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02/14/06 • 06:50 AM • Personal • No Comments

Rob Galbraith:

Photographers blog from Torino.  Sounds like these guys need truckloads of those little handwarmer packets ... and PowerBars.

02/13/06 • 12:49 PM • PhotographySports • No Comments

The Economist:

Let’s cool down and look at this rationally.  “Just as a set of rules and rituals can seem self-evidently horrific to some people and perfectly natural to others, the symbols of religion—holy persons, holy artefacts or holy buildings—can evince reactions ranging from awe to repulsion to indifference among people who in other contexts would find little to disagree over.” 

Food for thought.  Pascal’s Wager, The Riddle of Epicurus, The Rock Lifting Paradox  .

02/13/06 • 12:23 PM • ReligionScholarly • No Comments

The Economist:

On taxonomy of animal species.  “Change was due, because nearly 250 years after Carl von Linné, a Swedish naturalist, invented the modern system of naming living creatures, taxonomists still have no official list of all the animals discovered so far.”  My italics.

02/13/06 • 12:05 PM • NatureScience • No Comments


US group implants electronic tags in workers.

02/13/06 • 12:02 PM • Human Rights • No Comments

The Art Newspaper:

“You aren’t a dealer until you’ve been robbed.”

02/13/06 • 11:48 AM • Arts • No Comments

Washington Post, World Opinion Roundup:

Whereas the American media pulls up short, the foreign media bags Cheney.

02/13/06 • 11:34 AM • NewsPolitics • No Comments

Boston Globe:

In Turin, a five-ring circus.  I must admit, I spent more time laughing during the Opening Ceremonies.  The poor alpenhorn blowers with the flag poles in their drawers, then little girls come out and yank their lanyards?  The cow outfits for pairs dancing with mooing in the background?  There seemed to be a combination of bad camera positioning, and a singular lack of explanation of the symbolism.  Only 3/4 of the way through the ‘cow dancing’ did a brief explanation come through, “celebrating mountain life”, if I remember correctly.  Only in reading news articles did I find that the audience was supplied with cow bells?  In viewing stills from the major news services, we missed whole sections of the event that might have given us a better sense of the choreography.  I kept channeling Danny Kaye’s “Choreography” dialogue from “White Christmas”:

“Through the air they keep flying
Like a duck that is dying
Instead of dance
It’s choreography”

Either the Italians didn’t let NBC put cameras where they wished, or NBC fell flat on rendering this event for its viewers.  I tend to lean towards the latter, given that NBC presents little background on any athlete other than the competing Americans.  Where are the days of celebrating *all* athletes?  I want to know more about the winning individuals, but all we seem to be getting are personality pieces on the American competitors.  Other nationalities are largely handled with spoken-word-only commentary.  Every wrinkle has been explored on Bode Miller’s countenance, but the best information we get on Deneriaz is that ‘he lives 80 miles away.’  When Americans don’t make the medals stand, NBC seems to find a way to use their pre-prepared footage, one way or another.  It’s like a used-car salesman that just won’t get it through his head you’re interested in the Miata; he’s still working hard to stick you with the Hummer you don’t want.

Bring back ABC and Jim McKay.

Oh, one more thing.  I beg you, NBC, please stop airing the same commercials every commercial break.  You’re really making the Olympics genuinely *hard* to sit through.

02/13/06 • 09:22 AM • EntertainmentSports1 Comment

NY Times:

At Churches Nationwide, Good Words for Evolution.

02/13/06 • 08:52 AM • ReligionScience • No Comments

NY Times:

Arriving Planes to Line Up Closer Together Above City.  Maybe I’ll fly into Philly next time ...

02/13/06 • 08:38 AM • News • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Senate OK’s solar tax credit.

02/13/06 • 08:36 AM • EnvironmentalPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Dangers in Mexican candy.

02/13/06 • 08:36 AM • ChildhoodFoodHealth • No Comments


‘Monumental’ tomb find in Greece.

02/12/06 • 07:55 PM • History • No Comments


I see many parallels between papanca and weblogging ... perhaps weblogging is further untaming my wild mind.

02/12/06 • 03:04 PM • ReligionScholarly • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Fake Indian art prompts plan to certify work.

02/12/06 • 09:36 AM • ConsumptionHuman RightsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Well-water woes: Cañoncito residents search for solutions.  The EPA on radium.

02/12/06 • 09:33 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • No Comments

NY Times Week in Review:

So Long, Dalai Lama: Google Adapts to China.  I have to assume the role of “Radio Free Europe” can be undertaken on the Internet in other ways.

02/12/06 • 09:29 AM • HistoryHuman RightsInternet • No Comments

DP Review:

Nikon confirm D200 banding, fix available. And, Storing Your Digital Images.

02/12/06 • 09:19 AM • Photography • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Ongoing drought could cause severe problems in Arizona.  There’s been generous snow in Colorado, so anyone taking water from the Rio should be OK for the first part of the year.  But we’ve had no significant precip since last spring ... last year was generous, but not generous enough to last this long. It’s going to be a tough summer, unless spring gifts us with something.

02/11/06 • 09:07 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Bush administration details $1 billion plan for public land sales.

02/11/06 • 09:05 AM • ChildhoodEnvironmentalNaturePolitics • No Comments

Times Online.UK:

Why I’m one of the great unread.

From Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, something this author might wish to read:

“I certainly have not the talent which some people possess,” said Darcy,  “of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done.”

“My fingers,“said Elizabeth, “do not move over this instrument in the masterly manner which I see so many women’s do. They have not the same force or rapidity, and do not produce the same expression. But then I have always supposed it to be my own fault—because I would not take the trouble of practising. It is not that I do not believe my fingers as capable as any other woman’s of superior execution.’‘

Darcy smiled, and said, “You are perfectly right. You have employed your time much better. No one admitted to the privilege of hearing you, can think any thing wanting. We neither of us perform to strangers.”

02/10/06 • 09:17 AM • ArtsBooks • No Comments

The Economist:

The isolationist temptation.  Dems in ‘06 could leverage this sentiment by using the “we’re not the world’s police force” back at the Republicans.

02/10/06 • 09:12 AM • Human RightsPolitics1 Comment

CJR Daily:

BusinessWeek Has a Big Idea.

02/10/06 • 09:04 AM • EconomicsPolitics • No Comments

Washington Post:

Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq.  “It has become clear that official intelligence was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between [Bush] policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community’s own work was politicized.”

02/10/06 • 09:01 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

British Journal of Photography:

Pentax on the bounceback.  “... the digital MF camera will be based on Pentax’s 645 film camera, and that it will feature a 22 million pixel resolution sensor.”  Cool.  I was waiting for someone to take advantage of the 6x4.5cm form factor.

02/10/06 • 08:54 AM • Photography • No Comments
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