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RIP Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn 1918-2008

The BBC has reported that the writer has died.

He was a great writer, better in Russian than in translation, but he was not the man that most people in the West assumed. He said many times that democracy and liberal ideals were corrupting, and he didn’t approve of them.

The Wikipedia article on Александр Исаевич Солженицын [OK, Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn] cover some of it but his neighbors in Vermont would be more enlightening as to what a kvetch and major PITA he was as a human being.  His neighbors in Russia agreed with those in Vermont within a short time of his return after listening to his harangues.

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August 3, 2008   2 Comments

Tropical Storm Edouard

Tropical Storm EdouardPosition: 28.1 N 89.6 W. [1 AM CDT]
Movement: West [270°] near 9 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph.
Wind Gusts: 55 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 35 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb.

About 75 miles South Southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

This the Invest 91L that popped up in the Gulf yesterday.

There is now a Hurricane Watch from Intercoastal City to Port O’Connor, Texas.

August 3, 2008   2 Comments

He’s Worth It

The BBC has a video report on a 13-year-old guitarist who makes £70 per hour [$140] playing on a pier.

He’s worth it, he really is.

August 3, 2008   4 Comments

Sitemeter Fixed

Sitemeter has an announcement on their blog that they have worked around the weird, non-standard behavior of IE6 & IE7.

I didn’t have the problem because I put the Sitemeter code in a neutral place on my template, as opposed to the places that freaked out the garbage browser from MS.

The real solution is to get a browser that conforms to the standards that everyone else uses and doesn’t screw up peoples’ designs.

August 3, 2008   1 Comment