Wednesday, November 13, 2019

POTD: Tjörnin Swans

From 2019 03 01 Iceland

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Reykjavik, Iceland. Tjörnin is a small lake in the center of the city. The word Tjörnin in fact means lake or pond, so calling it Tjörnin Lake would be like calling it Lake Lake. According to Wikipedia, the popular pastime of feeding the swans has led to the lake being called "the biggest bread soup in the world."

Bonus photo after the jump.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Modern Love (TV 2019)

Rotten Tomatoes
Modern Love (TV 2019): Anthology. Adaptations of personal essays from NY Times. No violence. No shocks. No twist endings. Just the many forms that love takes. It does what it sets out to do very well. A welcome diversion. Lots of familiar faces. B-

Monday, November 11, 2019

POTD: Frikirkjan and Hallgrimskirkja

From 2019 03 01 Iceland

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Reykjavik, Iceland. It's a human-sized (pop. 125,000), walkable city, pleasant even in winter, on mild days, anyway. The week in late winter that we visited the temperatures were actually warmer than they were back in Dallas. We joked we had traveled to Iceland to escape the Dallas winter. With the warm Gulf Stream and global warming, Iceland just might grow more popular as a winter destination.

Bonus photos after the jump.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Autumn in Richardson

Duck Creek

It's November, and Northern Wisconsin finally makes it to North Texas.

H/T C.M.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Undone (TV 2019)

Rotten Tomatoes
Undone (TV 2019): After car accident, young woman finds she has powers over time and space. With help of her dead dad, she tries to find out who killed him. Her struggle to figure out her own life is what causes this show to succeed. Rotoscoping animation gives a unique look. B+

Friday, November 8, 2019

Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing
From Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens:

Open quote 
Marsh is not swamp. Marsh is a space of light, where grass grows in water, and water flows into the sky. Slow-moving creeks wander, carrying the orb of the sun with them to the sea, and long-legged birds lift with unexpected grace—as though not built to fly—against the roar of a thousand snow geese."

The story of the marsh is the third major story line in this novel, the one that makes the novel soar above the love story and the murder mystery.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

RISD Election: How Did It Go?

On November 5, 2019, the Richardson ISD conducted its first-ever election with single-member districts. The new voting system was specifically designed in reaction to a voting rights lawsuit that complained that RISD's at-large voting system discriminated against the minority community. In this first election, three of the five single-member districts were up for election. In each of the next two years, another single-member district, plus an at-large district, will be up for election. At the end of three years, all of the new districts will have been elected under the new system. Now that the first election is behind us, let's ask how it worked.