Web-log entries from 2017


What cyclocross teaches us

Today on the ride to school, we talked about what cyclocross teaches us: if you can suffer through 45min of a cyclocross race, you can... more


Democrats routinely sacrifice their politics, because they want what’s best for America

Consider: politically, for Democrats, the “best” result last night would have been for Trumpcare to proceed to the House and thence to Trump’s desk. Cue... more


Right and Wrong

Something about right & wrong has been core to my ethical understanding of the world, and which I have never been able to easily encapsulate.... more


How our unstable president will trash the civilian chain of military command

“There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President's direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has... more


Gosh it’s like having no soul makes everything awful

Reposted from this tweetstorm Until last year a core tenet of my belief system is that good and evil are transient properties, less tractable than... more


Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Ricky Best

I went late to the vigil for Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Ricky Best. The crowd was thinning. The first two people I recognized on... more


Roger Moore

Roger Moore wasn’t the best 007 but he was MY 007. The one on movie posters when I was a kid. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY... more


Bismarck wasn’t just a GOOD dog he was the BEST dog.

For almost as long as it’s been Jenny+Paul it’s been Bismarck+Jenny+Paul. Before we bought a car or got married or moved to China or bought... more


Griselda and Liv steal the Emerald Diamond from the Emerald Queen Mab

Iris has invented a game where she and I create characters who go on an adventure. We collectively invent the game we go along, sort... more


I had no idea this innocuous building was a jail

Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Wednesday I joined about fifty other people to stand in solidarity with... more


TRAPPIST-1 and 90s sci-fi RPGs

A team of astronomers have observed, over the last 18months, a system of seven Earthlike planets orbiting the tiny red dwarf TRAPPIST-1. All of them... more


bugs and cannabis

Elsewhere on FB I got to unleash some entomology knowledge I packed away 24 (23?) years ago, for a class I took as a post-Bacc... more


The independent judiciary; guanxi; that new church smell

While calling the office of a local elected official this morning, I walked through their lengthy phone tree full of boring legal administrivia (“for notary... more


Greenscreen hazmat suit

I’m currently building TWO Drupal 8 sites from the ground up, and migrating a third, so I’m getting really comfy with drush config-export/import . (I... more


Donald Trump made me a better person

I started a spreadsheet last week where I track the things I do every day to keep myself healthy and sane. More accurately: to cultivate... more


Despair and Hope

What exactly does a Ring of Power do, other than make Hobbits invisible? The main power of the Rings is inspiration. It makes its wearer mighty.  more

#1 Dad

The Dad of America

Sometime in October, while we were riding to school, Iris, Orion and I got to talking about Vice Presidents. What do they do? What is... more


Longer tweetstorm

Before 11/8/2016, Twitter was the place I went to escape daily life. Never for long stretches, but in small doses several times an hour, all... more