Monthly Archives: September 2011

Dunkers do nots

Some time ago, probably a year or more before this blog post, I was inclined to remember an anecdote about a religious sect who had sworn off publication of their ideas for fear of being entrapped by them. At the … Continue reading

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Plato and the Allegory of Lums

Occasionally, something odd and seemingly disconnected pops into my head, as I’m hoping happens with you too. If not, call an ambulance and get me a straight jacket. I think I might want to pop these seemingly random (but probably … Continue reading

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Achieve, Eggplant! (A Message from Edo Period, Japan)

The things you learn at your breakfast table. My wife was looking at our desktop calendar and pointed out to me that the traditional pattern adorning the top border of September was an Edo Period (1603 – 1863) eggplant motif … Continue reading

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40% Ethanol, 60% Water, 100% Irony

“Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance.” -Marshall McLuhan McLuhan’s earliest book publication was The Mechanical Bride, which was the culmination of years of collection and note-taking on print ads. He’d torn out or clipped ads from … Continue reading

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The 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 has finally descended and the weekend in America promises to be wall-to-wall with remembrances and such. Those who know me, have heard my story and know my personal connection to 9/11, but no … Continue reading

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Big Brother Amtrak and the Vigilant Environment

It’s cliche to speak of a post-9/11 world, but there you have it. Things have changed. I flew from Newark to Narita airport the other day and flashed back to my childhood in the 1970s when anyone could go through … Continue reading

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