Monthly Archives: January 2009

Coal ranching

On Tuesday I got my first good look into the coal mines of Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. This is literally where the deer and the antelope played, until the human appetite for power began eating it up. Featured are the … Continue reading

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This review was helpful to me. Hat tip.

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Updike at rest

John Updike was a writer of astonishing gifts, discipline and scope. The sum of his work — novels, essays, poetry, criticism — is enormous. Besides his sixty-one books (including 23 novels), for more han half a century he was a … Continue reading

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Comment du jour

I dunno if this is a spam or not, but I got a chuckle out of it, so I let it fly.

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Quotes du jour

“If you just want to write and not re-write, blog.” That was uttered by Anne Thompson, deputy editor of Variety, moderating a panel of screenwriters at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Another: “What’s the point of living but to love … Continue reading

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Toward post-largesse journalism

My sources in Santa Barbara tell me “Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times”, a new documentary by Peter Jones, is an amazing piece of work — partly because of its quality as a picture, but especially because of its … Continue reading

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What does

— this graphic mean? That we do better under Democrats (Reagan excepted) than Republicans? That the times are reflected in their leaders? Neither? Both? I gotta say that I’m torn. My inner Libertarian agrees with Peter Schiff, who saw the … Continue reading

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Pixel pi

Check out David Bergman‘s 1,474-Megapixel GigaPan picture of the 2 gigaperson presidential inauguration last Tuesday. You can all but look in the noses of the people there. What impresses me most is how many cameras with extremely long lenses were … Continue reading

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Imagine if Barack had Tourette’s

Filling out this… yielded this: Barack Obama’s Inauguration Speech My fellow Americans, today is a fibrous day. You have shown the world that “hope” is not just another word for “chair”, and that “change” is not only something we can … Continue reading

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The perils of publicity

I’m pretty good at getting buzz when I want it. The irony of running ProjectVRM, however, is that I don’t want much of that. Not yet, anyway. About a year ago I did promote it a bit, got a lot … Continue reading

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