On a jet plane with Sarah Palin (figuratively speaking)

This is one of those “Hey, I’m writing from a plane” posts. Can’t wait to be back home. I have Things To Do. However, first things first: My inbox has been filling up with commentary on the early days of the Sarah Palin channel. The passage that’s been drawing the most interest is this one, […]

A quick one (while I’m away)

I’ve been doing some traveling and, while I love this weird, fever dream version of what we used to call a “telephone”, it isn’t terribly conducive to writing anything beyond one hundred and forty-odds characters. That said, I’ve noticed a disturbing feature that had quietly become ubiquitous in American cities that I find disturbing. I’d […]

The Queen City on the Ohio

It would be fair to say that my values are not typical of those expressed in my town’s newspaper. If one were to judge Cincinnati, Ohio strictly on the editorial content of the Cincinnati Enquirer, one might conclude that Cincinnati that the baseball team isn’t the only thing that’s red about this town. The paper […]

Google+: Coda

Skud wrote a marvelous “alternate universe” version of Google’s announcement of the end to their odious “real names” policy. It’s hard to find an ideal quote to pull from it because it’s all good, but let’s go with this one: We apologise unreservedly to those people, who through our actions were marginalised, denied access to services, and […]

The Horror of Morning Awareness

I have a stack of notes on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, but I’m not in the right headspace to dig in to that subject right now. Instead, I’d like to share some thoughts from my morning commute today: First and foremost, I’m a roll-out-of-bed-and-get-on-the-train kind of guy. I altered my routine a little […]

I Need To Be Somebody Else For A While

You know, sometimes when you wallow in snark and negativity and you’ve just trained yourself to notice all the things that are wrong in the world, it can really mess with your head. I needed to take a few days off to re-set myself; I feel like I was starting to cross the line between […]

Memorial Day Memorial

I wish we’d stop making so many people to memorialize at the end of May. Regardless of what I think of the country’s leadership, I’m still somewhat in awe of those who went face to face with what sacrifice really means. I’ve seen it mentioned in multiple places that Memorial Day is not “national barbecue […]

Stross on Amazon: A Rare Mobile Post

(title corrected….screw you, Swype) Charlie Stross has some (more) observations concerning Amazon’s business practices. As you can probably guess, his observations are well-considered, amusing to read, informative, and not at all complimentary of what Amazon is doing. I commend you to read his post. I doubt ant summary I write well do it justice. I’ve […]