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Messing around with Google Chrome again. “So what?” you say? You’re right—so what. Five male robins were rummaging around in the dead leaves under the front porch and shrub this morning. It looked like they were looking for food. The leaves were flying left and right, and one of them made an angry open-mouthed gesture […]

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Picking up a few loose ones … Armenia Back in August we heard about the incipient rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey that was to culminate in an imminent restoration of diplomatic relations. On October 10, after a last-minute dispute over wording was resolved with input (shall we say) from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the […]

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Some quick impressions of the Kindle reading device after two days of use: It’s smaller than I expected. The screen is larger than those on several PDAs I’ve used heavily to read on in the past, but not as large as even a small-format paperback. The small size is good and bad, of course. It’s […]

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Just as a neighbor and I began talking seriously about putting up a bat house to attract these amazing mosquito-eating creatures to our mosquito-infested backyards, we learn that, like the honey bee, the bat is in trouble. It may not be for the same reason(s), but it’s disturbing nonetheless: “This is the worst crisis I’ve […]

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The bees are dying: one quarter of the US commercial colonies collapsed last year, and news accounts indicate that Europe has the same problem. Initial speculation centered on cell phones—supposedly the radiation is at just the right frequency to disrupt the bees’ navigation. That hypothesis seems to have few adherents now. So what is it? […]

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Hot on the heels of a widely slammed article about global warming, William Broad of the New York Times wisely took on a cooler subject yesterday: big snowflakes. Hey, wasn’t I just talking about that? Someone’s been reading my mail blog. Broad writes about credible reports of snowflakes the size of frisbees and how this […]

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“Plavam …”

Martin Strel likes to swim. In rivers. Long rivers. From end to end. The Danube. The Mississippi. The Yangtze. And now, the Amazon. Never mind the piranha and the candirú. It’s the Slovenian red wine that keeps him going—he laughs when he says it, but he drinks it as he floats on his back down […]

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On December 31, I thought about resolving to be even lazier in 2007 than I was in 2006, but I never got around to it.

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Pedicabs have come to DC: Kevin Clark—The Washington Post Currently the fare is $4.50 per 10 minutes of riding. No protection from the elements, but it’s a start.

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Just a link. Discuss quietly amongst yourselves. 😉

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman