Saturday, March 6, 2021

Taking Out of Context CoR Candidates For Place 4

Community Impact Richardson asked the candidates running for Richardson's Place 4 City Council seat several questions. I want to highlight a few words of their answers that most caught my attention. Excerpts, by their nature, take words out of context. No attempt is being made to twist the meaning of the full answers. Read the full answers at Community Impact Richardson and judge for yourself.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Taking Out of Context CoR Candidates for Place 6

Community Impact Richardson asked several questions of the candidates running for Richardson's Place 6 City Council seat. I want to highlight a few words of their answers that most caught my attention. Excerpts, by their nature, take words out of context. No attempt is being made to twist the meaning of the full answers. Read the full answers at Community Impact Richardson and judge for yourself.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

POTD: Ferry to the Temple of Philae

From 2019 11 20 Abu Simbel
Today's photo-of-the-day is from the Temple of Philae. The Aswan High Dam was not the first dam built on the upper Nile, and Abu Simbel was not the first temple flooded. The Aswan Low Dam was built by the British in 1902, a little distance down river from where the future High Dam was constructed. The Low Dam itself began flooding temples, but intermittently during the year. Finally, in the 1960s, a UNESCO project to relocate the Temple of Philae to higher ground was undertaken. It was moved about 500 meters to the higher island of Agilkia. Today, as ever, the temple is reachable only by boat. It's just on a different island.

Another photo after the jump.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

It's a Sin (TV 2021)

Rotten Tomatoes
It's a Sin (TV 2021): London flatmates in 1980s face the onset of AIDS. Equal parts joy (of coming out among supportive friends) and sadness (AIDS was a death sentence in 1980s). No preaching, no politicking, just drama, with focus always on the friends. Great ensemble cast. A+

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Taking RISD Candidates Out of Context

According to the Advocate Lake Highlands:
Lake Highlands Blue hosted a forum Thursday night for candidates seeking to become the District 7 at-large trustee for Richardson ISD. Six of the seven candidates attended the virtual event: Amanda Clair, Nicole Foster, Nick LaGrassa, Chris Poteet, Blake Sawyer and Eric Stengel. Gavin Haynes did not participate.

As far as I know, video of the forum is not available to the general public. But the Advocate Lake Highlands helpfully published a transcript of the candidates' answers to three questions (edited for clarity and brevity). I want to highlight a few of the sound bites that most caught my attention. Sound bites, by their nature, take words out of context. Read the full answers at the Advocate Lake Highlands to see the context of these sound bites. Also, keep in mind that for many of these candidates, this is their first run for elective office. They probably have little experience with extemporaneous speaking. These are the answers that I suggest they work on. No doubt they will get more polished by election day.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Random Thoughts: Myanmar loses, no matter who wins.

Tweets from February, 2021:
  • 2021-02-01: On one side, there's a coup by people claiming election fraud. Sound familiar? On the other, there's Myanmar's detained leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who defended Burmese military against allegations of genocide against the Rohingya people. Myanmar loses, no matter who wins.
  • 2021-02-01: Headline: "10 GOP senators want deal." Assuming they are sincere, this still implies 40 GOP senators don't want any deal. What does that say about our democracy's legislative process? Without deal-making, there is no unity, which is what the GOP professes to want.
  • 2021-02-02: Big Little Lies - Seasons 1-2 (TV 2017-2019): Five women with kids in a wealthy Monterrey private school deal with bullying, spousal abuse, infidelity, bankruptcy, rape. At heart it's a dark soap opera, but it's fun watching these great actresses work with each other. A-
  • 2021-02-05: QOP: not all of them are anti-democracy, but on balance, it's now the party of QAnon.
  • 2021-02-05: No longer needing to woo the GOP's base is freeing. "Mitt Romney Has a Child Allowance Plan (and It's Better Than Biden's)"

After the jump, more random thoughts.

Friday, February 26, 2021

POTD: Entrance to Nefertari's Temple

From 2019 11 20 Abu Simbel
Today's photo-of-the-day is from the entrance to the temple of Nefertari, the wife of Ramsesses the Great, in Abu Simbel, south of Aswan, Egypt. The temple is located about 100 meters from the temple to Ramesses the Great.

Bonus photo from inside the temple after the jump.