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Archive for May 23rd, 2009

More Newspeak to learn

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From a story in today’s NY Times:

The U.S. is now relying heavily on foreign intelligence services to capture, interrogate and detain all but the highest-level terrorist suspects.

Note the Newspeak "detain" instead of the Oldspeak "imprison". In Oldspeak, "detain" doesn’t refer to prison. When I tell someone I was "detained," I certainly don’t mean I was imprisoned—I mean I was held up briefly (by traffic or a persistent salesperson or the like). You can be detained in an airport briefly, but once the steel door slams and locks, "detain" seems terribly weak: "The terrorists at Guantánamo are in detention." Sounds like high-school kids in an after-school study hall, doesn’t it?

Still, one must master the language of our brave new society.

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23 May 2009 at 5:25 pm

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Whipped Lardo

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I must try this. Maybe they’ll have it at the wedding. 🙂

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23 May 2009 at 5:20 pm


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Priests should get out a bit more. From Boing Boing, via Scott Feldstein:

Retired Catholic Archbishop Rembert G Weakland, who has been accused of covering up widespread child rape by priests in Milwaukee, has a forthcoming memoir in which he wrote the following bits of wisdom:

"We all considered sexual abuse of minors as a moral evil, but had no understanding of its criminal nature."

Weakland, who retired in 2002 after it became known that he paid $450,000 in 1998 to a man who had accused him of date rape years earlier, said he initially "accepted naively the common view that it was not necessary to worry about the effects on the youngsters: either they would not remember or they would ‘grow out of it’."

"We did not know that child abuse was a crime," says retired Catholic archbishop

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23 May 2009 at 1:53 pm

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I skipped yesterday’s walk because the day was gloomy and overcast. It’s the same way today, but I thought I had better walk anyway. The day off did me good: legs ached less. Today, since I skipped yesterday, I went a little farther: 47 min 39 seconds.

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23 May 2009 at 12:43 pm

Posted in Daily life, Health

More on-line writing courses

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The Younger Daughter was disappointed to find that the Stanford University writing courses I blogged earlier happened at exactly the same time that she would be teaching summer school, and I was disappointed because the courses were not free. So a quick Google search turns up 10 universities that offer FREE on-line writing courses—including MIT, Purdue, and others. Take a look.

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23 May 2009 at 10:15 am

Blog idea

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Let me just post the first couple of entries in a new blog I’m making. First:

As I approach threescore and ten, I find that I’m starting to review my life. As I recalled various memories, it occurred to me that you might well be interested—and that a blog is the ideal format, since my recounting of a memory may raise questions (of clarification, context, etc.) and/or may not match your own memories, and the blog’s “comment” function is ideal for that. Thus the blog name “Memories”—not “My Memories,” since it may well be our memories.

This is a private blog, and only the immediate family can sign in.

And the second post, just to give an actual example:

I recall one of my mother’s earliest memories, and a memory she could place exactly in time. She and my uncle Woody (a year younger than my mother and her cat’s-paw) had stolen some food from the kitchen, since it’s ever so much better if you’ve stolen it  than if you eat it at a meal at the table. They had to hide so they could eat it unseen, so they went to the outhouse and shut the door—not a great dining room, but it afforded excellent privacy.

My grandfather’s house was right next to the railroad tracks in Ardmore, and adjacent to the viaduct that crossed them, which was—I don’t quite recall, but I would say 7 or 8 blocks from downtown. My mother said that she and Woody had just gotten started when they heard a tremendous explosion.

Later she found that the cause and date, so she was able to know the purloined snack was being consumed at 2:20pm on Monday, 9/27/1915, which makes her just 4 years old at the time.

My own earliest memory (so far as I can recall) was near a site with a lot of earthmoving equipment at work. They were creating Lake Texoma, building Dennison Dam. I see by the article at the link that the project was completed in Feb 1944, but this was summertime, so it would have been summer of 1943—when I was 3 1/2 years old—or summer of 1942—when I was 2 1/2. The former seems more likely.

It occurred to me that this idea might work well for other aging parents.

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23 May 2009 at 9:59 am

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Mocha-Java and Vetiver

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Honeybee Spa’s Mocha Java is a favorite shaving soap, and with the ebony-handled Sabini it created an extremely good lather this morning. The Gillette Executive with a relatively new Astra Superior Platinum blade provided an extremely smooth shave, and a splash of Royall Vetiver finished the job. My skin feels quite nice. Love the Honeybee Spa shaving soaps. And now for some black tea.

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23 May 2009 at 9:32 am

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