Gene Lewis Perry

If life were like fairy tales, I'd have been devoured by trolls already.

Interfaith Dialogue of the Day, Part XV

failure and success, empathy and imagination J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

links for 2009-02-20

Buddhist Temple Built from Beer Bottles : TreeHugger Rescue Flight – Taking to the Skies With the Endangered Whooping Crane – NYTimes.com "At 200 feet, the first pilot, Chris Gullikson, was perfectly visible in his trike’s open cockpit. He was wearing his whooping-crane costume, a white hooded helmet and white gown that looked like a […]

links for 2009-01-30

Feministe » A Story in Pictures Bottlenose dolphin shows off her butchering skills De monsters techPresident – Organizing for America Will, and Should, Fail

Interfaith Dialogue of the Day, Part XII

I’ve been doing these for awhile, but I should probably explain the “interfaith dialogue” series a bit.  Basically they are short videos with an interesting combination of incongruous parts, sometimes humorous, sometimes not.  An excellent interfaith dialogue is something that combines two very different cultures or ideas so well that we learn more about both. […]

SPORTS

The NY Times goes behind the scenes of the football recruiting battle for a kid that finally chose OU.  The nut graf: Along the way, McFarland was wined and dined. He visited the house of the president of Oklahoma, where he was promised a spot in the prestigious President’s Leadership Class. He rode in a […]

unreasonable goals

As he is apt to do, Matthew Yglesias sums it up perfectly: And what’s been happening is that whatever Hamas’ ambitions may or may not have been, they were scattering short-range inaccurate rocket fire on Israel that was causing little damage. Israel struck back with actions that have killed hundreds of Palestinians and pushed over […]

book review: Annals of the Former World

I’ve been returning to this book off and on for the last two years and finally finished it.  In fairness, it’s five books in one volume, each covering a segment of the author’s geological journeys across the United States. But don’t let 660 pages about rocks intimidate you. McPhee combines detailed explanations of geology with […]

links for 2008-12-11

YouTube – RSPCA – Simon's Sister's Dog 'Fed Up' YouTube – 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

links for 2008-12-10

After the collapse of the agriculture sector in Zimbabwe in 2000, the inflation in that country skyrocketed to 231 million percent a year.

links for 2008-12-07

YouTube – Le plus horrible jour de ma vie (American Idol)

links for 2008-12-04

Updates on "Forgetting? Fuhgeddaboudit" Hell is perfect memory, again. We don't realize how useful it is to forget.

links for 2008-12-03

Small Wonders: Miniature Palaces & Dollhouses

links for 2008-12-02

Hell is a Perfect Memory

living up to the promise

The media has given plenty of attention to what Obama will do with his unprecedentedly large and detailed database of voters collected during the campaign.  This was the backbone of their wildly successful fundraising from small donors, but even before election day, the flush with cash campaign’s pleas for ever more money grew increasingly absurd. […]

links for 2008-12-01

My Longwinded Remembrance Day Kate Beaton writes essays as well as she makes comics, and that is a tall order. A New View of the Early Earth, Thanks to Australian Rocks Hadean period not so bad? In a Host of Ailments, Seeing a Brain Out of Rhythm Interesting as science and as metaphor.

Nixons to China

Some encouraging reporting from The New York Times: When President-elect Barack Obama introduces his national security team on Monday, it will include two veteran cold warriors and a political rival whose records are all more hawkish than that of the new president who will face them in the White House Situation Room. Yet all three […]

links for 2008-11-29

The (Tuna) Tragedy of the Commons – Dot Earth Blog – NYTimes.com The Food Chain – As Crop Prices Fall, Oklahoma Farmers Face Losses – Series – NYTimes.com Annals of Drinking: A Better Brew: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker The School – C.J. Chivers – Investigation of 2004 Shooting at Russian School – Esquire […]

Interfaith Dialogue of the Day, Part XII

Freestyle Rap Battle Translated

Interfaith Dialogue of the Day, Part XI

Watch the whole thing for the surprise ending.

links for 2008-07-21

The Black Belt: How Soil Types Determined the 2008 Election in the Deep South the story of how voting patterns in the 2008 election were essentially determined 85 million years ago, in the Cretaceous Period Invasive Plants in Galápagos May Really Be Native – NYTimes.com The more we know, the more we discover that we […]

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