Web-log

Web-log entries from 2017

2017-11-02

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... more

2017-07-28

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 the ads with grieving parents of dead kids vs footage... more

2017-07-26

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... more

2017-07-26

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 issued implementation guidance.” — Marine Gen. Joe Dunford So the... more

2017-05-29

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... more

2017-05-28

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... more

2017-05-23

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,... more

2017-04-05

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.... more

2017-03-20

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 of like Calvinball as an RPG. We have to roll... more

2017-03-17

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... more

2017-02-22

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... more

2017-02-13

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... more

2017-02-13

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... more

2017-02-10

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... more

2017-01-31

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... more

2017-01-25

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

2017-01-19

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?... more

2017-01-09

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... more