Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throw it at the Wall and See What Sticks Edition

Thirteen years ago, three airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. I would call this an act of senseless violence except that there was sense to it--in a Shakespearean sense of the word [1]. Senseless or no, it was a horrible tragedy and I assume that all of you have given the event some thought.

With the acknowledgement of the horrible, stupid, sense-making, tragic events of September 11th, 2001, out of the way, other events of note:

  • In a coup for the dying newspaper industry, Stephan Pastis' Pearls Before Swine will now run in the Des Moines Register. Residents of Des Moines (of whom there must be some in this blog's readership) take note.
  • Radar archaeology has uncovered [2] a lot previously unknown about Stonehenge. The major find is the buried city underneath and in the vicinity of the ancient monument, with--this is just what the Register led with [3]--a complex for human sacrifice and various pits for tracking the movements of celestial bodies. Also, they drank beer; the English don't change much.
  • In other science news, the Canadian government has found one of the ships from Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage, though it's unclear whether they found HMS Terror or HMS Erebus [4]Apropos of that, some Stan Rogers:

  • Although it's been strongly windy today in Vancouver--you might even say blustery--it's Thursday, so I cannot in good conscience wish you all a happy Windsday.
  • I can, however, share today's Peanuts:

  • That's it, I think.
--Alex Adrian, 9/11/'14
[1] Macbeth, Act II, Scene i, specifically.
[2] Er, so to speak.
[3] The full headline was, "City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had a HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub/Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart."
[4] Excellent ship names, those.

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