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We drove to Ithaca, NY, to pick up one of the critters at a camp, and while on campus at Cornell this huge scary art museum came loping across a vast lawn and tried to squash me. I think it took me for a member of the Vulgate. It smelled an uncultured person. I hid in the gorge. Am still rattled.


On the road you sometimes have to get online at the last second to book a motel. We found this rather shabby place next to a waterfall. Very cold, damp, drafty.


I am not blogging while on vacation but I want to make sure you saw these NASA stories:

We've got water on Mars, and lakes on Titan.

Now if we could only find lakes of water.


My story on the Gulf dead zone.

By Joel Achenbach  |  July 31, 2008; 9:35 PM ET
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"I'm not blogging while on vacation." Ha! It's 10:00 pm, Joel.

Hope you're having a swell time already. At least the water pressure at that cheap motel looks pretty good.

Posted by: TBG | July 31, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

That Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is a very cool building, and their permanent collection comprises one of the best university collections in the country. Inside one of the current exhibits are photos of steam engines, a worldwide collection taken over 40 years' time, by Frank Barry. So Paris is thinking of taking an art minor--with biology as her major?

Is that Cascadilla Gorge? No mention of the hoodoos? The crumbling building is what...perhaps an old power station? Those falls must be gorgeous in the winter when they freeze up.

Posted by: Loomis | July 31, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice, Joel. Have a good time!

Hey, everybody, I have a final interview with "the ultimate job at the pinnacle of my career" in late August or sooner. Advice to all: never be timid to take a chance. And if I get other offers sooner they said to let them know and they'll try and rearrange things. OMG.


Posted by: eidrib | July 31, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I.M.Pei designed the Johnson Museum at Cornell. It has been called a giant "sewing machine." Seen in attack mode lurch as photographed it does appear threatening.

Posted by: Shiloh | July 31, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Fall Creek Gorge is behind the museum.

Posted by: Shiloh | July 31, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope you did not remain hidden in the gorse for an inordinate period. Nor whin or furze as well.

In my latest incarnation as a "burly" I am sure to have the countersynechdocal tomatoes hurled at me on occasion, causing the damage, of course, by the can in which they are contained.

Posted by: Emily | July 31, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, eidrib! Grab that brass ring.

Never been to Cedar Key, but I feel I need to take a detour someday and check it out. It' funny how settlement in Florida works. H. B. Plant's railroad (as opposed to Flagler's east coast rival) brought development to the Tampa Bay area.

I call Tampa the nation's southernmost Midwest city because so many people from the Rust Belt just got on the highway and headed south until the road ended. When I-75 got extended further south, Sarasota and Naples exploded.

Having lived on the east coast of Florida for a few years, it amazed me how different the cultures are. Miami and up is so New York with all that entails, good and bad.

Posted by: yellojkt | July 31, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Just what is the castle small by the waterfall?

Posted by: nellie | July 31, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Hello to all. I was just lurk reading and must confess to finding Emily's post of 10:36 fascinating. One meets so few burly men named Emily. The only clue to "countersynechdocal" I could find is this definition of the word synecdoche:

Latin, from Greek synekdochē, from syn- + ekdochē sense, interpretation, from ekdechesthai to receive, understand, from ex from + dechesthai to receive; akin to Greek dokein to seem good -- more at ex-, decent
15th century

: a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole (as fifty sail for fifty ships), the whole for a part (as society for high society), the species for the genus (as cutthroat for assassin), the genus for the species (as a creature for a man), or the name of the material for the thing made (as boards for stage)

Synecdochical is the adjective form.

I'm assuming this is all some sort of obscure joke.

Hi Yoki!

Posted by: Wheezy | July 31, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Hello Wheezy! Long time no post.

Joel, thanks for the one-liner on the attacking art museum along with the lovely, if ominous proof. That IS worth breaking a no-blog rule for... once.

Posted by: Wilbrod | July 31, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Hi Wilbrod! I think I saw one of Wilbrodog's kindred spirits today - saw an obviously fit woman walking a dog with a service vest, so I thought she might be deaf. Or he was in training.

Posted by: Wheezy | August 1, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Gee, Emily, you sure do talk funny. I can't quite parse what you-all are a'saying. But: welcome!

Hi Wheezy! In your absence, we were bragging about Universities one day, so I spoke up for WashU. I just thought you ought to know.

Posted by: ScienceTim | August 1, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I feel like the "water on Mars" news is unfairly trading on the vernacular interpretation of the word "water", which implies a liquid. Still, my profession of purity has an element of sour grapes to it -- if it were my discovery, I think I wouldn't be terribly ethically pure, either.

Posted by: ScienceTim | August 1, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Hi Tim! I'm trying ever-so-subtly to influence the kids in favor of Wash U. My endorsement is the kiss of death, though, so I'm trying hard not to be obvious.

For an East Coaster, you're up late.

Posted by: Wheezy | August 1, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

I know nothing about Mars except a few things gleaned from sci-fi books (you'll lose weight living in a colony there from the persistent cold, I hear).

Unfortunately, I have finished folding the enormous pile of laundry I started out with (reading the Achenblog is great during laundry folding) and so I must, regretfully, bid you all good night.

Posted by: Wheezy | August 1, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Decided to do one last check of the boodle, and wonder of wonders, a new kit. Super!! Now I'm too tired to say anything coherent, have been working all evening on a brochure our economic development team is putting together. I am at the outer edge of my computer skills but I'd rather be here than selling the ads. This is one of the downsides of living in a tiny town. For anything to get done everyone has to participate.

Toodles boodle, and sweet dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 1, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

i think i might have posted this before, but a funny colbert clip on water (visit to museum of natural history exhibit on water):

Posted by: L.A. lurker | August 1, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

How did I manage to miss a racy, spacy kit on DNA and RNA!?!

Thanks for all the laughs, though, and for remembering Fred Hoyle, that brilliant and crazy old coot! BTW, Francis Crick was a proponent of Pan$$$$$ too.

Now I'm imagining aliens establishing permanent nucleobases on earth in order to get their grubby four-fingers on the fossil fuel.

Posted by: DNA Girl | August 1, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

All your nucleobase are belong to us.

Posted by: ScienceTim | August 1, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

The picture is of Fall Creek gorge. Cascadilla Gorge is on the other side of the campus. Of course, the area around Ithaca is well known for its gorgeous gorges. Hope you didn't miss the stunning views of Cayuga Lake from the art museum terrace. Or the very famous WC Muenscher Poisonous Plants Garden, conveniently near the Dairy Bar.

Posted by: Lex Pk | August 1, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Good morning, friends. And yes, I'm up. No reason really than I just woke up. The g-girl is all over the bed, so I gave up.

Today is Friday. The end of the week. Time for the weekend.

Scotty, Slyness, Mudge, Martooni(where are you?) and all, morning.*waving*

A new kit, and very beautiful pictures. What a lovely place. And just think, there may be life on the planet Mars after all. I mean if there is water, life can't be too far behind, right?

And thanks to those of you that answered my question in the last kit. I know this a humourous blog, but the core of comedy and humor is sealed in reality and beautiful truths, and the not so beautiful at times, but always truth. Of course, timing does help.

Have a great day, folks. Enjoy your vacation, JA, if that's possible. It is suppose to be another hot one today. We will stay inside and do "Fear Factor Friday". And who knows what that will be. It is always a surprise. Time to find the front page and the editorial page.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 1, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

somebody set up us the bomb

Posted by: methos | August 1, 2008 3:37 AM | Report abuse

I meant to say hello, Wheezy, good to hear from you.

Robinson's op-ed is about the exact question I brought up in the last kit, only he does a much better job of stating it. McCain is running a swift-boat campaign, and it seems to be business as usual. To compare, Obama, to Britney and Paris reeks of the ridiculous. And the fact that Obama talks about himself as an African-American should not open the door for nastiness concerning race.

Dionne also has a good op-ed. He's talking about politics in England and making the comparison for the Republican party. Some of them should try reading it. It just might shine a light, although I don't think it will help with the issue of race. If they lost that issue, they might become extinct.

Mudge, I could not read Krath. I wanted to, but just could not force it. His stuff reminds me of swallowing castor oil.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 1, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Goodonya eidrib!!
Hi Wheezy!
Hi Cassandra!

Posted by: Boko999 | August 1, 2008 4:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm up though I have no idea why. I would worry about having insomnia, but I know that there is always something intelligent to read here. It is only 2:43 a.m. local, but I expect I'll get dopey soon enough.

I am absolutely entranced by the photos of the inn by the falls, Joel. I feel a gothic novel coming on. Have a lovely vacation.

Posted by: dr | August 1, 2008 4:49 AM | Report abuse

It should be noted that my natural state is a variation of dopey. In this instance I meant sleepy dopey.

Posted by: dr | August 1, 2008 4:54 AM | Report abuse

Now why would Joel be up in Ithaca? I do hear there is a pretty reputable school of hotel management near there. They get all the campus cooling from pipes that suck deep cold water from the bottom of Lake Champlain where it is 50 deg F all year round. Perfectly green cooling. Toronto has a similar much larger system. Your HVAC trivia for the morning.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Anyone care to spin conspiracy theories about this?

And terrorists don't have access to GoogleDocs? It's interesting to see the gummint skip amendments 2 and 3 and go straight to destroying the fourth.

That is your morning umbrage report.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Big Brother, again.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse


Washington U should be fun, you will find the first link in my Espionage News blog Spook School 1teresting.


Posted by: Alexey Braguine | August 1, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Happy Friday, all.

I'll confine my umbrage to the fact that some areas of the city got over an inch of rain and we got NONE. I think I'll pout all day.

Cassandra, I hope you went back to sleep. Discovery Place is a cool museum. Currently running is an exhibit on Pompeii that I'm interested in seeing. The last time I went was to see the exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls, which was fascinating.

Story in the local paper that Bank of America has sold the old fire station uptown where we have a museum. It has historic preservation status, so it won't be torn down, but the museum will have to leave in a year or so. Dunno what we'll do with all the stuff.

Posted by: slyness | August 1, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

There is coffee on in the bunker, but it is kind of stale, now that I think of it. Cassandra and I were up with the birds.

I'll go make some fresh coffee. Happy Friday everybody!

Posted by: dr | August 1, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

It's been a very busy week and now we'll be away for the weekend so I'll catch up as best I can. Scotty, hope you're feeling better and my best wishes go out to SnukeSpouse and her father. Congrats eidirb - did I spell that right, I am in a hurry. Full of umbrage here too between our DOJ, the McCain campaign's tiresome whines and this latest news referenced by yello. On the plus side, we don't have Manny to kick around anymore and I hope it helps the Sox stop their losing ways.

Have a great vacation Joel, very nice pictures but that museum is sorta scary looking. Have a great weekend all.

Posted by: Bad Sneakers | August 1, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Morning all... reading about the Ft Detrick scientist and came across this sentence. I really wish the Washington Post would hire on some extra copy editors...

"The Times said Ivins was the son of a Princeton-educated pharmacist who was born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio."

So Ivins' dad (or mom) was from Lebanon, Ohio. I wonder where Ivins was raised?

Posted by: TBG | August 1, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Sneaks, we're getting by.

*still-kinda-half-hearted-even-though-it's-TGIF Grover waves*

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 1, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

If the sighting reports about the campus are accurate, perhaps we DO have a cougar among us. The strongest evidence is the length of the tail relative to the body. Bobcats have stubby, manx-like tails. Cougars sport tales nearly as long as the body.

We shall see. I ride my bike often through the area in question. BC, 'tis near the old Monte Mini-Golf site, but closer to Paint Branch. Fascinating.

Off to a congressional hearing about biofuel life-cycle costs. Am an invited academic observer. May sit at the testifying scientist's side. Wow. Am actually ironing some clothes for the event.

'Tis Friday. May we be safe from cougars and other bone-rattling growlers of the night (a cougar throaty yowl is scaaaaaarrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy).

Posted by: College Parkian | August 1, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

TBG, I am always glad you don't use your mad editor skilz on my e-mail! :-)

dr, Cassandra, not to brag, but I was up *before* the birds.

There's an interesting and frightening story today in the NYT, it'll be in the Magazine this weekend. It's about a certain type of lawlessness on the Internet. I'd give the citation, but gotta run to a meeting.

Have a good day, everyone!

Posted by: dbG | August 1, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Cp, I fully understand what you mean when you note the import of the event by ironing clothes.

Sounds like an interesting day. May you be blessed with good, interesting, thinking people questions, and littlr boring political drivel.

Posted by: dr | August 1, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I just finished watching the first season of 'Weeds' (my wife only lets me see it while our son is out of the house since it depicts teenage drug use and sexual behavior in a rather casual manner) and one of the running gags was the littlest kid hunting a cougar that was loose in the neighborhood. Maybe life is imitating art.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Here's where my umbrage meter went off the scale:

'Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff wrote in an opinion piece published last month in USA Today that "the most dangerous contraband is often contained in laptop computers or other electronic devices." Searches have uncovered "violent jihadist materials" as well as images of child pornography, he wrote.'

I don't even know where to start. And on the Bill of Rights Watch List, I've already marked the 8th and 9th down as goners.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

dbG... your emails are NOT a world-class newspaper (sorry.. but it's true).


Posted by: TBG | August 1, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Happy Friday everyone.

Lots of interesting details for me in the anthrax story yello linked for us. I was married in the Catholic Church in Frederick and my father-in-law was a scientist at Detrick. He retired many years ago, so I doubt that he knew the fellow, but the whole affair was quite a brouhaha for that community in Frederick. I suppose brouhaha is a slight understatement!

Enjoyed all the science-y stuff in the last kit. Don't really understand it, but I still enjoy it. Hope the Achenclan have a wonderful vacation.

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

TBG, so NOW we're sure it wasn't Hatfield, right? *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 1, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I think this is the article on Trolling dbG was referring to. Some people are really nasty pieces of work.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 1, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Sorry I missed Dawn Patrol muster; I was here and reading but then my computer needed rebooting and I had to get ready for work. Boy, Cassandra, you were up *early.*

This is not the first time there was a major cougar sighting in Prince George's County (where U of Md. and CP are). When I was editor of a small newspaper in Clinton about 15 years ago, there was a rash of sightings in the Camp Springs area around Woodyard Road east of Clinton/Camp Springs, and by some reputable people. I dispatched a reporter and photographer on the story, and we ran a few articles about it. Personally, I am inclined to believe the sightings (there have been too many over too many years), and I agree it isn't a bobcat. I don't know how old cougars get to be, and don't know if this one now could be the same one from 15 years ago, but I suppose it might be.

FYI, there was a really terrific book (nonfiction) out about 10 or 15 years ago about the researchers at USAMRID at Ft. Detrick working on the Ebola virus, called "The Hot Zone," by Richard Preston (, probably the most hair-raising nonfiction book I've ever read-- literally a "thriller" that I couldn't put down. Makes the fictional book/movie "Andromeda Strain" look like a fairy tale by comparison. And the major incident described in the book took place in Reston, a town right here in the DC suburbs. Book scared the bejayzus outta me. A summer beach book "must-read" (and re-read).

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, a sighting at Andrews AFB about two summers ago also. Pressed linen to Cap Hill about biofuel life cycle costs. Go Switchgrass; Beat Corn. Rah. Rah. Rah.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 1, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, it's so funny that you mentioned the Hot Zone. The hubby and I read it a few years ago and my daughter is in the middle of it right now. Definitely a thriller, we loved it.

Posted by: Kim | August 1, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Right, CP, I remember that, too. Like I said, not the first sightings in the area by any means.

Don't cheer too exuberantly; we don't wanna re-injure the ribs, now, do we?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

The Fort Detrick story has an interesting sidebar--the group of anthrax scientists in a group called "The Camel Club," a large rubber camel with an oversized "peanut," a camel poem, ethnic harrassment, and an affair.

The Los Angeles Times, which originally reported the story of Ivins' suicide (interesting that a West Coast paper got the scoop), has details about how Ivins helped to clean up accidental releases of hot agents, yet failed to report these breaches in biocontainment:,0,3772533.story

The next meeting to discuss San Antonio as a potential site for the next-generation Plum Island-like Level-4 animal research disease lab is Aug. 7.

Posted by: Loomis | August 1, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Just back from the NY Times piece...

Oh sure, give trolls in general more attention.

Good luck with that.

*shaking my head*

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 1, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Note, that Preston's bestseller "Hot Zone" was about hemorrhagic viruses, while anthrax is a bacterium. I jumped all over (via e-mail) reporter Jon Karl, when he was at CNN, the day he reported anthrax is a virus.

Posted by: Loomis | August 1, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

After four days of almost non stop work I've finally caught up.

Were some things I wanted to respond to but forget most.


1, think of Earth as ova, and panspermia makes sense.

2, not even sure if this is even relevant to the book discussions, but I did think of it for some reason: Frank Herbert's series

I didn't even know there was a fourth book. i'll have to get it.

Posted by: omni | August 1, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The Hartford Courant is just one source with a mention of the "obscene" camel (blogs are another):

Posted by: Loomis | August 1, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I agree, TBG, but I was just in a meeting of perfectionists. These people point out a one-word font change in a 50 page specification document, so it wouldn't have deterred them. I appreciate you!

In the spirit of laissez faire breakfast, I strolled into the cafeteria and told the nice man cooking to just make me anything without mushrooms. He made a cheese omelet with sauteed onions and tomatoes, all wrapped around a deep-fried piece of scrapple. (I've never seen a scrapple omelet before). Way too much to eat, but absolutely delicious.

Posted by: dbG | August 1, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Loomis, have you seen any research about Plum Island being the source/origin of Lyme diease, being carried across Long Island Sound perhaps by birds to CT?

Posted by: CB | August 1, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

SCC Lyme disease

Posted by: CB | August 1, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I had dinner up at the top of the Attack Museum in 1987. I was doing a bit of semi-recreational science, attending a symposium on palms, coinciding with publication of a monumental Cornell-Kew book, "Genera Palmarum". The book's technical illustrations were by a Gainesville resident whose husband, a horticulture professor, was flabbergasted by the splendid new Agronomy building where we were meeting. So splendid, in fact, that I don't think we were intimidated by the Museum when it came dinner time.

Then off to see a Cornell squash breeder in Geneva.

Years later, I ran into a Cornell dean at Archbold Biological Station near Lake Placid, Florida. It turned out that he, like me, was a product of the much humbler Penn State. This was reassuring.

Pearlstein's end-of-an-era column this morning is striking.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | August 1, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

CP, I'd say "break a leg" for your congressional hearing today, but I know your're still recovering from other injuries.

And yes indeed, I think there *are* cougars prowling the College Park environs, though it's been a long time since I've been considered potential prey. Can't comment on the yowling (bone-rattling or otherwise), though you did make me laugh.

Oh, and ask Mrs. Dr. B about Haldeman.

I posted and commented on the Titanic liquid ethane yesterday, but didn't follow up with the confirmation of water ice on Mars.

I wonder will we be able to hold the 2050 Winter Olyimpics there? Wouldn't it be cool to have skiiing and bobsled runs down Olympus Mons (perhaps into the summit crater?) or Valles Marineris, with outdoor hockey in the natural stadium of the Olympus Mons caldera?

Better get Arbusto crackin' on that Terrorforming before he leaves office...


Posted by: bc | August 1, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

bc, Arbusto has been doing terrorforming for nearly 8 years now. Please don't encourage him any further. In fact, get him to stop, if you can.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The tree is now off the house across the street. Sun shining. I need to begin painting the house again. And pick up firewood for the winter. I hope the other neighbor has liability insurance, it was his (Eastern cottonwood?) tree that fell onto the other guy's house. I just spent an aggravating 45 minutes online trying to I.D. it. My house is pretty soundproof; I didn't hear him chainsawing.

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Mudge and BC
Arbusto has:

Terrible terror tactics taken to troublesome tangents targeting terrified theocratic types.

Posted by: Alexey Braguine | August 1, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Lombardy poplar, it is. Or was. Always had a hard time with the tree I.D.s
I do love the internets.

Can't seem to get started these days. I used to have more coffee. Will have more today until I vibrate away from this desk and start working by default.

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Cougars average 8-10 years in the wild, and have been known to reach 20 in captivity.

For those of you who are fans of Foyle's War...Honeysuckle Weeks, best known for her starring role as Samantha Stewart turned 29 today.

Posted by: omni | August 1, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The things I accidentally find on the web boggle my mind.

I'm hungry.

Posted by: omni | August 1, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Joel, thank you for popping in on your vacation to issue that extremely important Public Service Announcement about the Attack Museum. That thing looks extremely dangerous, even with no visible arms. I hope it is content to roam the Northeast and doesn't cross the Mississippi to ravage the heartland.

I was, however, unaccountably taken with the decaying charm of your impromptu inn. Lovely. It might have been drafty but oh! so picturesque.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 1, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Faxing Omni an egg salad sammich with special Fluffilado spices.

Posted by: Brag | August 1, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, thanks for picking that poor excuse for a triple entendre up off of the floor.

Though I think it was better off there.

I'd rather have them Terrorforming Mars than this planet, which is one reason I've been a strong proponent of their efforts to send men there and to the Moon.

As I've said many times, they're welcome to use those Spaceship Troop Surges to scout locations for the GWB Presidential Library.

I think good arguments can be made for both locations - we associate one with the god of war and the other with complete lunacy.

And certainly there are reasons to consider branch libraries on Phobos (god of fear and panic) and Deimos (terror), too.


Posted by: bc | August 1, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Wheezy! *hugs*

Posted by: Yoki | August 1, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

You know I've always got your back, bc. Even the Flying Wallendas need a net occasionally (and look what happened to them). And everyone knows executing the triple entendre ain't easy. Harder still in gladiator sandals.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Author Michael Christopher Carroll thoroughly examines Plum Island and Lyme disease in the first chapter, titled "1975: The Lyme Connection," in his 2004 book, "Lab 257." No index, but a read as engrossing as Preston's "Hot Zone." Cover-ups galore.

Especially relevant for residents in the five cities designated as possible sites for the next-generation animal disease research lab. Level 4 means no vaccines available or known cures.

Posted by: Loomis | August 1, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Not to mention the Triple Lindy:

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Yoki. Whatcha cookin'/bakin' these days? With these dog days of summer, I've pretty much been in minimalist cooking mode, seldom rising above opening a can of tuna fish for dinner. Too hot to cook in the kitchen, too hot to do much grilling.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, thanks for not monkeying with my back while you've got it.

I can execute a reasonable triple when I put my mind to it; I was a decent shortstop and wideout in my day, and am still a reasonably good race driver.

I've still got some moves, even in the olive oil and sandals.

Never understood why they were called the "Flying Wallendas" though. If any of them could have, lord knows they would have.

Probably easier to market "Flying" rather than "Falling," I suppose.

Can't help but feel sad for that family; all of the very public tragedy.


Posted by: bc | August 1, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

LL, Thanks so much

Posted by: CB | August 1, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse


Had to chuckle at Joel's mention of the Vulgate.

I'm guessing that he's talking about the French version of Arthurian legend that incorporates some Biblical themes, but to those of us raised Catholic I think of an early version of the Bible.

I'm barely knowledgeable of the early Church or Arthurian legend, though. Loved the reference - all of a sudden I see Joel dragging his family across New England in "Monty Python and the Holy Underwood."

Also, if someone told me that Escher used that waterfall location as an inspiration, I'd believe them.


Posted by: bc | August 1, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if one can spot the Vulgate by their ears...


Posted by: Scottynuke | August 1, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Nope, can't even see the top of his ears:

Posted by: omni | August 1, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

In the Non Sequitur Department...

The Frederick News-Post has republished the Letters to the Editor submitted by the Fort Detrick anthrax researcher who committed suicide and who was reportedly about to be indicted for the anthrax attacks...

NONE of the letters deal with anthrax.


Posted by: Scottynuke | August 1, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

bc - yeah, to me the term "Vulgate" reminds me of St. Jerome (He was the one with the Lion, right?) who is said to have translated the Latin Bible into the local "vulgar" vernacular. Hence the "Vulgate Bible."


Speaking of shacking, that article on the dead zone in the Gulf seems like a warning about the dangers of too much fertilizer.

As we've talked about before, there are plans by some to seed the ocean with iron fertilizer to increase the amount of algae and hence suck up CO2.

But this "dead zone" helps show why this might be a magnificently awful idea.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 1, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Gulf Coast Dead Zone sure would be a great place for some off-shore drilling rigs. See how it all ties together?

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Yes, RD, it does seem as though the fertilizer run-off should serve as some sort of warning. Perhaps iron fertilizer is healthier than nitrate fertilizer (or whatever it is, nitr-something) so necessary for corn. Perhaps not.

I like the story, but oh how alarming. No wonder Joel needs a vacation. He's had months of a relentless primary campaign, shrinking ice, bears, dead sea zones and worse.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 1, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Dead sea zones makes me think of the time when Son of G was little and heard a promo on PBS for a show about the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Only half listening, he perked up and said, "What's that about dead squirrels?"

Posted by: TBG | August 1, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Just back from the garden. I should post this in the Mighty Appetite alternate blog but I have a culinary question. Anybody knows a recipe involving 23 short-fat cukes, 3 huge golden zucchinis and 2 cousa squash? Darn things are maturing faster than I can give them away.

I only harvested Juliet miniature tomatoes yet but the real maters will be ready soon.

The Med had plenty of dead zones in the bad 60's and 70's when big cities like Marseilles or Toulon were dumping their sewer straight in the drink. It takes a VERY long time to get some life back, and it ain't coming back to the old same ecology either. Not killing the zone is the way to go.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 1, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"Not killing the zone is the way to go."

Our continent's entire environmental policy should be based on that statement, shrieking... Heck.. the whole world's should be!

Posted by: TBG | August 1, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey frosti... are you and Mr Frosti going to rent out your hip new St Paul condo during the Repub convention? You could enjoy small-town life for a few days and rake in some big bucks.

Posted by: TBG | August 1, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

chown -R us ./base

Posted by: KPage | August 1, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I bow before your geekitude.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm Captain Obvious TBG, with the superpower of Doh!

I'm up a bushel of yellow beans but one sister just agreed by e-mail (which I will print and keep as a legally binding document)on a big basket of said beans plus a dozen of cukes. Heck I'll bring all my surpluses to the little family get-together tomorrow and I won't take no as an answer.
My older brother is leaving for a 2-year stint in South Africa and so we are having a little send-off party up in the Laurentians tomorrow. It will be the first long road trip for the Very Large Puppy. I predict that it will be a slimy road trip.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 1, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I predict that maybe three or four of us understand what KPage just said

Posted by: omni | August 1, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of runoff, the Google has failed to help me locate the Bible verse wherein the punishment for "poisoning a well" is noted. I'm assuming Old Testament. Anyone want to help?

Off to shop soon. Canned tuna sounds oddly right. One of my father's favorite summmertime meals was canned tuna, fresh tomato slices with salt & pepper, and a glass of white wine. Thanks for the memory and inspiration, Mudge.

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Kpage, that's a cute UNIX command.


Posted by: bc | August 1, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure not one of 'em, omni.

Shriek, how 'bout slicing those cukes, squash, etc. up and making a big batch of pickles? Pretty quick and easy if ya got a jug or two big enough to hold them.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

You can buy that command as a tee-shirt:

I wrote a blog post once about a tee shirt I saw at a Neal Stephenson book signing:

(Includes bonus reference to the Achenblog: We Click collector's edition)

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

No geekitude here ... I still have trouble with pocket calculators ... just a head for remembering funny things I've seen.

See? Funny!

Posted by: KPage | August 1, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

So the non-geeks can enjoy the joke:

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was a Solaris command, shows you what I know...


Posted by: Scottynuke | August 1, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Jinx on KPage!

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

That's *exactly* what I had for dinner last night, Jumper, including the glass of wine (a riesling). Had a peach for dessert.

I don't think the poisoned well thing is from the Bible; I sure couldn't found it. But found this, which gives no source:

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

all your base are belong to us

Posted by: omni | August 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was a real knee-slapper, yello. But now that I've read it...WTF does it mean? And what kind of [redacted] writes "all your base" instead of bases?

OK, never mind. That was a rhetorical quesion. I think I know the answer.


Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I also don't think it's in the Bible. But rather has something to do with arguing against faith because of contradictions in the Bible, and since the Bible is the word of God, and God is infallable...

Posted by: omni | August 1, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

TBG-All the delegates seem to be finding nice hotel rooms in Minneapolis and out in the burbs by Mall of America. Wouldn't want the local taxi drivers to be cheated out of their piece of the economic windfall these conventions are supposed to be. Besides, I don't want to give up my prime location for protest participation.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, 'all your base are belong to us' is Engrish. It's from a video game: Zero Wing.

I'm not really that geeky. Though I knew what the command was doing, I had to look it up to get the back story.

Posted by: omni | August 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse


Wikipedia is your friend.

It's a very high concept internet meme based on a poorly translated video game. And that is already way more than you want or need to know.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

What a doofus I am to misspell infallible...

Posted by: omni | August 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

So I was right: a knee-slapper after all.

Thank you. But some of you folks are a looooong way further down that "Uber-Geek" continuum than you think you are.


Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't recall seeing anything on that geek chart about knowing a little unix.

Posted by: omni | August 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Over on Wonkette, I learned that Minneapolis has more movie theater seats per capita than anywhere else in the country. Congrats!

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mudge, but with the help of the internets and their tubes I contacted the siblings and parents and "sold" off all the extra veggie to the family. My mother even want the zucchinis, such a saintly women. Contacted through my father, of course she wouln't touch that electro-mechanical infernal machine, of course. The yellow filet beans will become the official veggie of the little get-together.
I don't know about the English bit on well poisoning but in the French lore of the middle ages (wiki gives a first written story in 1316) the Christian usually accuse the Jews of poisoning the wells and thus propagating the Black Death. "Poisoning the wells" still is considered a covert anti-semitic turn of phrase. Ugly, but clearly not Biblical.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 1, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

SCC of the wurst.
1319 and I have only one mother, so woman it is.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Guess who finally got their thesis published?

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

That's further up, not down.

I haven't looked at Unix since grad school, but I could tell a few good SQL jokes. :-)

I remember when the more accounts you had on different systems the cooler you were. Now, it's just a pita. Take my accounts, puhleeze!

Posted by: dbG | August 1, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Wld mssgs frm dmbwld trlls lk lk ths?

Just finished reading about "disemvoweling" trolls in the link shrkngdnzn provided.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Wht hppnd t m vwls!?

Posted by: ylljkt | August 1, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, Shriek. "Poisoning the well" over the centuries has lost its anti-semitic roots (thank goodness) and crept into the general lexicon, and is now used as a term of argumentation fallacy. And it crops up in politics and in the culture from time to time; in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (LeCarre) it crops up as "muddying pools," a fairly good double entendre (in context) by the otherwise insufferable Percy Alleline (Michael Aldridge). (If ya wanna go mano a mano on incredibly obscure knee-slappers.)

Friday. 4:05 p.m. 25 minutes left to go. *sigh*

Heard on the news this morning some snatch about a pending Redskins' scrimmage game. Guess I'll have to start getting my football game face on. (Just can't believe we're already in August. Somebody stole two-thirds of my summer, and I haven't gone anywhere or done anything remotely summer-y or vaction-y. 'Cept watch my t'maters grow. Guess that'll have to do. Got a lot of green ones but no edibles yet.

OK, 21 minutes.


Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm about ready to concede it's not in the Bible. Although it might be "throwing a chine" in the well, or something. But I doubt it. Maybe I ran across it in the Nag Hammadi. I'm no scriptural scholar. I do like to read around.

I'm also about ready to concede my memory is an untrustworthy beast. I wish it were not so.

Perhaps I should try again to download an uninterrupted text file of the Bible. I found one where it came in one file for each book. I was not looking forward to merging those files, and am not enough of a geek to know how to automate that. Project Gutenberg, here I come. Again.

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The thesis--false dawn?
Or the bomb, and all your base
are belong to us

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

That's the way to Control a discussion, mudge.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Never mind Gutenberg, Jumper. Here's a link to all biblical references to wells. No poison anywhere. I would regard this list as (clearing throat to impress Ivansmom's and other lawyers with my command of legal jargon) dispositive that the parable is NOT biblical in origin.

*taking bow*

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

You DID get rained on at a Nats game, 'Mudge.

That's kinda summer-y, innit?


Posted by: Scottynuke | August 1, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Better yet Yello, there is a lot of great live theater in the Twin Cities-and not all of it Broadway touring shows. We will be a short walk from the Fitzgerald where Prairie Home Companion makes its home (when not in NYC or touring for fund raisers). The annual Fringe Festival started yesterday and I hope to catch a couple shows this year, next year I'm going to plan ahead, buy the Ultra Pass, and try to see a couple shows every day.
I should note the Fringe is in 18 venues in Minneapolis, St. Paul has another half dozen or so "legitimate theaters" and a couple of the burbs do great theater as well.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 1, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I'll at least try to throw in on the squash and cukes dilemma. If you don't want to do two separate dishes, then all I can think of is to precook the (diced) squash and assemble a cold rice or couscous salad with the cooked squashes and the uncooked cukes. Tomato and at least some onion, garlic, mandatory I think. Spices and raisins or other add-ons: Yr on your own.

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

By George, you're right, Scotty! How could I forget? Beaucoup apologies.

Hey, how's the FIL? And give Nukespouse a hug for me.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Here's the GOP pamphlet praising Minneapolis (75 professional theaters) and the Wonkette article ridiculing it (the pamphlet, not the city).

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Jumper: While there are many biblical well references, none include poisoning, but Exodus 21:33-34 provides for a punishment if your well kills a beast that stumbles into it when left uncovered.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

De nada, 'Mudge.

FIL is still in the hospital, unfortunately. *SIGH* Consider the hug delivered with extreme vigor.

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Yello-thanks for the link. The brochure doesn't mention that just for delegates cities in the metro have instituted special permits so bars can stay open until 4:00AM for those hard partyers (normal closing time is 1:00AM).

Posted by: frostbitten | August 1, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Extreme vigor? Ewww! No hugs from me if that is what it's gonna be used for. Just give her my regards and thoughts.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, did you have to quote the KJV bible? That hurt.

I had forgotten about "digged" as a popular usage in Elizabethan times, probably because dug meant teat back then.

However, dug goes back to Chaucer's "duggen", so it was a temporary aberration of language that has since been mended.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 1, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

And this, Jumper, may be of "poisoned well" interest:

The "Protocols of the Elders of Zion," the most notorious and most successful work of modern antisemitism, draws on popular antisemitic notions which have their roots in medieval Europe from the time of the Crusades. The libels that the Jews used blood of Christian children for the Feast of Passover, poisoned the wells and spread the plague were pretexts for the wholesale destruction of Jewish communities throughout Europe. Tales were circulated among the masses of secret rabbinical conferences whose aim was to subjugate and exterminate the Christians, and motifs like these are found in early antisemitic literature."

The Protocols are patently false, but are used often by bigots, some Christian fundamentalists, and trolls on websites.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Good work, Shiloh. But that's not it. I have figured it all out, anyway, although it's unverified: there's a claim floating around the internet and elsewhere that the original Greek texts were mis-translated regarding the word "witch" in "thou shall not suffer a witch to live." The claim is that the Greek word should be translated as "poisoner" or variously, pharmacist or herbalist, etc., etc. I haven't found any reputable scholar commenting on this rumor one way or another. (Well, there was one in the 18th century or so, but I couldn't find any backup, and who the heck was he, anyway?) So I DID hear it, and my memory is only half gone. I am somewhat relieved.

In the meantime, I found the entire King James version in a single PDF, so I own it now.

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's the source:

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

So glad you asked, Curmudgeon.

Last night I made extra-delightful fresh pita to contain lamb-burgers with a secret (a little blue cheese and pistachio butter melted in the middle of the patty); all served with yogurt, cucumbers, tomatoes and black olives on the side. Most excellent.

Tonight, I don't know. If I get out of here at a decent hour, I might rustle up a rattatouile and serve some bread and cheese and wine with it.

Tomorrow, I'm planning a ranch-type barbeque for 12, steak, chicken breasts with rosemary and tomato stuffing, ribs, beans, fresh corn bread and various salads (some Boodlers will recognize this!). Don't know about desert. I usually do a couple of different fruit pies for that sort of meal. Maybe faux sour cherry?

I'm lucky, it hasn't been beastly hot here, so the cooking goes apace. What has cramped my style is that the dishwasher packed it mid last week, and 10 days later we're still waiting to get it repaired. I despise washing dishes, so I'm not really stretching my culinary wings just now. Its OK on the weekend, because Himself is a cheerful scullery-man.

Posted by: Yoki | August 1, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Off to Ripkin Stadium to see the IronBirds. Have a good weekend, boodlers. I'll be back soon.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

This source, Jumper, comes almost straight from the coven:

It includes various translations of "witch" including the pharmacological.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse
Johann Weyer. That's the guy; only source yet on mistranslation of Greek, and I'm not about to rely on him, either. Peer reviewed journal, it ain't.

As for the Protocols, have no fear. I must have been reading conspiracy stuff from an early age: I remember asking my mother (I must have been 14 or so) about the Protocols, and she burst out laughing, and told me I'd be wise to know it's all a bunch of hooey. In any case, I don't believe 'em, I just collect 'em. And the internet has made my collection irrelevant. Ever seen "above top secret?" Good grief, there are more there than I thought possible.

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

What time will you be expecting us tomorrow for the barbecue, Yoki?

Posted by: TBG | August 1, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

We are cross-temporally posting, Shiloh. Yeah, that's one of the interesting, but to me, obviously non-authoritative, "rumors" I refer to. Oh, for a Greek linguist. In possession of original texts or images thereof!

Don't even think about it, yello.

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh, come early! We've got a couple of bottles of cold prosecco and you know that goes down well round about mid-afternoon.

Posted by: Yoki | August 1, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse


I'll bring some Gewurtstramminer and arrive early so we can chill that down just right. AND, I will wash all your dishes and be your sous chef.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 1, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Jumper: The use of pharmakos in the coven link is explained:

The term "pharmakos" later became the term "pharmacos" which refers to a poisoner, a magician, or a sorcerer. A variation of this term is "pharmacon" (φάρμακον) meaning either a magical substance or drug. From this, the modern term "pharmacology" emerged. [3]

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Just read the entire page of the link. Alexei Kondratiev seems to know the Hebrew, and also seems to have tied it in with the Greek texts the King James translators used. But I hesitate to trust him. He's a witch!

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Which witch translation are you using, Jumper?

Keep in mind that the sources languages for the "bible" and its translations are many, for example:

Aramaic>Hebrew>Greek>Latin>whatever - and there are a lot of them.

In my own research many years ago at school, I invariably went back to the Aramaic, which differes markedly from contemporary Hebrew.

The value of a "classical" education diminishes over time. Ancient Greek and Latin are easy to forget. I have trouble remembering my native tongue, whatever it is.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

(I always forget to be aware the word "read" in print is present and past tense. "Just read the book" can mean "I just did read the book" or "I command you to read the book.")

Witch reminds me, I have firewood to gather.

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

CP, you will not. Himself would be devastated. He likes it when I put my arms around him from the back as he's washing dishes. So you'll just have to sit at Yoki's Kitchen Table and sip Gewurtstramminer and pet large dogs and small cats and be witty and erudite. Bring CP Boy and he and #2 can play Wii while we chat.

Posted by: Yoki | August 1, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, may I come if I bring fresh peach cobbler?

I sympathize about your dishwasher. My seven-year-old one died last summer, the replacement leaked and had to be taken back, I was three weeks without it. When the washing machine went out a month ago, Mr. T decided we would replace it posthaste so he wouldn't have to go through that with me again.

I had no idea I was so difficult to live with!

Posted by: slyness | August 1, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Ooohhh... I've had Slyness' fresh peach cobbler. Yoki... you don't want to miss it!

Posted by: TBG | August 1, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I am my dishwasher. The energy requirements of slave machines helps contribute to global warming.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse


How's the new police chief working out? I've seen him on television, but sometimes the captioning doesn't work, so I'm just looking at the picture. Don't get the words.

The barbecue sounds delicious. Hope you and friends enjoy yourselves.

The g-girl is back. And I'm so sleepy. I was out in the sun all day. That heat just zaps all the energy one has, and my levels were low to begin with. And I was up so early. Now sounds like a good time to hit the sack.

Night, boodle. Sweet dreams. Now if I can get the g-girl to go along with this plan.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 1, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Shiloh, obviously you do not have 5 persons, including 3 teenagers/young adults, using dishes 3 to 5 times a day in your house.

I don't drink Gwrtstrmmnr because I can't neither pronunce nor spell it. I stick with Soave, Bordeaux or Pinot Gris for white wine.

Re, peach cobbler. I recently got verbally savaged by the fast talking Witches on my way to pronunce Pudding (poodzing, more or less). Poodzing is what my mother the genius cook calls all cobblers. She can turn any fruit in a great poodzing, her strawberry&rhubard mix is probably her greatest triumph but the blueberry version isn't far behind. There's the apple& maple syrup too that ain't bad either.
It all came to a head when we visited a garden with over 600 named daylilies a couple a days ago. Very nice garden it was. I bought a miniature yellow hemerocallis named Pudding. Hence the incessant ribbing since.
I've got to say that at $8 it was a steal. Unlike my Patricia the Stripper hosta which, at $40 a pop, was not a cheap date.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 1, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Prosecco? Gewirtztraminer? Peach Cobbler? Can I come if I wax your kitchen floor? Build an addition onto the house? Pressure-wash the deck? Change the kitty litter? (No, wait a minute. Not going near the kitty litter box. I have my limits.) Will feed and play fetch with and walk the dogs. Check the oil, air and water in your vehicles? Re-tile...whatever needs re-tiling?

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, Shriek, you have no idea of the mess that six 18-26 y/o boys can make insisting on their own fish day cook-up with the varying accoutrement after an afternoon of fishing. I commented to them during clean up that 6 dudes used 17 forks in less than 2 hours. I didn't count the plates, but it was significantly more than 6, and I did a "clean as us go" cooking process. I expect that I used less than 3 gallons of hot water during the process and also expect that most people don't know what their slave diswashers use.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

"Diswashers" means dissed dishwashers. Right?

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

'Mudge, you need do none of those. You can sit at Yoki's Kitchen Table and read aloud Milton, sonorously. Or, even better, read W.S. Curmudgeon, annotated.

Slyness will contribute peach cobbler and charm the elbows off us, TBG will be her vivacious self, CP will be witty and erudite, dbG will be her genuine and straightforward and talented, amazing womanly self, I will be sweaty and bash about, Shrieking Denizen will speak interestingly in han very charming accent, dr will arrive and make us all happy to know her, and the rest of the Boodle will show up and be welcomed. And then we'll wait for dmd and Boko999, at the 11th hour.

My, even a virtual barbecue with you people makes me happy. I could literally see you sitting around my table and I had a great time!

Posted by: Yoki | August 1, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

And who, Yoki, will do the dishes?

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

*I* will load the dishwaster, Shiloh. I have a special gift for getting the maximum number of dishes in one.

Posted by: slyness | August 1, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Cassandra, too early to say how the new police chief is doing. He announced a sweeping reorganization of the department today. We'll see how that works out. I do have an inside source of information, the father of my favorite twin boys is a police officer. I'll keep you in the loop of any information I glean.

Posted by: slyness | August 1, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Back when, slyness, I used a mechanical slave for dishwashng, I prided myself on loading as much onto the slave as possible. I think there is a certain satisfaction as slavemaster that urges us on to pack the maximum load onto the slave. The waning of energy resources will change that. The dishwasher and dryer slaves will be the first to find freedom,

Posted by: Shiloh | August 1, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

For those of us having trouble keeping track of the players in the great criminal enterprise, with taxing authority, Slate has an interactive guide to the administration's "crimes and misdemeanors."

If I bring a fresh cut bouquet can I have two servings of cobbler?

Posted by: frostbitten | August 1, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, how about cobbler a la mode? Two servings of that and neither one of us would be able to eat anything else!

Posted by: slyness | August 1, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Joe, Jose, Joel, or whatever you call yourself; there is a good deal of wasted breath here.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Himself will do the dishes. Happily.

Posted by: Yoki | August 1, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh sure Anonymous poster. Like what you are doing with your breath on a Friday night is so stinkin' important.

Anyway, just finished "The Fountain" which, I must admit, I found a bit daunting. Kinda like "Donnie Darko" but with fewer new-wave songs and more giant glistening space bubbles.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 1, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I didn't "pick" the KJV, Wilbrod; it was what was on that site. What version would you have me use?

Well, if Himself washes, I'll be happy to dry. Been drying dishes off and on for more than half a century. (Truth.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 1, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Washing dishes. Giant glistening space bubbles.

Suddenly it all makes sense.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 1, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, it's gotten so there are so many new translations of the Bible, I don't have a clue what's good and what isn't. My New English translation, a high school graduation gift, is falling apart but I'm loath to part with it because it has all my notes in it.

Look at the latest Revised Standard and see what you think. If you want, I'll ask my associate pastor about it and let you know what she says.

Posted by: slyness | August 1, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

For poetry, KJV is good. For clarity and accuracy to the modern eye, not so good.

But I dig whatever you pick-- I have dugress enough on dig/dug/digged.

I have juggle what I meant to jiggle, and rug what I meant to rig.

Tonight I dug into too much lemon meringue pie, and am feeling a bit drugged.

Perhaps vodka is the secret drig ingredient in it?

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 1, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

RD is the mystery haiku-poet! You are unmasked, haiku-master!

Posted by: Yoki | August 1, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Yoki, You are a true woman's woman.

I've been meaning to ask if you remember the type of Proseco we had, black bottle? Astonishing. I've bought Proseco since I've returned home, but not nearly as good.

I'd have to say my computer is used more than my dishwasher, but I'm more of a slave to it than it to me.

Posted by: dbG | August 1, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Same with me, dbG, same with me.

I'm not sure I could ever do without a computer again.

Goodnight, all. Sleep well!

Posted by: slyness | August 1, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

g'night Slyness, g'night boodle. I hope tomorrow is half as beautiful as today, I didn't get to spend nearly enough time outside. High of 80 with low humidity. I don't know how many of these we'll get but I'm going to savor every one.
Sweet dreams.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 1, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Just back from a few days away on vacation and wanted to say how thrilled I am at reading Nelson's news - best wishes to you.

Wheezy wonderful to see you back.

Took lots of photos on vacation and most I think are OK - we had a good time my big highlight was watch a pair of nesting Bald Eagles - I did not realize they lived this far east = magnificent sight and the first time I have seen them. Unfortunately we were on a tour boat (large Zodiac) at the time going at a fair pace in small chop and the eagles were on the top of trees on an island about 150 m away - it was a great sight but not good conditions to get a great picture from an ordinary camera.

Back to finish back boodling.

Posted by: dmd | August 1, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

dbG, I'll need to go back the wine store and find it again, and then I'll send you the brand and type. Don't really remember. Stand by.

dmd! Welcome home.

Posted by: Yoki | August 1, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Boodle, but I've been trying to speak to dbG.

dbG, I get this:

The following message to was undeliverable. The reason for the problem: 5.1.2 - Bad destination host 'DNS Hard Error looking up dbG's provider.direction (MX): NXDomain'

Posted by: Yoki | August 1, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Don't do what, Jumper? The problem with a reputation is living up to it. I don't even realize what is being insinuated.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse


I find your textual analysis and accusation of the mystery haiku artist less than compelling. I'm not saying it might not be RD, but not on the basis of that random boodling.

Posted by: Pop Socket | August 1, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

am laughing a lot here
One) Mudge's editorial response to base v. bases (was there nothing else wrong...)

and Two) That some uber-uber-geek would think to come up with that chown command

3) that I moved down ( or is it up ) on that geek scale that I now find humour init

ps. I'll post a link to the Bible gateway when/if I remember, on Monday, where I did my own searches. IIRC correctly: Poison comes up a lot,almost always serpents, but 'well' only came up eight times in the KJV (or mebbbe i have that backees

Posted by: mni | August 1, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

"Greek linguist", yello.

I have an old New Revised Standard I use for sense and I needed a KJV for poeticness. Now you're saying there's a NEW New Revised Standard Version? How am I supposed to keep up with all this?!?

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

I fold.

Posted by: Jumper | August 1, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm not very good with languages, so all these people with the ability to translate ancient texts are far more cunning than I am.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Went to Ripkin Stadium as part of a group with a catered picnic. Our food was burgers and BBQ which was better than the picnic food I had at a recent company outing at Camden Yards.

Some other groups were having crab feasts. About 7:30 when it became apparent that there were more crabs than crab eaters, they let the other groups at them. I'm normally indifferent to crabs, but I'm not going to pass off freebies.

We had to teach one of my son's friends how to crack and peel crabs. It's a skill everybody needs.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 1, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

RD can be the mystery haiku writer, but that last was not haiku. But nice poem.

Posted by: nellie | August 2, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

RD might not be
Or could, just, be the
Haiku Master Poet. Now.

Posted by: Yoki | August 2, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Back from work,I took a moment at the local overlook tonight and watched a train with it's 3 lights make it down the river valley. All the while lightening was flashing off in the distance. What a beautiful sight. Just as he rounded the final bend before going out of sight,he blew his whistle as if to say,see you later GWE,I hope you enjoyed the show.

I have always thought of trains in the male image as in he or him,but boats and cars have always been in the female terms her/she. Planes I just don't know about. Everytime I see a plane,I think about "hi people" something a child once said as a plane flew overhead.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | August 2, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

"while on campus at Cornell this huge scary art museum..."

should be

"while WE WERE on campus at Cornell this huge scary art museum"

Shame on you and your proofers for not knowing a dangling modifier when you write one.

Posted by: abdul rahim | August 2, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Dangling modifiers are tolerated when one is on holiday.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 2, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Whilst, may have worked.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 2, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Long time ago, I stole a bible. Not intentionally. My colleague and I were attending a 1-week training course in another city. We stayed in a hotel. At the end of the training, my colleague took the night train home b'cuz she was missing her boyfriend. I didn't want to sleep in the train, so I waited till the next morning to travel. Before I checked out of the room, I looked into all the drawers to make sure I didn't leave anything behind. One of the drawers that I checked had a bible in it, and the bible looked exactly like the one my colleague had. I thought it belong to my colleague so I took it with me. When I got home, I called her to tell her that I've got her bible which she had left behind at the hotel. She told me it wasn't hers. I looked inside to see if there's a name or address. Indeed there was. The inside of the back cover says, "Gideons International" and the address. And then "Do Not Take Away." I've stolen Gideon bible. Does anybody know what the punishment for stealing a bible is?

Posted by: rainforest | August 2, 2008 3:17 AM | Report abuse

I am not the Haiku poet. Oh that I had such talent.

Thunderstorms have awakened me this early Saturday morning when people of good conscience should still be asleep. I have much I promised myself I would get done today, but am in no mood to start so soon. Instead, I shall put on some coffee, toast a crumpet, and patiently await the dawn.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 2, 2008 5:51 AM | Report abuse

But I have unmasked rainforest. Behold Rocky Raccoon! You are doomed to be shot in a gunfight.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 2, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

'morning RDP, yello. I was up early too but it may be that conscience thing.

Abdul, blog-proofing isn't a promising career choice.

Thanks for the invite Yoki. Now I've got to tire the Very Large Puppy somewhat, to ensure a smooth ride to the Laurentians. It shoulnd't be difficult in this humid, warm morning.
Have a good day all.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 2, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Gut morninkz, Boodle.
(Notice the international flavour?)

Happy Saturday everyone.
Yesterday started the weekend early by traveling back in time to August 1940 and recently occupied Lorient. Got into an altercation with Korvettenkapitan Schmutz over the torpedoes available for U-123 and his demand that I take my boat to Wilhelmshaven. Why should I make the long trip around the British Isles when our forces are occupying France? I demanded.

Anyway, got a full load of steam torpedoes and only three electrics. Now heading toward toward the Gulf of Cadiz where I expect to create havock among the British merchants heading to or from Gibraltar.

Computer simulations are a great way to escape the mundane life of a writer.

Posted by: Alexey Braguine | August 2, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Warm, rich, mocha froth
Padouk prose is poetry
in taste and talent
soul insinuating in
elegant sufficiency

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ,

Morning, morning, friends. Shiloh, perhaps Yoki will allow me to wash the dishes since I'm on her list of unmentionables? Someone once ask me, "why do you participate in that blog, you can feel bad without going to the internet". My reply, "they're my friends". With friends, we get to be who we are, and we're still friends. None of us fell off a rose bush. I know I didn't.

I doubt the Gideons will be upset, rainforest. Perhaps if you read it, there may be some gems you will treasure.

Slyness, Mudge, Scotty, Martooni, morning to all.*waving*

I hope the weekend is good for all here. We're still suffering through very high temps, and it seems that will last into the week coming up.

On kit, that is one scary looking building. It seems to move forward, and not in a good way. It reminds me of the ducks at the lake. The scene of the waterfall is beautiful. The waterfall picture takes one back to another time, and seems out of place in 2008, but it is good.

In South Carolina during Bush's run for the White House, John McCain learned a valuable lesson. Down and dirty is the way to go. And the dirtier, the better. McCain was on the other end of that situation, so he's learned his lesson quite well from first hand experience. Now he knows how to do it to someone else. He's probably forgotten how he felt when he was wearing those shoes.

Ah, well, this will be over soon.

Time to swim. Have a good day, folks.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 2, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

cassandra, I think that McCain's campaign is simply playing from the old RNC playbook (I suppose a fair number of the later chapters were written by Karl Rove, as Joel and others pointed out in "Karl Rove's Playbook" Kit the other day): trying to portray the Dem Presidential candidate as presumptious, unAmerican, elitist, liberal, socialist, and unpatriotic.

Looks like the Swift-boating of Obama has already started, hopefully he and his team will learn from the past and handle the standard it better than Dukakis, Gore, Kerry, etc. did.

BTW, I suspect that GOP Playbook is called "To Serve America."

Yeah, it's a cookbook.


Posted by: bc | August 2, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for that sweet post mystery Haiku writer.

Yep, bc, that was the eeriest Twilight Zone ever. Nothing but free range protein. Truly scary.

Speaking of scary, I wonder if Joel saw this.

I can just imagine him waking from this nightmare in a cold sweat. To have a marauding bear is bad enough. But to be on the *senior* tour..

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 2, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse


It probably is from their old handbook with a set of new chapters from Rove&Co., and so on, but that was one nasty book. Nothing was sacred, and it was dirty. They accused McCain of having a child by an African-American, in South Carolina of all places. And nothing was off the table, the nastier the better. Bush and Co apologized to the Jewish community for some of their antics in SC, but never a word was said to my people. Not one word. Oh, he suffered badly in SC, McCain did, and now he knows the rules, knows them by heart. And he wants to win, so he will play. There's no turning back. Yet in reality, we all know who wins, don't we?

Of course, this is not a one-sided argument. This is the highest office in the land, it is different, it is supposedly nobler, more responsibility, more impact, and all the good adjectives we can dig up to describe it, yet in the end, the tactics used and the behavior incorperated puts it on a much different level, doesn't it? I'll leave it to you to decide that level.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 2, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Mornin' everybody...

Just a quick drive-by to say "hello" and to let you all know I'm not dead yet. Just been busier than all get out.

As for McCain playing dirty... I used to respect the guy even though I didn't care for his policies. Now he's just a grumpy old fart who can't stand the fact that a young upstart is more popular than him. A real no-class act who's true colors are not red, white and blue but green (with envy, that is, not environmentalism).

One thing's for sure -- if he keeps up all this negative campaigning it's going to backfire on him. I think people are starting to see that Obama is handling these attacks with class by not stooping to McCain's level -- a good trait for a President to have.

Oh well... paint should be dry now, so time for stain and lacquer, then get started on the next batch of doors. Busy busy busy...

Peace out...

Posted by: martooni | August 2, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Shriek is headed to the Laurentian Abyssal? With the VLP?

Hope some REALLY good scuba gear is involved. A decent bathyscape, perhaps.

And I, too, am among the dishwasher-less. In fact, parts arrived yesterday and I'm about to check with a Website to ensure they're the correct ones. *SIGH*

Would Grover waves be enough to justify admission to the YokiFest? :-)

*somewhat-damp-from-overnight-storms-but-with-particular-international-emphasis Grover waves*

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 2, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

RDP, SportsCenter had a good three minutes on that bear. And the fox. And the deer.

What else would you expect when you're playing at the foot of the Front Range?? *L*

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 2, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, I don't go to Yoki's unless you come with me. I'm everyone else will agree. And you get the head of the table with a nice cool glass of sweet iced tea. (Splenda, of course.)

Mr. T clipped the ligustrum on the street side of the yard, and I helped get the clippings up. We also chopped and stacked the limbs from a tree that was left beside the ballfield behind the house. Neither of us had on a dry thread when we were done.

Posted by: slyness | August 2, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

g'morning boodle! Thanks for the drive by Martooni, good to know nothing's amiss.

I am among the dishwasherless, by choice, same with AC. When we were building this little cabin Mr. F questioned those choices saying just having them wouldn't mean they'd be used all the time. Yeah, right. I see my carbon footprint like my weight, I can only say no to cheesecake if there is no cheesecake-the same with appliances. If you could bring a dishwasher home in a take-out box and use it right away I'd have one. I'm weak, weak, weak.

Yello-you might be interested in the prospects of this Minnesota born show making it to NYC
"'Little House' could be Broadway-bound."

Posted by: frostbitten | August 2, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Slyness, and if invited, it would be an honor to attend. And the tea sounds just lovely.

Another hot one today, check on the elderly.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 2, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Almost forgot..

Martooni, it was good to hear from you. I was getting a little worried, but glad you're okay. Please be careful in the heat.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 2, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

COPIED from the Diamonbackonline, TERP/UMCP newspaper:

Animal seen on the campus not a cougar
Roxana Hadadi
7/31/08 Section: News

The animal spotted on the campus Thursday is not a cougar, University Police said in a campus alert sent out to students Friday.

After the animal was spotted again Friday afternoon near the same wooded area it was seen Thursday, University Police searched the location and obtained video of the feline, which is now available on the department's website. Images from the video were then shown to the state Department of Natural Resources, who confirmed the animal is not a cougar.

Instead, the animal appears to be a Savannah Cat, a hybrid of a domestic short hair cat and a Serval, a larger African feline, the campus alert said. The Savannah Cat can grow to be as large as 35 pounds, which may have led to why those who spotted the cat thought they saw a cougar, an animal that is native only to Florida and states west of the Mississippi River.

In fact, the state Department of Natural Resources has doubted the animal was a cougar since the sightings begin at 6 a.m. yesterday and continued while local news media and University Police searched the campus for the feline.

However, the animal is still on the loose, and students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to continue to call in their sightings to University Police so the department can catch the feline, the campus alert said.

OK. So, no cougar, save the type BC alluded to. BC, sir, tread carefully because many of the excellent boodle-babes are approaching that age slice. You would not want to irritate us now, would you?


I would also like to quote Captain Augustus MaCrae about this situation:

"The older the violin, the sweeter the music."

That is all. Off to whatever chores the rain permits me...not much painting of the several primed surfaces on my cottage.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 2, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Video clip of cat near campus:

Looks like a bobcat with long tail. I would have never said cougar. Wrong face....whiskered like a lynx or Big though.

That culvert is very near Metzerott Road and University Blvd. BC, you may recall the Moose Lodge, which property abuts this culvert strip. Very near the bible church of the slogans and again, near the location of the much beloved by me, anyway, Monte's Mini Golf.

I shall call the cat "Monte." And not ride my bike on that trail for a bit of time. I do not need another wildlife encounter.

So, the news cycle went nuts on cougar possibility....why not this bit of truthiness? Where did YOU hear this news? Why on the Achenblog channel of course.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 2, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

If that link does not work, try this one:

Scroll to bottom of page and click on image to see video.

Carry on. Play through. Muster up. Butter the bread....what-have-you.

Posted by: College Parkian | August 2, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Night. Aug 1940, 30 miles west of Porto.
Sea calm. lookouts sight a ship. With all its lights blazing, the Portuguese liner crosses our bow. We can almost hear the orchestra playing.

Posted by: Brag at sea. | August 2, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle, and happy Saturday. Been out and about already, had breakfast with my wife at Bob Evans, dropped off a used sofa at the Salvation Army, went to Lowe's for birdseed and a sheet of 3/4 plywood (returning to the master bathroom renovation today, grumble grumble). So am only now signing in and catching up.

Glad to see Martooni's here and doing OK.

Brag, good luck with your submarine campaign. You've got two good years left (1942 was "the Happy Time") -- and then you start getting your butt kicked. By the end of the game you'll have taken 75% casualties, ya know. Hate to say it, but yer playing the wrong side. But you already knew all that. Have fun...while it lasts. (Hint: your Enigma machine is compromised. But you knew that, too.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 2, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Wow, not a cougar after all! But captured on video; how cool is that? Thanks for the lynx to the video, CP.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 2, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Hi, y'all. No time to backboodle, just wanted to say how great it was to meet so many folks at the BPH. My sis and I had a great time - wish we could have stayed longer.

CP was called before Congress? Wha?

I really, really prefer the KJV version of the Psalms...

Posted by: mostlylurking | August 2, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Alexey, Mudge - IIRC that part of the reason the U boats were so successful at that time was because the Allies' coded communciations had been compromised by the Germans as well.

I'm reading a book right now that has a section on WWII cryptography and codebreaking; good stuff.

And of course, I read Stephenson's fabulous "Cryptonomicon" years ago...

And CP -- No ma'am! I didn't mean to imply anything re. the Lady Boodlers in that regard.

cassandra, I know things are - interesting - politically where you live. I know you're working to make it a better place for everyone who lives there. And I appreciate it.


Posted by: bc | August 2, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Just stopping by briefly--hi, everybody--

I borrowed my daughter's iPod to go jogging today and this song was on it; it made me smile: "Batman sings" --

I "♥" Christian Bale.

Posted by: kbertocci | August 2, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

What's wrong with the hyperlinks?

Posted by: kbertocci | August 2, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Here you go, frosti.

Jetclean II 24 In. Convertible / Portable Dishwasher
Model MDC4650AWB

Just take it home and plug it in. I've had two of these in my life -- military family -- quarters never had AC or diswashers!

Posted by: nellie | August 2, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey Sneaks, whadda ya think of Bay??? *broad smile*

Gotta love the faithful at Fenway -- a standing O for a guy's first-ever plate appearance there, replacing a (perhaps somewhat tarnished) icon. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 2, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Nooooo, Nellie-don't tempt. Besides, washing dishes gives me an excuse to stand at the window and gaze at the river.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 2, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey everybody. I'm in from my Saturday errands, nestled happily after lunch near the air conditioning and thought I'd relax a bit before attempting to conquer the "book work" which has been stacking up.

Am I the only one who noticed that every single one of the people discussing the past week's political business between Obama and McCain (from the right and from the left)were men? No wimmin in sight. Well, now that Hillary's no longer in contention, they just don't need no wimmin, right?


It's gonna be a looooooong time until November.

Hey Martooni -- glad to see ya.

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | August 2, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Newsies link, kb. I've never seen that movie but it's great in that "before they were famous" way.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 2, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

i'm doing my best to ignore politics for now. it'll be interesting to see who gets the vp slots, but that's about it. the rest is not that interesting and often petty.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | August 2, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, the technique is to turn the dishwasher on and then lean on it while looking out the window.

Posted by: nellie | August 2, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hi all... went to pick up Daughter from camp today and stopped on our way back at our new favorite lunch spot along the way, Pete's Park-N-Eat on Route 29 in Opal, Va. Great chili dogs and goooood subs. (Also excellent rice pudding... the sign of a good Greek-owned joint.)

Also on the menu, nestled under "Dinners" among the Spaghetti, Lasagna and Souvlaki Platter... Poutine!

(Description: "French fries with mozzarella cheese and meat sauce.")

Posted by: TBG | August 2, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse


That has to be the news report my dad was talking about. My dad said it was an animal, but no one knew what kind of animal. He thought they were saying it is an alien. I had not heard this news report, and I thought my dad was talking about fossils or bones someone had dug up. That picture isn't very clear. Thanks for the news. I will tell my dad not to worry, no aliens yet.


Not trying for sainthood, just trying to love Christ. And the accent is on the word, "trying".

Posted by: cassandra s | August 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm -- I just reread what I wrote and neglected to direct attention to the OpEd page of the Post today for my comments.

Hey, Mudge -- kinda cool getting older/ancient, ya know? Now, where did I leave my brain???

Posted by: firsttimeblogger | August 2, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh, a slam-tanka from our mystery sushi-eating bard!

(/Tanka/: a five-line form comprised of a haiku followed by a couplet of 7 syllables each)

Baseball in grass lies;
Pale dog rolls on back beside
The sunset shines down
Through the tall bamboo leaves
to stripe them in tigers' glow.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 2, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Sky report: sky is blue but a lot of bright streaky white clouds high above us as well.

Garden report: Spent a hour shredding spinach off the plants I lopped off in hopes of a second regrowth.

We have a profusion of lettuce this year, thanks to some advice to just oversow and thin out later.

The same profusion has caused our spinach to come up sparse and leggy, with tiny leaves and eager flowers, making more work for much less spinach.

On the other hand, we are considering donating lettuce to the food shelf or others; we literally have 50 lettuces or more, all luscious and thriving and rabbit-free thanks to Wilbrodog's watchful eye and potent musk.

Snap peas are ripening snappily and tomatoes are ripening slowly. We will see what happens to the carrots.

Posted by: Wilbrod | August 2, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Our tomatoes, hanging upside down in buckets, aren't doing well in the heat. The pepper plant isn't faring as well either. Soccer season commenced today and we dropped the match 1-3. I need to teach the kids to turn the ball up the side line on a clear, rather than toward center field. Off to whip up an alfredo. *waving on the way out*

Posted by: jack | August 2, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

PANSPERMIA!!!!! I just had to add that, 'cause it sounds funny.

Posted by: jack | August 2, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Tomato report: got a fair number of poolball-size, but they're all still green. No red yet. But soon, methinks.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 2, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow! A vicious storm just flew by here with hail the size of marbles. I don't ever remember seeing hail before, not even in the wild midwest. The power went out three or four times, but managed quickly to come back on. Reminded me of The Little Engine That Could.

Mudge, is there anything worth watching tonight?

Posted by: Maggie O'D | August 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

My garden report for today is that my radishes have bolted leaving no little tasty tuberous roots behind. However, now that summer appaears to be done, I might put in a second round of them. I have some small green tomatoes and some pea pods growing on the vine too.

Could you guys spare just a little warm air, please. Its chilly here,has been all week, and my hands are aching with the cold. On the upside, the chill is making me think of sweater knitting, which is what I am doing today. Its just too chilly to do anything else.

Posted by: dr | August 2, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Picked a golf ball sized tomato this afternoon. Plan to eat it for breakast tomorrow. Have one more the same size nearing ripeness, the rest are struggling. We had such unseasonably cool weather in June I'm astonished the plants survived, much less set any fruit. My scarlet runner beans are gorgeous behind a yellow rose and we may have enough green beans to try some boodle preparation suggestions next week.

Mr. F and Frostdottir are in Chattanooga for the night on their way northward. The dott cracked me up today. After a lifetime of complaining that presets on my car radio are useless because I listen only to NPR, she outed herself today. First she called about a story on WE Sun about the brain, and all the amazing stuff she learned from it, and then this evening she wanted me to help her find a new station because Prairie Home Companion was fading out and she didn't want to miss the end. Aaaah, it's nice to know you've been able to warp the offspring in the right direction.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 2, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, you have the U-boat thinggie right. The second happy time came in 1942. Interesting your comment of German ability to decipher Alliead coms.

Menawhile bach in the U-boot. Weather been good. It allowed us to sink 5 allied merchies with the deck gun.

Neighbours having a nice party, wish I could fast forward to present time and join them.

Posted by: Brag at sea. | August 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Maggie. The storm is passing through this way, and just knocked my DirectTV satellite out. But prior to that (oh, it's back now) I was/am watching "Ratatouille." But otherwise no, not much on tonight. (Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier.)

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 2, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

The new version of Google Maps includes walking directions now. This is how you'd walk from DC to Ocean City, MD...

Posted by: TBG | August 2, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The worst thing about DirectTV is that it will go out in a storm., Mudge But outages normally don't last long.

Storms all around us yet again, and no rain for us.

Good night, all.

Posted by: slyness | August 2, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

TBG, that's great. Sure is a more direct route by car, but then you miss the great places like Cash Corner Road. I'd also have to stretch that two day estimate out a few days, what with stopping for crabs and whatnot.

Posted by: LostInThought | August 2, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't have mattered anyway, Mudge, because another storm blew through, and, although the electricity stayed on, it terminated my internet connection for the longest time, (or it took me the longest time to figure out how to reconnect.)

My geek quotient is waaay below normal.

At any rate, being without the internet forced me to catch up on my New Yorkers, and I read the most fascinating profile of Lang Lang by David Remnick.

Posted by: Maggie O'D | August 2, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't have mattered anyway, Mudge, because another storm blew through, and, although the electricity stayed on, it terminated my internet connection for the longest time, (or it took me the longest time to figure out how to reconnect.)

My geek quotient is waaay below normal.

At any rate, being without the internet forced me to catch up on my New Yorkers, and I read the most fascinating profile of Lang Lang by David Remnick.

Posted by: Maggie O'D | August 2, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

That walk sounds pretty good, TBG.

LIT, not only would I stop for crabs, but I'd end up stopping for some sweet corn, tomatoes, cantelopes, and peaches. Mebbe try to get some oysters and rockfish, too.

I've always thought of the other side of the Bay Bridge as Maryland's Eatin' shore.

I've had some home-grown snap peas, green beans and tomatoes this week, from this side of the Bay. Going to check on the grapes at my brother's house this week, too (probably a little early for them, but if not... I'm bringing some bowls_.

I do like all of the great fresh food this time of year...


Posted by: bc | August 2, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't have mattered anyway, Mudge, because another storm blew through, and, although the electricity stayed on, it terminated my internet connection for the longest time, (or it took me the longest time to figure out how to reconnect.)

My geek quotient is waaay below normal.

At any rate, being without the internet forced me to catch up on my New Yorkers, and I read the most fascinating profile of Lang Lang by David Remnick.

Posted by: Maggie O'D | August 2, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Meant to add, I like the idea of taking the ferry across the Bay.

Beats walking the Bay Bridges, I think.


Posted by: bc | August 2, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

SCC: I SWEAR I only hit the submit button once! It's the danged storms, I think.

Posted by: Maggie O'D | August 2, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, just saw your note here. I've gotten e-mail all day, not sure what's happening unless the DNS gods smote my home access in return for the gifts they gave on my production turnover today at work.

I'll be on my work account on and off all day tomorrow, or try my last name at the comcast place if you were using my first name there.

Hope all is well! Hugs.

Posted by: dbG | August 3, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Quote of the Day
Your problem is not global warming. Your problem is that you're nuts.
» Who Said This?

A 'teaser' from wapo.

Posted by: Shiloh | August 3, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Evenin or mornin all.

Driving home tonight I got a great view of a meteor and a good one,I saw it for about 10 seconds. When I got back to WV I stopped on a country road and checked out the stars.There was the Milky Way in all of it's glory strecthing across the sky. what a sight and I saw another meteor.

I know next week is the Persieds shower,I have my anual party that weekend and if conditions are like tonight it would be a heck of a show.I also saw the same glow up in the woods i saw last week,probably not a ufo if it is back this weekend.

It is a beautiful night, look up and enjoy all of the beauty of the universe.

bc,my folks used to take the ferry across the bay on their way to OC back before I was born.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | August 3, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Hello everyone!

What a fun Kit to come back to.

Joel, enjoy your vacation.

Posted by: a bea c | August 3, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey a bea c!! *waving*

I'm very happy to see this sad tale has ended with the bad guy in handcuffs:

*still waiting for Sneaks to opine on young Mr. Bay* :-)

Oh, and we might need a few extra supplies in the Bunker once JA's Sunday piece gets wider play:

*ready-for-another-round-of-yardwork-and-other-weekend-fun Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 3, 2008 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Ah jeeeeez...

Not only did they lose three satellites, they lost Scotty!!! *SIGH* :-(

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 3, 2008 5:23 AM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Good morning, friends. Hello, a bea c, good to hear from you. Scotty, hope to read Joel when I get back from church.

Slyness, we got some storms yesterday evening, and some rain. The storms were bad. My daughter was in your fair city last night. Where, I have no idea.

Scotty, Martooni, Mudge, good morning all.*waving*

I did not have time to read all the stuff on the opinion page, but did read the story about the guy with pancreatic cancer and his survival. It was interesting. My husband died from pancreatic cancer. For most people that is a death sentence. It was good to read a story with a happy ending.

Slyness, what is going on at the Panther's camp? What happen with the fight? These guys need to save that energy for the season.

Time to swim. Have a great day, folks. It's going to be hot again here today, don't forget to check on the elderly. And try to give God some of your time. See you in church.

Posted by: cassandra s | August 3, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm not going anywhere near the comment section of that Climate Change article. I'm also guess that the article will be quoted copiously out of context on certain wing-nut sites.

We need to collect lists of the weird things being blamed on climate change, kidney stones for one:

It does seem that if you have a climate change angle, you are more newsworthy.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 3, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

My wife really liked your comment on my blogpost about sending my son off to college.

Off for my Sunday ride.

Posted by: yellojkt | August 3, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

I like the link between the declining number of pirates and rising global temperatures. Bobby Henderson/Pastafarians might be onto something here, as Numbers Don't Lie.

Posted by: LostInThought | August 3, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Morning all - on vacation mode here and just relaxing.

I was reading this article about the Caribana festival in Toronto - a typical story about the size of the crowds, the weather, the spirit and watcher the video. Then I noticed the last paragraph,
seems your election is really looking to new places to market. There are very many people that come up for this festival though so it makes some sense.

TBG you get walking directions from your Google Maps - we have just gotten pictures added to the map.

Posted by: dmd | August 3, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

gorgon beheaded
blood drops arc across the sky
shiny snake showers

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Oh great!
Joel just called people names on the front page, "your problem is that you're nuts"
Call them and they will come...

Love the article though.

Posted by: DNA Girl | August 3, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Good morning all. Quick flyby, as it's almost time to leave for church.

Cassandra, who knows what the issue is with Steve Smith? It's gonna cost him, though: suspension will mean he's out over $200,000 in salary. We should all misbehave so badly.

Good story on climate and weather. Joel is such a voice of reason in an unreasonable world.

Posted by: slyness | August 3, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

'morning all.
I'm relaxing watching a very fiery GP in Hungary. Oops, Hamilton just punctured a tire.
We were back from a short trip at 02:00 ealier this ayem. So this is the house of Sleeping Beauties, including a snoring Very Large Puppy. We went across Montreal without a problem but then I learned a massive storm, no doubt caused by Global Warming, wrecked havoc on the city and closed the highway we drove earlier in the day.
Joel's evenhandeness insured that nutso comments on his opinion piece are coming from all hyperventilating sides. Clever of him to go on vacation after publishing it but some people really need to breathe through their nose.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | August 3, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Good morning.
I enjoyed this. You might too.
Or not.

Posted by: Boko999 | August 3, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Boko, I enjoyed the article. Thanks. But having spent some time (in a previous life) on the Hill, I can attest to the fact that Bob Dole is really a very funny man with an easy laugh; he just wasn't one of those politicians who let it shine through on camera.

Posted by: LostInThought | August 3, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

G'morning boodle! Off to march in the Tall Timber Days parade this afternoon. At least I don't have to wear the chipmunk suit this weekend. Our early literacy mascot is a big hit but I've worn the costume just a few too many hours this summer and will be glad to just be his escort today.

Boko-thanks for the HuffPo link. I don't know who is mapping out the McCain strategy but they are making him look like an old geezer whiner.

Posted by: frostbitten | August 3, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

i read joel's article and thought he must've pissed off both the right and the left wingnuts. shrieking, thanks for confirming that without my having to read the comment section. if this article ends up as a blog item, i'm definitely running for cover.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | August 3, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Good morning Boodlers.

Frostbitten--That's no the Tall Timbers in southern Maryland?

At the marina in Tall Timbers, MD, I've had the best crab soup ever.

Posted by: Brag | August 3, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Mornin all
Off to take disabled person fishing,looks to be a beautiful day here.Wish I didn't have to work later. Let's hope he can catch a couple of nice fish or at least have a good time.

Everyone enjoy your Sunday.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | August 3, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Attention Jane Austen fans:

Today Maureen Dowd compares the election to 'Pride and Prejudice." And guess who she thinks is the prideful arrogant Mr. Darcy.

And this photoshop is really one of my best ever. Not that that says much.

Posted by: Mo MoDo | August 3, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Great comments over on Joel's article. I especially like the ones accusung him of being a warming denier coming right after others claiming he's a warming alarmist.
Brag segueied some pithy comments into a nice plug.

Just a heads up:
Make sure there are no children are at the dinner table when predicting a catastophic human die off.
Try not to laugh.

Posted by: Boko999 | August 3, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

GWE, hope the fish are biting and the bugs aren't!!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | August 3, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

SCC Accusing. Accusung would be "The Troll's Lament" from the the AchenOpera.

Posted by: Boko999 | August 3, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Nice work, MoDo. :-)

Posted by: Brag | August 3, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, yello.

Good work, Mo MoDo... mad PS skillz.

Posted by: TBG | August 3, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Boy, I take a day or so off from my computer and miss all kinds of interesting conversation. No time to read Joel's piece yet, I'm trying to get the Boy out of the shower and ready for church. He so didn't want to get up, he may be asleep in there.

Quick off-topic (whatever it is) umbrage report. Catching up on my weekly WSJ reading I was struck by two articles. By far the most important was the Administration's attempt by rulemaking to define pregnancy so as to make birth controls pills and IUDs tantamount abortion (because they stop a fertilized egg from implanting). Dept. of Health and Human Services denies any attempt to discourage states and health plans from covering birth control, but one of the proponents of the rule admits that would be a great result. Where oh where is the umbrage??? Please tell me I just missed the front-page Times and Post stories on this outrage.

Less important is a "puff piece" wondering if our generally obese nation will vote for Obama, since he is so fit. Wait a second. Aren't these the same obese people who voted for W, notoriously fit candidate and President who bicycles and tries to keep to a daily White House workout? Geez.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 3, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone. I am spending the day re-finishing our deck with dangerous chemicals, although I did take a break to read Joel's excellent Outlook article.

I don't know if Joel will post this article here or not, but I encourage everyone to go read it. I think it is one of the best things he has ever written because it ties together so many important themes.

He talks about the innate complexity of causal relations, (not casual relations which are something quite different) the intrinsic uncertainty of any meaningful decision making process, the inability of the public to comprehend more than one Big Idea at a time, and the inherent laziness of assuming that if we deal with a single important salient problem all the others will magically fix themselves.

The article is a true intellectual tour de force and left me a bit woozy.

But then again, that might just be the fumes.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 3, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

RD, now you make me want to take my iPhone up to the choir loft and read the piece now. However, I think they might notice and frown on it.

The Boy just asked, "Mom, have you ever wanted to have just one big eye so your pupil could take everything in?" I had to admit that had never occurred to me. It's an interesting way of looking at things. So to speak.

Posted by: Ivansmom | August 3, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

there appears to be a new kit. fortunately not related to global warming.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | August 3, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I see Joel has posted another Kit about this place called "Canada."

Man, I swear Joel waits until I post one of my ponderous pedantic piles of purple prose before blasting out another kit to keep folks from fleeing away in droves.

Cause the dude *is* sharp.

Posted by: RD Padouk | August 3, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

fish count
me 13
Randy 9
he caught the first fish so he won a dollar,I caught the biggest,but I didn't win anything except i just made a young mans day. It was a lot of fun as always.

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