English San^H^H^H W/Out French

The Christian Science Monitor takes a hilarous look at just how hard it would be to excise all traces of French from our everyday conversations. Here’s a snip from the article: “To which the question asking arises: Why stop with Evian, Total gasoline, and the Concorde (just only the Air France flights)? Let’s get to … Read more

Here, Here, and Here

It seems that there isn’t a topic or concept that isn’t represented on the web. That’s a good thing; a technological ark in some ways, it seems to me. Here’s the latest such site I’ve run across: the Degree Confluence Project. In their own words: “The goal of the project is to visit each of … Read more

Freedom Loving Americans

I was in my local Tower Books yesterday, and was struck by something I saw there. Like many bookstores, they had a small table with a variety of books on display. What caught my eye, initially, was a cookbook by a somewhat famous chef (don’t recall who, and that’s not the point), titled something like … Read more

Nothing to do with War … ?

Well, at least not directly. Though when one considers how seriously card playing is taken by some folks, you might wonder. But this is more just for fun. Seems Bob Lancaster has undertaken to create an online museum of playing cards. Though the collection is currently not very large, there are some fascinating cards on … Read more

We’re Sorry That We’re Sorry

from my daughter An apology from Rick Mercer, from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, to the USA…… I’m sorry we called George Bush a moron. He is a moron but, it wasn’t nice of us to point it out. If it’s any consolation, the fact that he’s a moron shouldn’t reflect poorly on the people … Read more

Time to Listen?

When UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warns that you could be in violation of international law: “If they fail to agree on a common position and action is taken without the authority of the Security Council, the legitimacy and support for any such action will be seriously impaired.”, AND When a respected former President outlines … Read more

Takin’ it Easy

Spent a pleasant and relaxing weekend down in Monterey. Had good meals at both Phil’s Fishmarket on the way down, and tried Monterey Joe’s for dinner. M-Joe’s was about what you’d expect from a place named *anything* Joe’s; hearty and not bad. Spent most of the time down by the water in Pacific Grove. The … Read more

Abandoned Airfields Across America

Paul Freeman has put together a fascinating site that contains photos and descriptions of abandoned airfields from all across the US. Covering over 570 airfields located in 46 different states, this site provides a fascinating view of early aviation history. Besides looking at Bay Area favorites such as Crissy Field, I looked back at my … Read more

30 Years Ago Today

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan died 30 years ago today. The powerful frontman for the Grateful Dead, he succumbed after a lengthy illness related to liver problems. I remember when I heard the news. Sheryl, John — a friend we’ve lost track of, and I were driving down Highway 4, out of Lindsborg Kansas, heading west, when … Read more

Beautiful Protest

Burningbird has some thought provoking words on the topic of the period: Bush vs. Saddam, with the main point best stated in her own words: But I am not entirely powerless. No matter how pushed down we are by a leadership that works to keep us in fear and in the dark, I am not … Read more