Diana Wynne Jones Gravely Ill


Diana Wynne Jones, British fantasy author and creator of the delightful, satiric Tough Guide to Fantasyland, is reportedly gravely ill with cancer. Jones’ Tough Guide (mocking the British “Rough Guides”) is a brilliant send-up of cliched fantasy literature, and was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1996. It is at once both brilliant criticism and…

Oops


This can’t be good. © 2010 Frozen Feather Images As this post goes up, WC understands the contractor is trying to raise the crane out of the river.

Paul Krugman’s Second Nobel Prize


New York Times columnist Paul Krugman won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008. According to IDEAS/REPEC (a ranking of Economists by article citations), his work has made him one of the most influential economists in the world, and he is among the 12 most widely cited economists. He’s a smart guy. So why isn’t…

Chasing the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher


Warning: Serious Bird Geekiness Below Most bird guides shown the range of the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (“YBFL”) extending only as far west as the Yukon Territory. But beginning in about 1998, Alaska Bird Observatory started getting the occasional bird in its mist nets, including hatch year birds, indicating breeding in or west of Fairbanks. Then in…

Examining Candidate Joe Miller


Joe Miller – noun: 1. a book of jokes. 2. an old, familiar joke; chestnut; after Joe Miller’s Jestbook  (1739) by John Mottley.  Source: Dictionary.com. . WC’s readers know WC is no fan of Lisa Murkowski, and that he has railed against her rudeness, inability to comprehend the health care crisis and her dubious arithmetic skills. But candidate Joe Miller seems to be even looser with the truth, more ignorant of Alaska’s economic realities…

Spam and Pringles; Pringles and Spam


Dennis Gage came to Fairbanks last week. It’s okay, WC didn’t know who Dennis Gage was either. But among antique car enthusiasts, he’s the bee’s knees. He hosts a cable television show on antique cars and was in Fairbanks for the annual local antique car event and to visit the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. Gage…