Category Archives: Personal Journal

Stigmatizing violence

I forget which of my friends posted this, and Facebook moved too fast for me to think about it and then find it again, but someone said this weekend that we need to stigmatize the glorification, or at least normalization, … Continue reading

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A visit to the Federal Pupfish Penitentiary

a.k.a. Devil’s Hole, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. I visited here on my Thanksgiving weekend trip to Death Valley.

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My little boy turned seven the other day!

He had sisterly help with the celebration, especially the cupcake part.

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Poor kid. Five years old and already a monkey on his back.

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The ever-prescient William Gibson predicts Fox News!

William Gibson, known for having fictionally invented the Internet and a lot else that later came to pass, nailed Fox News in Idoru in 1995, one year before FN’s founding. The “audience”: Which is best visualized as a vicious, lazy, … Continue reading

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Whoops! Nothing like a little 8 a.m. panic to start the day.

8:10 a.m., barage of emails, text messages, and phone calls: Hello John M., This is an emergency message for The Claremont Colleges. There is an emergency situation that requires your immediate action to evacuate the campus. Immediately leave the campus … Continue reading

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“In defense of Polanski”–??

A screenwriter named Michael Chase Walker has been twittering, commenting, and, yesterday, letter-to-the-editoring, variations on this line: Artists must by definition redefine their own moral universe, and this can be a terrible, ugly and devastating process. But what they “pay … Continue reading

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Luiza’s First Day of Real Walking

January 29, 2009 (click picture for video):

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More Oliver-isms

Last night I’m sitting Oliver’s bed and he comes in eating a banana. His chair is in the middle of the room. He points to the chair and says, “That’s my time-out chair. It’s blue.” I say, “It is, but … Continue reading

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