Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken
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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 31 

waste

July 31, 2005.

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 30 

police vehicles

Today, I went to a family reunion. We had a whole pig.

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water water

Friday, July 29, 2005

An appointment,

President Bush plans to take advantage of the congressional summer vacation by installing John Bolton - his controversial choice to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations - in the job, according to a report in the Associated Press.

A recess appointment of Bolton. Granted, it's not a lifetime appointment like an appointment to the courts, but the Constitution makes no differentiation - besides, I hope no one wishes to argue that the vetting of our Ambassador to the United Nations should be thorough as thorough can be : most Democrats and some Republicans in the Senate are not ready to consent to the appointment.

The Constitution's obvious intention is not to allow the president a freebie appointment every now and then,

The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session

The Whitehouse's argument for the appointment is,

We need our permanent representative in place at the United States [sic] at this critical time. There is an effort underway to move forward on comprehensive reform. We have outlined the comprehensive reforms that we want to see put in place to make sure that the United Nations is an effective multilateral organization.

We do have "our permanent representative in place" at the United Nations, Anne W. Patterson. If they mean "continuity", it seems the Whitehouse ought to call for an up or down vote.

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 29 

red and orange berries

July 29, 2005.

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Flash: Frist to support embryonic stem cell bill, there's wild parrots in NYC 

A blog about parrots in Brooklyn ... and Bill Frist offers himself as mincemeat to the pro-life extremists. Bravo for his bravery,

"I am pro-life," Mr. Frist says in the speech, arguing that he can reconcile his support for the science with his own Christian faith. "I believe human life begins at conception."

But at the same time, he says, "I also believe that embryonic stem cell research should be encouraged and supported."

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 28 

canoe

Beautiful Charmin-squeezable clouds today.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 27 

colors

July 27, 2005. Due to Olympus' choice to use a "special" USB cord and my smashing of it's connector with the wheel of a chair, I will have to shell out $25 for a new $2 cord and I posted these pictures a day late.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Tent 

I really like this tent and am glad there seems to be resistance to take it down. Or someone hasn't figured out how to safely take it down yet.

tent tent tent

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 26 

tent

Today, it was chilly again ... 67° when I'm used to 95. Had that wonderful fall feeling.

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Monday, July 25, 2005

New jokes 

... Bush jokes.

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 25 

bleachers by the lake

Today, I was kept in by rain until evening. It was a chilly ride.

- Erik

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 24 

inside a large tent

July 25, 2005.

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 23 

berries

July 23, 2005. Today, a park policeman stopped and questioned me after I took pictures of a tent set up for the Aquatennial celebration. I probably explained my project more thoroughly to him than I have anyone else. Not because he was grilling me, but because he was interested. I suppose anything is interesting compared to watching an empty tent from a patrol van by yourself.

- Erik

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blossom blossom

Friday, July 22, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 22 

symetrical sunset

July 212, 2005. Today I saw people with guitars, but I didn't see a bongo player or drum circle. I saw people running and walking, but nobody on a pogo stick. There was a dad and kid playing frisbee and guys playing football on the sand volleyball courts but I didn't see a Buddhist nun running a burrito stand. As always, the outdoor fry stand that smells like frozen seafood in grease but to my knowledge, there was no series of Einstein-Rosen bridges along the path which sent people in and out through the future and pasts of other universes for a million lifetimes and returned them right where and when they were picked up, leaving them ignorant of their incredible journeys.

- Erik

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minneapolis minneapolis
water water

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 21 

fuzzy moon

A crystal clear dusk.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 20 

fuzzy athletes

July 20, 2005.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 19 

structure

Another clear day in a row.

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Monday, July 18, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 18 

bell

Absolutely clhilly today.

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

LAke Calhoun yesterday on July 17 

SCARY TREE

Dusk.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 16 

mowing accident

Still very hot!

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Friday, July 15, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 15 

mowing accident

Yesterday, I observed what I imagine to be the aftermath of a mowing accident.

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water water

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 14 

wet paint

July 14, 2005.

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lake lake

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 13 

wet paint

Today's "water" photo features a huge Northern Pike with my size 13 shoe in the frame for reference.

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water water

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Al Gore on Global Warming 

This evening, attended a presentation Al Gore's presentation on global warming. He's the light blotch near the center of the photo. Other than his introduction to himself ("I'm Al Gore, I once was the next president of the United States"), the most memorable thing he said was, "I know some of you are going to go home and say 'Al boiled that frog!' But that's the one thing you should remember." Maybe you had to be there - it was after he showed cartoon pictures illustrating that if you put a frog in boiling water it jumps out, but if you put in in water and bring it to a boil, it stays in. The point being that we're like the frog in the water coming to a boil.

In addition to all the scary graphs of CO2 and temperature and photos of melting glaciers over the last many decades, he presented some fascinating factoids:

Gore was right about remembering the frog: we now have the technology to reverse the emission of greenhouse gases which cause global warming to pre-1970 levels, but we're not implementing the technologies.

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 12 

stacked canoes

Today, someone painted the garbage cans and weedwacked most of the wildflower gardens on the western shore of the lake. I suppose that's what wildflowers are, pretty weeds.

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tunnel tunnel
blossom blossom

Monday, July 11, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 11 

evergreen berries

Hot 'n hazy today.

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lake lake

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 10 

gravity is accelleration

July 10, 2005. Another bell-clear day - and a hot one.

bench bench
water water
blossom blossom

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 9 

lights through a tree

July 9, 2005. First bell-clear day in some time.

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lake lake

Friday, July 08, 2005

The definition of marriage has always been the union between a Republican man and Republican woman, neither with tattoos 

James Dobson has a problem with gay and non-white people getting married,

The show had something to offend everyone... featuring a homosexual couple; a black couple; a Hispanic couple (with lots of kids); an Asian couple (who owned a restaurant); a white couple (country-comes-to-town); a devil-worshiping witch (kid you not); and a Republican couple with tattoos.

(Via Atrios via Liquid List.)

Elephant news 

A collision with two circus elephants broke a woman's leg in Prague, an elephant speaks like a truck, an elephant kills a man in Malasia, elephants kill fourth man in Jorhat, India in July.

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 8 

a picnic with funny gravity

July 8, 2005.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 7 

scary tree

July 7, 2005.

water water
swing swing
sky sky

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

A few months 

May 14,

July 3,

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 6 

waterfountain

July 6, 2005. Some quilters in America make pieces with astonishingly complicated and mesmerizing patterns, but leave one error - sometimes quite impossible to find - because only God is perfect.

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lake lake
blossom blossom

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 5 

blur

A bit chilly.

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water water

Fireworks! 

Monday, July 04, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 4 

shoots

July 4, 2005. Independence Day!

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lake lake

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 3 

stonework

Today, there weren't many people out. I'm telling you, it's the clearness of the sky, not the temperature that brings people out.

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minneapolis minneapolis
water water

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 2 

blur

July 2, 2005. Today I met Lizzie who does Teardrop Souffle. We had desserts.

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path path path
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Friday, July 01, 2005

Lake Calhoun yesterday on July 1 

tree rings

Yesterday, I rode through some rain. Today, I don't know if it was the wetness or not, but the front lens cover of my camera went missing. I don't see it anywhere, it's absence brings a bit of a fisheye effect.

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lake lake

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