1.) What would you like the world to spend research money on (inner space, outer space, stem cell, you name it research), and why do you give it top priority?
Conflict resolution research. AIDS would be better addressed in Africa if there were better methods of conflict resolution. U.S. dependence on oil for energy would lead to fewer wars if there were a better and wider understanding of how to resolve conflicts. U.S. inner cities would be safer places if conflict resolution were a serious field that was widely taught.
2.) Where’s the beef, Carmine Miranda, or what’s bugging you lately?
George W. Bush is leading the foolish sheep of the U.S. public down the primrose path to the slaughterhouse. (How’s that for a bunch of mixed metaphors?)
3.) Elliott would like to know, do you type without looking at the keyboard; in other words, are you a hunt and peek (in his case that would be hunt and claw), or a “true typist?”
I am a touch typist (or “true typist” as Elliott puts it). I learned in a summer‐school class between junior high and high school.
It was SNOWING in Boston this morning when I stepped out the door to go to work! Not sticking, of course, and wet, but snow nonetheless. Yahoo!
I just found the whole Friday Five bit.
1. How many TVs do you have in your home?
There are either one or two, but I don’t own them. I do own a TV, which is stored in a friend’s basement.
2. On average, how much TV do you watch in a week?
The average would have to be very close to none for the last year.
3. Do you feel that television is bad for young children?
I haven’t watched children’s television for years, but I remember some of it as being of value. I do feel that much of the TV I do happen to see isn’t good for children.
4. What TV shows do you absolutely HAVE to watch, and if you miss them, you’re heartbroken?
Right now, none. Previously, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine would top the list.
5. If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line‐up look like?
Star Trek reruns (all the series); My Mother the Car; Knitting with _fill in the blank with a great knitter_; Will and Grace
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. I started this today on the train back from Philadelphia. Easy, pleasant writing.
Tomorrow I’ll be on the Acela to Philadelphia for a board meeting at Pendle Hill for the weekend. What knitting to take? Do I take only the lace shawl or also the mindless‐knitting shawl? Which takes more room?
Can you imagine how many knittng blogs there are? I had no idea.
Currently reading number 7 of Robert Jordan’s series, and Time Management for Creative People.
The book I’m reading today: The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan, book three of a huge, trashy fantasy series.
By June Sprigg. This is a charming book: Sprigg herself, reflecting on her younger self, is interesting both as an author and as a young adult; the Shaker women and their neighbors are delightful; and the simple line drawings add a special note now and again.