Archive for November, 2007

Basque Influence

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Today I saw this on the web: The word chaparral is derived from a Basque word for a thicket of dwarf oaks.

Cyclocross

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Today’s NY Times has an article on cyclocross in their Escapes section. An interesting wrinkle is that Pat, Hana and I were at that race, and my photos from it can be seen here.

Worm Depression

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

In today’s Science section of the NY Times, there was a short article with the following headline: Antidepressant Seems to Extend Life of Roundworms I always suspected that worms were depressed It just didn’t look like a fun life.

Samuel L. Leonard, Zoologist at Cornell

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Today’s NY Times had an obituary for Samuel Leonard, who passed away at the age of 101. Leonard did ground-breaking work on reproductive hormones, much of it involving pituitary glands. The research involved removal of the pituitary glands, so Leonard became adept at brain surgery. As one of his colleagues observed, He could perform surgery, [...]

Turkey Day 5K

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

This morning Pat and I went to downtown Minneapolis, where she was running in the Turkey Day 5K, headquartered at the Target Center. Unfortunately, Pat was one of roughly 10,000 people in the race. For all but the very fastest runners, the race was shoulder-to-shoulder the entire way. I was taking pictures at roughly the [...]

Hana in the Family Room

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

This evening Hana was playing with her toys on the floor in the family room, while Pat watched television. When I showed up with my camera equipment, that caught her attention. But, with some work, I was able to get a handful of photos that captured what was going on. They can be seen here.

Rodney Dangerfield, Curator

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Pat and I were at the National Gallery this weekend in Washington, D.C.  I was struck by the fact that one of the exhibits that you become aware of, as you enter the gallery, is titled “Small French Paintings“.  I’m not entirely sure why, but this struck me as odd.  It was as if they [...]

Percussion in the National Gallery

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

This weekend Pat and I were in Washington, D.C. because our older son, Greg, was performing at the National Gallery. As a member of the UCSD percusion ensemble red fish blue fish, Greg was part of the world premier of Roger Reynolds’ Sanctuary. It was a really impressive performance, in part due to the nature [...]

Wild Turkeys

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

When I was taking Hana out early Saturday afternoon, I noticed several dozen wild turkeys in the front yard.   Taking a digital camera out of my pocket, I got a few snapshots before the turkeys fled.  The one below is the best of the lot.  Not a great photo by any means, but it does [...]

Snapshot of Hana

Friday, November 16th, 2007

I got a new camera yesterday, so I am now putting up a shot of Hana having used the new equipment.  Pat is out of town, and one-person puppy photography is not a really promising approach.  But, I got this shot of her playing with a new toy, which is made out of the same [...]