The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.
- Robert Frost.
The sun is warm, but the winds are stiff. Enjoy your day.
Soldier found after almost 100 years in Flanders mud. Too perfect a circumstance not to do the obvious poem. Rest in peace now, young man. Rest in peace.
SF New Mexican:
A big start to our 2006 fire season. Firebombers have been droning overhead for the last two or three days.
Sunset this evening.
A sequence of three.
St Francis Cathedral:
Slight channel mixer spookiness.
Apple’s Aperture hits 1.1, drops price by almost half. You still need Photoshop, so the premium price wouldn’t fly ... IMHO.
As the Rich Ride In, Many Are Priced Out of Homes on the Range. It was indeed strange to walk the boardwalks of Jackson Wyoming last summer in hiking boots, smelling of tent camping, among perfumy tittering twenty-somethings in their next-to-nothing finery. Where did they come from? A local told me, “We’ve been priced out of our own town. Money talks, dude. Jackson’ll never be the same.”
Shiite exodus from mixed towns. “Filling the void left by the government, the Mahdi Army, the militia of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, has provided assistance to displaced families in neighborhoods all over Baghdad.” Some on the right have been crowing over a supposed marginalization of al-Sadr; this certainly speaks against that concept. The people will support him for his assistance.
“Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.”
- V (for Vendetta).
Da Vinci, at work.
Quoting Orwell. Chris and I had a discussion about this a while ago — during one of the election seasons, I think. Orwell quotes had been so overused in discussion groups and weblogs in political doomsday contexts — often hauled up as last-gasp warning flags against policies when personal opinion runs out of mental resource — we agreed Orwell should be shelved for common usage in political discourse.
Washington’s Museums: Worth the Price of Admission? A buck? C’mon, get real. It’s only one cent more than a song from iTunes.
Analysts Say a Nuclear Iran Is Years Away. Of course they’re years away. And that’s for an airplane-dropped bomb, or an in-place bomb. It takes a huge facility like Los Alamos or Sandia to create ballistic nuclear weapons (I believe Pakistan also used tritium to make their bombs lighter and more powerful for missile launches, a very advanced technology). Likewise, the centrifuges being used are something of first-generation centrifuge tech, very old by modern standards; it’s a long way from 3% enrichment to the 90% required for weapon-grade uranium. Yet, having centrifuges is weapon-empowering, no question. And everyone, not just America, believes Iran was a benefactor of at least a portion of A.Q. Khan’s nuclear knowhow.
The bottom line is, we have do have a decent segment of time to deal with this ... not minutes, as the Administration seems to be pushing on the less-gullible (I hope) citizenry.
The irony of all this is not lost here in New Mexico, where the Bush Administration wishes to build its own uranium enrichment plant, LES, down in Lea County. “Do as I say, not as I do.” Iran can very easily point fingers and cry ‘foul’, yet I hear no talk of Iranian surgical strikes near Hobbs, NM. Urenco is part of the consortium to build this plant, last time I looked ... the same outfit whose security was allegedly so lax that Khan could steal what he needed to create his own nuclear weapons.
A Long Row to Hoe, to Avoid a Store-Bought Tomato. “The cost of creating the vegetable garden was considerable — $16,565, not counting yearly expenditures on seeds and plants.” Ye gods. Did he bury a stable of Troy-Bilts in the garden? Gardening need not be expensive, nor does it require destroying your spine. It does require a bit of fitness, and the patience to learn by experience; books only take you so far. My own attempts at gardening pale in comparison to my late father, who was a full-time attorney and a very successful gardener ... for a mere sliver of the above price. We had corn, leeks, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, rutabagas, melons, and more ... all in suburban Princeton. And not a single Miracle-Gro product purchased.
SF New Mexican:
SF New Mexican:
Holy Reawakening. “The Penitente Brotherhood is still active in Northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Its mysterious roots date back at least 1,000 years to Spain and Italy.”
SF New Mexican:
Richardson fields student questions on hot topic. “The decision to have Richardson guest teach came from the governor, not the school, McIntyre said, ‘The edict came down,’ she said. But after the class, McIntyre applauded the effort.” Still, it allowed for seemingly unguarded moments for truth to be revealed.
Heroine gets her wings - 63 years on. Good for you, Mme Cornioley, stick to your guns.
SUV’s “school hazard.” Parents tend to zoom after their own kids, using their vehicles to nudge pedestrians out of the way at our local elementary school.
Rumble, roar ...
run outside, and see a tall red tail and four engines. A B-17 must be visiting the SF Airport. I’ll have to swing over there and peek later on.
London Review of Books:
If you’d seen his green eyes. On Robespierre. If the book is half as good as this review ...