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Jul 13 2014

Meatspace Report

In case you were wondering, it is entirely possible to have a memorial/funeral service with absolutely no religious overtones (or even undertones, or, frankly, tones). My estimate is that a bit less than half of the people there were atheists… a bit less than a third were openly atheist, though that is a hard thing …

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Jul 11 2014

Very Important Meatspace Stuff

… so I’ll be scarce to non-existent in digital form until at least Sunday. Don’t let the pilot light go out.

Jul 03 2014

Tornado Warnings, Now And Then

It was just the other morning When we heard the weather warning And we tried to drag the pets downstairs, for shelter from the storm I remembered, with a chortle, I was young once, and immortal, And defied the nearing twisters, playing Frisbee by the dorm Ah, but real life can be frightening— I’ve since …

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Jun 20 2014

OUCH!!!

When off on the road, a motel room’s a swell room— Big beds, lots of pillows, and acres to stretch— But no, I was sleeping on couches, so “ouch” is The travel review from this Cuttlefish wretch. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a happy old chappy; I saw lots of family, and had a …

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Jun 06 2014

Road Trip–Open Thread

Just a quick note to say, don’t expect me around for the next week to 10 days; I have no idea whether I will even have internet access at all. I expect this comment thread to be full of wonderful stuff when I get back. That’s a reasonable expectation for an internet comment thread, isn’t …

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May 10 2014

The Master And His Student

Ok… A bit of confession… A dear friend of mine in meatspace gave me a couple of books of translated Bengali poetry, which is frankly stunning stuff–it reminds me that even translated poetry is–or can be–actually poetry, not mere verse (longtime readers both will remember that I am a huge fan of poetry but do …

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Apr 23 2014

Cuttlefish Shakespeare Fanboi Squee!!!!

So today is, as far as you know, William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday (no one knows for sure, but it’s as good a day as any, and better than most, to pretend that it is). Which is cool. The odds are very much against anyone knowing I ever existed nearly 4 centuries from now (and if …

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Apr 16 2014

Ok, That’s A First

Twice today, students asked questions that I had previously examined on this blog, such that my immediate thought was “oh, I’ll just recite this verse”. Which, of course, I did not. I gave a nice, thorough, completely prose response. I need to get more people reciting my verses as answers to classroom questions, so that …

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Mar 29 2014

The Best Advice I Ever Got

I would write it in letters, eleven feet tall— And how they would shine; they would glisten!— The advice I once got, the most useful of all: “Just shut the fuck up… and listen.” and hey, it applies across any number of different contexts!

Mar 28 2014

Looking Under The Hood…

I just love statistics, and numbers, and such Whether icy abstractions or warm to the touch I’ve been told that, perhaps, I adore them too much— That my feelings are more-or-less “weird” Ok, “weird” I can see, but I have to confess I’m put off by the too-imprecise “more or less”— Is it greater, or …

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