Archive for November, 2008

What I’ve noticed

While much of the news has focused on foreigners in Mumbai, Indians have borne the brunt of the attacks. SublimeFemme weighs in on the gay-marriage issue – I agree with her: But why should anyone have to be married in order to have access to a basic human right like health care?  I would like to see queers […]


From Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: The Norse were undone by the same social glue that had enabled them to master Greenland’s difficulties.  That proves to be a common theme throughout history and also in the modern world … : The values to which people cling most stubbornly under inappropriate […]

Getting over it

From Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body: ‘You’ll get over it…’ It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever. You don’t get over it because ‘it’ is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could […]

Goodbye, Firefox

Monday, I switched to Opera.  I’ve been frustrated with Firefox for awhile.  The biggest problem was how slow browsing had become with it.  I also had lots of problems with flash player. I’m not as used to Opera yet, but so far so good – browsing is MUCH faster and while I still have flash […]

Statistics nonsense

Sometime in the last two days, I got my 10,000th visitor.  I must be famous now! Also, quite a few people have visited this blog trying to figure out “why plants need carbon and nitrogen.”  Quick and simple answer: They need carbon to do photosynthesis (make food) and they need nitrogen to make proteins.

Faking it

From Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body: Ripping through this harmless reverie, a pair of hands seized mine and started banging them together as if they were cymbals. I realised I was meant to be clapping in time to the beat and I remembered another piece of advice from my grandmother. ‘When in the jungle […]