Thursday, February 18, 2021
Fish and Flop
Yesterday was another day of mostly reading. I had to catch up on my New Yorkers, because after turning my back momentarily to live my life, I suddenly had FIVE of them sitting on the hall table. Those things proliferate faster than rabbits or field mice.
But they are interesting. I was especially intrigued by this article about a young woman who's trying to help the Catholic Church map all of its real estate holdings. Believe it or not, this has apparently never been done -- at least not to the extent she wants to do it, using mapping software that can express all kinds of information spatially. When she approached the Vatican with the idea they basically looked up from their ancient yellowed parchments, held a candle aloft and wondered what on earth she was talking about. But they seem to be coming around, and she thinks making them aware of their vast properties can help with goals like conservation and stewardship.
I sent the story to my brother, because he's a city planner and knows all about GIS (the mapping and data software) and its applications. He'll be into it.
Speaking of which, he wrote me to say everyone at my mom's retirement community has been vaccinated for Covid-19, so he believes he'll be able to visit her more easily now. Even though he lives only a few miles away, he's been restricted in how much he can see her. And I haven't been home since September 2019, so I'm hopeful that I'll be able to get back and visit this summer. I'm tempted to buy a ticket now, to use my British Airways credit and get a visit on the calendar, with the understanding that coronavirus is unpredictable and any plans could go belly-up at any moment. I'd kind of like to get at least one vaccination under my belt first.
Have you seen Radio Garden? It's an amazing web site that allows us to listen to radio stations all over the world. I think that link will take you to London, but you can choose any dot on the globe and hear live broadcasts -- yesterday I was listening to stations in Tampa, my hometown, as well as randomly selected snippets from Kathmandu, Easter Island, New Zealand, France, Morocco, Namibia and elsewhere. It's really incredible. Talk about a small world.
I went out and staked up all our daffodils, which were flattened by our inclement weather. When I thought about it, I realized they collapse every year, and I did some research on why that is. Apparently the bulbs are planted too shallowly. We didn't plant them -- they were here when we moved in -- and although we could dig them up and plant them deeper, that sounds like an awful lot of work. I think I'll just keep staking them up every spring.
(Top photo: A fishy sculpture on a fence in Golders Green.)