Various & Sundry

Various & Sundry

Firstly, to all who’ve kindly expressed their well-wishes about Jessie, online and offline and in real space, thank-you. And while, yes, I *did* consider (for about 0.002 seconds) writing an, “All I Need to Know About Life I Learned From My Dog”...
Science Rules

Science Rules

Just in case there was any doubt in your mind, science rules. Case in point, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. After completing its original four-year mission, Cassini is now a year into a secondary, extended mission, and still sending back mind-bending images that...

Scripta Est Fabula, Plaudite

As someone who *also* translated Ceaser’s Battle for Gaul1 in high school2 I’m rather smitten with Maureen Dowd’s Lipstick-on-a-Pig-Latin send-up — The Battle of Gall — in Saturday’s NYTimes. A sampler: Cum Quirites Americani ad...
In so many words…

In so many words…

Giuliani: A noun, a verb and Nine-Eleven. McCain: A noun, a verb and P.O.W. Palin: A noun, a verb, a pause… an exclamation, an adverb, a folksy gesture and a blank stare. Update: Slate bravely goes where most grammarians fear to tread, tackling the task of...

Solsticity

If Autumn weren’t so lovely, we’d complain bitterly about her theft of Summer’s golden days. Her touch is, however, so subtle… and besides, she brings such an endearing dowry — jewel-ripe, gold and ruby apples; crimson sugar maples, drunk...
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