This is one of the great pieces Bach wrote for organ, played on an organ from Bach's time. The numbering system of Bach's music runs from zero to a thousand or so, and it is convenient for those like me who get confused between one A minor Prelude and Fugue and the other.
This piece is in A minor. It is an impish, even demonic work. Modern fundamentalists would be right to be scared of [...]]]>
The Twins have signed two pitchers, Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco. This is unusual behavior for them.
Just as importantly, they are working on a deal to bring A. J. Pierzynski back to catch. With Joe Mauer moving to first base, the 37-year-old Pierzynski would fill a big hole.
The catcher is the most important defensive player on the diamond. An experienced catcher can squeeze a little extra out of a shaky [...]]]>
A little math reveals that North Dakota produces about 10 barrels of oil per second. Within three or four years, that will double. That is a river of oil!
Each train of oil that rolls through Fargo represents about 60,000 barrels of oil. North Dakota produces a trainload every two hours. Some of that goes through pipelines, of course, but it is helpful to visualize what is going on out there.
To continue the [...]]]>
This was an exchange of the kind which reminds me of (journalist) Frank Meyer’s observation, “We find comfort among those we agree with, growth among those we disagree with.”
The fact is, sometimes I spend entirely too much time with people I agree with. And of the people I don’t agree with, a lot of them don’t argue very well. It’s just not very challenging to discuss disagreements with somebody whose [...]]]>
Well, I'll be jiggered. A Christian leader who takes Christianity's message seriously....
Nicholas Kristof's Thanksgiving column is must reading. A profound meanness has swept our nation.
Beautiful, clear morning in Tucson. It will reach 70 degrees today. I am joining the next door neighbors and their friends and kin for dinner. I will provide the mashed potatoes. Should be fun.
The city is quiet this morning. Even the trans-continental trains seem to be taking Thanksgiving off.
Was informed last night that there was a family of rattlesnakes in the back yard this summer. Rattlesnakes are actually pretty [...]]]>
An unusual rain, too. Sustained over two full days, resulting in 2.5 inches. Tucson gets rain during the monsoon season, but it comes in gushes. This was gradual.
I went to a mall yesterday to spend time at Barnes and Noble. I felt a drip on my head. Then I looked around. All through the mall were buckets and piles of paper towels. The roof leaked like a sieve.
The temperature cooled as well. Into the upper 40s at night, upper 50s [...]]]>
My favorite hymn done by my favorite singer...
What made this interesting was that the gun was made with a 3-D printer.
Just last year the open-source organization Defense Distributed printed a plastic gun and actually got a few rounds through it, but it broke down very quickly as you might expect.
The State Department then “suggested” Defense Distributed take down their [...]]]>
I have gone to the same sushi place four times since I came to Tucson. I love it. I sit at the bar and watch the dignified Japanese chef. In his mid-sixties or so, he is all business.
Last time, he loosened up a bit. I like to cut my sushi into smaller bites so I can enjoy it more, I told him.
"No, no, no!" he replied. "Take whole piece and chew 30 times to enjoy!"
Tonight, I tried to cut down on [...]]]>
Over the past couple of days, the birds found my bird feeder. Than tonight, so did this guy. Javelina look cute, but are not to be messed with. One inflicted a $200 vet bill on a local dog two weeks ago.
Notice how he kneels to get at the seed. A little later, he walked right up to the side [...]]]>
I heard from home that Aunt Olla was in a tizzy so I called her to find out what was up.
At first, she couldn't hear me at all. She is awaiting a new hearing aid, but usually she can talk on the phone without difficulty. This was new. Eventually, she said "call me back and see if we get a better connection."
"Wow, this is so much better," she said. "That other ear is no good." She had been trying to hear [...]]]>
Taken at sunset tonight from the front porch...