February 16th, 2007


tiny bubbles

"Roman writers tell us that Cleopatra was intelligent and charismatic, and that she had a seductive voice but, tellingly, they do not mention her beauty." Because God forbid intelligence should make a woman attractive.

Once more scientists are astonished at how fast things move when they decide to go, regarding climate change. I find the continuing amazement at how quickly things change to be sort of bemusing. Even if you're talking about human time scales, enormous ice shelves breaking off in an hour is moving fast. If you're talking about geologic time scales, the changes that have taken place over Alaskan winters in the last twenty years* are still no more than a blink of an eye. Not *even* a blink of an eye. But the scientists continue to be astonished.

I have to agree with malkin: countries that have nuclear weapons and send men into space do not get to count themselves as "developing nations" for the purpose of the Kyoto Protocol.

I'm sure there are more bubbles for the morning, but I'm going to find some food and try to get some work done.

*One hates to be the old fogey who says, "Winters aren't like they were when I was a kid!", especially when one is only 34, but in fact, winters aren't like they were when I was a kid.

eta: ...33. I think I'm 33, not 34.

look: i accomplished something

After a long dry week I did 2600 words this morning. Finished chapter 10. I'm beginning to suspect I'll be going through these early chapters and cutting out two or three chapters worth of Stuff, which I happened to also do on the second book in this series and don't even get me started on the first book. This is not an efficient way to write a book, but I guess if it gets the job done...

Apparently the photography class last night was great. Ted learned a lot and was very enthusiastic and although I'm pretty wiped out from going back to the car dealer today I wish I'd gone to the class. Although I'd have not written today if I had, I'm pretty sure. I'll just have to study on my own, I guess.

There's a 12 week beginners yoga class starting the 27th in Cork that I got a flyer for. They say it is an "intensive course". I wonder what that means. (I've emailed to ask.) Perhaps if I'm a good Kit I'll take the class...

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