V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #316: Alone in Egypt
I am alone in Egypt, riding in a cab driven by Gopardo. We are driving through a heavy snowstorm. The streets are icy and the winds are howling. We come to a stop sign and merge onto a highway with a 60 percent grade. The one-lane road climbs straight up the side of a huge, pink and orange sandstone mountain. We are soon above the storm and climbing in a line of other cars past high, billowing clouds bathed in sunset colors. I can feel we are beginning to slow down and I worry that if we slow to a stop we’ll start to slip backwards. I voice my complaint to Gopardo. We finally arrive on top in a small village. I see the Mayor and another city official fishing by the road over a cliff. They get their lines tangled together and in their struggle to get them free, they both slip off their perches and dangle in the air, clinging to their poles. Outside on firm ground, I want to go into the hotel and get a room, but looking down I see that I have bare feet. I hope that my dad was able to retrieve my stuff for me from my last hotel room. Looking down again, I see that I am now wearing my crocks. He must have been successful. I enter a small Greek restaurant and sit down at a picnic table with G and her dad. The menu, when opened, contains small packets of dates and almonds wrapped in clear plastic. I see my co-worker, M, sitting on the floor. I hand him a menu. He explains he can’t be bothered with such small orders. The owner woman emerges from the kitchen carrying a large, cloth-wrapped bundle for him containing wheels of cheese and giant rounds of bread filled with layers of butter and olives.
V.22 No.33 |
The Daily Word in Mubarak's potential release, bear maulings and Pistorius' indictment
In the news: former President Hosni Mubarak, US unemployment rates, Oscar Pistorius, Michigan, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, I don't care if you raised the prices, new system, parcel from China, fork into your meat and two veg
V.22 No.29 |
The Daily Word in roll-coaster mishaps, a royal baby and Carlsbad farmers
In the news: Something royal, murder victims in East Cleveland, Texas Giant, recently ousted president of Egypt, Matthew Mares in Los Lunas, 27-year-old Christopher Torres, Carlsbad farmers, If you fake cancer and take $9,000 in donations
V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Andy Tindle, Open Univeristy
Ancient Egyptian Space Bead
¡Viva la Science!
Did ancient Egyptians make jewelry out of metal from space? According to a new article in Nature, they did indeed.
Archaeologists believe that iron smelting in ancient Egypt started around the sixth century BCE. But an iron bead found in a cemetery in 1911 at Gerzeh, about 43 miles south of Cairo, dates from approximately 3,300 BCE. Scanning electron microscopy, optical imaging and CT scanning revealed the presence of nickel-rich areas on the tube-shaped bead, indicating celestial provenance. The metal, it seems, came from a meteorite.
V.22 No.1 |
The Daily Word in hand grenades, stalking, massive wall
In the news: Gary Smith, hand grenades, suing the NCAA over, stolen PlayStation, U.S. citizenship, Sandy Hook students, Starbucks, nearly impenetrable wall, Cool Ranch Doritos taco
V.21 No.52 |
The Daily Word in New Year's Day.
In the news: fiscal cliff deal, human stampede, bomb builder gave birth, Russia has a drinking problem, dangerous to be funny in Egypt, suicide day, celebrity air rage, Japanese porn star, most hungover cities in America, newborn baby elephant, Parrots hate electronic music, world's biggest treehouse, A cat enjoys the holidays, Microscope photos, DWI checkpoint, Frank Langella
V.21 No.48 |
The Daily Word in typhoons, down votes and Russian drivers
In the news: Powerful, hundreds dead or missing, voted down, pointing and laughing, confronted, Money, hero, election law, New, Mapping, listening, buried, photo-dispatches, Driving, this band, Missed, best, Bigfoot, Pizza Hut perfume
V.21 No.31 |
The Daily Word in floods, Blackwater and fire
In the news: meteorological drama, military air strikes, flood, watching you, continue to lead by example, $7.5 million settlement, mutilations, home, sweet home, case study, tight-lipped, does not, some cash, chokes out, all better, synchronized swimmers, win gold, proto-tween, Pilgrims
V.21 No.27 |
The Daily Word in lighting fires, daring explorations and bad P.R.
In the news: derailed freight train fire, Bob Marley, power battle, Fresh grief, first tourist takeoffs, "light our hair on fire.", tries, gets booed, suffers disproportionately, interviewed, Racial profiling claims, image problem, images, "Harry Reid.", Free Slurpees for all!
V.21 No.25 |
The Daily Word in Egypt, genetic attraction and the chocolate city
In the news: ugliest dog, Cutest baby dwarf bunny, chocolate city, Beyond the Thunderdome, must pay a fee, genetic attraction, Fran Tarkenton, incredible, unprecedented land donation, Sandusky may appeal, trouble for Penn State University, Gaseous anomalies on Star Trek, New technology, NSA refuses to release information, Fruit and vegetable skulls, Mary Jane, What is Pland, Islamist wins election in Egypt, Jeff Beck
V.21 No.24 |
The Daily Word in hot water, Vegas odds and animals gone wild
In the news: in contempt, the only thing, political and constitutional upheaval, dwindling, devastating drought, global hot flashes, not relenting, 114 billion to one odds, study, underperforming, solitary confinement in prisons, egregiously eliminated, psychotic break, remove the internal organs, public art, immortalized
The Daily Word in Lara Croft, Game of Thrones and bacon sundaes
In the news: Egypt's high court, starving horses, Pay up, President Bush's head, shoot someone, Drake and Chris Brown, jail and prison contracts, The flavorful space between fresh and rotten, Tomb Raider reboot, committed suicide, Africa more, classiest drinking game ever, Meryl Streep, bacon sundae, folding pod on wheels
V.21 No.21 |
The Daily Word in Mi Vida Loca, close calls and deep sea treasure
In the news: heat up, damaging earthquake, increase diplomatic pressure, obituary, thwarts, zero percent contained, riskiest state in the country, new poll, growling cannibal, virus, shipwrecks, your own underwater robot
The Daily Word in Ad-Rock, aliens vs. gods and working too hard
In the news: $17,000, Neil Armstrong, Ad-Rock, Who puts in the most hours, pork barrel projects, George Zimmerman, public massacres, pits of germs, no daily newspaper in New Orleans, Chicago's daily bought its weekly, cruelty, Egypt is voting for president, aliens from gods, Beautiful rot, ketchup
V.21 No.20 |
The Daily Word in sizable leaks, fiscal cliff-diving and Betty White 4 Prez
In the news: vote, may not be an isolated incident, larger, law enforcement budget cuts, fiscal cliff, jump, treason, commercial rocket launch, investigated, motives, 40-year federal sentence, basically admitted, Betty White’s
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