Creek Running North February 2006 Archives


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February 24, 2006


This blog has moved!

After the third unsuccessful attempt to get the new Expression Engine version of Creek Running North going in this location, I remembered that the only reason CRN was in this location, with its weird directory structure, was because the main...

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User Interface Alert

This blog may look a little different over the next few days as I switch over to Expression Engine from Movable Type. At least for a little while, you may be faced with a boring default design which will no...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:12 AM

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Zeke in the water

Green River Originally uploaded by Creek Running North. I don't want a pony. I want another picture of Zeke. With some water near him. -- Rain, here....

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February 22, 2006


Tucson Mountain Park

Tucson Mountain Park Originally uploaded by Creek Running North. Me and my pal. January 2004....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:04 PM

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300K

Sometime tonight or tomorrow, this blog will welcome its 300,000th visitor since May 2003. This is an appealingly round number for those of us using number systems developed by ten-fingered species, and is almost four hours worth of Atrios' traffic....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 06:39 PM

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Guess it's link posting day

I think certain people [cough PZ cough]* are going to like this very much. * And [cough Ron cough] too....

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All you musicians can take your day jobs back

Because Soul Flower Mononoke Summit has recorded a Japanese-Klezmer version of The Internationale, and there are thus no creative realms left to conquer. My Japanese is so rusty that it's a just a big pile of red dust where I...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:18 AM

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February 21, 2006


The same river twice

Willows fringed the river. Beaver slapped flat tail on water, made for the cutbank. You'd think she would have been accustomed to hikers. The little sandbar tied to the west bank of the Green was a popular launch for rafters....

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The kudos keep rolling in

A commenter, at the lovely blog Sore Eyes, on my recent Lileks parody: Lileks on politics mostly pisses me off no end, and I'd be delighted to read a parody of him, whether on politics, or other stuff, but this...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:24 PM

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Outside Boron

I've always been particularly moved by the Joshua trees in the plains of the western Mojave Desert, between Barstow and the Sierra. In other parts of the Mojave the dramatic scenery, rocks and distant mountain vistas, compete with the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:06 PM

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We are everywhere

Sign for Chris Originally uploaded by Amanda Marcotte. Amanda took this on her blogger's junket to Amsterdam....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:38 AM

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February 19, 2006


My relaxing weekend

So let's recap. 1) I create a dummy blog Friday to play with some redesign possibilities, and MovableType takes that opportunity to corrupt not only itself but my mySQL database. 2) in the process of repairing the database, phpMyAdmin deletes...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:32 PM

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February 18, 2006


The cursorial life

Some spiders don't spin webs or lurk and lie in wait beneath the leaves. Instead, they roam the countryside and stalk potential meals. Wolf spiders are an example, named as much for their habits as for their furry exoskeletons. There...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 07:08 PM

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Small world

It's very strange to be reading the news in California and find, in a story on weather in New York State, this sentence: In rural Gorham, 25 miles southeast of Rochester, a dozen youngsters narrowly escaped injury when a tree...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:29 AM

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Back up and running

Those of you who came by between the hours of 1:30 and 8:00 am this morning saw a plaintive hand-crafted technical difficulties note about a mySQL database crash that prevented any posting or commenting to this and other blogs on...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:18 AM

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February 17, 2006


Picacho Peak

I used to have a Volkswagen, an old Transporter pickup, who would jump through the open window by my bed in the middle of the night and land on my chest. No, wait, that's Dillard's cat, and she didn't even...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:59 PM

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February 16, 2006


That'd be the cat, Bob.

Speaking of frequent CRN hanger-outers, go look at the amazing wildlife-next-door photos that the Dharma Bums put up today....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:34 PM

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Dear Harry, get well soon, Love Dick

If you should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a big oil field That is for ever Texas. There shall be In that rich earth a rich man's act concealed; A pest Wyoming bore, bent,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:42 PM

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Support local businesses

On a rather less bleakly horrible note than the last post, I noticed that in a comment on the Zeke's birthday post from reader Jane, she provided a web address that sounded intriguing. So I went there, and found that...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 11:48 AM

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February 15, 2006


Do not click this link

If you have a sensitive stomach and are easily disturbed by graphic scenes of injury, do not click this link. If you are at work, and your workplace is a gentle sort of place, with clean floors and soothing lights,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:02 PM

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Koufax 2005: Best Writing

The nominees The 2005 Koufax Awards: Best Writing are up at Wampum. I'm nominated, as are about one hundred eleventy of my closest friends. Voting isn't open yet, so go look and browse and see who's on the list. This...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:51 AM

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February 14, 2006


Birding

At Van Ness and Green a red-tail dives for pigeons in a Chinese elm. He misses. The branch is slender, and threatens to launch him off toward Gough Street. On his face, failed hawk regret The light turns green: slow,...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:36 PM

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Everybody's doing it.

This is an interesting thing making the rounds. I've seen it at Rana's and Bitchphd's. I twitted Dr. B last night for the narcissism involved, but I am nothing but narcissistic, so here goes. This is my johari window. Go...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:22 PM

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15

I haven't written about Zeke much lately. The news has been depressing by tiny increments. Our pain control for his arthritis is losing effectiveness. His stiffness is getting more marked, his back legs less cooperative. Last month Becky came...

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February 13, 2006


More than a year...

... since the world has had Carla in it, and I still haven't found the right person to complain to....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:39 PM

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February 12, 2006


Blog Against Sexism Day is March 8

Via vegankid: Inspired by the Blog Against Racism Day in December, it was decided that for at least one day we would try to focus the blogosphere on another evil: Patriarchy. While those that write about sexism on a regular...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 02:11 PM

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February 11, 2006


News from the North Country

So as you know the wife called the guys from the heating company last week before she left for Cancun. Furnace Failures, Fargo and February have more in common than the letter F, my father used to say, and...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:34 PM

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February 10, 2006


Watching tule elk

Coming home from the Mojave means rolling down the west side of Tehachapi Pass, then a few miles of stop-and-go on the Stockdale Highway through Bakersfield. I pick up speed on the two-lane past the Kern River as I approach...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 04:51 PM

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February 09, 2006


Tule Elk

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Kat

In the now-empty space that used to be filled with calm companionship and occasional passion, I am rewriting my life. It has not been very long, but I have little interest in, nor energy for, languishing. I have passed my...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:08 PM

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A great man deigns to notice

So I was reading the brief endnote attached to Michael Bérubé's second interesting post on disability studies, a parenthetical humorous aside in the ongoing contretemps between him and Scourge of the Academic Left David Horowitz. I am always looking, these...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:09 AM

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February 08, 2006


This is my brain

Actually, this is a half-fried Joshua tree damaged in the Quail Springs Fire, which burned in Joshua Tree National Park in 1999, and which was at that point the largest fire in the park since 1945. I took this...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:22 PM

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February 07, 2006


Today's walks

When more than one blog reader emails me to ask whether I'm OK the tenor of these blog posts having changed so markedly since I got home, to say nothing of my comments elsewhere then it's time to...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 09:52 PM

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Tell me why I'm doing this again

So I find a blog on which the blogger is not only taking the full version of Creek Running North's RSS feed and publishing it in full, but it's got a little boilerplate copyright notice at the bottom of each...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 01:20 PM

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February 06, 2006


Unbelievably wrong natural history observation of the week

The great plains used to be a giant forest. The Indians burnt it to the ground to hunt buffalo. -- Jonah Goldberg More here. Via Pharyngula....

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:18 PM

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I hate white people

So we're standing on line at Sur La Table on Fourth Street in Berkeley this past Saturday, which clause right there pretty much guarantees not only that the story that follows won't be pleasant but that I walked into it...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:34 PM

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February 05, 2006


The only thing I plan to say about the Danish anti-Muslim cartoon thing

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February 04, 2006


Another American fed up with liberals

Wycoff is charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of Julie Rogers, 47, and her husband, Paul, 48, early Tuesday morning after breaking into their house where they and two of their three children slept. A special circumstance of multiple...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 12:16 PM

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February 03, 2006


Olpela bilong graun

It's such an odd thing, this discovering that you are the person you wanted to become. Such an odd realization to settle on you as you drive the potholed desert two-lane, forty miles from the nearest person and still feeling...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 10:47 PM

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February 02, 2006


It's been almost a week since I quoted Rana

and that just won't do. The thing is, the surest way to turn moderates into radicals is to act as if they were. If you're going to be pilloried for simply raising questions, brutally punished for the crime of wanting...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 08:09 AM

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February 01, 2006


Flow states

Last night I stood in darkness as the Colorado rolled past my feet. The coyotes across the river, in the marshes at Topock, had quieted down for the night. From the river came a burble or two, wet soft...

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