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Sun Stands Still

On: June 21st, 2005 at 10:46 pm | Number of Comments » 1

At 1:46AM CST on June 21 the 2005 summer began. In other words, today marked the summer solstice. For you Latin readers out there (I know there are hundreds of you flocking to goyablog daily), you should know that “solstice” comes from the Latin words “sol” (sun) and “sistit” (stands); i.e. (that’s Latin too), “sun […]

Father’s Day

On: June 19th, 2005 at 10:32 pm | Number of Comments » 0

For Father’s Day I received from Safa a car wash (done half-willingly), a handmade sparkle window, a cool-looking handmade “stepping stone” (a photo of which I’ll post tomorrow), and a Nashville Sounds vs. Iowa Cubs game which had Chicago Cubs star pitcher Kerry Wood appearing in a rehab assignment. He was so-so: struck out 6 […]

Camp Widjiwagan

On: June 19th, 2005 at 10:11 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Safa is headed into her second week of summer camp at Camp Widjiwagan. It’s in a nice recreation area on Percy Priest Lake east of Nashville, about a half-hour drive from us. Safa is going this session with her kindergarten classmate Summer Kapanka. They are having a blast. There have been just enough sunburn, scrapes, […]

Howl’s Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城, Hauru no ugoku shiro, Japan, 2004, Theatre)

On: June 18th, 2005 at 12:05 am | Number of Comments » 1

I can’t say that I was wildly anticipating seeing Miyazaki Hayao and Studio Ghibli’s latest effort, Howl’s Moving Castle, after reading about its lukewarm reception among critics in Japan, but of course I had to see it, even if that meant seeing it dubbed. Ty Burr’s review in The Boston Globe probably comes closest to […]


On: June 17th, 2005 at 10:19 pm | Number of Comments » 1

I am, as I type this, listening to a podcast of an episode of the BBC Radio 4 programme “In Our Time” about cultural imperialism, focusing on the Greek, Roman, and British empires. The guests, toward the end, raised the question of American cultural dominance in the world today and glanced upon the issue of […]

The Japanese Maple

On: June 17th, 2005 at 5:06 pm | Number of Comments » 2

Well, here it is—the Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Tsukushigata’—that existed in my mind in this spot since last year. It existed only in my mind because a) to find a proper sun-tolerant variety that would not get too big and would fit behind the boulder took that long; and b) Once found two months ago, […]


On: June 16th, 2005 at 12:08 am | Number of Comments » 1

The final Wired article I read lately is only incidentally sex-related. The Topless Humans Organized for Natural Genetics (THONG) held a protest against Eddie Bauer’s marketing of “nanopants,” pants the fabric of which has been treated with material manipulated at the molecular level to create, in this case, “nanowhiskers” that repel stains. Sounds like a […]


On: June 15th, 2005 at 12:14 pm | Number of Comments » 2

Alright, it’s another sex and tech post; so sue me. But I told you I came across some interesting articles on Wired. The sex and tech ones are from the “Sex Drive” column by Regina Lynn and she pulls no punches. In May she introduced to her readers the Thrillhammer and other cybersex devices that […]