Friday, March 31, 2006
Music to our ears.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Hey Borders, while you're erring on the side of caution, why not drop the other stuff that might possibly offend the Islamokazis? Here's a starter list, but if you put your head to it you can come up with a bizillion more: Salman Rushdie novels, The Wall Street Journal, Winnie the Pooh books, National Review magazine, the Bible, anything saying anything nice about Jews, anything showing any of the fun parts of a woman, books meant to educate and enlighten girls, the gay studies section, the sex section, the romance novel and science fiction and religion (except for the koran) sections, the cooking section, etc., etc. And definitely cut off that wireless internet access at the in-house Starbucks. Lots of provocative stuff out there.
Or might it occur that caving in just says that blowing up stuff works, making us precious customers and everyone else that much less safe?
Thursday, March 23, 2006
MY COROLLARY TO JOHN'S UNIFIED POLITICAL THEORY
The ranking runs as follows:
1. United States (Duh.)
2. Great Britain
T-4. Everybody else, except for...
192. France (Duh.)
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
But this could just be the beginning. Perhaps Cody can learn to recite nursery rhymes in dialect, like a budgie recorded on a just-released Bird Mimicry CD (via Crooked Timber). Or a modem connecting, a building being constructed (but where's the beep beep beep of the cement mixer backing up?) . These clips are from a Times article that also warns that an African grey parrot, named Ziggy
... hit the headlines in January when Chris Taylor, its owner, heard his pet mimicking his girlfriend professing her love for another man. Mr Taylor and Suzy Collins split up after the parrot blurted out: “I love you, Gary."So better be careful with that Cody ...
Center for School ChangeThe book even has its own web site.
Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs
301 S. 19th Avenue
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Yeah, [best friend of the eight year old] is a zombie for it ...Am I getting a preview of the slang of the next generation (Generation Z?) being born? How do you text message "I am a zombie for you"? All sorts of questions spring to mind ...
Monday, March 20, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
The mouse has a gene that makes areas containing stem cells that could grow into nerve or brain cells glow green under fluorescent light. Scientists expected to see a mouse with a green head when they stuck it under the lamp. Instead, they got a lovely all-over green display, evidently because hair follicle stem cells are very similar to brain stem cells. Injecting them into injured mice regenerated their spinal cords.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
We have at least 8 1/2 feet of snow on the ground here. Maybe 10. So y'all may be creative but a dusting does NOT give you bragging rights.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Not I (or words to that effect) said the eight year old.
I did! said the five year old proudly.
Well how nice of you, we praised her, as we put the untouched cutlery back in the silverware drawer.
You told me to set up the table she explained.
Uh, I told you to sit at the table. I corrected.
I guess she really needs that surgery.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Plus, she knocked it over not by vigorous tail-wagging but by kicking it while spinning around on her back.
Okay okay there are other differences.
She doesn't drool as much as my childhood pet either.
Monday, March 06, 2006
They are the gurus of globetrotting, the men who built publishing empires from their adventures and wrote guidebooks encouraging millions to venture further afield than ever before. Now the founders of the Rough Guides and Lonely Planet books, troubled that they have helped spread a casual attitude towards air travel that could trigger devastating climate change, are uniting to urge tourists to fly less.This is terrible. We could find ourselves inundated by gobs of guilty aging hippies who really would be happier harassing the population in Peru.
Hey! Do these guys know about the greenhouse gasses caused by flatulence? If they're going to stay home, they may as well
Thursday, March 02, 2006
We're driving to Iowa tomorrow to celebrate the 90th (!) birthday of a grandma who remains in good health. Though I laud the purpose I dread the trip.
The kids, however, are enthusiastic. They have drawn the prettiest pictures they know how for her (birthdays are very important to them, although the number being celebrated is immaterial). But what they're really excited about is going to a different city and staying in a hotel. Doesn't matter that we've warned them there is no pool at this hotel. Doesn't matter that they will be in the car for upwards of five hours. They're excited about seeing the plastic water cups individually wrapped in plastic baggies and having doughnuts for breakfast and stopping at McDonald's on the way.
I honestly don't remember being so enthusiastic about travel myself as a child. Must I have been? Are all children?
The five year old, perhaps in anticipation, has abandoned her bed. I looked in last night and though I couldn't see her I could hear her snoring. After a hunt, she was found asleep under her desk. No sleeping bag. Just pillows.
We suggested a sleeping bag. She objected. Sleeping bags are for sleepovers she said.
So now I'm wondering: is Iowa a sleepover? I guess we'll find out.