Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Thanksgiving has dependably been my most loved occasion

Thanksgiving has dependably been my most loved occasion, the majority of the great f-words - sustenance, family, companions - and none of the foul g-words - blame, ravenousness - that manifest at Christmas. This Thanksgiving, in any case, will be a self-contradicting occasion, a festival of a life that finished too soon. 

Susan Jordan, the more seasoned sister of my wife, Lois, kicked the bucket last May in the accident of a little, trial plane in Utah. She was a preboomer, 67, however she encapsulated the essential r-expressions of Life (Part 2) - running, connections, rehash. 

Running, obviously, is our short-hand for working out, staying fit in body and psyche (joined, as you know). Susan ran, climbed, climbed, lifted, did yoga, swam. Something serious consistently, off and on again twice. 

As the authority on Lois' side of the family, she united loved ones for Thanksgiving at the Berkeley house she imparted to her girl, Jenny, and her spouse, Ronnie Wong. It was a glad Jewish-Chinese pioneer celebration of sustenance and adoration, of connections that were encouraged and fortified for the year. Jenny and Ronnie will have this one, which could be the keep going as they proceed onward. 

Susan's rehashes were epic. Chicago-conceived, she was a teacher before she turned into an attorney. Furthermore what a legal advisor! One of her most acclaimed cases was the safeguard of Inez Garcia, who murdered the man who assaulted her. Surprisingly, the Battered Woman Syndrome was perceived as a confirmed self-preservation. 

And afterward a repulsive set-back in her late forties. A restorative negligence left her not able to talk for long stretches without ache, an injuring obstacle for a trial legal advisor. An alternate reevaluation or a few. While she kept on participaing in real cases, she additionally turned into a yoga instructor and a honing Buddhist in the Theravada custom, offering the profits of her otherworldly practice by sorting out contemplation withdraws for legal counselors and others. Most importantly, in a larger number of routes than one, she sought after her energy for flying, regularly on missions to ensure the nature. She was the traveler in her companion John Austin's plane when it smashed in the Utah desert. 

The mid year before she passed on, Susan took me up in her plane for a few hours over northern California. I had never seen this anxious, headstrong dynamo at such peace, along these lines upbeat. Her euphoria and my pleasure in the flight is a distinctive memory, a blessing for all my vacation seasons to come.

Friday, 8 March 2013


Rant Media is an independent media organization and serves as the host company for various audio/video projects by James O'Brien, known as Cimmerian, and Sean Kennedy, including Rant Radio. Rant Media has also distributed content via torrent, various video hosting services, private download, and viral physical media dispersement since its inception in 1999.

Friday, 11 May 2012


Arecaceae or Palmae (also known by the name Palmaceae, which is considered taxonomically invalid, or by the common name palm tree), are a family of flowering plants, the only family in the monocot order Arecales. Roughly 202 genera with around 2600 species are currently known, most of which are restricted to tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate climates. Most palms are distinguished by their large, compound, evergreen leaves arranged at the top of an unbranched stem. However, many palms are exceptions, as palms in fact exhibit an enormous diversity in physical characteristics. As well as being morphologically diverse, palms also inhabit nearly every type of habitat within their range, from rainforests to deserts.

Palms are among the best known and most extensively cultivated plant families. They have been important to humans throughout much of history. Many common products and foods are derived from palms, and palms are also widely used in landscaping for their exotic appearance, making them one of the most economically important plants. In many historical cultures, palms were symbols for such ideas as victory, peace, and fertility. Today, palms remain a popular symbol for the tropics and vacations.

Friday, 24 February 2012


Standardised licensing templates

There really ought to be some standardisation on the names of licensing templates across wikis.

Examples: {{CopyrightAvecPermission}} works great in the fr: namespace, but I can only guess the exact meaning. If I want to copy an image from fr: to en: then I'd need to recreate this template (assuming it were a valid license).

{{redundant image}} works on en: but not commons:. I could re-create the template, but would anyone be watching for it?

Sunday, 25 September 2011


Temp may refer to:
Temporary work, in employment.
TR-1 Temp
RT-21 Temp 2S, an intercontinental ballistic missile of the Soviet Union
TEMP (meteorology), a meteorological code for upper air soundings
Tempe, Arizona, the eighth most populous city in Arizona