Welcome to 2006. It's a new year.

Friend, you canot even predict the motions of three coupled peldula. You have hardly a prayer with three mutually gravitating objects. We let loose pesticides on our crops; the insects become ill and are eaten by birds that sicken and die, allowing the insects to proliferate in increased abundance. The crops are destroyed. So much for control. Bacon, you were brilliant, but the world is more complex than your philosophy.

-- Biologist Stuart Kauffman in At Home in the Universe

Maybe I'm overreaching, but I'd like to take this moment to tell R. T. Rybak to remember the limits of knowledge. I heard him on NPR today, interviewed by near-total sycophant Gary Eichten. With only a rough count, Rybak used the word "obviously" no less than 25 times in an hour's interview. In my opinion, the best route for a city government is rarely obvious.

Rybak also mentioned that he wants to stick close to existing building codes with an future Uptown developments ("unless they show a clear public purpose"). He neither hemmed nor hawed.

On with the new year...

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