down in truck beds. And then there’s our general societal ills, the ‘me-first’ boomer mentality of modern drivers. You can make solid eye contact, but that doesn’t mean the individual behind the wheel gives a monkey’s ...
Where does Al Qaeda stand now? “The most likely scenario, RAND concluded, was that Al Qaeda would pick targets that would simultaneously create fear and damage the US economy. It might attack US agriculture or food industries, for instance; or employ radiological “dirty” bombs.”
In search of Gilgamesh, the epic hero of ancient Babylonia. Here’s a summary of the epic.
Largest library closure in U.S. looms, Federal funding dries up, leaving 15 branches in Oregon county on brink.
NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:
We eat horses, don’t we? Interesting bits of history. The legendary A-2 jacket that WWII flyers wore, was specced as horsehide. I wonder if that’s more an indication of the automobile’s increasing use in the early 30’s, more than an indication of horse-burgers.
NY Times Editorial:
Blog the debt away. “... Congress needs to do more to make rates and fees more transparent while putting an end to some of the most abusive policies. In a fairly common practice known as universal default, for instance, a credit card company raises interest rates because a consumer missed or was late with a payment on a different company’s account. Citigroup just announced that its credit-card business would voluntarily end the practice. That’s something good to blog about for a change.”
NY Times Play Magazine:
How to grow a super athlete. “A quick analysis of this talent map reveals some splashy numbers: for instance, the average woman in South Korea is more than six times as likely to be a professional golfer as an American woman. But the interesting question is, what underlying dynamic makes these people so spectacularly unaverage in the first place? What force is causing those from certain far-off places to become, competitively speaking, superior?”
NY Times Business:
Oil Innovations Pump New Life Into Old Wells. “There is still a minority view, held largely by a small band of retired petroleum geologists and some members of Congress, that oil production has peaked, but the theory has been fading.” That statement’ll cause a stir.
Miss Navajo builds bridges with those in juvenile detention. “Your tongue is God - you speak about what you bring about! ... [snip] ... I’m raising my voice right now because way down inside you I see that power. Why can’t you see your talent? Why can’t you use your potential?”
Blind faith. “According to polls conducted by the National Constitution Center, only one third of Americans can name even one of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Is it any more startling that only one third can identify the preacher of the Sermon on the Mount?”
I think I’ve got it somewhat sussed. Titles needed some padding-bottom, along with the float. Opera’s behaving, at least, so I hope the Linux variant browsers are happier. IE preferred not to style the first <p> encountered, so I added one at the top of the page. Invisible on Firefox, but it’ll shove content down a bit on IE. I’ll see if I can minimize it later. Now I can fiddle with colors, perhaps a background pattern, and other niceties.
Later: Screwing around with background tiles. Excuse the mess.
Even later: Aw phooey, there go my <p> tags in the loop again.
Much later: Must fulfill the fantasy. Scroll down. Erk.
SF New Mexican:
Anyone seen a tourist? We can’t just be sitting back and expect faux mud buildings to do our PR for us.
SF New Mexican:
Pipeline promises welcome relief for some weary water haulers. Pueblo Pintado may finally get ‘local’ water, rather than 30- or 40-mile water.
Two people in Santa Fe are drawing down a lot of page views. 200 pages for one, 82 pages for the other. I wonder what’s up. Care to enlighten me, lurkers?
The only CSS hack you’ll ever need. Somewhat timely, and time to experiment.