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Objects in Mirror: December 27, 2007 Archive

Snow: Drifting from the definition

Posted at 7:42 AM on December 27, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

According to urban legend the Inuits have 100 words for snow, which could be a debate in its own right. I've no doubt their languages employ better words for the white stuff even if there aren't dozens in use. But what happens when we take that one, little, four-letter word "snow" and use it multiple ways? We get this morning's links:

* White means green for winter tourism industry (MPR) Art Hughes digs into snow business.

* The trumpeter swans come to Monticello Snow white birds on the Mississippi's snow covered riverbanks. Tim Post's images are worth the click.

* 'Cocaine Shortage' May Be a Myth (NPR) "...fact-checking by NPR reveals that while there are indeed spot shortages of cocaine, they are neither nationwide nor unprecedented."

I guess snow can mean money whether you're talking tourism, photographs, or drugs.

Midmorning discusses Benazir Bhutto's life and death

Posted at 9:01 AM on December 27, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Midmorning: 9 a.m. CT "Benazir Bhutto Killed"

Midmorning discusses the latest on the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and consequences of her death for Pakistan's tumultuous politics.

More: Benazir Bhutto assassinated

Share your take on the perfect album length

Posted at 1:11 PM on December 27, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Mark Wheat is at it again, pushing a question to you: What is the right length for an album?

Whether you believe the standard 45 minutes was set because of biological rhythm or classical music necessity, weigh in on how long an album should be. Personally speaking, I've listened to many 45 minute albums that were 42 minutes too long.

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