Friday, June 27, 2008


Ten dylan-points

are hereby awarded to the driver on this morning's # 77 bus. When an extremely elderly woman got on, she paid her fare, and the bus did not start to move until the woman was safely established in her seat. (Some drivers will step on the gas before the senior passenger has paid her fare!)

Twenty dylan-points

are awarded to the nurse at my doctor's office, who was kind enough to bring me a very large cup of water after I had walked over a mile to the office in extremely humid weather, and arrived in a somewhat diaphoretic state.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Writing rules

You're not a writer if ...

A top-ten list, at the Daily Eudemon.

Number 2 is relatively easy to do; number 5 is difficult, at least for me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Religion poll

Religion poll

Yahoo!'s story on a recent attempt to, uhm, divine, how the American people as a whole feel about the Deity.

I heard some of the stats on my local Fox affiliate's morning news: 92% of those polled believe in God, 58% pray every day, 74% believe in life after death.

And here's the fun part:

Oddly, one in five of those who identified themselves as atheists in the survey said they believe in God.

"It may very well be that they don't really know what atheist means. It sounds good so they answered it; we call that measurement error," Greene said.

"But this also shows us the complicated way that people think about their faith. Many people who identify as atheists may not be telling us they don't believe in God, but that they don't like organized religion," he said.

Monday, June 23, 2008

James Thomson

James Thomson (1700-48)
one of my favorites; unjustly underrenowned




courtesy of ELC.