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Five years

Five years ago this evening, my mother died unexpectedly. I got one of the phone calls that you never want to get, and joined what my sister now calls “the club that nobody wants to be in.” At the time, I wrote a bunch of blog posts about it. That turns out to have been . . . → Read More: Five years

Of bay leaves, and taking things to ridiculous extremes

I lost a bet recently, thought you might like to know about it.

This all started back on March 20, when in a fit of pique I posted on facebook: “Bay leaves are a lie. They do nothing.”

My friend Dan jumped in: “I cannot let pass this culinary heresy, Chris. Bay leaves, when . . . → Read More: Of bay leaves, and taking things to ridiculous extremes

2011 Retrospective

At the end of each year I make a little summary post listing the first (interesting) line from the first post of each month. What I note this year is that I basically stopped writing as of September, and also that I seem to have spent a lot of time pissed off about various things. . . . → Read More: 2011 Retrospective

Bad Business Practice: The Motorsport Lab

Nearly a year ago, I received a very nice present of a Groupon certificate to “drive a ferrari for an hour.” Here’s the groupon ad. The company is The Motorsport Lab.

They had substantial scheduling issues. Between their flaky website, limited availability, and the fact that they cancel for weather, etc, I was unable to . . . → Read More: Bad Business Practice: The Motorsport Lab

My political platform

Just like every year, I’m running for president, god-emperor, and tzar of the world. My assumption is that I would have such an incredible popular mandate that I wouldn’t have to negotiate with either political party, nor would I have to respect existing law or precedent. In my mind, I can impose a clean slate . . . → Read More: My political platform


This is a test.

There should be all kinds of cross-post magic going on at this point.

Check it.


Greetings from the business center of the Shigatze hotel.

Shigatze is a complete dust bowl right now. Every sidewalk is ripped up in preparations for the celebrations in early July. Based on my casual assessment, I don’t think they’re going to make it. They still seem to be in the “destroy everything,” phase of street . . . → Read More: Shigatze


The trip is going really well so far, and there are too many incredible experiences going on to try to squeeze them into blog posts through this soda straw of an internet connection. I do wish to report, however, on the local hooch: “Chaang.” This is a barley beer made locally, and it’s mentioned in . . . → Read More: Chaang


I’m writing from the comfort of the Kyichu Hotel about a block from the Potala Palace, in the core of Lhasa.

For those who were hoping for up to the minute facebook or twitter, those are stone cold blocked by the Great Firewall of China. Wikipedia’s list of similarly blocked sites is an eye . . . → Read More: Lhasa