Thursday, October 29, 2009

Blogroll additions

Mike Riddle left a comment, and when I followed him back, I found a story of him teaching is four year old girl how to track animals:
Then I told her to stare at the last set of tracks again and imagine where the beetle might next step. There was a very small dirt patch about two feet in front of where the insect’s tracks ended and that is where she spotted its next set of tracks.

“There,” she cried out, “I see his tracks!”

I felt very proud of her, she had learned to imagine in her mind’s eye which direction the beetle might have taken and then followed her instincts and found the next set of tracks. It was a moment very reminiscent of the wizard Merlin’s tutelage of a young King Arthur (whom he called “Wart”) in the art of becoming the animal which he happened to be interested in, and seeing the world through that animal’s eyes.

Lucky girl, even if it was a dung beetle.

Also via a comment I found Just John, and this:
"...a study by the Pew Research Center showed that 40 percent of Fox News stories on Obama in the last six weeks of the campaign were negative. Similarly, 40 percent of Fox News' stories on Obama's Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, were negative.

On CNN, by contrast, there was a 22-point disparity in the percentage of negative stories on Obama (39 percent) and McCain (61 percent). The disparity was even greater at MSNBC, according to Pew, where just 14 percent of Obama stories were negative, compared to a whopping 73 percent of McCain stories -- a spread of 59 points. "
Knock me over with a feather, but thanks, John.

A Sitemeter trackback led me to Carolina Cogitation, where Casey has been kind enough to blogroll me. He has some very interesting Law Enforcement tales from the field.

Lastly is someone after my own heart: Reboot Congress. His latest post is about how the local New York team party folks are fixin' to take over the GOP. Faster, please.

Welcome to the Borepatch blogroll, y'all!


The Czar of Muscovy said...

Yup. Started each of the boys when they were three. The seven year old in particular is quite good at finding tracks, naming the animal, knowing its direction and speed of travel. The four year old is getting very good as well, but needs more experience to tell felines from canines.

Casey said...

Thanks for the link love.

One of the reasons I add blogs to mine is so that I can access them from wherever I happen to be, without worrying about a favorites list on a single computer.

I enjoy reading your blog, with it's spread of topics. Also, your use of Linux is tickling something inside. I used to play around with Mandrake, way back in the 90s, and have been toying with the idea of relearning everything I've forgotten in my Windoze years.

I look forward to more of those posts as I waffle with the idea of rigging up a new Linux machine.