Katie’s Fall Report Card

We got Katie’s report card in, and she did in fact get all As! She’s well into the next semes­ter now. Because every­body else was reg­is­tered for this year last spring, the advanced physics course was full and she’s in the “nor­mal” physics course. She is crazy bored. I mean, this is seri­ous­ly the first time […]

Good Homeschooling Day

Kata­ri­na went out with me and we drove around, tak­ing pic­tures of things. OK, that sounds vague, but real­ly, Kata­ri­na enjoys tak­ing pic­tures of things, and these things are high­ly ran­dom yet they all have cer­tain qual­i­ties: They’re fre­quent­ly old, cracked, rust­ed, or broken/trashed They can be cast in some sort of jux­ta­po­si­tion­al light They are […]


Lin­guists boy­cott Kansas hear­ings on intel­li­gent design of Eng­lish The state board of edu­ca­tion in Kansas plans to hold hear­ings in May on the “intel­li­gent design” the­o­ry of the ori­gin of Eng­lish, which claims that the lan­guage was con­struct­ed in the ear­ly 6th cen­tu­ry by a com­mit­tee of unknown experts guid­ed by a Supreme Grammarian. […]


Sci­en­tists uncov­er pos­si­ble new species of human Dwarf skele­ton is 18,000 years old Wednes­day, Octo­ber 27, 2004 Post­ed: 7:09 PM EDT (2309 GMT) (AP) — In a breath­tak­ing dis­cov­ery, sci­en­tists work­ing on a remote Indone­sian island say they have uncov­ered the bones of a human dwarf species marooned for eons while mod­ern man rapid­ly col­o­nized the rest of […]

About the 2000 Election

I still run into peo­ple who believe that Bush won the 2000 elec­tion fair and square. Katie and I did some math today, using fig­ures from that elec­tion. These do NOT con­sid­er the num­ber of peo­ple who were intim­i­dat­ed by road­blocks and the like, or the absen­tee bal­lot issues. Bush won the 2000 elec­tion in […]

Booklet That Upset Mrs. Cheney Is History

The Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion destroyed 300,000 par­ent guides on “How to Help Your Child Learn His­to­ry” because Mrs. Cheney did­n’t like a ref­er­ence to one of her pet peeves. Big Sis­ter, any­one? Pub­lished on Fri­day, Octo­ber 8, 2004 by the Los Ange­les Times Book­let That Upset Mrs. Cheney Is His­to­ry The Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion destroys 300,000 […]

Medical Information Related to the Salem Witch Trials

Edit: I meant to post this to non­fluffy­pa­gans but I might as well leave it here now. The fol­low­ing post was on the Net-Gold mail­ing list today—a great source for find­ing ref­er­ence mate­ri­als for any sub­ject. In any case, I thought it might be of inter­est to any­one doing an aca­d­e­m­ic study of the peri­od. HISTORY: […]


The Dark­est Days “In the spring of 1944, a group of 38 Ukrain­ian Jews emerged weak and jaun­diced from a cave they’d used for near­ly a year to escape the hor­rors of the Holo­caust. Near­ly fifty years lat­er, one caver began his quest to bring their sto­ry of sur­vival to life.” I’m look­ing for­ward to the edition […]

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