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Mill Creek

Mill Creek

The web site for the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities has a nifty rippling water effect. Mill Creek flows into the Ohio after passing through heavily urbanized areas of Cincinnati and suburbs, including Wyoming, where we live. The MCWCC is making heroic attempts to address the problems what American Rivers in 1997 called “the most endangered urban river in North America.” But the ripples are still kinda cool — a Java water effect. You can’t see the effect on the image here but go to their site and mouse over it.

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That can't be good

That can't be good

I wondered how the arborists we hired would prevent the felled tree from damaging the siding or the deck below. As rock climbers would know, the secret is belaying. Click on the image for a slideshow.

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smalls2_120_633365_helpdesklogoFor several years I was the host of WMUB’s Help Desk computer call-in show when WMUB was operated by Miami University. Now that it’s being operated by Cincinnati Public Radio, we’re producing the show as a podcast, recorded each Tuesday morning at 9 am ET. Today we experimented with live audio streaming via UStream.tv. It worked, and we’ll try it again on 5/5/09. Go to http://ustream.tv and search for “mub help desk.” For more information, check the Help Desk blog.

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Gite in Normandy: cat

Gite in Normandy: cat

Another of our France photos. This one from a gite in Normandy, from our 2005 trip.

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George & Emily

George & Emily

On April 24, 2009, Jenny and I attended a University of South Carolina opera production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, based on Thornton Wilder’s classic play. We enjoyed it, especially the small part our son played in it (“Man in the Audience”). :-). The New York Times praised it when it premiered in 2006, but Opera News was not so kind in 2008, and even Rorem’s own web site doesn’t seem to bother much with it. (more…)

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Montmartre 2002

Montmartre 2002

Montmartre, the steps leading to Sacre-Couer.

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LaSamaritaine

Samaritaine ironwork

The elaborate ironwork in this photo comes from the legendary Parisian department store, La Samaritaine, alas now closed.  (more…)

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Cherry pie

Cherry pie

[Update 7/15/10: here’s an analysis of on The Arithmetic of Voting, related to the material below. Not a surprise that approval voting is the way to go.]

From Martin Gardner. Not really a paradox, but it is entirely possible to have:

  • two-thirds of the people prefer apple pie to blueberry;
  • two thirds prefer blueberry to cherry; and
  • two thirds prefer cherry to apple.

Imagine that you have 99 pie-eaters. . .

Read on

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A tree fell on our house!

We think this happened around April 16th. Last September the remnants of Hurricane Ike met a swift-moving storm right over Cincinnati, with tremendous wind damage. We think the tree must have been weakened then, and came out of the ground after it leafed out, with spring rains.img_0699

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This article from a Louisville Sacred Harp singer is one of the best I’ve ever read on why people sing Sacred Harp. It insightfully explains why the tradition holds appeal for a generation more familiar with punk rock.

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