Saturday, September 20, 2014
I told you
* Very informative, and not what we usually get in the news about Yemen: Sana'a:
While everyone else was content to build mud huts, tents, old caves or other basic dwellings, industrious Yemenis put up skyscrapers using only stone, mud, and lime. Confined by its protective wall from growing outwards, the city instead grew up, a forest of tower houses from five to nine stories high. These beautiful dwellings still stand, an ancient urban landscape where only the satellite dishes and metal water tanks tip you off that you are no longer in the Middle Ages.
* The U.S. Embassy in Yemen has two job openings.
Conservationists are temporarily renting 14,000 acres from rice farmers and flooding them just long enough to give the migrating birds the rest and food they need to survive their flights.
Within hours of workers flooding the field two weeks earlier, hundreds of migrating birds appeared.
Posted by: Marie at 10:48 PM |
Friday, September 19, 2014
I ride my bike
I didn't try it on.
* Chicago: 'Slow Roll' cyclists aim to revive neighborhoods:
Starting on Saturday, Reed, 41, and Julien, 39, are determined to bring recreational biking to neighborhoods like Chatham when they lead Chicago's first "slow roll," a growing biking movement in which groups of bicyclists leisurely coast through struggling communities before rallying to support a local business.
* One of the questions I have wanted to ask our mayor, who's running for re-election, is what are you doing to make Springfield a place where people want to live and be and work and maybe move to. I'm sure he'd have some typical politician answer about the economy and business and tearing up blighted neighborhoods.
But the honest answer is nothing. His administration has made no changes to make Springfield a vibrant, exciting place where people can be proud to live.
That is, until now. I think his administration may have had a rare stroke of genius. This week they reconfigured the traffic lanes on Second Street for two miles from South Grand to North Grand to allow for bicycle traffic in both directions. Second Street is one of our few two-way streets that runs through downtown. It also runs right past the Statehouse.
Good for the administration. Good for the people. Good for life in Springfield.
Posted by: Marie at 8:35 PM |
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I have lived
1965 Cadillac deVille Convertible in the wild. My dream car. One of 'em, anyway. (I think 65 is right.)
When they finally found him, nearly four hours into the search, the child was 11 feet below the surface of the dune. His body was limp, and his skin was cold. His eyes were glazed and open. According to multiple first-responders, he had no pulse.
Posted by: Marie at 8:09 PM |
Saturday, September 13, 2014
She tied you to the kitchen chair
* I don't like to do book reviews because I always think I sound like, "I LIKE THAT BOOK," or "I DON'T LIKE THAT BOOK."
* I just finished reading Supreme Justice [Kindle Edition], by Max Allan Collins. It's a legal thriller, crime drama thing set in Washington, D.C., slightly in the future. I'm not sure of the exact date, but it's at least a couple administrations after Barack Obama's, whose name is mentioned once.
The basis for the book is an ultra conservative government, where the conservative president, before the current liberal president, stacked the Supreme Court with conservative judges (six to three). Sometime before the book starts, the Fourth Amendment had been repealed and Roe v. Wade overturned. The action of the book was a bit of a dud, but everything else was thought provoking and quite chilling. (Edited to add: More than 24 hours later, I can't shake this book from my mind.)
* For a palette cleanser, so to speak, I read Oh, Never Mind [Kindle Single] (38 pages), by Mary H.K. Choi. It's a few short essays about her life, so far. She's one of those authors who's always saying things we wish we would have said. She's funny and thoughtful and quick, and I could almost hear her voice narrating, if I knew what her voice sounds like, that is.
* She broke your throne, and she cut your hair, and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah. (Leonard Cohen, the original.)
Posted by: Marie at 8:57 PM |
Friday, September 12, 2014
If you want me to love you
* Springfield patterns.
Abraham Lincoln could not have imagined that the pro-Union Democrat he’d wanted as his running mate in 1864 to calm Wall Street would become the sole leader of the nation for seven of its most crucial months. But so it happened. On April 15, 1865, less than three hours after Lincoln had breathed his last, Andrew Johnson took the presidential oath of office in his rooms at Kirkwood House on Pennsylvania Avenue. With Congress out of session, Johnson was now in charge of what he called the “restoration” of the Union. In the seven months before Congress reconvened in December, Johnson would undermine Lincoln’s vision of the nation and in the process warp American politics for generations to come.
* I clutched my heart, my eyes started burning, and I broke down in tears: The Hyperlinked Ballad Of Eliza Icewalker.
The person we see on the treadmill is quite large, and though we can't see her face, she seems to be female because she has long hair in pigtails. She's wearing denim overalls, big denim overalls, like a farmer, and—this is the important part—she's not walking on the treadmill. Her big body in her big overalls is sitting in one of Snap's spindly little red folding chairs, on the treadmill—which is not moving—and she's looking up above the treadmill display, watching the flat-screen TV that's mounted on the wall. She is definitely "doing it wrong."
"Is this you?!" wrote my friend Angie.
* Little Mo:
It’s called a “deluge unit.” It looks like a modified pick-up truck with two fixed hose nozzles on the truck bed with inlets for 10 fire hoses on the back of it.
* Unit 671.
* Looks like pieces on a chessboard.
* Tell it like it is............... (Aaron.)
Posted by: Marie at 10:08 PM |