the Bollywood miracle

This past Sunday afternoon, I did something that I would have said was nearly impossible: I danced for two full hours in a fast-paced Bollywood dance workshop. Yeah. Twenty years ago, that wouldn’t have seemed like a big deal. Even ten years ago I might have thought I was up for it. But my health […]

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connectivity update and thoughts

Several months ago, I blogged about my lack of phone connectivity and the various remedies I’d tried to resolve the problem. I figured it was about time I report on how things turned out. The short version of the backstory is that wireless coverage in my neighborhood is pretty spotty regardless of carrier, and my […]

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redshirts

I’m not sure what got me to thinking about John Scalzi’s Redshirts this morning. I read and rather enjoyed the book when it first came out several years ago, and it sprang to mind again today as I was getting dressed. (No, nothing that I’m wearing today is red, so that’s not the connection.) I […]

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of interest this week: 17 April 2016

I have actually been doing quite a bit of online reading in the past couple of weeks, but I haven’t logged too many of them—there have been a lot of in-depth product reviews, author message boards, and the like that I figured not to many others would be tremendously curious about. But here are a […]

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of interest this week: 3 April 2016

For this week’s list, I grabbed only a couple of the climate change articles making headlines this week. There are plenty of others—eye-opening, frightening, and everything in between—available from solid sources if you go looking for them. It’s easy to resign yourself to thinking that you’re just one person whose actions and attitudes will make […]

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of interest this week: 27 March 2016

Admittedly, I’ve been distracted by March Madness, but I have been doing some reading on subjects other than basketball. Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress ‘Anti-War Left and Black People’ By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd [Former Nixon policy advisor John Ehrlichman said,] “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be […]

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of interest this week: 20 March 2016

Artificial intelligence and transporters on the vernal equinox, y’all! America Needs ‘Y’all’: English has no standard second-person plural word, and it’s time for that to change By Vann R. Newkirk II “Y’all,” that strange regional and ethnic conjunction, offers a simplicity to speech that can’t be found elsewhere. It is a magnificently elegant linguistic creation. […]

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