In my last three posts I talked about the revelation of the existence of the mass surveillance program in which your emails, internet searches, and mobile phone data are collected, stored and subject to review by the U.S. government at any time. One of these posts talked about potential links between this PRISM program and … Continue reading everything you know about politics is wrong (the view of the fistfight from 30,000 feet up version)
A tale of two views of the same street--a year apart: This time last year, we had May weather in March, including some 80°F days. This year, still a lot of snow on the ground, with our most recent snowfall on Sunday. So this means global warming's over, right? (Ba-bump, crash). Yeah, easy for some … Continue reading what a difference a year makes–or does it?
Today is the tenth anniversary of the day that I first moved into a co-op house in Madison. I've been living in an intentional community lifestyle ever since then. As much as I want to celebrate ten consecutive years of community living and the fact I've lived in intentional communities for over one-fourth of my … Continue reading gatherlings
I don't know what it is about this fall's "Indian Summer" but there's something about it that seems, well...strange. Brief spells of summer-like weather in October or even November aren't unusual. Perhaps it's because this year's Indian Summer is so cloudy as to be gloomy. Might it be that the fall colors peaked early and … Continue reading funny, i don’t remember “indian summer” being this creepy
Maybe it was stubbornness, but I don't think it was pride. After all, I'd owned an air conditioner before, and it wasn't a terrible experience. But for nine summers I'd resisted getting an air conditioner. Really, I just didn't feel like spending the money, even though it wouldn't have cost me too dearly. It's not … Continue reading okay, okay, i give up! i’m getting an air conditioner!
This picture reflects what Madison WI usually looks like during the first or second week of May. The lawns are green and ready to be mowed, and the tree buds are turning into real leaves. But with the last two weeks of temperatures in the 60's, 70's and even 80's, this is actually a picture … Continue reading correction: it’s NOT all fun and games before the polar ice caps melt
Years ago I read a short story by Robert Heinlein called "The Year of the Jackpot." It was written in 1952 and the story takes place in 1962. It is about a statistician who makes notes of trends and plots them on a graph. He has been making notes of strange things occurring and keeps … Continue reading is this now silly season?
Early this morning marked Daylight Savings time. With daylight going an hour later on our clocks, you could see more children playing outside, more people walking through the neighborhood and more bicyclists out on the street. It was a sunny day, with the temperature reaching 64 degrees. In the morning I walked out side with … Continue reading it’s all fun until the polar icecaps melt