Category Archive: Personal

Dec 04 2013

Just so you know

Next week is the last week of classes. I am behind on my grading. I am on a search committee — phone interviews next week. My driveway is covered in snow. I have 3 exams to write right now. Immediately after finals I’m flying off to Boulder, Colorado. I may be slightly unresponsive to external …

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Dec 03 2013



It’s not even Christmas yet, and Mary and I got a present in the mail. It turns out it has magical properties, too. All morning, this cat we’re fostering (want her?) has been pestering me, clambering about and digging her claws into me and nagging me to feed her, and I sat down next to …

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Nov 27 2013

My Thanksgiving plans

This is pretty much my plan for tomorrow. Although, typical selfe-centred Brit, he doesn’t seem to realize that Thanksgiving is not about celebrating our separation from England, it’s about celebrating our plundering of the wealth of the native people of North America. We are actually literally doing no work for Thanksgiving at all. We’re going …

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Nov 18 2013

#Skepticon, I wish I knew how to quit you

I’m in the midwest, I was going to fly to my home in the midwest via a stop in the midwest. I don’t know if you heard, but

Nov 10 2013

The cherry dream


It all started with the wine last night — a dark red, with cherry and chocolate notes. The chocolate I can take or leave, but cherry…cherry is my flavor, and it reacted with the phlegmy mass building up in my sinuses to leach cherry dreams into my brain. This damned cold made my sleep fitful, …

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Nov 04 2013

Avoid the racket

Tauriq Moosa has a righteously indignant article on diamonds and engagement rings. Diamonds are rocks with industrial utility, but we’ve been fed this horrible line of propaganda that they’re essential geegaws for lining the bower to attract a mate; it’s an incredibly dumb myth, leading to much waste and obscene profits to a monopoly. Meanwhile, …

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Oct 31 2013

Halloween is over for another year


We had a quiet evening, with maybe a half-dozen parties of little kids stopping by, and now it’s late enough that I think we’re going to be stuck with a big bucket of candy. Everyone got to play with the witch’s cauldron on Google, right? Get over there now before she disappears.

Oct 25 2013

Day 2 of the House Without Internet

Stupid cat. Once again, its wanton destruction of our router leaves me throttled, my rhythm thrown off completely. Shortly, I’ll be immersing myself in a long day of work, but this evening, my wife and I are heading off to the exotic fleshpots and glittering wildness of the Big City, and there I shall capture …

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Oct 24 2013

Just so you know

I knew there was a reason I hated cats. The one we’ve got is a Luddite. She’s been busily chewing through and clawing computer cables. Earlier this week, she destroyed the phone—while I was on it. She saw me talking to someone, there was this lovely dangling cord, so she leapt up, snagged it, tore …

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Oct 16 2013

Getting too old for this stuff

On top of my usual horrible Wednesday class load, which means I don’t emerge from non-stop working with students until 5pm, my division has scheduled a major meeting for 3 hours from 6pm to 9pm. Goodbye 16 October, I think I’ll just deny your existence until the calendar rolls over to 17. It would be …

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