June 24th, 2012


[links] Link salad for a busy Sunday

This Embarrasses You and I*Grammar Gaffes Invade the Office in an Age of Informal Email, Texting and Twitter. Ah, prescriptivism.

Chasing a Prairie TaleBuffalo, the Pawnee, and an old story on a trip across the plains. Reflections on frontier Nebraska. (Thanks to my Dad.)

Stonehenge Was A Monument To Tribal Unification, Says Researchers — Really?

Mars Snowflakes As Tiny As Red Blood Cells

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth of Medical Bills — Move along, citizen. Nothing to see here. No need for healthcare reform in this country. America has the bestest system, and private enterprise only makes it bestester! Anyone who thinks otherwise is a Kenyan Muslim socialist. (Or possibly just in touch with reality.)

NSA: Can't Tell You Who We Spy On; That Would Violate Their Privacy — Feel safer yet?

Alan Turing: Inquest's suicide verdict 'not supportable' — I wonder how much of this finding is an effort to rehabilitate the guilt borne by the British government, press and people over the disgusting manner in which Turing was treated.

What doth it profit religious demagogues to gain direct mail millions and lose their souls?Slacktivist Fred Clark on the history of the anti-gay hysteria within the religious Right, as well as a few related topics. Worth the read, especially if you somehow are deluded enough to believe that this is genuinely about issues of faith.

Most Americans oppose health law but like provisions — Which just once again proves two things I say over and over. Your Liberal Media supports the conservative narrative (hence the topline opposition), but no one, not even conservatives likes conservative policies when applied to them personally (hence the support for individual provisions). Conservatism is all about blaming and punishing the other.

The Claim That Barack Obama Is A Big Spender Is A Big Lie — Unpossible. Republicans lying about Obama. Their justly famed moral probity and intellectual consistency renders this unpossible.

Romney Lacks Experience on Foreign Policy, and His Judgment Is Awful, TooThe U.S. has already had quite enough experience with an inexperienced Republican governor surrounded by supposedly heavyweight foreign policy advisers to risk doing it again. An inexperienced and ignorant chief executive is more likely to listen to bad advice because he doesn’t know enough to recognize it as bad advice. Rule number one of GOP electoral politics in 2012 is "George who?"

?otD: Doing good? Having fun?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (brain break)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride, some walking to come
Hours slept: 7.25 (solid)
Weight: 239.2
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate


[personal|photos] Hiking Tamanawas Falls

Yesterday, Team E— and I hiked Tamanawas Falls. This is a trail in the Mt. Hood National Forest, twenty or thirty miles south of Hood River, OR. We did the extended loop, which was a little over five miles, with a net 800 feet of elevation change, but probably double that in actual uphill walking due to varying terrain.

The falls themselves are gorgeous. A sort of punchbowl style cauldron, dropping perhaps eighty feet in a wide curtain. A lot of recent rain meant the river was running high and strong. The area around the falls was doubly soaked with spray and rain, and the rocks covered with moss. I'm still not completely sure on my feet post-chemo, so I didn't approach too closely. I would have loved to be behind the water curtain.

The walk was good but tiring. We were in fifty degree weather with pouring rain almost the entire hike. That Oregon rain that gets through your gear and into your skin and down to your bones. It took me a couple of hours afterward to warm up. I did bang my knee on a rock in one of the landslide sections of the trail, with a slight contusion but no joint pain, so I got off better than I deserved. We also came across a fresh and dangerous trail hazard which we reported to the ranger station down at Parkdale. After that we had a pretty good lunch at Apple Valley BBQ there in Parkdale.

A lovely hike, and a lot of fun, and I'm so glad I'm in the health to do these things these days. Now I just need to improve my trail conditioning.

Note: The following photos aren't up to my usual quality because I had only brought my iPhone on the hike. However, for cell phone photos, they're not bad.

Approaching the falls from downstream

The old trail's footbridge, as demolished by a fairly recent rockslide

Our first view of the falls, more or less

The falls in all their glory

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Photos © 2012 Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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