Archive for November 2014
This overabundance of lights strikes me as garish, even for an Australian Christmas display, but it’s put up for a good cause, so bully for the lawyers who arranged it all.
Here are the Christmas gift recommendations from an assortment of National Review writers. Some are deadly serious works which require your full attention and consideration, while others are lighter in tone. I’ve read a couple of them myself, and bought a few more as gifts.
The dog is enjoying the play much more than the baby elephant, but it’s still amusing to watch. One of the dogs from my childhood would play tag with a wild fox on cool fall mornings, and they both seemed to take pleasure from the game. Let’s face it — most dogs love to chase and be chased.
Big Girl likes nothing better on these frosty mornings than to chase me around the back yard, growling and snarling as if she were going to eat me if she caught me, but she has her mouth open in a grin and her feathery tail is curled up high and wagging gently so I can be certain it’s all pretend. Some days she will fetch a ball for me to throw, but mostly she won’t, preferring the game she has created for me to share. What a joy a truly happy canine is!
Yes, this is an ancient church made partly of peat. Iceland wasn’t exactly awash with other materials for building, and the low-slung buildings were efficient to build and maintain, and the turf offered superior insulation in a very cold climate. This photo gives you a better idea of the basics of building such a structure. Look at the rest of the gallery while you’re visiting.
Many of today’s earth-sheltered homes borrow heavily from such structures. There are not many of these little jewels left.
One of the telescopes at the La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken a lovey photo of Star cluster NGC 3532, which was actually the first target ever observed by the Hubble Space Telescope back in the 1990’s.
More conventionally known as the Wishing Well Cluster or Football Cluster, this grouping is 300 million years old, which means it is entering its twilight years in astronomic terms. Not to worry — it’s still bright and big, even from 1,300 light-years away, but until you’re in one of the places on earth you can see it from, enjoy this beautiful shot of the cluster.
His Oneness has flunked the Thanksgiving proclamation test yet again, as expected. I confidently predict that he will fail it twice more, since he has no real understanding of the holiday’s meaning.