What a terrible day.
My first thoughts were for a cousin who was in the race and her husband who was a spectator. Quickly learned that she had finished and they were back at their hotel.
Then, of course, just taking it all in and learning how bad it was.
Sadness for the victims, best wishes for the injured, condolences for the families, peace for the people of Boston.
For the vermin who did it, may you get yours. And soon.
I love Boston, was there in November. Sitting in Halifax, I tend to view it as my “capitol city” in many ways; geographically, culturally, and even economically. A friend reminded me of the Christmas tree that Halifax sends down every year in forever thanks for the aid that was given after the Halifax Explosion. I doubt there’s much we can so now to reciprocate, except to send our best wishes and to visit you when we can.
Hang in there, folks. We’re with you tonight.
Here’s an interesting site ~ a collection of oral histories from Scotland, many in Gaelic, of course.
I have bought via iTunes the Alan Lomax collection of Gaelic Songs of Scotland. Some wonderful stuff there.
I’ve been listening to this audiobook, mostly while walking the dog, and am enjoying it immensely. I’d never read the book, and really can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying this restored edition. Hemingway’s life in Paris in the mid-20s; Paris, that ‘moveable feast’. Gertrude Stein. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ezra Pound. James Joyce. Oh, and Ernest Hemingway.
That period between the wars. They didn’t have much, but got enough money to eat and drink well on occasion; to bet on the horses, before moving on to watching bicycle racing; to walk through the streets of Paris; to mingle with other writers and try to learn from them; to encounter people who were just living through that ‘lost generation’, mostly ‘tight’; they compared war medals and war wounds; to borrow books and read and read; to sit at street-side cafes, and just write.
In reading reviews about this edition, there are discussions about how it improves Hemingway’s portrayal of Fitzgerald. I’m not so sure it was ever really a bad review anyway. That he might have gotten hammered sometimes? That he might have adjusted his stories for the market? Wow, shocking.
I’m enjoying the narrator’s voice, as well; he’s got a Michael Enright thing going. I’m probably half way through it, but am loving it. Give it a try. I will pick up the restored print edition once I’ve listened through.
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Finally got around to setting up a Flickr photostream.
Newly acquired. Really need to get out and use it. No zoom lens yet.
Certainly one of my go-to spots on the internet, Ghost of a Flea links to a story on Frisian DNA and how it tells a tale of the Angl0-Saxon (Germanic) invasion of Britain.
The linked article in Der Speigel says that Brits are more Germanic than they realize, and that “Frisian” DNA marks much of eastern England.
Fine, to a point. Unfortunately, the story appears to discuss the Frisian Modal Haplotype (FMH) identified by Stephen Oppenheimer in his “Origins of the British”. Oppenheimer only used six Single Tandem Repeats (STRs) to form this grouping, and he also put this group in Iberia during the last Ice Age, having since expanded northward into northern Europe. All work and theories under which, if you ask me, a line has been drawn. [PS, I own the book and have read it; discussed here.] That said, Oppenheimer’s discussion of the archaeological evidence for a large-scale Angl0-Saxon invasion led him to think of it as more of an incursion and a conquest of a new ruling class. [It would appear to have been more than that.]
Speaking of DNA, the research of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) shows that the ‘Celtic’ markers — that is, the R1b-P312/R1b-L21 markers — are prominent throughout Britain. The SNP that would be most associated with Frisian and Germanic peoples would be R1b-U106.
The above map shows R1b-S21 (i.e. U106) distribution in modern-day Europe. U106 and P312 are two major sister clades of the R1b haplogroup [or, 'brother clades', I suppose I should say]. The L21 or ‘Celtic’ group came out of P312.
There is clearly an Anglo-Saxon impact, and it appears to be about 20-40% of the population of eastern and central England. But this is much lower than the levels suggested in the Der Speigel article. As it stands, there are people with verified R1b-L21 SNPs, that is, they are of Celtic descent, yet who are classified under an Oppenheimer-esque FHM group based on a mere six STRs. So, using that kind of methodology, you would tend to include people who might have similar STRs (they came out of the same R1b father clade, of course) but whose lineages split four or five thousand years ago.
Just finished this very good Russian science-fiction novel by brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, first published in 1972. I had only recently learned of the book via io9′s piece updated upon the November 2012 death of Boris at age 79 (Arkady died in 1991).
The plot follows the life of a ‘stalker’ who keeps entering a very dangerous and mysterious Zone. The Zone is the area surrounding the spot where an alien ship had landed on Earth and long-since departed, leaving behind artifacts and dangerous conditions. Stalkers head in to retrieve the artifacts; not that many of them come out again. This is a wonderfully-written book, very effectively setting the mood for the effects that the Visit and the Zone conditions have put on the adjacent town. Some good philosophical considerations/discussions in the book, as well, including a discussion of Science itself.
Add to your list.
PS – I will have to track down the 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky film “Stalker” which is based on “Roadside Picnic” (with the Strugatsky brothers writing the screenplay). I quite enjoyed Tarkovsky’s “Solaris”.