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Saturday: Hili dialogue

It’s Saturday, my “nominal” day off (nominal because I work about half the normal hours). However, it’s supposed to be cold and rainy today, and that’s a bummer. But from the pictures below, there’s a lovely spring in Dobrzyn and the trees are flowering. A: What do you see there? Hili: A link in a […]


Let’s end the work week not with a cat photo, but with a picture of the Official Website Sweetheart™. Reader David, also a Philomena fan, sent me this picture taken from Diane Morgan’s recently-constructed Facebook page, which she introduced with the words, “Hello! Welcome to my Facebook page where I will post stuff about me, like a […]

The Big Dichotomy

Trigger warning: Video contains sexual truths and very raw language! Also a short preliminary commercial. Everyone who’s sentient knows that, at least in America, there’s a double standard applied to men vs. women who are both ageing. This five-minute Comedy Central clip, with Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Amy Schumer, is really funny, but beneath the […]

Book by murdered editor of Charlie Hebdo just out, defiant in right to criticize Islam

Stéphane Charbonnier (“Charb”), the editor of Charlie Hebdo who was murdered by Muslim thugs, has a new book out, sadly still only in French, that was completed just two days before his death, and published April 9.  The New York Times has a brief description of the book, which gives the lie to two myths […]

My New Republic piece on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The New Republic has published a rewritten version of my piece from yesterday on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his lack of free will. The TNR piece is called “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Crimes Were Terrible, But Morality Has Nothing to Do With It“. For sure I’ll get it in the neck for this one, for they used “morality” in […]

Why being gay can never be a “choice”

You surely know that there’s a big kerfuffle about whether being gay is a “choice” or—the implied alternative—a biological imperative: something that results from an individual’s development: hormones, neurons, or whatever. I happen to fall into the latter camp, along with the American Psychological Association. The former camp, those saying that homosexuality is a “choice,” largely […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video!)

We have two great bird items today.  The first comes from reader, biologist, and naturalist Lou Jost, who lives and works in Ecuador. I’ll let him tell you the story, but it involves a decade of planning to get one photograph, as well as a cool seed-dispersal strategy of a parasitic plant: This picture of a […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

You thought I’d forgotten Gordon Lightfoot, didn’t you? Well, there are a few good songs left from his superb Lightfoot! album, and this is one. If you’re a bit younger than I, you may remember the 1972 version of this song that became a huge hit for Roberta Flack. But I like Lightfoot’s version better. “The First […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday! What seat can you take? And I’m excited that we have a very special Readers’ wildlife photograph feature later this morning. Otherwise  I must put in an 11-hour day, but I get to relax a bit this weekend. Sadly, Saturday (Relaxing Day) is predicted to be rainy in Chicago. But I can’t grouse, […]

A finicky cat

We started this day with a finicky cat, and we’ll finish it with another. Reader Lori Way sent a photo of her fussy cat Peanut and an explanation: This photo goes with my comment on the fussy cat.  I mentioned how Peanut here sometimes will only eat his wet noms off a spoon, so we oblige. Here, […]


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