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Thursday, February 19, 2004

Thursday February 19, 2004 A warm day -- which meant freezing rain and puddles. I've lived in the Twin Cities longer than anywhere else; I still don't really like the climate.

But it's like the climate I grew up in (Ulster County NY). And in the Los Angeles area (previous area I lived in), I noticed that many residents were bothered by winter weather as much as people who live in places where it snows regularly.

***Writing: About a thousand words on "Well Met, Well Met, My Old True Love". Folk buffs may recognize that title as a line from Child ballad #243, "The House Carpenter" -- aka "James Harris" or "The Demon Lover".

I had qualms about that title giving away too much. Then I remembered how many readers of Pamela Dean's _Tam Lyn_ were surprised by the story's events. And Pamela stuck a lot closer to her ballad than I'm doing with mine.

So I kept the title. And named a character James Harris.
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From the Chicago Sun-Times via http://www.livejournal.com/users/matociquala/
Daley on gay marriage: 'no problem'
February 19, 2004
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

Mayor Daley said Wednesday he would have "no problem" with County Clerk David Orr issuing marriage licenses to gay couples -- and Orr said he's open to a San Francisco-style protest if a consensus can be built.
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-gay19.html

From the Salt Lake Tribune (the Salt Lake City paper not owned by the LDS Church):
Mullen: Utah's petty little stand can't stop gay-marriage avalanche
Holly Mullen
Tribune Columnist
http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Feb/02192004/utah/140290.asp
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Nate Bucklin directed me to this article on Advanced Cluttering. The information isn't complete. For one thing, they discuss only Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-related hoarding. Other medical problems which go with cluttering include depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2004-02-18-hoarding-usat_x.htm
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Video game to help flood planners
A special SimCity-like game has been devised to help plan for Britain's future flood defences.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/technology/3500747.stm

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