Month: February 2009

The year, thawing

Ephemera

Yesterday afternoon, the weather was not only sunny but warm, around 70℉. I could, for the first time this year, open the windows of the house, and the sun-roof of my car. This provided a break in my usual pattern of thinking — usual for February — that says that it will always be cold, that going outside, you always have to make a sacrifice of warmth and comfort. Perhaps it was just my happy […]

When amateur environmentalists go too far

Natural world

This below strikes me as having crossed the line into craziness. I am a tree-hugger from way back, and I have over 200 birds on my life list. However, I view cooking pasta with less water to save energy as far too extreme a thing to do. The Curious Cook – Do You Need All That Water to Boil Pasta? – NYTimes.com: Couldn’t we cook pasta just as well with much less water and energy?

Books from high school: the sequel!

books

In addition to contemplating the demise of my Twitter account, I have another potential catastrophe to consider. My son, Peter, who is becoming a great lover of the culture of the 1960’s and 1970’s, has told me now that he absolutely must have a copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I have no idea how do deal with this request as a parent. I did obtain a copy of that book when it was first published […]

No more Twitterings for me

electronic life

I have just done a drastic and nearly, in some circles, unthinkable thing: I have deleted my Twitter account. There: I know that you’ll be terribly alarmed at this development in my life, but trust me, it’s for the best. Now, for the logic behind my drastic decision… I spent a small amount of time lately on Twitter, and as a result, improved my “follow” numbers quite a bit. Then, I happened to ask myself […]

A new theme, just because

Weblogs

I can’t help it: I have to change the theme of this blog around to something new every once in a while. Today’s new theme is called Thesis and promises much customizability. Is that a word? I hope so. What is in store for the rest of my Friday: lunch with a few of my cousins. Two of my cousins, John and Tom (John from Mom’s side of the family, Tom from Dad’s), and I […]

Health risks and Facebook?

Cancer

I have heard a lot of crazy ideas about what can and cannot cause cancer. This is possibly the silliest that I have come across. How using Facebook could raise your risk of cancer | Mail Online: Social networking sites such as Facebook could raise your risk of serious health problems by reducing levels of face-to-face contact, a doctor claims. Emailing people rather than meeting up with them may have wide-ranging biological effects, said psychologist […]