Monthly Archives: August 2010

Inevitably Accepting Uncertainty

Hang around long enough and you get used to uncertainty. You end up quoting Heraclitus on how one cannot step into the same stream twice, or end up just saying damn – didn’t see that one coming. It’s unavoidable. The … Continue reading

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Feeding the Mosque Monster

All husbands know how it goes – to cover up a mistake or to get what you really want you come up with the likely story – the boss called everyone in for a late meeting or the car broke … Continue reading

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Oh, Grow Up!

Oh, grow up! It’s the universal insult. Parents use it when they’re fed up with the whiny kid. Adolescents use it on each other – as a way to say man, you just aren’t cool. Adults use it on each … Continue reading

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Escalating the Culture Wars That Were Supposed To Be Over

You know, if you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. And if that advice seems odd to you, you missed the culture wars of the sixties. The words are from a hit song … Continue reading

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The Teacher’s Dilemma

Some things stay with you. It was June 1981 – so long ago it might have been the birth of today’s world, kind of like the Big Bang or something. That was the year IBM introduced the first IBM PC … Continue reading

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Running in Packs

As a rule – or as a bit of symbolism if you’re going to make a movie about such things – conservatives like dogs and liberals like cats. Use it as a bit of visual shorthand – your conservative character … Continue reading

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Life in Smugtown, USA

Rochester, New York – it was the last stop before arriving here in Los Angeles in 1981 or so. The change was an expected cultural shift – no more snow and no more snow tires of course, and in that … Continue reading

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