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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Apostle of Amateurism

I feel like it would take until next year for me to catch up with the coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics. I haven’t even seen the opening ceremonies yet! I’ve been too busy with trip planning mode. And we have no cable service or any sort of television reception to speak of. I have [...]

Simplicity is Always Hardest

The great debate…which electronic devices to bring along on our trip? I’d like my smartphone to be enough but will I go through withdrawal if I leave my laptop at home? Does my son need his tablet and his Nintendo DS? Oh this modern life.
Five fun or funny or futuristic things for this Friday:

A good [...]

Birth, School, Work, Death

It’s been another busy week, at work and in my personal life. Monday night I caught about half of the Handmade Music performances at the Hack Factory, which was lovely. Tuesday I enjoyed guitarist Chris Forsyth’s set at Madame. Last night we visited with a friend who was in town to take the bar exam. [...]

Humor, Whimsy and Melancholy

Last night we enjoyed a screening of Buster Keaton’s classic Sherlock Jr. at the Trylon Microcinema, accompanied by Dreamland Faces. It was lovely. And it sold out! (I suppose that’s not saying a lot, since it is a micro cinema but still). My son guffawed quite a bit, particularly at the physical humor. Thankfully the [...]

Serpents in My Mind, Looking for Your Crimes

My Dad is an interesting guy, biological connection notwithstanding. And I’ve got him to thank - or blame - for my love of escapism. When I was perhaps a little too young I picked up his castoff copies of Omni magazine, Fangoria, Isaac Asimov paperbacks and more. Halloween was always the BEST holiday in our [...]

The Black Thread of Fate

Well, the innocent excitement and hype surrounding Christopher Nolan’s conclusion to his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, turned to horror. After a lone gunman killed twelve and injured dozens more at a midnight showing in Colorado. But I hate to see this turned into a political issue or a knee jerk call to action. [...]

Moving the Needle

Yay Wednesday. I’m doing my best to muddle through this week. We had a brief respite from the oppressive July heat wave but it returned. And sapped me of my energy. Last night I fell asleep before my son did. And I missed out on two shows I’d wanted to attend, and their after parties. [...]

The Ripples of Our Decisions

Ah, another weekend that whizzed right on by. And I accomplished only a small portion of what I’d intended. But I really can’t do it all. Still, how about a five good things round up?

Dream come true: Neil Gaiman writing Sandman prequel, new novel, five kids’ books, basically all the things. Hooray!
This is grrrrreat: “The [...]

Keep Your Swerve in Control

Yep, it’s Friday the 13th. And I’ve been plagued by very minor nuisances today. My shirt has a hole in it and is tearing up the seam. The velcro closures on my expensive Dansko sandals won’t stay shut. I left my laptop behind at home this morning and had to double back for it. Little [...]

Compliment or Concern

It’s a random weird Wednesday with all sorts of every day life tasks to tackle. But distractions abound!

“You are who you pretend to be.” I need to see this movie: Unicorn City: “This low budget, Utah produced fantasy gamer comedy should be a colossal failure but good writing, an able cast, and a Napolean [...]