Inhuman Swill : February 2003

Let's go squirrel fishing!

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http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~yaz/en/squirrel_fishing.html

Another question that has been puzzling researchers for years is whether it is possible to make a squirrel fall on its back by skillful manipulation of a bait suspended above its head. The theory was that this could be achieved if this bait was moved in a straight line over the center of gravity of the squirrel towards its back.

After many hours of experimentation, we were able to disprove this theory. More research is needed to determine if squirrels get dizzy from prolonged spinning around.



Yesterday, as you may know, we had a veritable blizzard here. The storm dumped 25 inches of snow in Queens, most of it in our back yard.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) it was a federal holiday, so neither Laura nor I had to work. However we did go into the city, despite Mayor Bloomberg telling us not to. We left the house at about 2:30 in the afternoon.

Laura had originally intended to go to a Pilates class, but she had called the studio and it was closed. So she planned to spend the afternoon bumming around with her friend Shana. I had been planning on Indian food and a movie with my friends Bob and Ken for several days, and in fact had purchased tickets for us days earlier. I carried my laptop slung over my shoulder in its handy nylon carrying-case, intending to camp out in an East Village Starbucks and work on a story until time to meet Bob and Ken at Baluchi's at 6:30.

We had nearly two feet in our backyard by this time. Laura and I had each taken a turn shoveling the front steps and walk earlier that day (she, heroically, went first), and getting to the N/W station was quite a hike. Going over the snowdrifts at each corner, I felt like Edmund Hillary. As we schussed along, we made fun of the people trying to dig their cars out of the snowbanks. I guess they were eager to play demolition derby with the snowplows.

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BenefitsCheckUp was featuring on the local news last night, and will be again tonight. Here's an accompanying web story:

http://www.wnbc.com/health/1971094/detail.html

I just wish my boss would stop telling people we were on NBC. Sort of, but not exactly.


You know who you are. You're the ones who care that Michael Blumlein and Carter Scholz will be reading together at the Housing Works Used Book Café, 126 Crosby Street, NY NY, on Monday, February 24th at 7:00 pm.


My brother Tim's Utah National Guard unit has been called up for active duty. Later this week they go to Fort Lewis, Washington, and soon thereafter they will apparently be dispatched to the Middle East. He will be on active duty for one year. He is 27 years old, with a wife and 4 kids.

I'm trying hard not to think about this too hard.

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