Thursday, March 30, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Not surprisingly the colours are the same as some of my favourite colours I always use...
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
If at first you do succeed, try not to look too astonished.
If at first you don't succeed, swallow all evidence that you tried.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Also, his interest in everyone was very touching. He sincerely felt he could learn something from anyone and would just as happily talk to a seriously mentally ill person as the highest in society. And I think what I love the most are his comments close to the end of his life when he was asked what conclusions he had made after all his learning and knowledge and he simply said:
"The best thing I can offer is for people to be kinder to each other."
So simple and yet so wise.
Friday, March 17, 2006
This is a partial quote of what Pitts replied to the student:
"Put simply, I've had it up to here with the moral hypocrisy and intellectual constipation of Bible literalists...never mind that the Bible also says it is "disgraceful for a woman to speak out in church (1 Corinthians 12:34-36) and that if she has any questions, she should wait till she gets home and ask her husband. Never mind that the bible says the penalty for going to work on the Sabbath is death (Exodus 35:1-3). Never mind that the Bible says the man who rapes a virgin should buy her from her father (Deuteronomy 22:28-29) and marry her."
I'm sure there are lots more examples in this vein in the bible.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
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Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Looks like Richard is getting into the visual special effects field at a good time. An article in the TC today (D4) notes that it is a field that is booming. He's really thrilled about the opportunity to work in this area of programming since he'll be learning cutting edge stuff. And as he puts it,
"It's mainly open-source technologies, no Windows crap, so it's very transferrable too."
Monday, March 13, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
We stopped off at the U. of Oregon in Eugene for old times sake and had lunch in the pub by the university where Jim learned he was going to become a father...then he ordered a double!!! (not really...) and visited our favourite bookstore.
Read in the paper that Palm Springs hit 50 F the other day....brrr...cold all over I guess. I think they're back to decent weather now. We've been lucky. Had good weather on the coast and left just as it was getting poor. I think we crossed paths with the storm and seemed to miss it.
See everyone soon!
A neat old historic hotel that used to be called the Mark Anthony. They're renovating...hope they make the rooms a little more soundproof than when we stayed there.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Way to go, Richard, you always manage to pull thesw things off!
Funny we should be in Sacramento now, a place where Richard worked in the computer industry for a while and made some very good friends. We're off to Ashland today and have tickets for "A Winter's Tale"...might be very appropriate as it's rather cold around here. Looking forward to seeing Ashland again and seeing a play...it's been close to 20 years since we've done that.
Wind blew in our last night in Santa Barbara so had dinner on the pier by a window and did some storm watching while quaffing clam chowder and steak and lobster. A good way to end our stay on the coast.
As much as we enjoyed seeing these CA costal areas again I think we have become desert rats. It's really just not warm enough on the coast at this time and it's very busy and expensive even though it's off season. We'll spend all our time down here in the desert next time.
P.S. BTW, those funny little birds are called Sanderlings
Thursday, March 09, 2006
We just loved our hotel in SB. It was the historic Hotel Virginia. Really neat tiles and in the old Spanish colonial style.
We were fascinated watching these birds run like the devil for 50 feet to peck away for a few seconds before the surf hit then run like the devil back. We thought they were surfing at first but I guess they were finding something to eat. Seemed like one heck of a lot of energy to expend for not much food.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
It was a real thrill to see her work here. I love all the ones on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Guess it's supposed to be a funny little sea animal or something like that.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
The gardens and art galleries at the Huntington in Pasedena are just tremendous. Amazing research library for Jim. He's not doing Renaisance research here but they have a world class collection. In their exhibition library they have the Ellemere Canterbury Tales, various first folios and quartros of Shakespeare, Gutenburg bible, the "double elephant" Audobon of prints, first editions of Spencer, Milton...everybody really and the first edition of Ulysses (the Paris, Sylvia Beach edition)...very cool!
Annette and Larry recommended this to us while we were in Pasedena. Great idea...thanks! They sometimes stay here when they're in Pasedena visiting their son, Paul, who is at Cal Tech.
On the architecture tour we learned about all the mathematical calculations, how everything is squares, etc. Contrasted with how the Mexican stonemasons (in the book I was reading called On Mexican Time) made a stairway without any calculations and it came out perfectly to the last stone in place!