Monthly Archives: December 2011

Bom Ano Novo!

In celebration of the new year, I’m closing out 2011 with this comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal — one of the only two comics I know that regularly addresses grammar: Click the image to find out what happens to … Continue reading

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O Christmas Tree

When I was a kid, my parents bought a fake Christmas tree. It was much taller than I was, flocked with fake snow, and I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever. Decorated with lights and ornaments, it was … Continue reading

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Absence of a word

While reading an Atlantic article on the Finnish education system, I came across this fascinating bit of information: there is no word in Finnish for “accountability.” According to Pasi Sahlberg, director of the Finnish Ministry of Education’s Center for International … Continue reading

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The empty plaza

Here’s something you don’t often see in Lisboa: the Praça do Comércio with an empty street in front of it. This is normally a booming avenue and a crowded plaza. We went for a walk along the Rio Tejo on … Continue reading

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Christmas dragon

We’re back from Lisboa, after a wonderful family holiday. Good food and adventures were involved, as well as what might be a new tradition: watching scary movies on Christmas Eve. (We watched the remake of The Thing. Brrr.) Thank you … Continue reading

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The true end of DADT

I know, I said I wasn’t going to post today, but this was so fantastic that I had to share. It’s been one year since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell — the US law that forbade gay Americans … Continue reading

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Happy Winter Solstice

It’s time for a short break in blogging. Today is Winter Solstice, the holiday that my family celebrates in place of Christmas. (This makes my stepson doubly lucky — he gets Solstice with us, and Christmas with his dad. What’s … Continue reading

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A new farewell

I’m a recent inductee into the world of instant message autocorrect, having never had an IM device until now. But my iPad connects me with friends and family who also have iOS devices, so I’ve been getting used to a … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

This is an oldie but a goodie: the first stitched satellite image of Earth’s city lights at night. Built from data collected from October 1994 through March 1995, the full image was not published until October 2000. Two years later, … Continue reading

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Saturday picture show

The Big Picture featured “50 best photos from The Natural World” yesterday, and while the majority are from captive environments, many are nevertheless breathtaking. This one, however, is just cute as all get out. Personally I have never understood how … Continue reading

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