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Manhattan Cocktail Parties

For some odd reason I’ve had this image stuck in my head for years. I’m not an illustrator by any stretch of the imagination, but I finally scribbled down my mental rendition. I don’t know why, but the scene makes … Continue reading


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Delayed by disappearing airplanes, etc.

One of the laws of thermodynamics states that higher temperature always flows toward areas of lower temperature. Something like that. The same idea can be applied to custard. Or culture, I suppose. I’ve been meaning to write something for this … Continue reading


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Curse you, Costco!

I went into Costco today in order to buy a bag of shredded cheese (yes, I realize industrially shredded cheese sometimes contains sawdust particles in order to mitigate clumping; I appreciate the extra fiber). I left sometime later with a … Continue reading


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The Edge of Everything

We all live on the edge of everything. And I mean everything. Death, life, love, hate, happiness, misery, annihilation. We are tight-rope walkers, blindly and blithely unobservant to the abyss falling away beneath our feet. We are reluctant to open … Continue reading


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Contraptions

Do something creative today. I don’t mean practice acts of random kindness. That’s just, well, random. I mean go bake a cake or write a story or build another Notre Dame cathedral (good luck finding worker serfs). The act of … Continue reading


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Frozen floating over the Marianas Trench

Saw Frozen with the kiddos. Other than some overly-quick plot movements and an odd choice in a Lion King-style piece of music, it’s quite a nice film. Lovely animation, endearing plot that focuses on the value of family love. There’s … Continue reading


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Merry Christmas to you and all inhabitants of the universe

I suppose there’s much more to Santa’s vehicular get-up than some reindeer and a sled. My guess is that he has some sort of spaceship equipped with a faster-than-light drive and a star navigation system that can take him safely … Continue reading


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Sunlight out in the Stars

I’m not sure why, but I spent some time today wondering (and realizing) that there’s sunlight out among the stars. All those stars you see at night (and all the billions you don’t)? If you get close enough to them–say, … Continue reading


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The Reality of Fiction

If I had copious free time (and I don’t), I would head off to Oxford and embark on a master’s degree in the history of literature. Or something like that. I love thinking about the evolution of creativity, how we’ve … Continue reading


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The Stories of History and the History of Stories

People who study story agree that there are a limited number of stories in existence. The numbers vary. Some say seven. Some say there are more than a dozen. What’s important, though, is that there is complete agreement that the … Continue reading


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