Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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Daily Herald - Lakes along Mirror Lake highway: "The Mirror Lake Highway is one of those family destinations that provides enjoyable fishing, camping and sight seeing. Whether you spend a few hours or a few days, the Mirror Lake Highway has something for you and your family this summer, so come up and enjoy yourself!For information about campgrounds along the highway, or for other U.S. Forest Service information, call the Kamas Ranger District at (435) 783-4338."
Mirror Lake Scenic Byway | "
The byway climbs to an elevation of 10,687 feet at Bald Mountain Pass before descending past Mirror Lake, then to Bear River Ranger Station with its Historical Tie Hack Cabin. From here the route parallels the Bear River and on to Evanston. Recreational activities along the byway include camping, fishing, cross-country skiing and hiking. The area is also used as access to the High Uinta Wilderness.

This scenic byway is 78 miles long and takes about two hours.

For more information contact the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce at 435-654-3666"

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

SALON Features: David Foster wallace, page 2: "It seems to me that the intellectualization and aestheticizing of principles and values in this country is one of the things that's gutted our generation. All the things that my parents said to me, like 'It's really important not to lie.' OK, check, got it. I nod at that but I really don't feel it. Until I get to be about 30 and I realize that if I lie to you, I also can't trust you. I feel that I'm in pain, I'm nervous, I'm lonely and I can't figure out why. Then I realize, 'Oh, perhaps the way to deal with this is really not to lie.' The idea that something so simple and, really, so aesthetically uninteresting -- which for me meant you pass over it for the interesting, complex stuff -- can actually be nourishing in a way that arch, meta, ironic, pomo stuff can't, that seems to me to be important. That seems to me like something our generation needs to feel.


Monday, July 17, 2006

History of Springville, Utah: "Aaron Johnson led settlers to Springville in 1850. Mormon settlers displaced Native Americans and relegated them to an 'Indian Farm,' located on poor ground, unfit for farming, at the mouth of the Spanish Fork River near the Utah Lake. Mormon settlers developed subsistence farming for fewer families than was hoped, due to lack of water. Some Springville farmers turned to hauling freight from California twice a year. Following the Civil War in 1865, other farmers turned to raising cattle and sheep. Completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 made rail shipment of stock to market possible, so stockmen used more intensive grazing practices. The railroad also helped make mining products profitable, and many mines started to be developed. Beginning in 1878, Springville merchant Milan Packard built a railroad to bring coal from Scofield to Utah Valley. The Rio Grande Railroad bought out the line in 1882."

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The 48 Laws of Power: "Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky

You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead."
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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Slashdot | Neal Stephenson Responds With Wit and Humor: "Fiction I have lately read and enjoyed:

Set this House in Order by Matt Ruff
Ilium by Dan Simmons
Iron Council by China Mieville
Perfect Circle by Sean Stewart
The I Love Bees alternate reality game
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke
The Fool's Tale by Nicole Galland (in galleys; soon to be published)
Short story collections by Etgar Keret: The Bus Driver who Wanted to be
God, and The Nimrod Flip-out. Last time I checked, The Nimrod Flip-out
was only available from an Australian publisher named Picador, but this
should pose only the most minor of challenges to Slashdot readers.
Keret is a young Israeli writer who has also done some work in film and
graphic novels.


Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and Lincoln's Cooper Union address
Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson