in a perfect world of yancies: April 2011

29 April 2011

Marmot Monitors Are We!

As you may have heard, our application to monitor marmots in Olympic National Park this summer was accepted!

I'd seen a story about the project in the Seattle Times the other day, and we just had to apply. I mean, hiking, camping, and marmot tallying? Who could resist?

Am I a little nervous about "navigating off-trail and working on steep slopes"? I am, yes.

But the training sounds cool. And did I mention the marmots? :)

Here's some info on marmots (and some adorable photos) from the National Park Service:
Olympic Marmot Ecology and Research
(Let me know if that document looks funny, by the way--trying some new tricks...)

Okay, reader. Check back in late August to see how it goes!

27 April 2011

Collecting Memories in Helena

Sunset at Kleffner Ranch
You probably heard that Emily recently spoke at the annual meeting of the Northwest Archivists, which was in Helena, of all places.

Fortunately, I was able to join her for part of it. Her session on artifacts in archives was a smash, and we had fun visiting friends and family.

My first meal in town reassured me I was in my hometown, where they almost always put ranch on the table next to the ketchup:
You know you're in Helena

Speaking of ranches (sorry), Emily's conference reception was at the charming Kleffner Ranch:
Kleffner Ranch
That's also where she got that great sunset photo that's up top...

Had a nice drive up to York for dinner with Marisa and Dave:
Yancy, Dave, Marisa, Emily

And we saw Mike and his family. Unfortunately they're all too fast for my camera, but here's an action shot of the Easter egg hunt:
Mike, Gavin, Skylar, Tatum, and Easter Eggs!
That's Mike, and his kids—Gavin, Skylar, and Tatum.

Is it the second biggest Easter egg hunt in the country? That claim sounds suspicious to me, but it was in the paper, so who knows?

Spent our last evening in town with Maraya and the rest of the family.
Maraya & Emily

I got a couple of photos of Ryan, but I guess we'll have to go back for pictures of Tryna, Connor (well, he's in the background above), and Devin.
Ryan & Emily

Fire pit!
Fire pit!

Cheers, reader. Hope you're having a great week!

20 April 2011

Of Toes, Webbed and Otherwise

Took our new shoes out for a walk around Washington Park Arboretum last weekend.
Lovely day.

What's that? You can't really see the shoe? Try looking at the full size version. Or if you want, take a look at the product description on the REI website.

In any case, a nice walk:

I'm not sure how this will work, but for anyone interested in our exact route, try this link.

Speaking of exact routes, how about that weird story about iPhone tracking? I tried to sum up my take on it in 140 characters or less.

And still on the subject of maps, Donovan Hohn—in an impressive turn of phrase quoted in the Times' rave reviewwas not someone, like the explorers of old, who sought to turn the world into a map. “Quite the opposite,” he says. “I wanted to turn a map into a world.”

A book about chasing a story about thousands of rubber ducks (well, sort of) lost at sea, by a guy who loves Melville and got not just that one but also a second rave in the Times? How could we not read this book?
And how could we not go see him read from it at Elliott Bay Book Company? And note: he's pictured with some of the bath toys! Adorable.

Better photo of all the toys on his website. I'm not loving the book, but it's enjoyable, and hey, we're only a couple of chapters in, so maybe the high-sea adventure is about to really get rolling!

And finally, speaking of speaking about books, I just heard that the newly renovated Seattle U. library made the cover of American Libraries magazine. Haven't had a chance to read the story, but here's to handsome libraries!

18 April 2011

Humming and Copying

Enjoyed two movies this past weekend. First, spotted over on the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, some local humming birds:

Humming Bird Nest from Sy Bean on Vimeo.

Second, this great movie about images, originals, marriages, and chance encounters--or are those all just different names for the same thing?

I especially liked the way Certified Copy moved gradually from a superficial and abstract conversation about art and authenticity to a quite moving portrayal of a strained but loving relationship. And the way each of those enriched the other.

Good review in the Times. Roger Ebert's write-up is also worth reading.

15 April 2011

Not Intended To Be an Original Post Idea

I'm still chuckling over Stephen Colbert's riff on Jon Kyl's ridiculous claims about Planned Parenthood.

Here's a recap from the show:
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Jon Kyl Tweets Not Intended to Be Factual Statements
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogVideo Archive

Here's a look at Twitter, where the fun continues to roll in:

09 April 2011

Killer Scenery

After almost four years in Seattle we finally made it up to the UW quad during cherry blossom season. None of my pictures come close, but I do like this one:
Emily & Cherry Blossoms
Those trees have a sort of interesting history, which was written up in the UW alumni mag a few years ago.

Also had the chance to hike and walk around Discovery Park today. No pictures, but how about a map?
All that courtesy of a pretty cool new app for my phone: Nike+ GPS, which tells me how far I've walked or run, and even tells me where I was!

Speaking of Discovery Park, it was the scene of a recent murder--a fictional murder, but still an exciting story. Here's a trailer:

The Killing is set in Seattle, and it got a strong review in the Times, so we had to check it out. Seems promising so far (except for the thunder--I mean, we don't get that kind of rain here!). Looking forward to episode two.

I'm also looking forward to hearing from you soon, reader.

04 April 2011

Pennyweight of Powder in a Skull

As you may have heard from my Twitter feed, I had a great time in Minneapolis for the Central Division meeting of the APA.

Among many cool things was the session on Martha Nussbaum's The Fragility of Goodness. Great panel on its impact after 25 years.

And among the many cool things said there, I especially liked Prof. Nussbaum's comments about Kenneth Dover. His obituary in the Guardian claims that his "death marks the end of an era in classical scholarship," and the New York Times obituary is also a good read.

But I liked Prof. Nussbaum's tribute even better. She said that they'd wanted to read one of Dover's favorite passages from Ulysses at his funeral at the University of St. Andrews, but apparently it was deemed improper... So she read it out at the APA.

Pretty good. Take a look:

Mr Kernan said with solemnity:

—I am the resurrection and the life. That touches a man's inmost heart.

—It does, Mr Bloom said.

Your heart perhaps but what price the fellow in the six feet by two with his toes to the daisies? No touching that. Seat of the affections. Broken heart. A pump after all, pumping thousands of gallons of blood every day. One fine day it gets bunged up: and there you are. Lots of them lying around here: lungs, hearts, livers. Old rusty pumps: damn the thing else. The resurrection and the life. Once you are dead you are dead. That last day idea. Knocking them all up out of their graves. Come forth, Lazarus! And he came fifth and lost the job. Get up! Last day! Then every fellow mousing around for his liver and his lights and the rest of his traps. Find damn all of himself that morning. Pennyweight of powder in a skull. Twelve grammes one pennyweight. Troy measure.