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In Edward O. Wilson’s new book The Meaning of Human Existence, he asks the following question:

Are human beings intrinsically good but corruptible by the forces of evil, or the reverse, innately sinful yet redeemable by the forces of good? Are we built to pledge our lives to a group, even to the risk of death, or the opposite, built to place ourselves and our families above all else.

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A small, sad band of ragged people protested in front of our building today.  Our building houses Imperial Metals and the Mt Polley Mining Company.  The front doors were locked; three security guards held their post; and the elevators worked only if you swiped your access card. (more…)

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Looking forward to 2015.   A picture taken today on the beach that kind of captures this idea.  Then sun got hot and we shed outer layers to keep cool.  Then the wind sprang up and we retreated in-doors to a fire and brandy. (more…)

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We grow old.  Let us live in excess and expire in a whirlwind of pleasure.  Let us go from joy to joy and die in contentment.  Let us forget the past and love each new day in the intensity of life well lived.  Let us fade into the mist of a faint fall. And recall past springs and enjoy all new springs.  For life is summer, albeit winter will come. (more…)

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This evening I watched the Mariinsky version of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet.  This is the only ballet I like.  Mostly because of the music.  And, I suspect, because once I could recite the entire Shakespeare play.  (I was Friar Lawrence in the  high school production.)  And now in the ballet I can hear the words of every emotion. (more…)

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Got a long lesson in using the new format CareerMine today.  This is what I found about mining jobs for engineers in Vancouver. First up is a job with Robertson GeoConsultants (RGC).  Probably no secret that I work for RGC.  Not full time.  I take off as much time as I want to so that I can blog and visit kids and grandkids.  In fact I will be off on Wednesday to the kids in California and then a month in Spain with my son and his family in a house on the beach.  OK, I like the rain in Vancouver as much as anybody—kind of sensuous and clean, what with the lights sparkling and the streets shining.  But time in southern California and southern Spain are not to be deprecated. (more…)

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Beset by the vicissitude of fickle fate? Bamboozle ‘em with the pappataci Mustafa songs. Hoodwink ‘em with besotted Moors.  Promise ‘em roles as kamikan (governor). Or just watch the new production of L’Italiana in Algeri from the Rossini Opera Festival at the Pesaro Teatro Comunale di Bologna.  I loved it–but then I had a bottle of brandy besides me.  Eric Myers in the latest issue of Opera News thinks otherwise.   He writes: (more…)

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