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Looking to the southwest from my front window early this morning. This is about a 10x zoom -- the building is maybe a mile away and the mountains 50 miles or more.

It's hard to take a picture in downtown Calgary without getting at least one crane in the shot.
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2012 book poll

At year end, members of the librarything community post lists of books they have read, in the form of a poll. Others are invited to check off the items they have read.

These are the books I read during 2012:

Novels

Robertson Davies, Murther and Walking Spirits (1991)
2(10.5%)
Robertson Davies, The Cunning Man (1994)
1(5.3%)
Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters Brothers (2011)
0(0.0%)
Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore (1979)
0(0.0%)
Penelope Fitzgerald, The Gate of Angels (1990)
0(0.0%)
Penelope Fitzgerald, The Blue Flower (1995)
0(0.0%)
David Gilmour, The Perfect Order of Things (2011)
0(0.0%)
Mark Helprin, A Soldier of the Great War (1991)
1(5.3%)
Mark Helprin, Memoir from Antproof Case (1995)
1(5.3%)
Robert Holdstock, Mythago Wood (1984)
6(31.6%)
Robert Irwin, Exquisite Corpse (1995)
0(0.0%)
Robert Irwin, Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh (1997)
0(0.0%)
Howard Jacobson, Zoo Time (2012)
0(0.0%)
R. A. Lafferty, Archipelago (1979)
0(0.0%)
R. A. Lafferty, The Devil Is Dead (1971)
0(0.0%)
R.A. Lafferty, More Than Melchisedech (1992)
0(0.0%)
David Madsen, Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf (1997)
0(0.0%)
Hilary Mantel, Bring Up The Bodies (2012)
1(5.3%)
Iris Murdoch, Flight from the Enchanter (1956)
0(0.0%)
Iris Murdoch, The Sandcastle (1957)
0(0.0%)
Iris Murdoch, A Severed Head (1961)
0(0.0%)
Iris Murdoch, The Red and the Green (1965)
0(0.0%)
Orhan Pamuk, The White Castle (1991)
0(0.0%)
John Cowper Powys, Wood and Stone (1915)
0(0.0%)
John Cowper Powys, Rodmoor (1916)
0(0.0%)
John Cowper Powys, Ducdame (1925)
0(0.0%)
Josephine Tey, The Man in the Queue (1929)
2(10.5%)
Josephine Tey, The Franchise Affair (1948)
3(15.8%)
Josephine Tey, The Privateer (1952)
2(10.5%)
Don Winslow, Savages (2010)
0(0.0%)
Don Winslow, The Kings of Cool: A Prequel to Savages (2012)
0(0.0%)
Tom Wolfe, Back to Blood (2012)
0(0.0%)

Short story collections

Penelope Fitzgerald, The Means of Escape (2000)
0(0.0%)
George MacDonald, The Complete Fairy Tales (1999)
1(100.0%)
Brian McNaughton, The Throne of Bones (1997)
0(0.0%)
Robert Louis Stevenson, New Arabian Nights (1882)
0(0.0%)
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Dynamiter: More New Arabian Nights (1885)
0(0.0%)

Ancient & medieval literature

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (2nd century)
5(83.3%)
Ted Hughes, Tales from Ovid (1999)
1(16.7%)
Christopher Logue, War Music: An Account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer's Iliad (2003)
0(0.0%)
Christopher Logue, All Day Permanent Red (2004)
0(0.0%)
Christopher Logue, Cold Calls: War Music Continued (2005)
0(0.0%)

Non-fiction

Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength (2011)
0(0.0%)
Eva Brann, Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the Odyssey and the Iliad (2002)
0(0.0%)
M.I. Finley, The World of Odysseus (1978)
0(0.0%)
Charlotte Gill, Eating Dirt (2011)
0(0.0%)
Frederic Morton, A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889 (1980)
0(0.0%)
Frater Shiva, Inside Solar Lodge - Behind the Veil (2012)
0(0.0%)
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Inglewood Wildlands



I went for a walk through the Inglewood Wildlands this afternoon. This was formerly the site of an oil refinery, but has been restored to a wildland park. The office towers of downtown Calgary are visible in the distance. The tallest is The Bow, a recently completed 58 story skyscraper. Last time I visited this park, a few years back, there was a wetland with ducks and other birds. This time it was dry, with no birds other than a few magpies. I hope that is just a seasonal thing. My previous visit was probably in the spring or summer.
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Peace Bridge



I finally walked over to take a look at the Peace Bridge, which opened in March. It crosses the Bow River just west of Prince's Island. There was plenty of controversy surrounding its construction (see the linked Wikipedia page).

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Moby Dick Big Read: "an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online, one new chapter each day, in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible."

Starts September 16th. I'll be listening. For an online text to read while you listen, click here.
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Recently, I spent a few days in the Drumheller area, using up some vacation time and finding a few geocaches (about 60). Stayed in a motel in Three Hills, which is a smaller town about 20 miles from Drumheller, and a very nice and prosperous community.



Windmills on the prairie, on the way to Drumheller. It was very windy here, unsurprisingly.

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