Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | June 30, 2020

Assorted Links, June 30, 2020

1. Sophie Vershbow: why can’t I read books right now?

2. How treadmill running differs from running outside.

3. On the life and death of Takaya, a solitary sea wolf in British Columbia.

4. The Paradox of Karl Popper.

5. Chris Plante on The Last of Us 2, game design, and ludonarrative dissonance (i.e., the disconnect between game narrative and game play).

Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | December 31, 2018

So Long to 2018

Lord Almighty, A.D. 2018 felt like ten years.

Good riddance to 2018, and good luck to us all in the year to come.

Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | March 20, 2018

Tuesday Art Blogging

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Joseph Farquharson, The shortening winter’s day is near a close, 1903.

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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A panel of three district court judges has rejected a Republican bid to block the new Pennsylvania congressional voting map.

Also: the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to get involved.

Says Kevin Drum:

If you’re in a pessimistic mood, this ruling doesn’t mean much since the Republican case was really weak from the start. If you’re in an optimistic mood, it might suggest that the Supreme Court is becoming less tolerant of blatant gerrymandering.

Image Source: Pennsylvania Courts, via Wikipedia.

Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | March 16, 2018

Assorted Links for March 16, 2018

1. Kevin Drum on why Japanese drivers don’t want to buy American cars.

2. Interesting NPR story on businesses in Dalton, Georgia, that are worried about how the Administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants will affect their workforce.

3. Steve Saideman asks: when will aging professors retire and (hopefully) make room for some new folks?

Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | March 14, 2018

Random Art Blogging

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Kitty Lange Kielland, Fra Jæren, 1878.

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | September 27, 2017

Random Art Blogging

Henri Matisse, Les toits de Collioure

Henri Matisse, Les toits de Collioure, 1905.

Source: Wikipedia.

Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | September 24, 2017

Assorted Links, September 24, 2017

1. An underwater city engineered by octopuses.

2. Using the writing process to clarify your thinking.

3. From back in August: Nicholas Kristof: How Rome survived Caligula.

Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | September 18, 2017

Katahdin Mountain and the Trump Administration

Mt. Katahdin photographed from the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Apparently, part of MAGA includes logging on Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, among other things:

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post.

If the name Katahdin sounds familiar, it’s likely because Mt. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Now, we should be clear: the proposed changes in the Interior Dept. report would not lead to logging on Mt. Katahdin itself. The summit itself, and the part of the AT that approaches the summit, lie in Baxter State Park. The National Monument that is covered by the Zinke report is adjacent the State Park, to the east of the mountain.

So, in the near future, as thru-hikers are ascending the southwest ridge of Katahdin and cresting the summit, they will be able to look east and there see, about eight or nine miles away, a logging company slowly leveling the surrounding forest. Lovely.

Image Credit: Katahdin, as seen from the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Photographed October, 2016, by majorrogers, and used under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Source: Wikipedia.

Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | March 31, 2017

Friday Art Blogging

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Ivan Shishkin, Rain in an oak forest, 1891.

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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