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I got my light-brown Clarks Natureveldts back from Resole America today, and although I may have talked about this here before, it’s worth saying again: Shoes that fit well are worth keeping, and the soles will invariably wear out before the uppers. I’ve been wearing Natureveldts as my casual everyday shoes since 1987, and they fit my fairly wide feet a lot better than anything else I’ve tried. They also wear like iron, at least if they were made before Clarks moved production to China sometime in the early oughts. I still have two pairs that go back to 1994 or so, and have replaced the soles several times, each time through Resole America. Turnaround time is about ten days, and cost is $75. Quality of the rework is superb.

I have a pair of Chinese Natureveldts on which the leather on the uppers has begun wearing through after about four years. They’re basically disposable shoes now, though not cheap ones. The fit is still good, but as with so much else, quality is no longer a choice we’re offered.

We’re also not offered the choice of buying dry-roasted peanuts without MSG in them. Safeway has five different brands, all heavily laced with neurotoxins. Oh ye who can actually eat that crap without consequences (I cannot) answer me this: Does it really make the peanuts taste better?


It’s a little disconcerting to look out your office window and see a toothy 200-pound omnivore walking down the sidewalk in front of your house. I snatched my camera out of the dock and ran out the front door, which may sound nutty, but I felt a little nutty, and followed the booger down the street, taking video as I went. He didn’t hurry and didn’t even turn around to look at me, and whereas I pondered jumping up and down and yelling “Roogie! Roogie! Whoosh!” with a Thurber accent, that would have been a little too nutty. Mostly I was happy that garbage day was yesterday.

I looked and did not find an answer to this question: When a concept exists today that did not exist in ancient Rome, are there Latin fanatics somewhere who create a Latin-ish word for it? (The French are masters at this.)

Carol’s better, the Pack is home from Jimi’s, and although my back still hurts, the weather has gone from mostly pleasant to extremely pleasant. I still need a basing diagram for the 6993 Geiger-Muller tube, but if that’s as bad as it gets, I’d call today a serious winner.


  1. Lee Hart says:

    On creating new Latin words: How about “Prius”?

  2. Jonathan O'Neal says:

    > I still need a basing diagram for the 6993 Geiger-Muller tube

    Perhaps this may be of some use:

    1. Bingo! That is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! I still hope to get downstairs tonight and lash up the counter, and this was the final piece in the puzzle. Of course, I don’t know if either of my tubes is any good, but at least I now know how to hook them up correctly. Even in the absence of a test sample, I’m expecting some pulses due to random background radiation. At 6600 feet (and on soil rich in granite) I don’t think the background will disappoint me.

      Many thanks for taking the time to send this out!

  3. Aki says:

    The Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) provides news in Latin. Seems to be a flexible language.

    Nuntii Latini

    1. Wow. Does Finland have an overall Latin tradition (in education, culture, whatever) or is this just an “odd bit”?

      1. Aki says:

        Latina reached Finland for more than half a millennium after the fall of Rome, but it was still the language of government and religion.

        University education was also a long time in Latin, as well as university dissertations were drawn up until the 1700s, almost exclusively in Latin.

        “Can’t Help Falling In Love” in Latin? Non adamare non possum.

        Finland makes Latin the King


        “If you have tattooed yourself with one of these translations, and you would like confirmation that it is wrong, you may post to this thread. We will leave any mistranslations on the thread to serve as a warning to others.”

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