no simple highway
Jun. 28th, 2013
10:21 am - borrow rain boots?
Anyone have a pair of kid size 7 or 8 rain boots that Squiggle can borrow for the weekend? The ones he has leak, and we've another pair that's size 9 and too big. Found!
Jun. 21st, 2013
10:54 am - just went up a generation
As of last night I'm a great-uncle (well, step-great-uncle by marriage). Only slightly freaked about that.
Apr. 23rd, 2013
Feb. 7th, 2013
06:50 am - Ski rack?
I don't suppose anyone here has a car ski rack (the kind that clamps onto a factory roof rack) kicking around that they'd like to either lend me or let go for cheap.
Jan. 9th, 2013
10:35 pm - A closer view of the cake
( I seem to have gotten into making ridiculous cakes. Oh dear.Collapse )
I used this recipe (hugely recommended), doubled, with raspberry filling and Swiss buttercream frosting. Ben wanted a blue Lego, but that's as blue as it got, probably because the buttercream was already kind of yellowish.
Feb. 27th, 2012
12:34 pm - New job!
This week is my last week at NIKSUN (née Sandstorm). Two weeks from today I start at Endeca in Kendall Square, which just got eaten by Oracle. I'll be getting some stuff done around the house that week, getting some all-too-rare time with gosling, and hopefully doing some skiing.
Oct. 22nd, 2011
We have a set of queen-size black satin sheets we're not using. Fitted sheet, top sheet, two pillowcases, the usual deal. Sing out if you want'em.
Aug. 15th, 2011
12:01 pm - historical musings
A link from cos: Why did Japan surrender?. It's a review of research by historian Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, claiming that the primary factor in the Japanese surrender that ended World War II was the Soviet entry into the war against Japan, and not the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as is commonly believed.
I did a term paper in college on the necessity of the atomic bombing (coming down pretty firmly in the revisionist camp that claims it was unnecessary), so this is familiar ground despite my having not looked at it in two decades. One thing that the article doesn't cover, and nor does an article of Hasegawa's that I looked up, is the effect of the bomb on the Soviet decision to enter the war against Japan. They were definitely planning to do so, if for no better reason than to have a share in the spoils of Japan's inevitable defeat, and indeed the conclusion I drew was that this was at least as major a factor in the decision to drop the bomb as was the desire to avoid an invasion of the home islands. I also concluded that the bombings prompted Stalin to declare war and invade Manchuria as rapidly as possible, so as to get at least a place at the table, and that the Nagasaki bombing was at least in part prompted by the Soviet declaration, to help effect a surrender as rapidly as possible before the Soviets got too far. So you have a complicated interplay here in the motivations and actions of three governments. Hasegawa reads Russian fluently as well as Japanese and English, so I'm sure he's studied this in far more detail.
Now, this was a college term paper built entirely on secondary sources, nothing to be confused with actual historical scholarship, and I freely admit that I came into it with some degree of bias. Though maybe I should have been biased in the other direction, as my father would have been in the front lines of the invasion of the Japanese home islands. His viewpoint on this is much less equivocal than mine. :-)
May. 4th, 2011
04:39 am - Happy First Birthday, Peter!
It's one completed trip around the sun for our active, snuggly, inquisitive, effusive and incredibly adorable little squigglemonster!
Apr. 26th, 2011
We have a bunch of old worn-out jeans taking up space in our house. If you do crafty things with denim, or would like to, sing out.
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