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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Nautical Chart

The Nautical Chart (2000) Arturo Perez-Reverte
Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

It took me awhile to get into The Nautical Chart. The other books I have read by Arturo Perez-Reverte have drawn me in immediately, but not so for this book. I started reading the book back in December, but kept picking up other books to read instead of going back to read this one.

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Today’s Word

noun (pl. theomachies) a war or struggle against God or among or against the gods.
origin late 16th cent. (denoting fighting against God): from Greek theomakhia, from theos ‘god’ + –makhia ‘fighting’.

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Apropos of Nothing

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations – you got 10 out of 10 correct!
Could You Pass the US Citizenship Test?

via Stereo Describes My Scenario

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Categories: Politics  

Townies All Over the Place

I may have mentioned before that the Morgantownies page on my website gets lots of visitors in spurts, and then nothing.

Well, January has been a busy month. Since the 19th I’ve gotten nine e-mails for page, eight of them with suggestions of additions, which is a lot for my site. Consider that the last two e-mails I received were in November and October.

But what’s really cool is the number of people I have known who have found me because of that page. In the past week I’ve gotten e-mail from two people that I haven’t heard from in years–in once case since 1988.

There’s just something lovely about seeing names that you haven’t seen for years appear from out of the blue.

And Michael has not yet gotten any interviews, however it has only been a week, so I wouldn’t necessarily have expected him to get a call yet.

So if you know of any great jobs available in the Morgantown area, lemme know so I can point him that way!

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Mine Safety

Inside Appalachia again has several excellent pieces about mine safety and the recent mine disasters.

The first report talks about the Alma mine fire, and has an interview with a beltman at the Alma mine. If what he says is true, then the legislation that was just passed isn’t going to be nearly enough.

The miner interviewed claims that a similar fire happened at the exact same spot two days before Christmas. He also says that at that time, the fire fighting equipment didn’t work properly.

Supporting his claim is the fact that MSHA cited Massey twelve times since June for inadequate fire fighting equipment.

Additionally, a proposed rule to require belts like the one that caused the fire in the Alma mine, to be made of inflammable material, was killed by federal mine regulators in 2002.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

It’s the Year of the Dog, which is my year, so I’m hoping that in 4703 my luck is going to be a little better than it’s been so far for 2006.

And for amusement:


Metal Dogs have extremely high standards and expect a lot of themselves and of others. They are loyal and hold a strong outlook about the direction they want their life to take. They choose their friends and causes with care, as they do not plan to ever not support these people and things again. Once they have committed themselves, there is little to no turning back. They are bold, unafraid to disagree out loud about anything they feel is unjust or unfair. Metal Dogs are easily stressed if a plan does not go accordingly. They find it difficult to relax when there are things to be done.

Michael’s response? “God! That describes you perfectly.” Mostly referring to the last three sentences I believe.

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

One of Those “Information about Me” Things

Some bits I’m just not willing to share with the entire internet.

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Friday, January 27, 2006


Friday Time Wasting: Serenity Quiz!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Autism & Aspergers

Autism Spectrum Quotient Quiz

The test is interesting, but I don’t think I believe my score.

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Truth is Stranger than Fiction

You know, you read this as a plot in a novel, you’d say it was absolutely too ridiculous, and put the book back.

An Indian man has been living in a tree for the past 15 years despite passionate appeals by his mother to return home.

But wait! It gets better!

Kapila’s wife, Tulasi, began having “illicit relations” with his younger brother Babuan.

It’s got everything! Sex, family intrigue, AND living in a tree.

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