Friday, February 22, 2008

Dead things

This Lynx was hanging around our neighborhood all winter.

Poor Osa dog knew it. We suspected it might have been wolves too since there have been several incidents of wolves killing people's dogs this winter. One night we could hear this weird noise perfectly, right outside the tarp walls. I grabbed the flashlight and Nord got the rifle and we went out to chase it away. I followed the erie sound, and when I accidentally shined the light right in its eyes I turned and ran away, right over Nordica. As with all Alaskan stories, Nordica has her own version of this event. :)

Dead gertee roof and exterior walls.

The mold happened under the icicles. Guess I should have knocked them all off when it was still 40 below. It also would have helped if I'd have put the coated side on the outside walls. All in all though gertee did a fine job of withstanding the bitter cold and while we have to change our wall covers with the seasons, the wood frame is in perfect condition with zero problems. When the wind blows the walls don't even move, only the roof tarps flap.

Our sincerest thanks to the wonderful people who responded to our need for a new roof cover! You keep the ACL alive!

Check out what Nordica's doing at!

Thanks to Pete for sending us this link to the Daily Dish:

Rowan Williams, Theocon

by Andrew Sullivan
09 Feb 2008 09:12 am

"The full text of his speech defending religiously-based, communitarian law against the secular liberal state can be read here. It strikes me as the point at which Christianists and Islamists intersect. Although the lovely English term "a complete wally" seems equally appropriate. Ruth Gledhill sees the theocon overlap:

A few days ago, the Archbishop argued also for the abolition of the blasphemy law - as long as it was replaced by something even more severe. People should be punished for daring to voice thoughts that were hurtful to others, he said, even when that hurt was unintentional. Now it seems he wants women, children, all of us in fact, to have to kow-tow to some of the strictest, harshest and most draconian laws dreamed up by any religious system, ever, anywhere in the world.

The most persuasive half-defense of Williams can be read here. I don't think it's possible to defend a kinder, gentler sharia against the secular rule of law. But then I'm a secularist."

The Archbishop doesn't use the term "communitarian law" in his article. Why does Sullivan?


S. said...

So you got a roof cover?

I was just about to log on and order that round one you linked....

Let me know! :D I'm gonna re-send the woodstove book today either way.

the tent lady said...

Thanks S!!!