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February 21, 2007

Now That's a Good Invention

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the remote-controlled snowplow. It's a re-purposed golf cart!

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See it in action here (last item.)

This guy should sell these things; he would make a fortune.

February 09, 2007

Rules to Live By

This is a pretty good list, although I think it could be narrowed down somewhat. For example, 2 and 3 seem pretty close to each other as do 9 and 10.

But it's an excellent start.

February 07, 2007

Eternal Embrace

They died together, some 5,000 - 6,000 years ago. Based on their teeth, it is estimated that they were fairly young. It is also assumed that they were a man and a woman, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.

They were found in an archaeological dig in Italy. Apparently nothing quite like this has ever been discovered from the neolithic period. You have to wonder what happened. How is it that they came to die together? Illness? Exposure to the cold? There is apparently no evidence of foul play, but then that might be hard to determine at this point.

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It's an evocative image. There's usually something gruesome about skeletons, but the apparent tenderness of the embrace, and the suggestion that they were trying to draw even closer together at the time of death -- which may be poetic license, but I can live with that -- give this scene a transcendent quality.

A good deal of time passed from the moment these two breathed their last and the moment they were uncovered. The world has changed immensely. And of course, I believe that much greater changes than any that were seen over those thousands of years are on their way, and soon. With that in mind, there's something very comforting about this image.

Three things endure, and the greatest of these is love.

February 05, 2007

Smashing Winter Wonderland

The sledge hammer is such a useful tool. Sure, we normally think of it as a piece of exercise equipment, but that's just, shall we say, the tip of the iceberg.