Archive for: February, 2006

The Girls Who Went Away

Feb 28 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Anna Quindlen, an extraordinary writer whom I met through her book, One True Thing, has a sad and eloquent editorial in Newsweek speculating on the likely social implications due to the loss of Sandra Day O'Connor from the Supreme Court.
Quindlen writes;

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The Perfect Gift for my UK Readers ...

Feb 28 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Here is a prehistoric album ("prehistoric" because it's vinyl) to separate UK bird lovers from their hard-earned funds. It is currently on sale on eBay in the UK (click image to be magically transported there). After you buy it, be sure to burn a CD for me.
Thanks, Ian!

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The 23rd Qualm

Feb 28 2006 Published by under Humor, Politics, Satire

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Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The improbable importance of everything and other lessons from Darwin's lost notebooks

Feb 27 2006 Published by under Book Review, Evolution

How important it is to walk along, not in haste, but slowly,
looking at everything and calling out

Yes! No!


-- Mary Oliver

Almost everyone has heard about "Darwin's Finches" -- those dark little birds that live on the Galapagos Islands. But most people don't realize that Darwin didn't set eyes upon those birds until nearly the end of his five year journey. Additionally, when Darwin first stepped aboard the HMS Beagle in 1831, he was neither an ornithologist nor a professional scientist; instead, he was a 22-year-old beetle collector and an amateur naturalist with only a smattering of formal scientific training. Yet, because of the many challenges on his famous voyage, Darwin returned to England five years later as a "finished scientist" and further, as a fledgling biological visionary. What happened to Darwin during the intervening time? What did he see and experience during those five years that shaped his understanding of the natural world? How did he develop the insights necessary to propose natural selection as the basis for evolutionary change? Was Darwin's philosophical transformation a sudden "eureka!" moment, or was it a gradual process? These are the themes explored in Lyanda Lynn Haupt's charming and interesting new book; Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The improbable importance of everything and other lessons from Darwin's lost notebooks (2006, Little, Brown and Company).

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Advice to Corporate Giants

Feb 27 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Note: Original sent to me by a reader, I rewrote it a little bit.
Dear [feminine hygiene product brand name],
I recently noticed that the peel-off strip of my pantiliner had a bunch of "[brand name] Tips for Life" written on it. It was annoying and condescending advice such as;

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Quail Hunting School

Feb 26 2006 Published by under Humor, Politics

Like most Americans, I was losing sleep because I realized that Dick Cheney was roaming the countryside, fully armed and seething with rage while inebriated, with the single-minded goal of murdering innocent domestic quail and guilty lawyers. But then a friend sent me to the Quail Hunting School. This is the same hunting school that Dick Cheney graduated from. The specific advantage of this particular hunting school is it teaches hunters how to do their dirty deeds under real life circumstances instead of under the utopian conditions of hunting while sober.

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Be Careful What You Wish For ...

Feb 26 2006 Published by under Humor, Politics

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I Passed 8th Grade Math!

Feb 25 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!
Could You Pass 8th Grade Math?

That was fun!
What was your score?

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Men With Brooms

Feb 25 2006 Published by under Uncategorized


MROW!! Brad Gushue has a standing invitation to sweep my apartment floors anytime!

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Wacky Fortune Cookie Generator

Feb 25 2006 Published by under Uncategorized

Your Fortune Is

War does not determine who is right, war determine who is left.
The Wacky Fortune Cookie Generator

Okay, you must tell me, my peeps; what is your fortune?

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