Claude out shopping for a new faucet (because the one in the downstairs bathroom is shot), kids watching Rocky and Bullwinkle (because they've lost the Wii remote). Quiet Friday evening in Fladungen, the sky clearing for what looks to be a frosty night.
So for a while it looked like we might be going to Mongolia next. But now it appears not. Oh, well! That said, here's an interesting thing: most of us have heard the factoid about how X million men are descended from Genghis Khan. Well, it appears that it's true. Yes, one out of every two hundred men -- or more like one out of every four, in some parts of Asia -- is a descendant in the direct male line from the late Khan of all the Mongols.
A link I stumbled across while looking for something else: Devil's Lake, in North Dakota, has been growing steadily for years now, very probably because of climate change.
I used to live in Illinois, and I used to like driving around on two-lane roads. Over time, this gave me a rather low opinion of small towns and cities in America's middle west -- most of them seem, frankly, kinda depressing. But just from the wikipedia article, this small city looks like a nice place to visit.
A short article about childhood in the classical world. There are things here I'd like to know more about.
So a Russian prosecutor's office opened a prosecution against the holy text of the Hare Krishnas, and it has turned into an international cause celebre. Apparently this is part of a general crackdown against the Hare Krishnas, which in turn is part of a broader pattern of Orthodox churches encouraging state aggression against minority religions, especially ones that are "odd" or "foreign". Which arguably is just part of an even bigger pattern of assholic behavior by state-sponsored churches worldwide, but never mind that now.
The Hare Krishnas are an incredibly tempting target, because they're prominent and easy to spot (shaved heads, robes) and kind of obnoxious (chanting, proselytizing). That said, there are probably better ways of dealing with them. The real world doesn't give a Gouranga Bonus.