Bar Codes in the Darnedest Places!

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When I was a child, we played with chalk.  We signed our names, we sketched daisies and diamonds and puppy dogs.  Left to our own devices on carefree summer days, we personalized our world.  Like the raucous undergrads who sneaked out and painted The Rock on Washtenaw Avenue, near the University of Michigan campus, we altered our environment simply to show that We. Were. There.But in 2012, sidewalk chalk has been trumped by a new, technological signature:  the QR code.  QR codes are similar t … [Read more...]

Camels: At the Detroit Zoo, in the Scriptures, and in A.A.

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Awww….  The Detroit Zoo has just introduced its newest attraction, baby Bulgan—a three-week-old Bactrian camel.Weighing in at 102 pounds at birth, Bulgan is the offspring of mom Suren and dad Rusty, both four years old.  Bulgan stands about three feet tall on skinny legs, and his coat is soft and grey.  His twin humps (Bactrian camels have two humps, not just one like their cousin the dromedary) are soft now, composed mostly of skin and hair; but in six months they’ll be more defined as they … [Read more...]

Hanno, the Pope’s “White Elephant”

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White elephant (n.) an idiom for a valuable possession of which its owner cannot dispose, and whose cost (particularly cost of upkeep) is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. *   *   *   * Did you ever receive a “white elephant” as a gift? Maybe it was a lamp or bric-a-brac given by a beloved aunt.  You would never intentionally hurt her feelings, but what in the world, you wonder, will you do with this?Perhaps Pope Leo X felt the same way when he received a gift of a white elephan … [Read more...]


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