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Sunday, August 01, 2004

Sunday August 1, 2004. Left over from the last two days: Mail, Friday or Saturday: "Sauron FoodCo Threatens World Bood Supply/ Only Plucky, Hobbit-like Co-op Members Can Save Us!" Wedge Co-op Newsletter, August/September 2004. The Wedge wants members to vote in the annual election.

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival will have low carb foods this year. Also new: Interactive Wizard School.

Has anyone done a story in which genuine Medieval/Renaissance Europeans are plucked down in a Renaissance Festival/School?

***Saturday -- signs at Shakespeare in the Park: "Free Will has its price" "If money be the food of art, pay on".
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Diane Duane:
Okay, listen. I love what Peter Jackson [Director, LOTR movies] has done over the past five years or so. But there comes a time when you have to say "All right, hold it right there."
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In the land of my birth, this is the time of year to make people promises, and I will stand up here and now and make one to all of you, and the world at large. There may be the occasional Young Wizards coffee mug [link to online store] or sweatshirt[link to online store]. But there will never be a Young Wizards navel ring.
http://outofambit.blogspot.com/archives/2004_08_01_outofambit_archive.html#109135849436231924
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From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 1-Aug-2004
Ecological Society of America 89th Annual Meeting
Droughts like 1930s Dust Bowl may have been unexceptional in prehistoric times, new study suggests
Events like the great Dust Bowl of the 1930s, immortalized in "The Grapes of Wrath" and remembered as a transforming event for millions of Americans, were regular parts of much-earlier cycles of droughts followed by recoveries in the region, according to new studies by a multi-institutional research team led by Duke University.

Public Release: 1-Aug-2004
Ecological Society of America 89th Annual Meeting
Duke study disputes idea that trees can 'relocate' quickly in response to climate change
In a study with implications for how North American trees might respond to a changing climate, molecular information collected by Duke University researchers refutes a widely accepted theory that many of the continent's tree species migrated rapidly from the deep South as glaciers retreated at the end of the last Ice Age.
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