from Huff Post - and a happy new year to you!
Monday, December 30, 2019
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
RAMBLINGS OF THE CHEESEBURGER BUDDHA
The top left photo came up when I did an image search with Shamsul's name so maybe that's him now or not. The one below with the parrot was taken at the Blanco Renaissance Musem in Ubud, Bali - about forty minutes from here if there were no traffic. - dc
Monday, December 23, 2019
We've got our iron tree in the house with six orchids in clay pots in the iron rings and flickering lights. Xmas is a national holiday here. Unlike my experience in Japan, people, here think of Chritmas as an important religous holiday and know what it's about as it covers two of the recognized religions, Catholicism and Protestantism, and Jesus is referred to 187 times in the Quran and considered a prophet second only to Mohammed in Islam. And Hindus always have room for another holy being.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Podcast with the great scientist at 100 who brought us the Gaia theory. He's wondering if AI might be the best hope for dealing with climate change. I've been thinking that too. Maybe a global military coup that forced the world to impliment science based AI supported solutions to salvage what we can and move into the future without the forces of world suicide being in control.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019
We've been going to a place called Mostly Jazz Brew sometimes on Friday evenings to hear Indonesian jazz great Indra Lesmana jam with other musicians. So good. Indra is Sanskrit for senses. Our dogette Bandi has some super senses. The other evening I walked her down the Beach a ways to a place called Oomba to have a few snacks and hear some music by some local musicians we know. It was sort of a jam too but more in the folk, blues, reggae, edgy stuff. We were waiting for Katrinka to join us. Bandi was walking around having fun watching, smelling, hearing, but I had to go out back and find her because she'd found some other dogs to play with and dogs can get stolen here so I brought her back and tied her up. She doesn't mind that.
Friday, December 13, 2019
I used to love going to the Saint Stupid's Day parades in San Francisco on April 1st. [their website] Now I enjoy the Saint Stupid Facebook page where I find nonsense like this
to balance tragic human folly like this
Scientists feared unstoppable emissions from melting permafrost. They may have already started.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
They is the Word of the Year a la Webster - Time - Cuke policy has long been to use they for the third person singular when the gender is not known. I always found it to work well and to feel natural whereas alternating he and she or using some other recently contrived word seemed awkward. Using they, their, themselves for the thrd person gender neutral singular is also not new at all. According to Webster, that usage dates back at least 600 years. And now it is becoming common. Congratulations they! - DC
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Thursday, December 5, 2019
It's been awfully hot here in Sanur this November and now December. Right now the temperature is 91.4 and feels more like 100. We've been here six years and I've always said it almost never seems that hot to me here - where we live anyway. We live near the ocean so I assume it must get hotter elsewhere but I see the Sanur temperature is the same as that further inland. This year I must say that it's hot, and hot in a way that affects me in ways it hasn't before. I can still get by in it. I do pretty well in hot weather. But I notice it making me tired. I just noticed an article from a month ago in Coconuts that said that temperatures this year are hotter than anytime in thirty years - in Bali and all over Indonesia. I've asked some locals too if it seems hotter than usual and they've all said yes, definitely. I wonder what it will be like next year. I suspect it will be even hotter.
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