December Sun

By: sp34n119w , 18:52 GMT le 03 décembre 2011

I think a lot about the sun in December. I see it all day, usually, as my area tends to be clear and dry for most of the month. But, the days are short. As the Solstice approaches, I feel that I can feel it coming – the end of the quick slide into darkness and the beginning of the long haul back around to Spring. It makes me antsy.

So, a blog for the sun, along with the randomness that always shows up here.

Spurred by something barefootontherocks wrote in her blog, I found this obscure poem about the morning sun:

(For the Mirror.)

Angel of morn! whose beauteous home
In light's unfading fountain lies;
Whose smiles dispel night's sable gloom,
And fill with splendour earth and skies,
While o'er the horizon pure and pale,
Thy beams are dawning, thee I hail.

The star that watches, pure and lone,
In yon clear heaven so silently,
Looks trembling from its azure throne
Upon thy beaming glories nigh;
And yields to thee first-born of day,
Reluctantly its heavenly sway.

Sweet spirit, with that early ray,
Which steals so softly through the gloom,
Trembling and brightening in its way,
What beauties o'er creation come;
Ere thy unclouded smiles arise
In all their splendour through the skies.

The rosy cloud—the azure sky,
Earth—ocean, with its heaving breast,
Where thy bright hues reflected lie,
And there in varying beauty rest,
Rejoice in thee; and from the grove,
To hail thee, bursts the voice of love.

Eternal beauty round thee dwells,
And joy thine early steps attends,
While music wildly breathing swells,
And with thy gales of perfume blends:
Pure, beautiful you smile above,
Like youth's fond dreams of hope and love.

Thy skies of blue, thy beaming light,
Thy gales so balmy, wild, and free,
Thy lustre on the mountain's height,
Have charms beyond all else for me;
Whilst my glad spirit fain would rise
To hail and meet thee in the skies.

The Mirror

I don't know if it's a good poem, but, I like it.
At the link you will find many tidbits of interest from 1832. The brief article immediately before the poem, titled “Laconics”, is very funny, in a way ;)

On with the random!
[And I'll try not to be too scroogified (thx 4 da wyrd, Bogon) but can't really make any promises.]


Wet Swirlies, Dry Swirlies, All Swirled Together:

For the bigger picture, have a look at the NE Pac WVloop.

Snow and Fog and Clouds:

Hey, Something Could Happen Here:

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I've read Ross Douthat a bit. I always misread his last name ... there's a "c" in there, somewhere, or ought to be.
Sorry - I'm not normally given to name-calling ;)

Thanks, Bogon, for your input. We can carry on in a new blog (if you even see this, since I posted the new entry before typing up this comment - or I'd never get it done!).

There is some practical advise in the Bible. They do say to keep your kitchen well away from your water source - that's good thinking. They also say not to wear fabrics of different types - like wool with linen. Don't know what that's about. I asked a preacher last week and hope he'll get back to me, since he couldn't think of a reason either but promised to check it out.
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Back again at last. There was time out for some of the Orange Bowl and a nap.

Somewhere in all that prose I noticed a remark about "bloodless prophets of a world lit only by Science".

Well, it is pretty much lit only by science. The Bible won't tell you how to change a fuse. It doesn't even mention the difference between ON and OFF. So, Ross Douthat, when you go home tonight and flip on the light, bear in mind that it works not because of religion, but despite it.
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Hi, sp.

I just got here. I'll try to follow your linkage shortly.

I have not read Ayn Rand.

I did enjoy the weather this afternoon. It was about forty degrees here, sunny and calm. Went walking wearing long sleeves but no jacket.
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I read Atlas Shrugged in the 70's and I finished it, which was an accomplishment in it self!

As I was at the gym one morning a fellow treadmill walker/jogger and I got into a conversation about hunting and particularly aerial hunting. He said the bible says that God gave us dominion over animals, I said what if you are an atheist? He said that atheists all worship the earth so they are all against hunting, oil drilling and corporations.

The moral to my story is do not get in conversations while you are on the treadmill with very stupid people. My heart rate went way up with that conversation!

I actually did enjoy the weather today, got to finish some projects outside and didn't have to wear a jacket!

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Okay, I am going to refresh the blog soon. But, I wanted to post a few things here, since they are "in context" with other bits in the comments. And politics is always in context, here.

This video will tell you one version of the "Atheist Agenda", as seen by a former Senator from Maine, and current something-or-other for the Richard Dawkins Foundation.
Now, you may not be interested in that and it is 37 minutes long, but the first 5 minutes will give you an idea of where his heart is (and he's a little snarky to start - warming up the crowd, I think - but mostly settles down as he goes on), and is worth listening to, regardless of an interest in those silly atheists.

If you do listen to the entire thing, please keep in mind that atheists (agnostics, secularists, humanists, freethinkers, yadayadayada) are by no means a politically uniform block. He treats them as if they are, and as if they are all liberal progressives, but, it just isn't so. Many atheists (etc.) are very heavily Libertarian and will extol the virtues of John Galt until you want your own head to explode. They vote Republican, generally, despite the obvious disconnect.

This is pointed out by Susan Jacoby in her last Washington Post column titled, "American atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious" although that point is not the main point.

There must be something in the air in this regard because in November a blogger from Alaska, Jim Wright, also wrote about the insanity of Ayn Rand and those who think her science fiction novels constitute a scholarly economic treatise. It's funny and snarky and well done (with some fine scifi references) and quite different from what you'll find at the previous links, but, still related.

I got there from butterfliesandwheels where I saw this quote from that blog entry:
"Given a choice I’d rather be forced to sit with a hemorrhoidal badger in my lap through every single George W. Bush and/or Al Gore speech ever recorded than to have to read either Atlas Shrugged, or please God no Anthem, ever again."
And had to go read it. Clearly a kindred soul, LOL In truth, I tried reading Atlas Shrugged as a novel, long before I knew anything about the political/economic uses, and could not force myself to finish. Got maybe halfway and it was so bad - awesomely boring story, poorly written - I couldn't understand why it was so well thought of. It was many years before I figured that out.

Please note that this blogger, Wright, uses language that some will find offensive.
Also note that butterfliesandwheels is not about butterflies, nor wheels, as I have said before, but I think it's a good idea to repeat that.

So. Now I have all those links in one place :)
Hope someone else finds my link-hopping adventures interesting!


I'm loving summer-in-winter :) I do wish we could get some summer-in-summer but, hey, I'll take what I can get!
It's over 80 degrees. I'm out :)
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Happy New Year, everywu'n!
We've had a great weather start, here :) Although it was crazy windy in SP yesterday, I wasn't here, so it's okay, LOL I was in Arcadia for a meet-n-eat with family and, somewhat ironically, there was no wind. Just sunshine and darn-near-hot. Wonderful.
I saw plenty of detritus from the windstorm they had there, though, including piles of not-yet-disposed-of trees and one trunk off to the side that seems to have been forgotten. Overall, the area looked really good, though.
I had a terrific day :)

Today is definitely beyond breezy but not as bad as yesterday, I think, or even last night, when the house was occasionally shaken by a gust.
Let's all keep our fire contained, shall we?


shore - sincere thanks for the time-sink ... er ... the Gaiman link ;) Tons of good stuff there!
Happy New Year to you, too!

Karen - another piece of pictorial art! The imagery is perfect. Thanks much and Happy New Year!
Hope the fog has cleared - I'm not paying attention, as you already figured out, lol
I've recorded the parade. Just doesn't feel right to sit and watch it straight through on the 2nd. What did you do with yourself, without the parade to watch?

calpoppy - It's okay! I saw it! :) That's exactly where the snow should be - in a pretty picture, LOL
I have one of your snowy desert pics on my screensaver - it looks like the Joshua trees are covered in gooey marshmallow cream - and sometimes when it comes up it actually makes me shiver!
I'll do my best to savor every moment of the current warmth and try not to be too whiny, and to be happy for you, if a cold storm comes in :)

mush! Thank you and Happy New Year to you!

gg - time to read is the key, for sure. I was showing off my nook to the fam yesterday (they asked for a demo) and was reminded of just how many books I have there and on my to-be-read shelf. I've been knitting instead of reading (except for the audiobooks but those don't clear the shelf!).
I bought my calendars a few weeks ago because last year I couldn't find any I liked (and they were completely out of the pocket calendar I prefer :( ) and ended up with kittens on my wall calendar. Sure, they're cute, but ... not every day, LOL
I do like your idea of getting the gigantor craft book on sale ... :)


A trip to the bookstore sounds pretty good. I don't have much work today and I should be shopping sales this afternoon. I kind of feel like not doing that, though. It's quite nice to be sitting here quietly with the windows open and no place I have to go ...

I could try to come up with a new blog entry, LOL!
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Crotchity Crocheters, how funny is that.

The year will no doubt bring joy and material to comedians everywhere.

We did our annual New Years day trek to B&N for half price calenders and books. Oh the joy, now must make time to read them.

So if you haven't used your gift card, go ahead and get that gigantor pictorial craft book. It may be on the 50% off shelves.
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The picture I used in my new years comment seems to have expired at midnight! It was there lol. Anyway it was a snow scene. This is what I get when I am in a hurry!!!!

Weather cooling, saw a big storm coming in around the 15th on the long range GFS.
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Happy New Year.:)
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Happy New Year, SP! This is what December should look like!!!!

But I am happy that you are getting some nice warm weather ( I think).
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OK I'm not in this one - but what the heck!

Here's wishing a very Happy and Safe New Year's Eve to everyone - and a grand new 2012 tomorrow morning! Remember, the Rose Parade isn't on until Monday (for those that watch)! I won't know what to do tomorrow morning!

We had a lot of fog yesterday but it cleared about 2PM. It came back last night but cleared much earlier (about 9:30). It's creeping back in now. I can hear the fog horns bleating and I hear them at night too. The one around here somewhere has a very bass sound - so deep. We kept turning the sound on the TV down and saying, What is that? It's a fog horn! Hopefully we get to enjoy some of those nice warm temps they keep enticing us with!
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Happy New Year to you! I just found this wonderful compilation of free Neil Gaiman stuff over at Open Culture, and had to bring it over. I suspect there's something you might like - there's text, video and audio.
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Hey WTS! Good to see you!
I have been very surprised at the overall feistiness of crafters since I started looking at their blogs and vlogs. Yikes. I just lurk and learn, lol

Darn. I keep forgetting the world's going to end again. I should make a sticky note.

So, I love the nice weather, but sympathize with those who'd like some rain and I hope I'm right, too! I should check the forecast ... harhar
Definitely want to see a green February - the too-early greening of the hills here is fading fast!

Happy New Year to you and yours! :)


Speaking of crafts ... I found a youtube channel that other knitters might like. The handle is newstitchaday and that's all it is - very clear and brief tutorials. I like it. Haven't checked their website, don't know what/if they sell, not trying to sell for them, just like the vids and wanted to share. I'm like that, lol

In other knitting news, I had that really uncomfortable itch to buy yarn yesterday, so, I did. It's practice yarn - I'm going to knit a sweater. So sick of hats and scarfs, LOL, but must knit. Must. It's sad and I expect an intervention is in my future. I'll make cookies.


Fantastic sunset yesterday thanks to Venus and a crescent moon shining fuzzily through the veil of shapely, sunlit clouds. Nothing quite like it :)

I guess tomorrow is New Year's Eve. As I have likely said before, I feel like the new year begins at the solstice, it just makes sense to me, but I know how to read a calendar, and may not be here over the weekend, so ...

Happy New Year!!! :)
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Hey sp! I wouldn't have guessed the interwebs were home to such feisty rabble rousing other-religionphobic crochet groups =:O
Doesn't matter much, the world has barely 357 days left anyway!
I hope you are right about rain next month.. the next 5 days here are more of the same - sun and 75-80 daytimes. Definitely spoiled by last December. Still pretty much wind free here as well.

Happy New Year! (in a couple days)

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Feeling a little Tau-er today. That's a pun, haha.


When the people of the world
live in accord with the subtle Way of the universe,
horses are used for agricultural purposes.

When the people of the world
do not live in accord with the subtle Way of the universe,
then horses, even pregnant mares,
are driven into the battlefield and bred there.

There is no greater calamity for a nation,
or for an individual,
than not finding contentment
with one's own sufficiency.

There is no greater mistake for a nation,
or for an individual, than to be covetous.

Hence, when one is content within one's own nature,
one will always have enough.

The Complete Works of Lao Tzu
Tao Teh Ching & Hua Hu Ching
Tao Teh Ching Verse 46
Translation by Hua-Ching Ni


I feel for people who don't have enough. Those who are always looking for something to be a part of that doesn't actually include them, instead of being content with their own sufficiency, their own nature, and the wonder of our connection to the world as it is, and the people, and all things that are real, that we depend on and are so joy-full. They seem so sad, to me, so lost in this wonderous universe. It's so important to them to be right, to have the answer for everyone, not just themselves, but they have no answers. They're just grasping, covetously, for some imagined ideal, when the ideal is the real, and it surrounds them, and, blinded by what is supposed to be, they cannot see.

Top of the head, stream of thought, probably offensive to someone, LOL

It's a beautiful day - seewu :)
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I have a new tooth!!! I can floss again!!!
Did you know that until about a hundred years ago dental problems were the number one cause of death in the western world? I know that, in another time, I'd have been dead years ago from the initial problem with the tooth that just got crowned. Actually, I might not have been born, as my dad had his own tooth problems (yea, genetics!) and might not have made it to age 32 (his age when I was conceived).
So grateful for modern dentistry and the science behind it.

Well, there's one random thought for the day, LOL

I was just at B&N looking at eBooks, Books, DVDs, audiobooks ... I got a gift card and can't decide how to use it. Which is silly since, if I hadn't received a gift card, I'd just get whatever I want, whenever I want it. The gift card is exerting pressure on my psyche! Hey, maybe that was the purpose to the gift - she intended it to drive me batty!
Anyway, there is a book I want to listen to that is not in audio format at b&n or audible. A few, actually. No surprise - pop science probably isn't that pop, lol

That's two ... can I make it a threefer of dull random thoughts? I think I can!

I was wandering youtube last night, watching knitting/crochet videos, and learned that there had been a bit of a vlog war between crochet people. Yes, that's right. Crochet videographers got into an argument so bad that it split the community of crafters. It gets funnier - the issue was religion! Apparently, Good Christians cannot have their names associated with certain Others (was not even an atheist - just a different faith), even on a crochet group on youtube. ROTFLMAO! It never ends!
I'm not a part of any of those groups so, for me, on the upside, I didn't like her vids, anyway, and found new folks to watch as a result of chasing down the story.
On the downside, I was surfing those channels to relax, dangit, not to watch a battle of any sort.
Luckily, most of the youtubers in that genre are not involved in any of that, so it was easy to tune it out :)

TaDah! Nailed the threefer ;)

Weather is fine. Work is fine. Everything is fine. Boring ;)
The rest of the week looks good, weather-wise (hey, where is WxWyz?), and I may go into the big city to see the dinosaurs, finally. Or GPO. Haven't decided - it's a lazy week between :)

I think we've got a good chance at significant rainfall in January. Not just climatologically (yikes, what a word! Oh, it isn't one, lol) but looking at how the pattern seems to be shifting. What do you think?
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Thanks, bf! Backatcha :)
Tomorrow always looks good, lol

Bogon - from your wikipedia link about Martin's story -
The story originally appeared in the June 1979 issue of Omni.
This explains everything! I almost certainly read that story ;) Heck, I probably still have the mag in a box somewhere.
That line you quoted, though, is similar to what I have actually heard and seen written by religious apologists and I'm sure Martin has noticed that. I think I understand it but I don't like it. Faith is not a virtue, in and of itself, and ignorance is not bliss, it's painful and deadly. But, hey, that's just my opinion. If folks kept their faith private and separate from community issues I wouldn't care one whit. Well, maybe one, just because I'd like to see folks free to think and feel and be as happy as possible. But, I know that can be frightening.
I keep adding to this and should stop now or I'll be here all day, lol.

I tell you what, though - Tebow almost has me believing. This is what happens when one uses God's name for the sake of vanity!
Cue Charlton Heston!
(I looked, briefly, but couldn't find a clip, lol)

Sorry. That was irreverent. Oh, wait ...


It's a beautiful day for hiking, beach-going, yardwork, or just hanging out in the sun. So, naturally, I've been stuck inside working on the computer! Later, I will be getting a permanent crown installed. Oh, joy.
Actually, it will be great to have that done. I've been afraid to floss around the temp, not wanting to pop it off, and it's driving me nuts! LOL

seewu :)
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SP, your exposition of atheism reminds me of a movie starring Owen Wilson. I believe it was The Big Bounce. It it Wilson's character describes religion as "fairy stories for adults". It was an indifferent movie, but I still think that is one of the most succinct summations of the nature of religion that I have ever heard.

I was also reminded of a short story, The Way of Cross and Dragon by George R. R. Martin. In it we find an organization of Liars. The Liars believe that the great truths are unbearable. "We find our shield in faith." says one of them. "Your faith, my faith, any faith. It doesn't matter, so long as we believe, really and truly believe, in whatever lie we cling to."
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Belated Christmas Greetings, sp.
Sounds like you had a good one.

Best wishes for an early Happy New Year!
Take care.
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Oh. Nearly forgot this year.

I suppose I will forget, eventually. Certainly many of the countries who pledged billions of dollars in aid forgot very quickly, as usual.
That's sad. Let's try this ...

I was listening to a new Tim Minchin song last night on youtube - it was cut at the last minute from a Jonathon Ross show, despite having been vetted ahead of time (that's enough for you to find it but don't do it if you're easily offended by religious satire) - and then listened to "White Wine in the Sun" which was wonderful. I had been thinking, while enjoying the company of my family, about the line "these are the people who make you feel safe in this world", which always chokes me up :) So, here it is, LIVE with Professor Brian Cox!

Yeah, the sound isn't great, but it's cool to see those two together.

Okay. Done, now, I think :)
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51. sp34n119w
19:14 GMT le 26 décembre 2011
On the drive home last night, the announcer on a radio station said (iirc), "Cheer up! It's almost over. And you have a gift receipt."

Weather was perfect. Drive out to Beaumont was a dream, family was in good spirits, food was great, drive back was okay, home in time to eat some goodies brought home and play video games before bed. Not a bad day :)


LC - Santa Bender and his little elves ... that's what the season is all about! LOL

Bogon - well, that about sums up the problem, lol.
Atheism is a statement of belief regarding the existence of god(s). You can call yourself anything you like, of course, but your assertion that you do not believe in God means that you are an atheist by definition.
Agnosticism is a statement of knowledge, ultimate knowledge of the existence of god(s). Most atheists are agnostic. So are most theists.

The reason I used "framing" in the intro to that bit of randomness is because the word "atheist" has been used as a pejorative by those with religious authority in order to discourage public discussion of god-belief. Very effectively, I might add. It really isn't that big a deal, though.

Until I was about six years old I believed in the tooth fairy. Not only was I told that the tooth fairy existed by people I trusted, but I had evidence to support this belief, so I knew that the tooth fairy existed.
I was a toothfairyist with certain knowledge.

Later, I found a simpler and more reasonable explanation for the phenomenon of money-for-teeth, and for my parents' telling me the little lie, and I became an atoothfairyist. Do I know that the tooth fairy does not exist? Technically, I am agnostic in this regard. Perhaps the tooth fairy really does exist. I cannot prove the non-existence of the toothfairy. But, I do not believe in the tooth fairy anymore, and live my life accordingly. Well, not really. I did perpetuate the lie with nieces and nephews when they happened to lose a tooth while visiting with me. Hedging my bets? ;)

One of the ways that the word "atheist" has been abused, even by some atheists themselves, is by associating it with other forms of skepticism, which not an appropriate use of the term. Atheists are not necessarily skeptics as regards supernatural claims other than deities. There are atheists who believe in ghosts, ESP, alien visitation, Big Foot, past lives, and many other unsubstantiated oddities. There was even one prominent atheist who believed strongly, until the day he died, that the invasion of Iraq was necessary and good (one of my several disagreements with the man). Go figure.

It's a fun topic and I appreciate the spark :) and welcome others to continue the conversation - but I guess I'll stop now. It was a long day yesterday and I'm sleepy.

And I need to go get milk :-/
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50. Bogon
06:33 GMT le 25 décembre 2011
What's in a name?

I'm sitting here thinking about your random observation about the word 'atheist'. I don't believe in God, but I don't describe myself as an atheist.

Technically I'm an agnostic. I say that, because there's no way to prove or disprove the existence of something that has no testable properties.

Science has made a good start on explaining life, the universe and everything. There are things it can't explain, but it doesn't bother me to say, "I don't know!" in answer to questions for which no one can have an answer.

Given two possible explanations for the universe, one with a holy ghost and one without, Occam's razor says take the simpler one. Thus I choose not to believe in gods.

I prefer to label myself 'infidel': not one of the faithful. I'm not sure what difference it makes. Both terms have more to say about what you're not than what you are.
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49. LowerCal
22:02 GMT le 24 décembre 2011
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48. sp34n119w
21:40 GMT le 24 décembre 2011
Wow! Pretty greetings :)

WTS – I got grapple before! Way cool experience – highly recommended, lol.
Thanks for the good wishes :)

gg – so, if I'm following properly, we are not to confuse Corgi with courgette … but, corduroy is okay?!?!
That really is too cute for words. “Hair Fairy”, honestly :)

While I do love your critters, and your pictures of your critters, you gave all of wu the best present ever with the news of your good health. May it continue into the New Year, and many many more.

Karen – that is a perfect Christmas card! I find the picture quite striking, actually. Thanks so much :)
I don't know if I'll brave the crowds at the beach – let me get through today and tomorrow and see how I feel, lol

juslivn – that's a lot of stockings! Thank you for bringing such a joyous, festive image to my blog :)
I hope every stocking is filled with its owners' favorite things. Merry Christmas!

BC – coffee filters, check! LOL I'm glad you liked the story. Perhaps I'll discuss the concept of confirmation bias another time but, for now, I'm just enjoying it. I find that I'm still being affected by that conversation with the stranger :)


barefootontherocks has her blog closed, so, Merry Christmas, bf!


Today is Big-Driving-Day Eve and I'm spending it baking a few things for dessert tomorrow which is a good thing to do. I have been working hard at de-scroogifying, making a point of driving different routes through town when out at night in order to see the lights, among other things.
Maybe I'm just getting old. I know I'll enjoy being with the family (and the food!) once I'm there :)


Randomly -

….. What 3000 years of framing will get you ;) -

For example, the designation “atheist” is stigmatized in many societies; even when people directly
claim to not believe in God, they still eschew the self-designation of “atheist.”
Greeley (2003) found that 41% of Norwegians, 48% of the French, and 54% of
Czechs claimed to not believe in God, but only 10%, 19%, and 20% of those
respondents self-identified as “atheist,” respectively. /Ath-Chap-under-7000.pdf

….. What hypocrisy will get you -

The gay and lesbian community of Minnesota has issued a letter of apology to recently resigned Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch for ruining the institution of marriage and causing her to stray from her husband and engage in an "inappropriate relationship." rriage_amy_koch_michael_brodkorb.php


Don't think I'll get around wu anymore today or tomorrow so …
Everyone have a safe, sane (except where appropriate and there is no conflict with “safe”), and joyous holiday season, however and wherever and whatever you celebrate, or don't, as the case may be.
Oh, reminder – tomorrow is a holiday all over the place, so if you need milk (or coffee filters), get it today! ;)
Another reminder – it's only one day, then it's over, and we can get on with our lives ;)

Merry Christmas!
No, I mean it! :)
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47. BriarCraft
18:48 GMT le 24 décembre 2011
However you spend the holidays, I hope you've got plenty of coffee filters on hand.

Have a Merry Christmas filled with joy in those around you and in what the day brings you.
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46. juslivn
15:20 GMT le 24 décembre 2011
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45. SBKaren
00:00 GMT le 24 décembre 2011
Merry Christmas sp! Hope you have a chance to get down to the beach to enjoy the warmer temps this weekend! Maybe this will encourage you~

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44. GardenGrrl
07:06 GMT le 23 décembre 2011
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43. WatchinTheSky
22:44 GMT le 22 décembre 2011
All the swirlies are dry down here and we are not getting much in the way of wind, either. Not complaining so much about the latter - it certainly was much worse to the north. Some of the grapple, or what ever the hail/snow that Long Beach got would have been fun.

Merry Christmas and Very Happy New Year to you!
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42. sp34n119w
21:29 GMT le 22 décembre 2011
Thanks, gams! So nice that the Grinch was able to figure it out, in the end :)

gg - yes he is! LOL
Good advice, too, but what did he put in that stuff?!
I'll be driving - a lot - so no nog for me. 'sokay. I don't eat eggs any more ;)
I made eggnog one year - the real deal - and it was soooooo good! You couldn't even taste the alcohol. Which, as it turns out, isn't always such a good thing! Nobody was hurt but oh, my, there was tipping going on ;)


Crazy windy, again. Almost seems to go without saying this winter. Again.
This, by my own faulty memory, makes three years out of the last four that have been extremely windy and dry an uncommon number of days.
Glad I hedged on my rain prediction this year ;)


Remember the rant up there about the SA bellringer? Haven't seen one since. Hmmm...


Go give toddluck some good words and encouragement, if you can. Scary.


I've done all the putting-off that I can do today. Out into the gale ...
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41. GardenGrrl
21:10 GMT le 22 décembre 2011
Syd is on a roll.

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40. seflagamma
14:22 GMT le 22 décembre 2011
Hello SP,

From our Home to Yours
Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year 2012!

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.
It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn%u2019t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn%u2019t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

- Dr. Seuss

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39. sp34n119w
05:57 GMT le 22 décembre 2011
I feel better already :)

Didn't have time to find anything new and this one I always enjoy -

Hi Karen!
Hi calpoppy and BriarCraft!
Love the pretty graphics :)
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38. BriarCraft
19:16 GMT le 21 décembre 2011
Thanks for pointing out on my blog that the Solstice is actually today for most of us. I trusted what my calendar said, which was right according to UTC time, but not to our time!

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37. calpoppy
16:16 GMT le 20 décembre 2011
Happy Holidays to you, SP!!!!

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36. SBKaren
00:35 GMT le 20 décembre 2011
OK - just where is this December sun?? LOL This weekend???
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35. sp34n119w
22:53 GMT le 19 décembre 2011
It's cold and damp and cloudy. Boooooooo!


Last thing, I think, on Hitchens - since most eulogists have been either overly generous in their praise, or ignorant in their condemnation, it's good to read one who actually knew the man and his work and doesn't think too much of him. Though the picture painted is still not complicated enough, imo, this writer definitely sees his 'bad' side.


As I was watching this the main thought in my mind was, "We are so dull here", LOL
There's probably more to get from the video.


Would like to get around to others' blogs but will probably just lurk. I have an annoying (to me) tendency to leave a comment and not be able to get back to participate in conversation. It's a bummer :(

Happy Monday/night :)
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34. sp34n119w
20:53 GMT le 18 décembre 2011
Now Vaclav Havel has died, at age 75. I don't have much to say about him but I remember really paying attention at that time, maybe for the first time, to the people involved, rather than just the politics in that area of the world. His movement and its methods and successes (and failures) helped shape my worldview.


Bogon - thanks so much for bringing that link by. Because you did, I watched it again yesterday, myself.
I was less annoyed by the guy on the end, lol, and more impressed with Harris, than the first time through.
Harris' eulogy for Hitchens is up, if you are (or anyone is) interested. I haven't read it, yet (nor Dawkins').
I did read a selection of Hitchens quotes on abcnews. It is fascinating to read the remembrances from around the world and see that in the US most focus on his being an atheist, while in Europe and elsewhere they focus on his work as a war correspondent and political essayist.
btw, those obits, etc., are a great way to get a list of his writings together - it is daunting!

On the Black book, yes, do get it from the library. I doubt it will be read more than once, lol. I agree he'd make a terrific Scrooge but, alas, he does not think so.

calpoppy - I think I'm going to read Hitchens' book on Jefferson next. I've heard him speak about our founding fathers with great admiration and think his take will make good reading.
Honestly, I would rather listen to him than read him. Not only is he a great orator (in my opinion) but he tends to "dumb down" a bit when he's speaking, while his essays are so full of references I will never know that I often can't follow. Of course, that's fun of its own sort :)

Good for you, avoiding the mall!
Hope your wintery weather showed up and you are enjoying the weekend :)

mush! Santa Bunny is suitably adorable, and brought a smile to my face despite my best efforts to remain scroogified :)

gg - Okay, Syd is now my official mascot for December! He looks exactly as I feel when I think of Christmas Day, even though I am essentially done with preparations. It just goes with the season, I guess.
Food, laughter, and lights - the only parts that matter :) Thanks for the reminder!


"Tomorrow will be 0m 9s shorter."
But just a few more days ... HANG ON!!!

out to choresville ...
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33. Bogon
17:50 GMT le 18 décembre 2011
SP, I visited Lewis Black's web site devoted to the Black Christmas book. Don't want to buy it, but I'll certainly be on the lookout at the library. If I can't find it at my library, maybe I can remember to ask for it for my next birthday present.

An idea that stuck with me from his intro was Lewis Black cast as Scrooge. I think he would make a great Scrooge (though he might need cue cards).
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32. GardenGrrl
17:31 GMT le 18 décembre 2011
So many goofballs, so little commonsense.

But hey, it's the season of shiny and glittery things.
After all, happiness sparkles!
I'm going to eat good food, laugh and check out lights. Maybe in January I'll go back to reading the dork reports. Meanwhile, Syd sends his version of holiday greetings

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31. unclemush
03:37 GMT le 18 décembre 2011
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30. calpoppy
03:07 GMT le 18 décembre 2011
Arguably by Christopher Hitchens is on our book shelf being read by Mr. Poppy. He has had it for awhile.

Rain and some snow today for us. More tomorrow and the next and on into the week. Nice wintery weather.

I think I will make the entire holiday season without once going into a mall! Amazing!
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29. Bogon
20:25 GMT le 17 décembre 2011
Just found out earlier today that Hitchens had passed. The good news is that he left behind a lot of communication, most of which I have yet to discover.

As an act of remembrance I revisited a video link you sent me. It was just as entertaining the second time around.
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28. sp34n119w
19:43 GMT le 17 décembre 2011
It was warming up nicely this morning until the clouds came in. Possible showers in the forecast and continued winds. It may turn into a Pooh day.


BC - thank you for the lovely picture - and the reminder that we're almost there!
A couple decades ago I was at Stonehenge a week or so before the summer solstice. It was mid-morning and cloudy, as I recall, so no great photos, but very quiet and a profound experience.

Bogon - I keep trying to keep up with your blog but the music distracts me and I never get around to commenting. Not that I'd say too much, except to thank you for the tunes, but I was going to tell a fellow Scrooge that I started reading Lewis Black's book from last year, I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas, and it's pretty funny. If you like his humor, and haven't read it, and don't mind the profanity, it might cheer you up. Or, not, LOL


In the last 25 years Congress has seen 18 salary increases totaling 277%. While the lowest paid American Workers have only seen 5 wage increases in 25 years totaling a mere 166%. In the last 25 years the cost of living has increased 251%. The Minimum Wage has not been increased since 1997. While Congressmen's pay has increased 8 out of the last 10 years. To see what Minimum Wage would be, if Congress had given American Workers the same amount of increases they took, click here.

Note: I can't say that I like that site, overall, but found this piece interesting.


This, I think, is not an original idea, but, it's funny (also a commercial, of sorts):

Only 9 more days!

Happy Saturday :)
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27. sp34n119w
21:02 GMT le 16 décembre 2011

Christopher Hitchens, April 13, 1949-December 15, 2011.

Let the conversation continue.

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26. Bogon
17:18 GMT le 15 décembre 2011
The news from CERN about the Higgs boson is mostly negative. The researchers have excluded the particle from 95% of the energy range they have been searching. They need more time to make sure of the remaining 5%.

A few years ago some physicists were fond of bragging that they were on the threshold of a Theory of Everything. Then astronomers discovered "dark matter" and "dark energy". The scalar Higgs field and the dark thingies all sound like fudge factors to me. I think those physicists have a lot of work left to do before they can sit back and consider the universe solved.
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25. BriarCraft
23:07 GMT le 14 décembre 2011
Here's some light to go with the Spirit of Morning. It's a Stonehenge at Solstice shot (not mine) that I like.

It's coming. Soon the days will get longer again and bring renewal and rebirth to all things living in the northern hemisphere. Even in southern Cal, with sunshine and blue skies, the days are just too danged short at this time of year.
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24. sp34n119w
19:43 GMT le 13 décembre 2011
note, ftr: I do know the difference between Greece and Italy ;)

Weather is fine today. Wintery normal. How wonderfully dull.
That spinner was quite the dancer, and still is. I'm hoping it spins itself out in the next day or two as I have folks traveling right into it this week.


WTS - sometimes cookies are the only viable coping mechanism. I'd be happy to share :)

bf - catching up on the blogs around here can take a body to such a wide range of subjects in such a short time that it can cause heads to spin. Well, mine, anyway, lol
Part of the joy of WU :)

I've only scanned an article regarding today's announcement and the Higgs Boson remains elusive, it seems, yet they've come a bit closer. Science is cool :)


If you haven't seen GardenGrrl's happy hopeful news in her blog - go see! :)


For random enjoyment - a former candidate for Governor of Alabama, who ran on a platform stridently against gay marriage, has been donating sperm to lesbian couples in New Zealand, and without telling his wife back home. How's that for weird? And ohsotypical.
Found at Scalzi's blog, again.

And there's your cookie, LOL


On the dental front - a friend of mine lost a tooth on Saturday. She was eating and it popped right out! She says it didn't hurt and hadn't been hurting. I saw the tooth and the new gap and it's pretty clear that a filling on the back of the tooth had been 'leaking' for a long time, causing decay, and the tooth was just sheared off at the gumline, black on both surfaces, but the tooth looked just fine from the front. A dentist would have seen that well in advance but she kept putting off getting a checkup. Let that be a lesson to you - regular checkups can save your teeth!
I'm driving her to the root canal doctor this afternoon. Better her than me, I say, LOL

seewu :)
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23. Barefootontherocks
04:47 GMT le 13 décembre 2011
Hi sp and pals,
Ugh. I don't like that chart. And Army-Navy Navy-Army. Uh, okay. Back to the sky poem. Glad you brought the whole poem to the light of day, sp!

Stopped in to see if you were talking about the "god particle" announcement tomorrow. Someone mentioned it at Masters' blog.

Glad you baked some cookies. Mixers are great for cake batter, I guess. I "should" be baking cookies - soon.

Now I have check out Italian mosaics and calpoppy's blog. I hope the USCG episodes are archived on the internet. Then maybe I would see her son in action.

Take care, everyone.
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22. WatchinTheSky
00:03 GMT le 13 décembre 2011
Hard to feel good about a chart like that! Save me a cookie :)
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21. sp34n119w
22:09 GMT le 12 décembre 2011
Messed up the link - here it is!
I hope.
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