In an article about the World Series of Birding (to be held across New Jersey this spring), National Geographic mentions that the northern saw-whet owl has a call “like a saw being sharpened.” It’s time for birders to stop repeating this. I don’t know what whetting a saw sounds like. Does that sound anything like […]
The March 17 issue of The New Yorker had the funniest cover.
I haven’t updated this list in a long time, so here it is.
I’m surprised at how fast a couple of weeks worth of mild weather can beat back this year’s little Ice Age. The receding snow cover is leaving behind an ugly rump of winter: brown grass, piles of dirty snow on the curb, sand in the gutter, a crust of salt on everything, and the threat […]
For no other reason than because my neighbor asked me to, I went to the Johnson County Democratic Party Convention.
Getting ready to pay a bill, something gave me pause. On the return envelope the company neglected to print the idiot box (“Place Stamp Here”) or the lines for the return address. Could it be? Could it be that finally, someone is making an effort to not idiot-proof everything? I wonder if anyone has ever […]
Elliot Spitzer, you have taken Jim McGreevey’s gay-blackmail cake. I can’t let another day go by without riffing on this debacle. Newsday was kind enough to post screen shots from the “Emperor’s Club” website, along with a full page photo of a $10,000 hooker on the front page. Has Newsday gotten trashier since I left […]
Today’s paper had an article about an academic achievement program for black students at the high school called “Fas Trac”. I couldn’t help writing to the editor. Thank you for today’s article about the program that helps black students at City High. I wonder about the efficacy of naming the program “Fas Trac”. Barack Obama […]
It seems that I’ve spammed myself. Some work I was doing on the site this weekend caused a lot of 404 errors and since the 404 page I use is set up to send me a message whenever there’s an error… well, I’m still downloading my 3,597 new messages. So I’ve disabled that 404 page.
I’ve written before that Iowans are a excessively ga-ga over high school sports. We watched the state girls basketball finals on TV last night. Iowa City High defeated a school from Cedar Rapids. It was an excellent game aggressively played and decided by a last-second lay-up on a long-throw assist. Even I was excited.
A new crop of icicles sprouted up outside my window on Thursday.