Sunday, November 22, 2009

Email patterns

The September 25, 2009, issue of Science has a report entitled On Universality in Human Correspondence Activity by Malmgren et al.

The report describes research that shows that typical patterns of using email are similar to typical letter-writing patterns. The researchers studied the correspondence of "16 writers, performers, politicians, and scientists."

Sunday, November 15, 2009


The first reading from November 12 (Wisdom 7:22b–8:1) was about Wisdom.

In Wisdom is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
all-powerful, all-seeing,
And pervading all spirits,
though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.

Today's reading (Daniel 12:1-3) echoes this as well:
But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Florida's Gulf Coast

Florida's Gulf Coast was featured in the Travel section of the Sunday Washington Post. The main article described the islands on the southwest coast.

Anna Maria Island (with less development and more nature) and Siesta Key (with a huge, beautiful beach) sound particularly nice.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A strange wedding

It would have been a nice story: man wins lottery and employs struggling working-class couple that he knows, enabling them to move out of a drug-infested neighborhood.


The man teaches Wiccan at a New Age shop, the young man claims to be a pagan, and the young woman claims to be a witch. And the happy couple gets married in a ceremony that combines pagan and Christian elements. (Mike will be glad? to know that they had a unity candle!)

Read all about it here.