I’m reading George Orwell’s diary and Samuel Pepys’s diary one day at a time in Google Reader, as the entries are published. The two diaries are a study in contrasts. Pepys’s is detailed, run-on, and full of name-dropping, politics, and plague. Orwell’s is about gardening and the weather, spiced with observations of Morocco. Lately though […]
I’m listening again to This American Life‘s story “The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar.” The story is remarkably affecting, sad, and hard to imagine. [This paragraph intentionally left blank in a moment of silence.] But didn’t the DNA test simply demonstrate that Bobby Dunbar, Jr., and Alfonso Dunbar did not have the same male ancestor?
Well this is interesting. I was looking at the deficits in this table, and noticed something: the receipts. That, and the title clearly says from T. Roosevelt, but the data only extends back to C. Coolidge.
I’ve just started John Keegan’s The First World War, on a topic of which I know little other than the abbreviated, over-simplified summary found in my high school textbook. The chapter on Schlieffen’s Plan brings to mind a question. What if Alfred von Schlieffen had read One Hundred Hungry Ants while working on his plan?