Monthly Archives: October 2011

Death Be Not Proud

Death Be Not Proud – everyone sort of knows those four words, and they sound vaguely impressive, and you sometimes see them inscribed on a gravestone or you hear them at a funeral. They represent a sort of defiance, a … Continue reading

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A Simple End

Long ago things were dramatic – the announcement early in the morning of April 29, 1975 – the evacuation from Saigon by helicopter of the last of our diplomatic, military, and civilian personnel. That was named Frequent Wind – the largest helicopter … Continue reading

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The Problem When Things Go Well

Some days are slow news days, and some days are not, and Thursday, October 20, 2011, was not one of those slow news days when the cable news channels run backgrounders on how the decades-old tax theories of Steve Forbes … Continue reading

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Something Else Entirely

Some things you remember even if they happened long ago. And long ago, teaching English to late adolescents at that fancy prep school in upstate New York – in those Dead Poets Society years – the seventies, actually – it … Continue reading

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A Long Fine Flash

Hunter Thompson was onto something when he wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – he called it “a savage journey to the heart of the American Dream.” And the preface quotes Samuel Johnson – “He who makes a beast of … Continue reading

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Rigged

What do you do at the carnival when you see that the game is rigged and you won’t win that giant teddy bear for your sweetie? You walk away. All the games are rigged. You don’t play them. You just … Continue reading

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Let’s Not Do That Again

Those of us who have worked in systems felt a twinge of sympathy for the folks at Research in Motion last week. Everyone’s Blackberry stopped working, and that device had become critical to modern business. But system failures happen. And … Continue reading

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