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Journal archive, August 2005 - May 2007

I'm working on a page about the other night, when I got ejected from Kyteler's Inn, here in Kilkenny Ireland.
Ejected, again.

13:56 01/05/2007

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A cruelty of history is that, of all the good, phonetic languages, English has become dominant. The spelling of English is difficult, and I wouldn't like to have to learn it.

The page you're looking at is an earlier version
of my journal of pagework....

— 19:43 21/04/2007

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I want to write something. I don't know what.... Science fiction...

— 15 February 2007

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Hamas, Fatah renounce violence.

7:36 PM 2/8/2007

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Lieutenant Ehran Watada faces court-martial today for his refusal to be redeployed to Iraq. He believes that the United States invasion and war in Iraq is and has been illegal.

— 5 February 2007

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Nuclear-powered submarine collides with oil-bearing supertanker.

There's no punch-line. It's no joke.

Nobody was injured, no fuel of either sort known to be leaking....

— 9 January 2007

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Made file "Inconvenient Truth," about Al Gore's misuse of statistics....

— 8 January 2007

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Made file "Godfathers and presidents," about the coinciding deaths of three pairs of musicians and United States presidents.

— 28 December 2006

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The effects of water show in a crater formed on Mars since the creation of the crater seven years ago. There's as yet no concensus on the generating mechanism of water on that sub-zero planet.

— 7 December 2006

[This entry edited 2 May 2007* for spelling.]

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Refined the file "Weed is addictive."

— 27 November 2006

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Made the short file "Freedom of speech." — 25 November 2006

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Made file "Daughter of God" — 24 November, 2006

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Made file "Perfection" — 14 November 2006

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Made file Journalism

— 11 November 2006

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Did a bit of work on "The 2050 Series," a collection page of essays from the future....

— 5 November 2006

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A friend straightened me out about the spelling of the name of Carol Coleman, whose RTÉ (Irish television) interview of 24 June 2004 with George W. Bush I was finally able to find....

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http://moveon.org/, a political force for the season....

— 2 November 2006

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I like the page "electoral," a formatting of a file that I wrote in autumnal 2004....

— 1 November 2006

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The age of privacy is over... made into a page from a file dated September 30, 2004...

— 1 November 2006

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Made file "Geweldig," about an odd Dutch word.

— 23 October 2006

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Textual religion, and those who use it dismissively...

— 21 October 2006

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Uploaded the page about the time I accidentally bought an ounce of hashish....

Don't know what to do with the page. While I like it, it doesn't really fit anywhere comfortably.

— 17 October 2006

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A UK coroner ruled in October 2006 that U.S. troops unlawfully killed the British reporter Terry Walker in March of 2003.

Walker was in transport, wounded, when U.S. forces fired on the minivan in which he rode, killing him with a bullet to the head.

(In April of that year, United States soldiers killed three journalists in one day in Baghdad.

— 15 October 2006

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Finished the rather long page "Sanctum sanctorum."

— 6 October 2006

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Richard Branson has pledged all future profits from his five airlines and a train company into the research for development of energy sources that do not contribute to global warming.

— 22 September 2006

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Emailed this to the International Herald Tribune:

To the editor,

The ban at Madrid Fashion Week on excessively thin models presents us with an extraordinary situation in which high fashion is newsworthy.

The fashion pages normally report on events that do not deserve the attention of a good journal.

Respectfully,
[etc.]

— 21 September 2006

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Created page "yeah but sure...." — a common Irish expression.

— 21 September 2006

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Changed the "description" of my website from "This website is a superdocument, each page a part of the whole," which I found pretentious.

Today at work I rediscovered the old bit of a blurb in my head and made a note to myself. "This website recorded at 33 r.p.m. Play at 45."

— 8 September 2006

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Made a file about Dutch physical gestures.

— 6 September 2006

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Improved file "verwerk," about a good Dutch word.

— 30 August 2006

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Made file "Chef," to expand on a theme from the page "Irish kitchens"

— 18 August 2006

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Found an old incomplete file called "Leaving Paris," about the way out of the city on the trip that K_ and I took there for the 2003-2004 New Year.

Created page "The Paris files," to compile the pages concerning that trip.

— 13 August 2006

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Wrote a page about Eamon Casey, Bishop of Galway, who resigned in 1992 admitting that he was the father of a child. The beginning of scandal in the state religion — and, in hindsight, not much of a scandal....

— 12 August 2006

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Visited an old short page about the first half-year of the Bush administration. Made a footnote, resized headline, tweaked format. Looked forward a few links on a certain path.

— 9 August 2006

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Did a bit of work on the notebooks project.

— 7 August 2006

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Uploaded file "Shakespeare, Jesus, Mozart."

— 6 August, 2006

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"With a name like Graham, he's certainly a bigot."

— An old fellow in a Dublin pub, refering to a chap from the North whom I'd mentioned. (A memory from the Summer of 2001.)

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Improving file Por arte, the compilation of links to pages that I like for aesthetic reasons....

— 29 August 2006

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Made file "Bruxelles," about a leg of the trip that K_ and I took to Paris for the '04 New Year.

— 25 July 2006

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Uploaded file "Anachronometer." Futurescape, immigration policy technology.

— 25 July 2006

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Posted file "Capitalist healthcare." — 22 July 2006

Worked the notebook file "Dignity, grace..." a bit, and it may serve as a model for the furtherance of my project to bring in material I've excerpted from the physical notebooks.

— 22 July 2006

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Made file "Decline of the New York Times"

— 21 July 2006

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Improved file "Don't be offended, about potentially-irksome cultural differences.

— 3 July, 2006

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Improved file "nieuwe spelling," about the evolving Dutch orthography.

— 30 June 2006

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I've begun to work with snippets from physical notebooks....

— 29 June 2006

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Geloof ik dat de engelse frase "to wit" komt door de Nederlandse frase "te weten." De zin van beide bijna precies het zelfde is. De woord "wit" heeft ook niets mee te maken met de hoofdzin van de engelse frase; dus denk ik hebben we een uitzonderlijke lening, nederlands naar engels.

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How does anybody get the surname "Bishop?"

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If you could harness the power of talking about soccer, you could solve the world's energy crisis.

— 25 June 2006

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I believe that the New York Times has printed more small errors in its text since the buildup to the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq than it did before that time.

By "small errors," I mean typographical errors, spelling errors, erroneous use of homonyms, omission of words, etcetera -- picayune mistakes.

I won't suggest a speculation about why that might be; but I will mention that the idea could be tested, statistically.

It would be notable if this apparent observation turned out to be true.

— 24 June 2006

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This website is a superdocument, each page a part of the whole.

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Finished (more or less) the page "Bakker Arend," about a job I had in Nijmegen August '03-January '05. I had a chance at legal residence in the Netherlands, and indeed received a temporary work permit — which we never used.

— 5 June 2006

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I had a good argument the other night — part of any decent evening out, here in Ireland.

— 28 May 2006

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Remembering the criminality of the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 2003....

— 26 May 2006

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I just rediscovered the file "The American left is ineffective against Bible-loving patriots," which I wrote in Nijmegen in December of 2004.

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Rush Limbaugh, U.S. republican-party choir-boy, is addicted to prescription drugs.

Brought up on charges of fraud for his efforts in their pursuit.

Three words for Rush Limbaugh: Fuck him.

That didn't take as long as I'd thought it would.

— 28 April 2006

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U.S. —

It's the Revolt of the Generals.

A week's worth of retired high officers in the previous month have spoken against the Secretary of Defense.

Only rarely has the military claque presumed an opinion about the civilian leadership of its armed forces.

— 18 April 2006

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Found file "notice expressions;" refined it, and put it online. It still needs attention — more links possible, for one thing. (It's an updatable file, too.)

— 18 April 2006

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Made file "Talbot's Bastion," about an unmarked monument in Kilkenny, Ireland.

— 17 April, 2006

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If I had come from a land with a humane social-welfare system, it would have been irresponsible to leave when I was in my late 30's and enter a world of black-market labor, doing odd jobs for poor money and accruing no benefits.

But I'm American.

— 4 April 2006

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If I "have to laugh at myself," then I'll be the one who decides what's funny.

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Evolution is occasioned by relatively long series of dormant, back-office development, punctuated with brief periods of go-get-it fall-what-may catalytic peripatetic change and growth.

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"If you don't enjoy your own insanity, nobody else will."

— Jim, in Berkeley California, 1997

• from a memory, 4 April, 2006.

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Incremental change.

Long-term project.

— 4 April 2006

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Improved file Dorestad, about a lost medieval Frisian city within modern Netherlands.

— 28 March 2006

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"In the vernacular."

"The what?"

"Normal language."

"Well, why didn't you just say that?"

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"Kfar Darom" — a file I made from a section of this journal, about the Israeli surrender of the Gaza Strip in August of 2005

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Global warming is big.

— 24 March 2006

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Took another look at "damn statistics," my page about Michael Moore's use of information.

— 18 March 2006

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Verwerk — a good Dutch word.

— 18 March 2006

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"Shock." — A file that I decided to post as-is, and as simple as it is.

18 March 2006

— Three years into the Iraq war.

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Made the file "Good Dutch words"

— 17 March 2006

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I found the file "Perfection" and put it online.

— 10 March 2006

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I took a photograph of the Kilkenny castle; after putting it on the page I'd written years ago, I recognized that the page needed some work. I just finished a cycle of interlinked documents. They still need work, but are functional.

— 20 February 2006

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Modified page "Enter the Lexicon," allowing it to become a collection of orphan word constructions of a varying and subjectively-valuable quality.

— 12 January 2006

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"...superheated interstellar dust on the verge of falling into the black hole in the paper presenting their findings." ...

— from a Scientific American article

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Wrote the page "Ash Friday," about part of a day of work in Ireland before Christmas 2005.

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Improved the intro to "America files."

— 23 December, 2005

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Improved file "Truth and reality," written a few months ago on the inspiration of a guestbook entry critical of my spiritual direction.

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Improved file "objective," about my desire to write honestly about religion. Needs better outbound linkage.

— 6 December 2005

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Improved file "Against foot traffic," about pedestrianism in Holland and Ireland. Needs a bit more work, but it's improved.

— 3 December 2005

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The absence of any mention of global environmental damage in a discussion about the business of oil in AD 2005 makes one conspicuous implication -- that the business of oil does not factor in any responsibility for carbon emissions.

— Letter to the editor of the International Herald Tribune, r.e. the an article about a panel-discussion with several industry players [2 December, 2005.]

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Improved file Basis is corrupt, a poemic iteration of deeper skeptical emotion.

— 21 November 2005

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"News agency ANP reported that Seveke regularly visited the live-in activist centre 'De Grote Broek'. The police have carried out raids at this building and other activist centres in Nijmegen in recent days to remove posters criticising the tough policies of Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk."

— Expatica.com, 16 November 2005, on the Tuesday (15 Nov.) shooting of political activist Louis Sévèke in downtown Nijmegen.

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The great hypocrisy is that the rich pay obeisance to religion because religion supports power, and religion bows down to the rich because power supports religion.

— 15 November 2005

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I'm studying the feasibility of setting up a screenprinting shop here in Kilkenny Ireland.

— 9 November 2005

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Improved and uploaded file The Moon as a hard-drive — 8 November 2005

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Bush declares "we do not turture," but he lobbies against a congressional drive to outlaw the practices of torture.

— 7 November 2005

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Made the file "shitty grin," about the viciousness and arrogance of George W. Bush.

— 6 November 2005

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"'For a short-term political gain we would have expressed outrage' at Mr. Libby, one senior administration official said. 'But if you are going to be serious about the process, and the presumption of innocence, you can't do that.'"

New York Times, 1 November 2005

This quotation is further evidence that the United States has passed through the looking glass ...

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"She said that even though her long career offered enough basis for senators to consider her nomination, 'I am convinced the efforts to obtain executive branch materials and information will continue.'"1

In other words, people are going to continue to ask about matters that will be embarassing to the Administration.

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"'Harriet Miers's decision [to withdraw her candidacy for Supreme Court Justice] demonstrates her deep respect for this essential aspect of the Constitutional separation of powers - and confirms my deep respect and admiration for her,' the president said."2

1, 2 The New York Times, 7 Oct 2005

Which, of course, makes no sense if you read it.

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I found that my site has been archived seven times* on the "Internet Archive Wayback Machine."

*Between 27 October 2003 and 25 June 2004.

— 27 October 2005

Hey that's a coincidence, the date.

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Rosa Parks died two days ago. Rosa Parks. 24 October 2005.

92 years old.

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Improved the page "Goes without saying" — Irish Travellers are an ancient people, against the wishes of the settled population.

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Created the file "Heresies" — nontraditional narratives.

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Is it possible that at our scale of existence it seems that everything happens for a reason because universe formation has evolved to favor synchronicity?

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— 26 October 2005, Kilkenny Ireland

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A Spanish judge has requested that the United States extradite three soldiers responsible for firing a shell from a tank into Baghdad's Palestine Hotel during the invasion of Iraq.

On the morning of 8 April 2003, Sgt. Shawn Gibson requested permission to fire on the hotel. He said later that he believed an Iraqi operative was coordinating attacks from that site. His commanding officer, Captain Philip Wolford, authorized Gibson to fire.

Lt. Col. Philip DeCamp was, in turn, Wolford's supervisor. The Spanish high court judge Santiago Pedraz issued warrants for the arrest of Gibson, Wolford, and DeCamp.

Spanish journalist José Causo died in the blast where the shell struck the 15th floor of the hotel. Turkish cameraman Taras Protsyuk also died, and three other people were wounded.

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U.S. forces killed another journalist elsewhere in Baghdad that same day.

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Made a few light, cosmetic changes to the file "Vikings where I've been"

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I finally wrote about the job at Bagel Village, Amsterdam Summer 2000 ,— job that ended badly, in a strange way....

— 18 October 2005

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I'm beginning to think that the Bush administration is baiting the poor, trying to encourage violent uprising.

— 13 October, 2005

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Made file A place on Rose Inn Street, about an apartment I had in Kilkenny. Linked file from Rose Inn Street, a page I wrote while living there.

— 7 October, 2005

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Somebody put something in George W. Bush's Koolaid.

— 5 October 2005

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I read the claim on the website of "godandscience.org" that "(Jesus) is mentioned by many contemporary, non-Christian historians."

But as far as I know, Jesus was not mentioned by a single person during the time that we suppose he was alive.

I posted an email to the author of the website.

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How is it a victory in the war on terrorism when a nation of laws kills a suspect?

27 September 2005

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26 September, 2005

"That chocolate makes me want to go buy clothes."

Kim

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22 September, 2005

Wrote and uploaded file "Theoretical."

Ideology, certainty, necessary doubt, destruction of global habitability....

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14 September, 2005

Kim Arrived. I met her in Dublin and brought her back to Thomastown. I'll write more about her later.

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5 September, 2005

I was watching an old episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher," and in his otherwise-brilliant epilogue he showed some confusion between "global warming" and "ozone depletion."

I always get a bit irritated when my liberal home-boys don't get the science right.

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While doing some operations with science files, I rediscovered the page "Occam's Razor and God," which I kind of like.

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4 September, 2005

I like the file "Holy Thursday," from March 2002 Kilkenny.

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3 September, 2005

I'm doing work to clean up some old pages.

I like the file "myfood," about Europeans' seeming obsession with other people's eating habits.

I like 28pages, a short news mosaic about some dirty Iraq War business.

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I was improving the file "Enjoy your meal" and took a break to make a cup of tea, here in my Kilkenny apartment. In the front room were my two flatmates and two of their friends, all Spanish. They were eating.

Because I had been working on that page, and they were eating, I felt like saying something. I said that I hoped they did not think me rude for never saying "enjoy your meal." (This phrase, though unimportant in English, is nearly compulsory in many other European languages.)

I never say "enjoy your meal," because it's not part of my tradition. When I explained this to the Spanish folks, the more-recent arrivals seemed to acknowledge that I did have something to explain, and it seemed to make them feel a bit more comfortable that I had.

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Asylum, a page I wrote about my effort to legalize myself in Holland, is pretty good.

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2 September, 2005

It's just a matter of saying what you know is true.

Science does not have to provide an alternative perspective. Journalism does not have to tell how it could have been.

And I don't have to say what ought to replace what I can see is insufficient.

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1 September, 2005

I made the file "Truth and reality."

Inspired by a comment in my guestbook.

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After Hurricane Katrina
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Image index map of New Orleans, low-res photos (about 37cm [1.2 ft.] / pixel)

At right: a small part of New Orleans, from the above index

All photos property of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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27 August, 2005

Made file "universe," otherwise called "Fine-tune this." What makes a universe favor life?

The file needs a bit of work, but I like it.

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22 August, 2005

People in American media still talk about the "war on terror," relative to Iraq.

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20 August, 2005

I wrote a page inspired by a comment slandering my abuse of the Dutch language (and fairly so.)

Then I got a comment (written in Dutch) supportive of the work I've been doing....

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"But will that happen? Will one woman's demand to meet the president outside his vacation home be viewed someday as a tipping point against the war?" — Washington Post, 19 August 2005

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I met up with a new aquaintance, a guy from Israel. I was on my way toward the park via the river. He said he was just going to watch Sky news at a pub, that there was a confrontation in the evacuation of the Gaza strip.

We watched a bit of the storming of the synagogue at Kfar Darom. It was a strange sort of raid.

Kfar Darom is the oldest Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip, founded in 1970. ... "Tearfully but Forcefully, Israel Removes Gaza Settlers" — New York Times, 19 August 2005

Contemporaneous notes, 2001-2004

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