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Sunday: Hili dialogue

I arrived in Idaho yesterday at 4:30 pm—after a grueling twelve-hour drive through northern Colorado and much of Utah. And indeed, Stephen Barnard’s place is paradise: backed by a gorgeous stream with views of the mountains, and teeming with wildlife. Today we’re going on a canoe trip, followed by a pig roast held by his fishing […]

A Muslim-basher becomes an atheist-basher

I promised never to mention the name of a certain gentleman (henceforth called CG) again, on pain of having to give a free book to the reader who spots his name—and this post doesn’t count in that pledge). But I wanted to point this out because here we have a genuine example of Islamophobia. The Godless Spellchecker, responsible […]

The power of numbers, and why things must die.

by Matthew Cobb This little calculation popped up in my Twitter feed from Savraj Grewal. TL;DR: a single E. coli cell, if left alone and with unlimited food/space, would in three days produce a sphere of bacteria the size of the solar system, expanding at faster than the speed of light… The calculation is by […]

Friday: Hili dialogue (and lagniappe)

And so we’ve reached the end of another week. Tomorrow I leave for the Big Road Trip, and posting will be light for six weeks or so.. The co-writers on this site will try to pick up some slack, we will still have Hili dialogues every day and perhaps some discussion threads, and of course […]

Good catch!

Here’s a pretty amazing catch by Josh Donaldson, the third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays. At the time, Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada was working on a perfect game against Tampa (a game in which none of your opponents even reach first base), and Donaldson, dove into the stands to catch a foul ball, which […]

My page in “Neko Shirt”, translated

Steven Nelson is a professor in the Japanese Department of the Faculty of Letters at Hosei University in Tokyo. When he offered (along with several other kind readers) to translate the page about me in Hiroko’s book, Neko Shirt, I thought he was certainly qualified to do it; moreover, he said he could do it […]


This is the third cat-related post this morning, but I had no choice. I was going to post this video next Caturday, but the deluge of people’s emails sending the same link forced me to put it up today to forestall any more submissions (thanks to those who sent it). The intriguing video, called “Remove […]

t.p. again

The eternal debate continues, this time fueled by a cartoon sent by reader Marella:

A statement for discussion

by Matthew Cobb I saw this today, and wondered what readers thought. Chip in below. I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing handwriting; nevertheless, extraordinary pharmaceutical intellectuality counterbalancing indecipherability trancendentalizes intercommunication’s incomprehensibleness.

Chicago: storm

On Sunday a week ago it was foggy and wet, with the skyline of Chicago disappearing and reappearing as the weather changed. This was taken with an i-Phone, as my Panasonic Lumix is getting cleaned in the shop (better to pay $50 to fix a dusty sensor than $350 for a new camera). I have […]


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