Category Archive: inspiration

Aug 30 2010

Things That Made Me Go, “HOLY FUCKING SHIT!”

This: Literally knocked the breath from my body, that did, and then just when I’d got it back, lost it again because Lockwood’s advice on how to get to Mars (but not Venus!) was so funny.  Then some more wonder.  Then – well, go read the whole post.  You’ll see.

Jul 10 2009

Genealogy of a Dream

You will shortly understand the reason for this illustration: Tonight, for the first time all week, my cat did not shove her dear little face into mine whilst howling, or use the bed as a trampoline, or do any of the other things designed to wake Mommy up from her nap because Kitteh wants to …

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Apr 18 2009

Hi, My Name is Dana, and I’m Addicted to House

Don’t watch much fiction on the teevee. Not since that splendid summer where I told time by which program was coming on next – back in the day when titles were longer and shows were, well, 80s: Hardcastle & McCormick, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Simon & Simon, Magnum P.I., many others whose names now escape …

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Jan 13 2009

J.K. Rowling Saves the World

I think J.K. Rowling must be a literary superhero. Check out these moves. THE HARRY POTTER EFFECT….Via Dan Drezner, the NEA has released its latest survey of reading habits, and the news is good. Fiction reading among young adults is way up, and overall reading is up too. More than 50% of adults read a …

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Dec 27 2008


Captain Future has an absolutely gorgeous diary up at Daily Kos telling the story of how this photo was taken: The Apollo 8 mission was to just orbit the Moon, not land. The astronauts had been concentrating on the lunar surface, when Frank Borman caught a glimpse of color on the gray horizon, a conspicuous …

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Dec 27 2008

Bugger This. I Want A Better World.

Just past the winter solstice, on the cusp of a New Year, my thoughts inevitably begin to play the retrospection game. I hate it. All of those end-of-year “Best of/Worst of” lists drive me crazy, my New Year’s resolutions are always the same, and it’s not like things magically change on January 1st. Every year …

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Dec 06 2008

Corporate Responsibility: BoA Gets It Right

Sometimes, just sometimes, corporations do things that make me proud: This summer, after months of conversations, some top executives from Bank of America agreed to accompany NRDC staff on a fact-finding trip to Appalachia. In July we flew them over moonscaped mine sites in West Virginia, took them to Kayford Mountain for a closer look …

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Nov 13 2008

It’s Official. The Republicon Party Is Not Smarter Than a Seven Year-Old

I heard earlier today that Obama has sent a thank-you letter to a seven year-old blogger, but I didn’t think there would be any substance to the story. I thought wrong. I now think we may be looking at a future Democratic president, and no, I’m not being condescending (h/t): Here is why I’m asking …

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Nov 04 2008

This Is The Time

Soon, polls will open. Americans will line up and cast their votes. Many of us will be voting for hope, change, and a future while making history. In light of that, there’s no more fitting song for today than Savatage’s “This is the Time.” I spent a few hours tonight whipping us up a little …

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Nov 03 2008

This Is Why

Go here. Look at the pictures. I never thought I’d see anything like this in my lifetime. It’s not just Obama. It’s my heroes – people like Bill Clinton and Al Gore – looking as though they’ve been mainlining hope and purpose. It’s the tears flowing down regular American faces as Obama gives a speech …

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