Pacific, Indeed

Seals & Sur

Our week up in Cambria wasn’t all the same routine. In our rental house, we found a couple of books by Ron Stob on the Backroads of the Central Coast. We’re folks that like to get off the beaten path and so decided to load up Adventure Dog and to spend a day finding some…

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Happy Returns

Since we’ve been at The Aerie, the real turning point that marks the end of one year and the start of the next is the week following The Beloved’’s big Symposium, which is always right after New Years. It completes her busiest time of the work-year and so we always take a little break afterwards.…

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2013 Favorites — Television

It’s a hard thing, you know, reflecting on favorite television shows in a Sherlock-less year, but I suppose there were still some pretty good offerings in 2013, tube-wise. Sort of a surprise hit to me, I thought The Americans (FX) was the strongest show of the year. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys portray Elizabeth and…

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The Politics of Drinking

At The Aerie, we’re both scientists that love to talk politics over happy hour and so it was with great interest this week that the Washington Post published an analysis of consumer data crossed with polling data by Jennifer Dube of National Media Research Planning and Placement. Her analysis shows that certain wines and liquors…

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2013 Favorite Books

Not that you’d know it from the appalling lack of book reviews here (or any other posts, really), but I had a good “book year” in 2013. Several excellent ones, mostly good ones, with only a few clunkers or disappointments. I even succeeded in my Goodreads Challenge of reading 45 books — though it was…

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2013 in review

Only one of my “Top Five” posts this year was actually from this year. And Scrat still rules. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7…

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Tis the Season

We’re the type of people that don’t like to do a lot of Christmas decorating before Thanksgiving. But this year, it seems like we’ve barely worked our way out of our turkey hangover, and blam, it’s December. And so today, we set out on our first decorating — and strangely enough, it wasn’t even technically…

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