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Oliver Sacks died

I needn’t explain to the readers who Oliver Sacks was. And I say “was” because The New York Times announced that Sacks died this morning in New York. He was 82. As I’ve written on this site, he documented his diagnosis of terminal cancer (a melanoma in his eye that eventually metastasized to his brain) and his thoughts on mortality […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s a Sunday morning full of languor, or, as Wallace Stevens put it in his eponymous poem Complacencies of the peignoir, and late Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair, And the green freedom of a cockatoo Upon a rug mingle to dissipate The holy hush of ancient sacrifice. Alas, there are neither oranges nor […]

Neil Young live at the BBC

The BBC concerts are some of the best live performances I’ve seen, and here’s a wonderful half hour with Neil Young, the dark man in the plaid shirt. This was in 1971, when Young was only 26. (Did you know that his middle name is “Percival”?) My three favorites in this performance are “Out on the Weekend,” (the […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson: a strident atheist?

It would seem so if you take at face value this statement that I found on Facebook: To most of us, I bet, this statement means that all religions are crazy, as they all make unwarranted truth claims, and the story of Xenu isn’t any loonier than the stories of talking donkeys, smited fig trees, […]

HuffPo to students: Even if you’re not religious, go hang out with your college chaplain

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is an ordained Baptist minister who also serves as the Huffington Post’s “Executive Editor Of Global Spirituality and Religion”. (He was previously Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University). In a new piece at PuffHo, “7 Reasons to hang out with your college chaplain (even if you’re not religious)“, he lays out […]

An atheist comes out in Milwaukee Magazine

Most large cities in the U.S. have a magazine named after that city, highlighting the local events, restaurants, concerts, and so on. Milwaukee, about 1.5 hours north of Chicago, is no exception (Chicago has its magazine, too). Milwaukee is known as a conservative, hard-working and largely blue collar town, which makes it even more surprising that, […]

Caturday felid trifecta: Soothing purr generator, how to say “cat” in Europe, pussy cat parade

Having trouble sleeping? This purr generator can help! Click on the screenshot below, and be sure to adjust all the buttons to MAXIMUM for the most vibration. You can also adjust different components, including bass, mids, and treble, and time it so it goes off when you’re asleep. You might try testing it on your […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Colin Franks, whose website is here and whose photography Facebook page here, sent a batch of nice bird photos, of which I’ll show only about a third today: Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor: Female Wood Duck, Aix sponsa: Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustris: Juvenile Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus: Adult Great Horned Owl   Bubo virginianus: Blue-winged Teal (male), Anas discors: California Quail, Callipepla […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon lagniappe)

It’s Saturday, and all cats must rest on the Sabbath (the other days, too!).  Sadly, the same is not true for secular Jewish professors. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is using her wiles to lure Andrzej away from his computer so they can both go for a walk. Hili: Cyrus, tell him that there is a flock […]

Friday afternoon evolution cartoon

Someone should make a book out of these “fish evolving out of the water” cartoons. There must be hundreds of them by now (add a link to your favorite below). This one is by Dan Piraro from Bizarro!

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