Carol Goar for the Toronto Star: An argument on why the Canadian Senate matters.
Elizabeth May: An explanation of the concept of the investor-state agreement.
- I'm feelin'...: contemplative
My wife and I arrived home early Tuesday morning, and as is the way with redeye flights we were so wiped out that we spent most of Tuesday sleeping. So it goes.
Northern California had wonderful weather while we were there, but the temperatures in Philadelphia had apparently been climbing. Yesterday, it got downright unpleasant with a high that breached 90 degrees and more humidity than I care for.
No worries, we thought, just stay inside and bask in the A/C. Except… last winter we had been having some problems with the system and replaced the thermostat. Yesterday when we went to turn on the A/C for the first time, well, it didn’t come on.
It was too late to call the repair people (believe me, we tried). We just had to suck it up, open some windows, and pray for a cross breeze. It was less than ideal sleeping weather, and my dog agreed. Normally he stays at the foot of the bed, but in his own heat-related discomfort he decided he might be better off sleeping on my pillow and alongside my head instead. Of course he quickly discovered that I was just another source of heat and fled, but he lingered long enough for this photo.
The repairs occurred earlier today and despite the temperature and humidity outside, the house is now delightful inside. Mind you, I’m leaving on an early morning flight to Kansas City tomorrow, and for all I know my dog sleeps on my pillow when I’m gone.
- I'm feelin'...: pleased
- I'm listenin' to...:"What You Know about Baltimore?" by Ogun
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The O's have a pretty storied history since moving to Bawlmer from St. Louis. (Amusingly, there is no evidence that the O's were ever the St. Louis Browns on display in the Yards that I could find. Given the Brownies' history, including just the one pennant in 1944 when most of the good players were fighting in World War II, this isn't much of a surprise.)
A lot of that history can be found in front of Gate H, the gate closest to the light rail station and the convention center, and where they display all the O's retired numbers as standalone statues depicting the number in question, along with a plaque identifying the player and the year the number was retired. There's also a statue of Babe Ruth as a youth, identifying him as a "native Baltimorean." (At least they have a more legitimate claim to Ruth, who was born and raised in Charm City, as opposed to the tenuous claim they have on Edgar Allan Poe just 'cause he happened to die there. Poe was born in Boston, and spent as much time in Philadelphia and New York City as he did Baltimore. On the other hand, I love the notion of a football team named after a Poe poem. But I digress.)
- I'm feelin'...: busy
- I'm listenin' to...:"Oh My God" by Michael Franti & Spearhead
- I'm feelin'...: awake
- I'm listenin' to...:"Sixteen Tons" by the Jayhawks
1. The One Thing That I'd Change in the Constitution on Friday at 2:00 PM in Lafayette [You are moderating.]
(with James Stanley Daugherty, Jeremy Lassen, Robert Toland)
Every few years, some group calls for a Constitutional Convention to "fix" the Constitution. We've only amended it 27 times in over 220 years, and the first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, happened right out of the gate. What changes would our panelists be interested in, and why?
2. Fairy Tales and Mythology on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Winchester
(with Juliette Wade, Karen Williams, Jenna M. Pitman (M), Margaret McGaffey Fisk, Beth Barany)
What are we teaching our children about the fairy tales and mythology in today's media, or even as bedtime stories? Are we staying true, or drifting?
3. Themed Reading: Urban Fantasy II on Saturday at 4:00 PM in Central
(with Leslie E.H. Light, Colin Fisk, Jon DeCles, Jay Hartlove)
4. How to Tell one Dragon from another on Sunday at 11:00 AM in San Tomas
(with Audrey Kiehtreiber (M), Pat MacEwen, Chaz Brenchley)
Not all dragons are alike. Simple mistakes in taxonomy can be dangerous to your plot line or your health. In this panel we present dragons in history, myth, and folklore from Asia to New Age.
In this age of wonder, I have wifi on the plane.
No video streaming but I can play on the Internet and not feel guilty since I can't do much else on a plane.
I am grateful that the driver got us to the airport on time.
Source of inspiration for my ranty question:
- I'm feelin'...: curious
And, I seem to have lost the toothpick thing from my Swiss Army knife- anybody know how a spare of those can be got at?
Bogie would have done that.
Well, Rick Blaine, Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Frank McCloud or Gloves Donahue would, anyway...
Just needed an appropriate femme fatale to walk in in trouble with a well-paying case.
Lesley had an interesting quote from having the shellfish linguini - "I kept moving the pasta and finding new things in shells under there". Yeah, that sounds like... not my kind of dish. Still, I rather she does "iai iai cthulhu fthtagn" in the night than the snoring she *is* doing right now.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "The Passenger"
Kira and Bashir are returning from a medical mission in a runabout. Kira makes the mistake of complimenting Bashir on his work, which leads to Bashir saying he can’t hear Kira over the sound of how awesome he is. Kira’s snotty reply is cut off by a distress call. They respond to it and find a woman unconscious. Bashir revives her; she says that the pilot’s dead. She’s transporting a prisoner, who sabotaged the ship. Bashir tries to treat him, but he dies—after grabbing Bashir’s throat and saying, “Make me live.”
- I'm feelin'...: tired
- I'm listenin' to...:"Telegraph Road" by Dire Straits