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June 30, 2005

A few disconnected things

- The only thing worse than being sick with a fever when you're by yourself is being sick with a fever of only 99.5 when you're by yourself, because even if someone were there with you they wouldn't feel all...

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June 29, 2005


I took this photo two years ago in the Mid-Hills Campground in the Mojave National Preserve. This week, the campground - and more importantly, the lush pinyon-juniper forest that surrounded it - was damaged by fire. I don't yet...

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June 27, 2005

The boys at home, alone

Becky left for a week away today. She's heading for Las Vegas for a friend's wedding. I got home, did a few chores, posted an incendiary blog entry, walked Zeke down to the park. It was a lovely, leisurely walk....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:31 PM

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Not that the fascists are ramping up their rhetoric or anything

Sasha at Left in SF took the photo at left - of a sticker affixed to a parked SUV - in Crissy Field. Which is in San Francisco. Photo taken on Gay Pride Weekend. But of course we need...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:47 PM

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June 26, 2005

Coolest thing ever

Via Majikthise, some Flying Snake Video Clips. Flying in the same sense that some squirrels do, that is. The Paradise tree snake will leap from a height, flatten its body and curve into an "S" to present a stable, flat...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:25 PM

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Letting things go

A year ago this weekend my grandmother died. (Imagine a little virtual yahrzeit candle here. Thanks. I miss her.) A year ago this weekend I also bought a new computer, a Macintosh G5, and I spent the rest of the...

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and congratulations to Professor Bérubé on his recent triumph....

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June 25, 2005

A pointer

I've started a Flickr account. I just uploaded a few garden photos I took this morning. There are a few older shots there as well....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:09 PM

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Blue's clueless

Accuracy and fairness are important tenets of journalism, so let me start by saying that not all rosarians are insane. This assertion may be hard for the non-rosarian to believe. Given the thousands of available plants with which a gardener...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:31 AM

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June 24, 2005

The answers, my friends

You asked the questions, I have the answers. Fox's Vixen asked: "So, genius that you are, are you content with the direction your life has taken?" Not if people are going to call me a genius in public. I have...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:29 PM

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A thought on Rove, O'Reilly, Et Al

OK. Maybe I'll leave Al out of this one. Rove says that any person to the left of the right wing of the Republican Party is a person who gives aid and comfort to terrorists. Bill O'Reilly calls for the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:15 AM

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June 23, 2005


Don't ever let anyone tell you I haven't done my bit for public health. If you click on the thumbnail here and spend a few seconds gazing at the pop-up photo of the Echinacea pallida blooming in my backyard this...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:33 PM

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June 22, 2005

Get to Know Your Blogger

It's high time for something non-atrocity-related! So I'm stealing this little game from Lauren. Ask anything. Two rules: 1) Please ask only one question. It can be serious or silly. 2) Leave your burning question in the comments by end...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:42 PM

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I love it...

...when Ron gets cranky....

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Certitude kills writing. (Are you sure, Chris? No.) I read writing in which the author is certain of his or her ideas, and I never want to read anything by that person again. There is a weed blooming in the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:45 AM

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June 19, 2005

Progressive Left Blogger Femtomeetup

Had a very nice visit today with Kevin T. Keith, bioethics blogger at Sufficient Scruples and co-blogger at Lean Left. As is usually the case for visitors to Creek Running North's World Headquarters, he was treated to a fabulous walk...

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June 18, 2005

Hating women

This week, bloggers started writing about that poor woman who not only disappeared in Aruba but - insult on injury - had the bad fortune to become the Fox News flavor of the week. And one male blogger who is...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:29 PM

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Welcome, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo readers!

Make yourselves at home. Put your feet up. There's plenty of different things to read here....

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June 17, 2005

Pete Valentic

The last time I saw Pete Valentic I avoided him, crossed in a hurry to the other side of Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley so that I wouldn't have to talk to him. I stepped out in front of a Datsun...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:05 PM

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Movie of the week

Drop what you're doing and go watch this. (Via Lauren.)...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:56 AM

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June 16, 2005

Ultra-Blue-State Feminism

My darling niece claims her place of honor in the sanctimonious women's studies set: [T]he Smurfs frame gender in a nonessentialist, almost subjective light, casting it as a socially determined factor. Nerdy Smurf chooses to be nerdy, Asshole Smurf chooses...

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The neighbor

A couple weeks ago there was a shooting in the little park in downtown Pinole where I walk Zeke every day. It was on a Saturday afternoon and the park was full of little kids. No one was hurt; no...

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June 15, 2005

Subtle. Veeeeery subtle.

The photo editor who worked on this New York Times Magazine story on US torture policy has a wicked sense of humor, I'm thinking. (Hint: page one.)...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:24 PM

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Live real-time vetblogging

I'm home sick with a sore throat, so imagine this being typed in a hoarse whisper. Imagine me as a hoarse, whispering Robert Redford. Imagine the skies above you dark with flocks of aerial simians. Went to pick Harley up...

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June 14, 2005

Excuse me, Christian Coalition?

Hi. I'm gay. Give me my warning label. (Via Paperwight, who got it from John Aravosis. See, these things are communicable.)...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:50 PM

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Still waiting for the phone call

I think I'll go out and clean his cage. 4:35 PM: Got the phone call. Waiting for another one now. Harley's staying overnight. The vets have been slammed all day, and the vet wanted to be able to work...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:55 PM

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Important News of the Day

You and I must make a pact, Let's forget about Iraq You need a diversion; I'll be there I'll fill up the evening news, With a trial to win or lose Just call a witness and I'll be there And...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:23 PM

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June 13, 2005

Democrats are to Guantánamo as the GOP is to Kolyma

Rana posted something yesterday that got me thinking. (Props to the frogravenlady for that unique accomplishment.) I've worked at environmental organizations for the last fifteen years, on and off, and every so often over that time I've received a letter,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:23 AM

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June 12, 2005

Bear Valley trail

Eight miles hiked today through oak and bay,, manzanita and madrone. We saw a Skilton's skink, two Pacific ringnecked snakes, a couple-twelve turkey vultures, and about eight skillion butterflies. There were painted ladies, of course, but there were literally hundreds...

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June 11, 2005

Advanced wildlife photography

In comments over at Dharma Bums, Dread Pirate Roberts repeats a jackalope-related urban legend, to wit: jackalopes are VERY camera shy. This is one of those stories that starts out as a misunderstanding of motive and ends in a misrepresentation...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:51 PM

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Harley left a carrot untouched in his cage overnight. This is never a good sign. I picked him up this morning, looked into his mouth, and saw one of his lower incisors had grown far too long and crooked once...

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June 10, 2005

Relearning old lessons, again and again

Elaine Supkis pretty much DAILY KOS OFF CLIFF" href="">says exactly what I wanted to be able to say about Kos making an idiot of himself on the sexism issue. But I couldn't say it, because I'm not a woman and...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:22 PM

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June 09, 2005


There's been a fair amount of talk in the blog world about the Downing Street Memo, the smoking gun that essentially proves that the Bush administration lied repeatedly and knowingly as it prepared for war in Iraq. Outrage over the...

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Becky would melt...

...into a viscid puddle of gratitude if she ever had a student like this. Scary story, however....

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June 08, 2005

I support this trooper, too.

Roxanne posts a comment from an active-duty soldier in Iraq. Go read it....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:40 PM

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Harquahala chapter three

Attention fans of my evolving fiction piece, Harquahala: I've just posted Chapter Three and both of you should go read it....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:09 PM

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It is an immense machine, weighing nearly nine hundred thousand tons. Almost a hundred thousand tons of that is steel, smelted in the hideously polluting Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, New York. It was built in an era of...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:44 PM

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I haven't gone away, despite this site's nonexistence from about 3 am on. My ISP is merely having a few problems. One advantage to going with a mom-n-pop ISP: I notice a problem, I pick up the phone, a guy...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:32 AM

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June 07, 2005

No title strong enough

Official Played Down Emissions' Links to Global Warming - New York Times "A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:18 PM

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White Rock Canyon postscript

I wrote last month about my short hike in White Rock Canyon near Hoover Dam, which involved a fair amount of being thirsty and out of breath and feeling out of shape and wondering, as I lay on my back...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:29 PM

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Speaking of blog referrals

Here's one that will eat up a bunch of your time, if you're anything like me. Bill Tozier writes on politics, the structure of reality, and a bunch of other eclectic stuff. Writers are always told only to write about...

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June 06, 2005

Herstory repeats

Disgusted with the sexist attitudes displayed (as an example) in the Kos post I satirized below, a number of women participants at DailyKos have taken their dissatisfaction with that vale of testosterone and started a new joint blog. I love...

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Let me put this so that you might understand it better, Kos.

"So over the weekend, certain segments of the community have erupted in anger over the Frito-Lay ad for their product, Fritos corn chips. Apparently, having a cartoon spokesman who is a greasy, unshaven, unwashed, violent, Cielito Lindo-singing, Mexican bandit stereotype...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:13 PM

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Downing Street Memo

Rana (and about a thousand other folks) has more news on the Downing Street Memo. This blog is part of Faultline, which at one point was trying to turn into a thriving California environmental magazine. I've pretty much given up...

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Domain Name ? (Germany Map | Flag | Facts) IP Address ? (Various Registries) Language Setting English Operating System Macintosh MacPPC Browser Internet Explorer 5.0 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Mac_PowerPC) Time of Visit Jun 6 2005 5:24:56 am...

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June 05, 2005


Now I'll have some actual non-irritating radio to switch to when Randi Rhodes comes on Air America....

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Direct Action

All this talk of healthy kidney function and hallowed icons of the dominant social elites got me to remembering a night long ago, back during the halcyon days of the Reagan Administration, back when conservatives actually thought you could slash...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:37 PM

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More blog pointers

One of the downsides of the structure of blogs as many people currently imagine them is that links between blogs - aside from those in the dreaded blogroll - are usually generated by individual posts. Write something very funny, or...

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June 04, 2005


Creek Running North has learned that an un-named Darwinian jihadist has taken a holy book hostage, and is threatening to urinate on the Word O' God unless enough people link to his blog. Developing... [UPDATE] Creek Running North has been...

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June 03, 2005

Mather Point, May 18, 2005

Had I been thinking clearly, I would have gotten more of the photographer in this shot. She was somewhat photogenic. Not to mention being a photographer after my own heart: the best scenery in the world just feet away,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:43 PM

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A note about the Harquahala stuff

In the interests of tidiness - and because I suspect there might be one or two people who want to read the whole thing in a discrete chunk without having to sift through a blog - I've given the story...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:09 PM

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Traffic diversion

Long-term readers of Creek Running North will likely have wandered over to The Cassandra Pages, a wonderful blog published by my pal Beth, who's been one of my main blogging influences. If you've checked her place out at all, you've...

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June 02, 2005

Harquahala (2)

The bottom of the wash was sandy. Eloy had had a little trouble keeping his truck from getting dug in the last time he’d come out here. Not this time, damn it. He punched the gas just as he went...

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I'm the one with no accent

The BBC World Service program Outlook finally got around to airing the interview they conducted with me on the subject of Stephen Morin. Listen to it here. (duration, 7:43) Thanks to Jean, The Bone, and of course the wonderful Space...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:27 PM

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June 01, 2005


The granite shone like madness in the sun, bright light reflecting off the crystals of feldspar, quartz, mica. He was clothed in a cloud of buzzing sweat bees. It made sense. He was covered with sweat. Whatever cold night air...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:31 AM

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