Let the wheel come around

redmed informs me that there is a Hebrew tradition of celebrating a 28 year solar cycle – when the vernal equinox falls on a Tuesday at Sundown. According to wikipedia this represents a return of the sun to the position where it was when the world was made.

It’s worth noting that the Julian calendar . . . → Read More: Let the wheel come around

Grudging fan-ship

After watching the “Demon Hand” episode of the new Terminator TV series, I am grudgingly going to admit that I’m a total fanboy. Bring unto me the next episode.

It started off with the fact that Summer Glau rules. She’s the odd, quiet girl who knows kung fu. She’s River Tam and she’s the Terminatrix. . . . → Read More: Grudging fan-ship

Everybody else is doing it …

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don’t speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want–good or bad. When you’re finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or moritified) about what . . . → Read More: Everybody else is doing it …

More thoughtfulness

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Cold rain

The first brutally cold, hard rain of Fall is upon us. I’m sitting in a coffee shop in central square in Boston, hoping that it stops sometime before I’m supposed to walk over to my meeting in about two hours. It makes me feel funny, watching the drenching. Watching the people scurry. Wondering if I . . . → Read More: Cold rain

Why

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Gardening

Got my garden in today. Realistically, this means that it’s going to be a rough year for everything except the radishes. According to conventional wisdom, it’s *way* too early to be putting in lettuce in Minnesota, and only a little too early for the rest of it. Radishes are tough, love frosts, and will happily . . . → Read More: Gardening

Metaphor

I’ve decided that most of the great teachers were *not* speaking in metaphor. Take the buddhist admonition that “Attachment is the source of suffering.” This may have some higher level meanings about spirituality, but at the moment it seems pretty accurate when related to the process of moving my household. The more crap I want . . . → Read More: Metaphor

Public policy

I heard a conversation on the radio this morning which was a classic example of how to lose (win) a political debate. The topic was transportation policy. The occasion was an ongoing strike of the bus drivers (which sucks all around). The participants were the president of the “taxpayers league” (or some such activist/advocacy group) . . . → Read More: Public policy

Art

It seems to me that art has two fundamental components:

– A level of technical skill required to create the artifact or artistic experience – Communication or evocation of some aspect of the human experience, for the observer.

The superstructure of analysis and self reference built by the community of academic artists is useful . . . → Read More: Art