BEYOND THE LISTS
That’s base camp on Changri Nup Glacier in Nepal, with Everest on the left. At the moment, it’s a way-stop for Alexandra Giese, a PhD student in glaciology at Dartmouth, who is in the middle of studying glacial melt in the Himalayas. Her most recent post on Dartmouth’s polar science blog plunges you right into what it’s like to do field science in remote places. Read the series: It all feels very far away, and not just geographically.
A horse, a sleigh, two pieces of beet, two partly burned candles… Those were the odd pieces of evidence in an 1886 trial reported on by the St. Johnsbury Caledonian. Pieces of beet? You can now read about all that and more thanks to the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project, and efforts by archivists and librarians to digitize the state’s old newspapers. Seven Days is all over it.
Nyah, nyah… About half of the Republican caucus in the New Hampshire House met yesterday to figure out how to give former Speaker Bill O’Brien more power, after a bunch of their GOP colleagues made common cause with Democrats to give the speakership to Shawn Jasper and keep it out of O’Brien’s hands. Jasper’s already chosen a majority leader. Yesterday’s meeting was aimed at making O’Brien majority leader. Can you say “schism”? NHPR has the short version, but for those of you who like intrigue, the Concord Monitor’s is the piece to read.
ON THE LISTS
Calming the Waters. The Norwich list has gotten a little heated lately, with a long string of posts about a new trash policy proposed by the town. (Regardless of what town you’re in, if you go into dailyUV.com, click the magnifying-glass search icon, and search on “Trash and the Law” you’ll get the idea). Yesterday, Irv Thomae checked in with a bracing post asking everyone to treat one another with respect, avoid aspersions, and refrain from assuming the worst about other people’s motives. They’re very wise words, and from time to time they could apply to discussion on pretty much every list out there.
How to Win Friends and Influence People. FairPoint phone service has been out since Monday in parts of Thetford, and the company has apparently been telling people it may not be restored until Friday. Now some people are wondering whether it has anything to do with the phone workers’ strike (Valley News, you listening?) — and whether it does or not, patience is wearing thin.
On and off the stage… BarnArts suddenly finds itself in need of a female actor for its production ofDeath and Taxes. And ArtisTree Theater Company is looking for housing for eight out-of-town actorswho’ll be in its production of Fiddler on the Roof in January and February. The one offers you a live audience; the other offers free tix. What’s not to like?
Bears. Finally, there was a post on the Upper Valley list warning that bears are still active out there (at least, in Hanover, which is no stranger to wildlife staying up way past bedtime). That brought to mind this Mary Holland post from the other day explaining why that might be.