Minnesota Parks

Minnesota State Park Map
We here in Minnesota have a pretty good set of State Parks. No, they aren’t “National Park” class parks (although Minnesota has two NPs, a couple of Monuments and a Waterway too).
It usually costs $5 for a resident to visit a park for a day.
However, Minnesota’s DNR has an insane deal: A year pass costs $25.
I have such a year pass and this year have really used it.
This year, I have visited 18 of Minnesota’s State Parks:
Grand Portage
Judge Magney
Cascade River (twice)
Temperance River (twice)
Split Rock Lighthouse
Gooseberry Falls (several times)
Jay Cooke (several times)
Mille Lacs (twice)
Father Hennepin
Interstate (several times)
William O’Brien
Fort Snelling
Forestville Mystery Cave
It turns out that out of the 7600 items I have uploaded on Flickr, 1500 of them I have tagged as being in a state park. I think a few of these might be state parks elsewhere, but the vast, vast majority are Minnesota.
All of my Flickr State Park photos
If the weather holds, I will visit my 19th State park of the year, Frontenac, tomorrow to get one last glimpse at fall color.
And some of these parks can be pretty in the winter, too…

Roger Ebert on the Social Contract

Roger Ebert on the Social Contract
As I have mentioned before, Roger Ebert blogs about things other than movies. Here, he talks about the Social Contract, and provides an emotional argument for Health Care reform.
The fallacy of the free enterprise argument is that there is a faith that corporations are motivated to bring about the public good. Corporations are motivated to maximize profits for shareholders. That is the primary mission of all corporate executives, and they retain their jobs by placing the bottom line and the stock price above all else.
And I love, in the comments his idea of the “argumentum ad Moorum“–when you drag Michael Moore into an argument, you’ve already lost (sort of like Godwin’s Law)

Books Read to Date 10/10/2009

Books Read this Year to Date (bolded books were ARCs or otherwise given in exchange for review)
51 Precious Dragon, Liz Williams
50 Three Unbroken, Chris Roberson
49 Things We Didn’t See Coming, Steven Amsterdam
48 The Very Best of Fantasy&Science Fiction, Gordon Van Gelder
47 The Tuloriad, John Ringo and Tom Kratman

46 Age of Misrule: World’s End, Mark Chadbourn
45 Tales of the Road, Cathy Wurzer
44 The Edge of the World, Kevin J Anderson
43 Sun of Suns, Karl Schroeder
42 Fledgling, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
41 The Compleat Traveller in Black, John Brunner
40 River of Gods, Ian McDonald
39 Two Hawks from Earth, Philip J Farmer
38 The Pluto Files, Neil DeGrasse Tyson
37 Academ’s Fury, Jim Butcher
36 Songs of the Dying Earth, Martin and Dozois, Editors
35 Judas Unchained, Peter F Hamilton
34 The Tourmaline, Paul Park
33 Poison Study, Maria Snyder
32 Furies of Calderon (audiobook), Jim Butcher
31 Other Earths, Nick Gevers and Jay Lake
30 The Revolution Business, Charles Stross
29 The Affinity Bridge, George Mann
28 Yellowstone’s Treasures, Janet Chapple
27 Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson
26 Naamah’s Kiss, Jacqueline Carey
25 Midwinter, Matthew Sturges
24 Children of Chaos, David Duncan
23 Infoquake, David Louis Edelman
22 Empire of Ivory, Naomi Novik
21 All the Windwracked Stars, Elizabeth Bear
20 City Without End, Kay Kenyon
19 Mortal Coils, Eric Nylund
18 Santa Olivia, Jacqueline Carey
17 What Happened to the Indians, Terence Shannon
16 Kitty Goes to Hell, Carrie Vaughn
15 Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, Carrie Vaughn
14 Drood, Dan Simmons
13. Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Carrie Vaughn
12. Kitty Takes a Holiday, Carrie Vaughn
11. Kitty Goes to Washington, Carrie Vaughn
10. Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Carrie Vaughn

9. History Revisted the Great Battles, Mike Resnick
8. The Planiverse, AK Dewdney
7. The Accidental Time Machine, Joe Haldeman
6 Fables #1: Legends in Exile, Bill Willingham
5. The Domino Men, Jonathan Barnes
4. Chariot, Arthur Cotterell
3. The Story of Mathematics, Ian Stewart
2. Pushing Ice, Alistair Reynolds
1. Gladiatrix, Russell Whitfield