Retired software engineer. "What is that?", you may ask. It's someone who has time to blog about the weather...
By: Bogon, 5:12 PM GMT on May 11, 2010
This week started with a shot of cool air, which was a most welcome change. The HVAC system in our house is on its last legs. It's time to replace it. We put the job up for bids, and the guys we picked just rang the doorbell. Hopefully they can hook up a new air conditioner before simmering summering heat cranks up again. For now it's comfortable enough with the windows open.
A brief rain shower freshened the lawn this morning. It wasn't enough to soak the dry ground, yet it may portend wetter days to come. Slight rain chances (20-30 percent) persist for another day or two. More scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the weekend. The main storm track lies to our north, but this series of disturbances may be capable of making headway against the Atlantic high that has dominated our weather for the last month. I only wish we could get a little rain here without first causing severe weather upstream in places like Oklahoma.
There's no major theme for this blog entry, no rant, no bad news. I'm taking a break from all that. Spring has come, the grass is growing, and it's a good time to sit on the porch and enjoy the flowers.
Updated: 8:59 AM GMT on May 17, 2010
By: Bogon, 6:36 PM GMT on May 03, 2010
The other day, as I sat meditatively in the reading room, I ran across a book review in one of my wife's magazines. My spouse has thoughtfully situated a very small table (capable of holding, say, a cup of coffee) next to the throne, and under the table there is a box of assorted periodicals. It was in one of those that I found the article.
It was a brief review, but as I scanned it I became aware that it made a lot of sense. I resolved to go a-googling to see whether I might find the publication on-line. My aim was to share this information with you, gentle reader. Alas, though I found the website of the magazine in question, they had not yet (as of what must be, by now, at least a month ago) published the article on the internet. The book in question, The End of the Long Summer, was written by Dianne Dumanoski. (Ah! This morning I checked again. The review is now available for your inspection.)
What Google revealed instead was an essay Ms. Dumanoski authored more than a decade ago in support of a book called Our Stolen Future. This is a more lengthy piece. In my opinion it's well worth a perusal, if you can spare the time. Here's a taste.
The globalization of human destiny became a reality decades before technology fostered the globalization of the economy and the communication revolution. The challenges of this new historical epoch center on somehow managing our pervasive global presence, of coming to terms with finitude--inescapable planetary limits-- of understanding ourselves not as individual, or tribes, or nations, but as a single, global species. We need a vision that matches the reality of our situation--a now global humanity linked irrevocably to the rest of our kind.
Updated: 4:51 AM GMT on May 05, 2010