Archives for the month of: August, 2012

Bill Nye, former host of the the PBS kids show Bill Nye, The Science Guy, has it right about evolution and creationism. Treating creationism as fact or science distorts reality and harms our children and the future of America. 

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Stockholm had its annual Zombie Walk this weekend. It’s a peaceful and somewhat joyous event. The participants parade around the streets and shopping malls dressed as zombies. It’s all in the spirit of good fun. Many cities have zombie walks, including Sacramento, California, which had the first zombie walk on record in 2001. (I had no idea that Sacramento was first in anything.)


Munich will have its annual zombie walk on September 8, 2012. If you’re in town, check it out, or better yet, dress up.  



Stockholm had its annual Zombie Walk this weekend. It’s a peaceful and somewhat joyous event. The participants parade around the streets and shopping malls dressed as zombies. It’s all in the spirit of good fun. Many cities have zombie walks, including Sacramento, California, which had the first zombie walk on record in 2001. (I had no idea that Sacramento was first in anything.)


Munich will have its annual zombie walk on September 8, 2012. If you’re in town, check it out, or better yet, dress up.  



Something to think about. I remember a time when women had no choice. I don’t think we want to return to that place in history. 

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but what about the first lines from a book? There’s nothing quite like a book that has you gripped from the very first line. In fact, I’ve never been disappointed when the first line of a book catches my attention. Here are 10 of my favorite opening lines:

10. “Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.” Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

9. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

8. “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.” Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov


7. “I planned my death carefully; unlike my life, which meandered along from one thing to another, despite my feeble attempts to control it.” Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood

6. “It was a pleasure to burn.” Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

5. “Mother died today.” The Stranger – Albert Camus

4. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”  A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

3. “The Past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley

2. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

1. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but what about the first lines from a book? There’s nothing quite like a book that has you gripped from the very first line. In fact, I’ve never been disappointed when the first line of a book catches my attention. Here are 10 of my favorite opening lines:

10. “Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.” Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

9. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

8. “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.” Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov


7. “I planned my death carefully; unlike my life, which meandered along from one thing to another, despite my feeble attempts to control it.” Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood

6. “It was a pleasure to burn.” Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

5. “Mother died today.” The Stranger – Albert Camus

4. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”  A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

3. “The Past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley

2. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

1. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Berlin is currently hosting the biggest electronic entertainment event in the world. Known as Campus Party, this week long technology festival brings together some of the best tech talent from Europe and Latin America to discuss the latest in technological innovation. Campus Party is expecting 10,000 programmers, bloggers, inventors, developers, and gamers to attend. Campus Party continues until August 26, and is being held at Tempelhof Airport. I wish I was in Berlin to attend.

Birds are smart. It’s Wednesday, and I woke up to the sound of birds outside my bedroom window. You see, it’s Wednesday, and Wednesday is trash collection day. For birds that means food. On the other days of the week, there’s hardly a peep from our feathered friends, but on Wednesday, it’s another story altogether. They’re out and about scavenging for tasty morsels, and making quite a racket and mess of it. 

In Portland all trash for curbside pick up must be in blue Portland Trash Bags. Residents purchase the bags at the local supermarket ($1 for a 15-gallon bag and $2 for a 30-gallon bag). In principle this method of trash collection is great. You pay for the amount of trash you produce. However, as with most things, there is a downside. These plastic bags are easily punctured by crows, gulls, and other neighborhood wildlife. Until recently, the neighbors would place their trash on the curb the night before collection. But lately, the birds have gotten to the bags before it’s collected. I never knew how much litter these birds could make. Now, most people place their trash on the curb shortly before pick up.

Lately, there are less birds around on Wednesday morning. In a way, I feel sorry for them. I guess they’ll have to get food the old-fashioned way: hunt.

Birds are smart. It’s Wednesday, and I woke up to the sound of birds outside my bedroom window. You see, it’s Wednesday, and Wednesday is trash collection day. For birds that means food. On the other days of the week, there’s hardly a peep from our feathered friends, but on Wednesday, it’s another story altogether. They’re out and about scavenging for tasty morsels, and making quite a racket and mess of it. 

In Portland all trash for curbside pick up must be in blue Portland Trash Bags. Residents purchase the bags at the local supermarket ($1 for a 15-gallon bag and $2 for a 30-gallon bag). In principle this method of trash collection is great. You pay for the amount of trash you produce. However, as with most things, there is a downside. These plastic bags are easily punctured by crows, gulls, and other neighborhood wildlife. Until recently, the neighbors would place their trash on the curb the night before collection. But lately, the birds have gotten to the bags before it’s collected. I never knew how much litter these birds could make. Now, most people place their trash on the curb shortly before pick up.

Lately, there are less birds around on Wednesday morning. In a way, I feel sorry for them. I guess they’ll have to get food the old-fashioned way: hunt.

Talk Show interviewer, Piers Morgan called Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, a “gutless little twerp” after Mr. Akin backed out of a scheduled interview. I would have called Mr. Akin something else. 

Mr. Akin made headlines after he justified his extreme opposition to abortion by claiming that victims of “legitimate rape” [whatever that means] rarely get pregnant. It’s beyond my comprehension that someone can be so ignorant. Is this what the Republican Party has become? Tragic!