Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Historic Pensacola

This is old news, unfortunately.  However, aged news becomes history, and history is what I peddle.  The University Press of Florida recently published Historic Pensacola, co-authored by history professor Jay Clune and archaeology professor Margo Stringfield of the University of West Florida.  Dr. Clune and Prof. Stringfield did a book-signing at the T. T. Wentworth Museum in downtown Pensacola a month or so ago, for which I hastily leapt in line.  Support local history!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Recycling comes to Escambia County

The Escambia County Utilities Authority is finally offering curbside recycling services.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Deneen on transportation stimulus and road dependency

"It is either farce or tragedy that we will invest further in an economic model premised on permanently cheap and readily available energy sources at a time when we have had our first taste of the reality and experience of peak oil. We will sink more of our increasingly limited funds (or, increasingly limited ability to borrow funds that we can no longer create) in maintaining or expanding a transportation system that, for a few months at least in the last year, was decreasingly being used as the price of energy rose so high to be a disincentive to travel. We saw - and continue to see - the housing of the far-flung suburbs losing its value as people began to re-think the wisdom of purchasing more house at distances that not only entailed lengthy and deadening commutes, but which were becoming so cost prohibitive to force people - for the first time in decades - to consider distance to be a factor in considerations of where to live. And, we are likely to sink more money into a transportation system at just the moment we witness the collapse of America's automobile industry - the industry for which the massive investment in roads was largely built to support and expand."

-Patrick Deneen, "Road Dependency"

Friday, December 26, 2008

Favored beer of the moment

Terrapin Wake 'N' Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout.  Beer Advocate gives it an A.  C'mon, who doesn't love a turtle making cookies and drinking beer at dawn?  Terrapin combines several of my favorite treats into one bottle, and it does so in a complex, vibrant fashion.  This is a beer to sip and appreciate.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I love this word: kerfuffle.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Historical Resources in Pensacola

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I've begun work on this Google Map to trace historical resources (archives, museums, etc.) in Pensacola, specifically pertaining to Pensacola and Northwest Florida history.

Pensacola street view

Google Maps has finally created street views of Pensacola.  While we're at it, here's a travel map posted by jakbikesdc:

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It would be great to see the Pensacola Historical Society or Pensacola Historic Village create such a map of historic Pensacola.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Antonioni, eat your heart out!

Far East Mini Meet December 2008 from Joshua Clifton on Vimeo.

My brother Josh and his wife Sarah filmed and edited this recent excursion with the Far East Mini Club (their motto: "No compensation needed.") Josh writes: "This trip started out at NAF Atsugi with our club and Goonies@mini, a Tokyo based Japanese club. We worked our way out to Lake Miyagase and then ate at a wonderful restaurant. Lots of nice twisty roads and beautiful scenery." Killer soundtrack, of course. Who would expect anything less from the former leader of Daigaku?

A season in Hades

Nevermind the snow; it's been a hot and muggy winter in Pensacola. We've been running our air conditioner. So much for my sweater collection.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Snow on the Gulf Coast!

A true Christmas miracle! Michael Kunzelman of the Associated Press writes, "A rare snowfall blanketed south Louisiana and parts of Mississippi Thursday, closing schools, government offices and bridges, triggering crashes on major highways and leaving thousands of people without power." (Photo: Jackson Square in New Orleans. Full story here.) Can Pensacola look forward to such majestic wintry precipitation? It would be nice.
[Originally posted at ze life and ze times.]

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rosen on the Kindle and its kin

"We are so eager to explore what these new [electronic/digital] reading devices devices do—particularly what they do better than the printed book—that we ignore the more rudimentary but important human questions: the tactile pleasures of the printed page versus the screen; the new risks of distraction posed by a device with a wireless Internet connection; the difference between reading a book in two-page spreads and reading a story on one flashing screen-display after another. Kindle and other e-readers are marvelous technologies of convenience, but they are no replacement for the book."

- Christine Rosen, "People of the Screen," The New Atlantis, Fall 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pascal and the precipice

"We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it."

-Pascal, Pensees

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Currently listening to...

...and three cheers for unassuming, melancholy Pennsylvania bedroom pop on vinyl.

Favored beer of the moment

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale - a Christmastime treat!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Chesterton on God's mirth

"Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian. And as I close this chaotic volume I open again the strange small book from which all Christianity came; and I am again haunted by a kind of confirmation. The tremendous figure which fills the Gospels towers in this respect, as in every other, above all the thinkers who ever thought themselves tall. His pathos was natural, almost casual. The Stoics, ancient and modern, were proud of concealing their tears. He never concealed His tears; He showed them plainly on His open face at any daily sight, such as the far sight of His native city. Yet He concealed something. Solemn supermen and imperial diplomatists are proud of restraining their anger. He never restrained His anger. He flung furniture down the front steps of the Temple, and asked men how they expected to escape the damnation of Hell. Yet He restrained something. I say it with reverence; there was in that shattering personality a thread that must be called shyness. There was something that He hid from all men when He went up a mountain to pray. There was something that He covered constantly by abrupt silence or impetuous isolation. There was some one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth."

- G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

On spiritual and literary pilgrimage

"A pilrimage is a journey undertaken in the light of a story. A great event has happened; the pilgrim hears the reports and goes in search of the evidence, aspiring to be an eyewitness. The pilgrim seeks not only to confirm the experience of others firsthand but to be changed by the experience."

- Paul Elie, The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage