Monthly Archives: May 2009

Narcolepsy and the presidency

So President Obama told C-Span the other day that he goes to bed at midnight, after reading piles of briefing papers. Just think about that: every day of the week, we’re getting three more hours of President than we did … Continue reading

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Gemini and NASA

I see I have two neglected categories I need to get busy on: “Astrology,” and the one called “Dreams, consciousness, and weird things like that.” The problem is that I’m just not that interested in astrology or dreams anymore. I … Continue reading

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Constantine the Great

If You were God, would You help a Roman emperor win a bloody battle if he had a cross inscribed on his soldiers’ shields? Would the means justify the end, if You knew that, after that battle, Christianity would flourish … Continue reading

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Ascension Day

I’m trying for the life of me to figure out how anybody could believe in this, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way is not to think about it too hard. I can get to the belief … Continue reading

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Missing links

So they found this ugly lemur-like fossil in 1983, but suddenly it’s the latest missing link. And if it really turns out to be my “grand, grand, grand aunt” (as one of the guys who studied it in secret says), … Continue reading

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The Dark Day

The New England sky had been yellow for days before; the sun was red. On May 19 the sky became so dark that by noon candles were needed. When true darkness fell, the moon was blood-red. In 1780, you wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Don’t marry in May

It’s a time when it’s not suitable for widows or virgins To wed: she who marries then won’t live long. And if you attend to proverbs, then, for that reason too, People say unlucky women wed in the month of … Continue reading

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