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 do ANY UNPLEASANT THING for 45min You can accomplish a lot in a very short 


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. I usually try to connect it to a rebuke of “the ends justify the means,” 


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 intentionality. I use “intentionality” idiosyncratically but the TLDR is “behaving w/o regard to consequence is 


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 the platform were Olive Rootbeer and Dingo Dizmal. (If they recognized me they didn't show 


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 was the first Bond movie I saw in a theater, and it's still one of 


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 a house or had kids — Bismarck was already there. Bismarck wasn’t just a GOOD 


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 an immigrant who faced deportation during a routine ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) check in. 


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 could potentially harbor life; three of them are within the star’s “Goldilocks zone,” where surface 


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 just so I could get access to the student free clinic. I thought it would 


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 registry and corporate reporting paperwork press 1”). The experience reminded me how an independent judiciary 


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 loves me some drush config!) I’ve been thinking about [config in DB] for a while 


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 good habits and pinch off bad ones. Other people call this sort of thing “self-care” 


Despair and Hope

…even at that moment all the hosts of Mordor trembled, doubt clutched their hearts, their laughter failed, their hands shook and their limbs were loosed. The Power that drove them on and filled them with hate and fury was wavering, 


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 their job? Who is Tim Kaine? Who is Mike Pence? I said, I didn’t think 


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 day long, and late into the night. Because like all modern beings I have a