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Friday, February 20, 2009

Past is Prologue

Egyptian Culture has made an appearance in Columbus, Ohio. I walked through a part of the show yesterday. Egypt has long fascinated me, and I seem to be in good company. There was a good crowd in the museum, especially for a Thursday afternoon. What is it about Egypt that catches our interest so... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Preventing a Certain Future

Today my daughter's kitten had its destiny determined. She was taken in to be spayed. The kitten, Zelda by name, was a rescue, taken from a box along with her siblings, where they were desperately trying to feed from their dead mother. Someone bottle-fed them until they could be weaned, then a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Willow the Witch

I find useful illustrations in unexpected places. Recently, my daughter began watching 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', and I've seen a few episodes myself. I enjoy the light tone, with supernatural adventure mixed in with comedy. The TV show is much better than the movie was, from what I remember. One... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Today my son is 21. I won't take him out to a bar for his first legal drink, because he's had a few, under supervision, at home over the years, beginning with a sip of beer at about 16. Besides, he's been to Canada, where the drinking age is 19 (or so he told me). And he lives in Massachusetts,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

One small step. Now what?

Neils Bohr once said, "Prediction is difficult, especially about the future." He also gave us a model of the atom, the concentric orbit model, based on a solar system, that is completely wrong, but still provides a useful illustration to help explain a little of how quantum mechanics works. But... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Ten Cents a Dance

I think I'm going to a dance recital tonight. Or whatever you call a performance of dance that isn't ballet. Some of it may be ballet, but a kind of modern ballet. Some will be modern dance, but with aspects of ball room dance to it. Though my daughter studied dance for a few years, until her joints... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve

So I once read on a bumper sticker. Of course, outlawing evolution is going to be as successful as making pi equal to 3.1 (as the legislature of Kentucky once did). Legislative bodies don't change fundamental laws of science no matter how hard they try. But here in America, the debate over the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lonely Desert

Sometimes I want to go back to the desert. I love the mountains, and I liked the shrubs, cactus, and yucca. There weren't a lot of animals, but lizards and tortoises are pretty cool. And I enjoyed basking as much as I imagine they did. But recently I learned that Las Vegas has the highest per capita... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Reproducing an Image

The post by gomedome about God and athletes has got me thinking. I commented on this topic with regard to the quarterback of the losing team in the Super Bowl. No self-respecting deity would involve Himself in an athletic contest, short of the battle between David and Goliath, because in sports,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Dirty Secrets

When our son was born, we were thrilled and fascinated. And scared. After all, a newborn baby is helpless and weak, and needs constant attention. We had to control his environment as much as we could. So we constantly monitored the state of his diapers, we laundered his clothes with great care, and... Sign in to see full entry.

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