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Monthly Archives: March 2013


Gentle, balanced intensity. Art.

Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments for Living in a Healthy Democracy

I haven’t read or studied Bertrand Russell yet; he comes up commonly as a hero or influence to others that feel like heroes or influences to me.   I like his ten commandments for living in a healthy democracy.

Ode to 10 year uptime

I will always have a soft-spot in my professional heart for Sun Microsystems (Solaris, SPARC, …).  So choice.

Facebook-obsessed dummies

John C. Dvorak is usually good for a pithy remark when the IT industry does something screwy. From his article about Google shutting down Google Reader: The real problems, and Google knows this, are today’s Facebook-obsessed dummies. With all the power of the network at their fingertips, people would rather jump into a closed system, […]

Mein Gott, ich werde dich vermissen geliebten Google Reader!

Google … diese dumme Scheiße.

The world’s most important 6-sec drum loop

Robert Crumb: Mixtures of Revolting and Appealing in a Unique Individual and Life

The funny thing about Robert Crumb  is that I have never actually seen one of his cartoons “in the wild” — perhaps I have at some point but it didn’t make an impression.  In fact, although I deeply respect Crumb’s artistic talent and dedication, his drawings and style don’t appeal to me in a strong […]

Five Common Word Usage Mistakes in English

Grammar was endlessly boring and opaque for me in, umm, grammar school; however, it’s increasingly interesting to me in mid life.  My whole professional life is  about writing of some form or another … and I love it.  Here’s a little piece on five common word usage mistakes in English.

Keep Calm and Carry On – a Kansas Mashup

The family and I were on vacation week before last on the Washington coast; the cottage we stayed at had a British-cottage-by-the-seashore decorating motif.  I enjoyed the set of matching “Keep Calm and Carry On” coffee mugs.  I’d seen this quotation and iconic poster before, but associated it with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy […]

Dancing Matt 2012

I had been vaguely aware of “Dancing Matt” but my mother sent me his latest 2012 compilation. Sometimes moms have a sense for the good stuff!