Web-log

Web-log entries from 2018

2018-10-31

T-minus seven days

I voted in the first election I was eligible to vote in: the 1990 primary. I don’t remember who or what I voted for. Straight... more

2018-10-30

Here’s a new one

I checked my email at lunch today and had about 30 seconds of panic when I received this email from my own email address: Hello!... more

2018-10-28

Four years ago

Missing my dad this fall, as I do every fall now. We visited with my mom today, carved pumpkins and so forth. We reminisced about... more

2018-10-15

Time and Consciousness

Putting a thumbtack in this one for later: The sensation of cause and effect — time and its directionality — is actually the perception of... more

2018-10-05

I used to be an uncle

On our bike ride home this week I told my kids about my ex-wife. We were talking about the definition of “aunt” and “uncle,” and... more

2018-10-04

I finally saw MOONRISE KINGDOM

OK this review is a) six years late and b) really short but For fucks sake if you’re making a movie about camping set very... more

2018-09-02

Apple Watch review, update

Jenny kind of badgered me into unpackaging my Apple Watch. (It is my birthday present after all.) I decided to wear it to my first... more

2018-08-31

A non-gadgety person’s review of Apple Watch Series 3

I was one of the last people I know to buy a cel phone, ditto a smartphone. Far and away my #1 app, almost since... more

2018-08-26

Running Man 2017

Watching Running Man (1987) set in the EXTREMELY FUTURISTIC YEAR of 2017. There are lots of things they got wrong (say it with me now:... more

2018-08-22

I was back on Twitter yesterday

I went back on Twitter yesterday for the first time in about two weeks. I was dying inside just dying to know what was happening... more

2018-08-16

Reality TV

In my early twenties, I worked in a plastic factory. I worked in assembly and shipping; mainly assembling and packaging for shipment large plastic rain... more

2018-08-15

Melancholy

Posting eulogies for my puppy and then re-reading the eulogy for my father led me into the dangerous blind alley of nostalgia via re-reading old... more

2018-08-15

We have a new puppy, Kuma. Kuma means bear in Japanese. She is a rescue. Half German shepherd, half [???], and all teeth. Kuma loves... more

2018-08-15

Bismarck

A few days after our puppy Newport died, we took Bismarck’s ashes to his favorite beach (Arcadia). We made a little shrine for him and... more

2018-08-15

Newport

In early July, just after our trip to Newport, we got a new puppy. His name was Newport. He lived with us for seven days,... more

2018-08-13

“If you have to call out a coworker…”

Umpteen years ago I got myself into a political war with a coworker. My father gave me this very good advice: “If you have to... more

2018-08-09

Three MOBY-DICKs

On Matt Haughey’s advice I just downloaded my Twitter archive and it’s humbling. The tweets alone — which might reasonably represent “original writing” on my... more

2018-05-18

I miss this dog toilet

Last week, I rode my bike through Spring Garden park (on accident, didn’t realize it was closed for construction. The construction crew was very jolly... more

2018-01-23

The Fan Letter I Never Sent to Ursula K. Le Guin

Ms. LeGuin, I’ve been meaning to write you since I first read Always Coming Home, which was before I moved to Oregon, and that was... more