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{ Monthly Archives } January 2009

Do as I say

I don’t like lifting entire posts from other blogs, but if you haven’t seen this you should, and if I just put up a link you might not go read it.  (It’s from QandO) From the bully pulpit: President Obama yesterday scolded Wall Street bankers who received millions of dollars in bonuses last year, calling […]

Food For Thought

I’ve been trying to get a handle on the list of web sites I try to read every day.  If you don’t use an RSS or Atom feed reader, you know about the time you waste checking web sites regularly only to find after the page has loaded that there isn’t anything new there.  I […]


If you’ve got some time to kill and like puzzles (of a sort) try the Grow series at Eyemaze.  Grow Tower is the latest, but you might want to start with this one. (via chizumatic)


Our apartment building has about half the parking spaces assigned and the rest are open for 2nd cars and guests.  My space is directly in front of my apartment.  It’s no big deal really.  I used to park a ways down in an open space so the Head Rat could park in ours.  We’re talking […]

An inoculation against Rainbows and Unicorns

Research shows that the more positive influences in our clients’ lives, the greater the chance that they will  not commit new crimes or have their probation revoked.  To that end, we send out letters to the people an individual client lists as being important in their lives (e.g. family, minister, friend) to invite them to […]

No kidding

I’ve messed up my back. Again. This time it seems to be muscles knotted up just left of my spine and just below the acromion¹.  Since driving moves rather quickly down the continuum past “adventure” and into “have you got a bloody death-wish” territory when you can’t turn your head, I went to the doctor […]

Semi-rhetorical question #2

While I was leaving the pharmacy today, I was behind a little, old, white-haired lady.  She stopped and told me I should go around her, saying “I’m pretty slow.”  I started to say “that’s alright, I’m catching up to you,” my intent being to convey that as I get older, I’m also getting slower and […]

I may need a new toy

Like Perry de Havilland, I may need an iPod.

Of chastity and vegetarianism and Wal-mart

When I was in high school I was first introduced to Anton Chekhov and thereby, one of my favorite quotes: Reason and justice tell me there’s more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism. I have to admit that, at the time, I really didn’t have a clue what it […]

This is why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions

Most of the time, I enjoy blogging. I have a small, but dedicated readership. I get to point people toward weird stuff they might not otherwise be aware of (thereby justifying all of my surfing in the bizarre corners of the internet as “research”). And, I get to talk about stuff that I think is […]

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