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Day June 3, 2006

Tempier Rose 2005

By a happy accident, I bumped into Christine at Whole Foods yesterday, and she happened to have just put out their allocation of the 2005 Tempier Rose, so I was able to buy some and try it last night. The wine is deep salmon pink, and on the palate has huge body, like the 2002 did upon release. The flavors are herbal, with red fruit underlying the typically complex salty, almost “garrigue” nose.

Given everything that’s happening, I haven’t scheduled an annual rose tasting, but perhaps once I get an offer on the Seattle house and can get rid of the need to keep the staging pristine and intact, I’ll put something together. I’ve still got a bottle or two of 1999, and samples of everything since then of Tempier Rose, and it’s always good to see how this wine is evolving.

I’m moving north!

Well, it’s mostly official. I’m moving north, to San Juan Island. I found a terrific house last weekend, which looks like it has DSL capability, and the seller accepted my offer, so unless something happens during inspection, I’ll be closing in early July and moving my main base of operations up to the islands. My intention is to keep a small (studio or 1 bedroom) apartment here in Seattle, and split my time. I’ve still got plenty of things going on here in the city, so I imagine I’ll need to be down here part-time, and of course this is where friends and family all live.

My house here in Seattle is finally on the market. We had a well-attended broker’s open house this week, and there’s been a steady flow of folks checking the place out, and a few early buyers. This weekend ought to generate more traffic — three or four groups are coming today, and tomorrow we’re doing an open house from 1-4 p.m. So, if you’re looking for a house in Seattle, in the Maple Leaf/Greenlake area, come on by – here’s the listing.

I am also in the middle of petitioning the faculty at the UW Department of Anthropology to readmit me to the Ph.D. program. I won’t comment much on this while it’s in process, except to say that I’m looking forward to being back and resuming my research and studies. More on this as things develop.

I’m still doing work for the team at Microsoft, helping get the new program manager I hired situated and oriented. He’s an expert in the particular field, so I suspect he’s going to be very effective at driving the project forward. There’s definitely some folks I’m going to miss once I’m finished up, and it’s been a terrific experience, but as I’ve talked about, it’s time for me to take a different path.

Well, it’s almost 8 a.m. and that means I need to put away books and other evidence that I actually live in this house, and get it ready for showing.

A couple of very strong book recommendations, by the way:

Charles Freeman: The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason – a superb and fairly balanced history of the late Classical world, the origins and early development of Christianity and its integration into the power structures of the late Classical and early Medieval world, and in particular the gradual suppression of Greek philosophy and science. A superb book.

Stephen Eric Bronner: Reclaiming the Enlightenment: Towards a Politics of Radical Engagement – only midway through this, Bronner positions it as a “sequel” to Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, and to some extent as an antidote to the pessimism that their critique spread into critical theory on the key Enlightenment thinkers. Bronner argues effectively for the positive legacy of the European Enlightenment and that leftist politics needs to re-engage with this moment in cultural history in order to find its balance and center of cultural authority.

Just a couple more, quickly:

Malle – How the Mind Explains Behavior: Folk Explanations, Meaning, and Social Interaction

Lieberman – Toward an Evolutionary Biology of Language

Stewart – Letters to a Young Mathematician (just finished this – light but very interesting)