Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, IL

This picture shows Womby at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. That place is really not very well designed for photos of wombats.

Jesus was crucified behind where I’m standing taking the picture. The partially obscured people in the center of the picture with the lamps are appreciating the “Anointing Stone”, where Joseph of Arimathea prepared Jesus’s body for burial. And at the top of the photo you can see people waiting in line to see Jesus’s long-empty tomb.

Jaffa, IL

Womby looking out over the Mediterranean Sea from Jaffa. The left shows the tower of the Al Bahr Mosque peeking out, and the rocks on the right are where Andromeda was chained when Perseus saved her (go to the 5th paragraph or search Jaffa in this link).


With the mid-term elections coming up, I’ve been trying to explain how the Senate works to people here. One of the things was trying to explain that the representation is not really proportional. With a list of senators and the populations of the states from the census I came up with this table:

             | # Senators | Population
Democrats    |         47 | 181006181
Independents |          2 |    979781
Republicans  |         51 | 143039212

The ‘# Senators’ is just pretty simple counting.

For the Population, I went through the list of senators and for each got the population of the state, and for each senator I added half the state’s population to the corresponding party. I figured I’d find something like this, but I was a bit surprised by the size of the difference.

The Independents are Bernie Sanders and Angus King of Vermont. Both usually vote with the Democrats (i.e., they ‘caucus’ with the Democrats). If we were to add them to the Democrats we’d have an even bigger anti-correlation.