2012 Discoveries (So Far)

I've made a surprising number of discoveries already in 2012 - apparently it's going to be a great year.  Without further ado:

(1)  Soba noodles.  Really good, do not accept whole wheat as a substitute. Soba noodles contain buck wheat as well as whole wheat.

(2) The world's smallest frog.  Need I say more?

(3)  Portlandia.  Just saying that I watch it establishes that I'm cool.  (Shhh!  Don't tell anyone that I fell asleep in the middle of it last week.)

(4)  French lentils.  So good.  Do not accept regular lentils as a substitute. 

(5)  Wilco (The Album). It sounded so generic, so I hadn't listened, but OMG--fantastic.

(6)  The fact that Christopher Hitchens left his first wife when she was six months pregnant.  Sorry, no more sanctification for him.

(7)  An annoying thing about environmental ethics anthologies. The most interesting question in environmental ethics is about our duties to future people. Anthologies should have an entire section on this critical topic, but most have not even one article.

(8)  Another annoying thing about environmental ethics anthologies.  Most of them don't include a section on climate change. (You've got to be kidding!)

(9) Naming days.  Yes, you can give every day it's own proper name. A calendar I got as a Christmas present has one name per day.  Today is ... oh wait, I can't remember. That's the disadvantage of naming days.

(10)  Over the Rhine. Great group, look 'em up.


ianbargain said...

What does Hitchens' marriage life got to do with anything. He never held himself to be a moral or ethical model. He would have been the first to rant about it and do a Teresa book on himself. Saint Christopher is like cuddly carcharias.

Even within your own terms, staying together for the sake of children or imminent child is always an awkward issue and may or may not be beneficial. Leaving somebody destitute is one thing - but IIRC that was not the case there.

Achrachno said...

I've found your blog -- does that count?

That minute frog is pretty interesting. Smallest vertebrate? I heard about it briefly a couple of days ago but have not yet looked up the details. I wonder how it's faring with climate change, and all the related problems plaguing frogs.