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Month: December 2013

Words, suffixes officially banished for 2014

It’s here! The Lake Superior State University 2014 List of Banished Words. Selfie was recognized as the winning word, receiving the most nominations during the year. After that, the order of […]

NYT and CNN present year in pictures

Every year in late December the media do their annual roundups. Stories of the year. Movies of the year. Products of the year. Every list and category you can imagine. […]

Husky pup learns to howl (video)

Because it’s time to take down the Christmas tree, and because nobody doesn’t like cute puppies, here’s Belka, a 20-day-old Malamute-Husky mix.

Freaking out over ‘giffing out’

Massive amounts of Christmas advertising have always annoyed me. I’ve been a grinch for decades and freely admit it, and being assaulted by so much Christmas “joy” every time I […]

What your dialect says about you

The New York Times today features a test that will show what your dialect says about where you’re from. Or perhaps where you’ve previously lived. Both the questions and the associated […]

Still hot about that lightbulb mandate

It’s been at least a day since I’ve groused about the government, and at least a year since I’ve complained about its premature rulings against incandescent lightbulbs, so here I […]

Enough about Phil Robertson

I‘m still scratching my head over the ongoing Phil Robertson uproar. The star of TV’s “Duck Dynasty” made some blunt, tasteless, ignorant remarks about gays several days ago. And the […]

Judge comes down hard on NSA phone tactics

“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary’ invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing […]

No vacant lots in nature

A year ago I stumbled across the website of one of Colorado’s great outdoor photographers, Nate Zeman of Breckenridge. I revisited his site a few days ago to see what he’s […]

How many deaths will it take?

There was another school shooting today. This time it was at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. One student was critically wounded and the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound. […]