Creek Running North January 2005 Archives

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January 29, 2005

Depth of field

January 17, 2005: Panamint daisies (Enceliopsis covillei) bloom on the Virgin Spring Canyon alluvial fan. In the background 32 miles away, snowy Telescope Peak (11,048 feet) presides over the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere (-282 feet) just west...

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January 28, 2005

No longer cool

Just found out through PZ that Lauren at Feministe says the Random 10 meme is no longer cool, because some prominent blogger or other used the idea without crediting the source. Since it's no longer cool, it's safe for me...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:19 PM

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Waves in the desert

Lake Manly, Badwater, Death Valley. January 17, 2005. Last Thursday I sipped coffee, the sand cold against my sandaled toes. The muddy, foam-flecked Mojave River flowed before me. Twenty years of visiting and I had seen water in this...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:09 AM

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January 27, 2005

I want.

OK, not really: Becky has finally persuaded me we have too many things around the house, between the jackalope and the Koshare kachina and the spooky Navajo carving and southwestern pottery and the Tarahumara rabbit and the rocks I'm...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:54 PM

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January 21, 2005

The Arid Mojave

Silver Lake, north of Baker, at the east end of the road to Fort Irwin. Monday, January 17 2005, ten or so a.m....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:32 AM

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January 16, 2005


After taking an unexpected layover day at home before leaving (the best kind, as all my toys and animals and Beckies are here) I am off. I have turned off all comments so that you can't talk behind my back...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:10 AM

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January 14, 2005

Trucks, and the travels thereof

This is where my 1994 Nissan XE KingCab Pickup went before it died in mid-street, upside down, two years ago this month. RIP. Routes approximate and I may have forgotten something. This is where the 2003 Toyota Tacoma has been...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:27 AM

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January 12, 2005

In case you thought I was blowing things out of proportion

The Bush administration is fending off rumors that it plans to establish a "death squad" strategy in Iraq, based in part on our award-winning experience with same in El Salvador....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:52 PM

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Once a year on January 12, apparently, how often I post something less than flattering about Annie Dillard. I was reading Scott Rosenberg's blog on Salon this morning, and I find this quote from a 1989 Dillard essay: One of the few things I know...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:47 PM

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January 11, 2005

We all fall down

This is a passage that has haunted me since I first read it last year. It's by David Neiwert, from his essay "Rush, Newspeak and Fascism" available for a small voluntary donation at his blog Orcinus. He describes a story...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:43 PM

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January 10, 2005

Long overdue

Ronniecat is a pal of mine from Usenet, where she is an affable, Canadian (but I repeat myself) presence. I've chatted with her on and off for a couple years, appreciating her wit and lefty politics. Indicative of just how...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:34 PM

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Comment 1000

The Thousand Comments mark has been reached, and the thousandth commenter is... (drumroll please)...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:10 PM

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January 09, 2005


Matthew, Becky and I walked the same route as I did Tuesday. A few more days of rain meant the water was up even more. Alameda Creek positively roared down its canyon, and some of the dry ravines I walked...

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January 08, 2005

Not too long now

... before I can get back to Cima Dome....

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January 07, 2005

Political tactic du jour

I used to live in Virginia, as long-time readers may remember. In the 1980s, sexual cohabitation without benefit of marriage was illegal in the Old Dominion. However, the state's caselaw basically said that a woman could not press rape charges...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:58 PM

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Air America

I've listened to the Bay Area affiliate of Air America for the past few weeks whenever I happen to be in the truck. I'm going to make sure I'm never in the truck without the iPod when Randi Rhodes is...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:09 PM

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January 05, 2005

I am the master of all cows!

I have been unspeakably tired the last few days. I'm getting enough sleep: between six and eight hours of it a night, and I can get six hours' sleep a night for weeks on end and feel fine. I'm not...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:09 PM

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January 03, 2005

Useless stats of the day

PZ Myers has a little feature on his blog Pharyngula that displays the number of comments left by registered commenters, including yours truly. It's a cool and potentially embarrassing tally, and it got me thinking about the wonderful, thoughtful, non-spam...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:58 AM

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January 02, 2005

First hike of the year

It's surprising how many people don't jump at the chance to hike eight miles in a driving rain. I only saw one other person on the whole trail today, and she - a trim, attractive Orinda retiree who smiled brilliantly...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:45 AM

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January 01, 2005

Cathartes aura

Three of them in a plum tree this morning, turkey vultures, shivering after a rainstorm and spreading their wings to dry out. Mallards again, and surfing the rapids again. Becky and Zeke and I watched from the bridge. Another vulture...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:42 PM

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