Stranger Fruit

Archives for May, 2008


A combination of work and travel means I’ll be out of circulation for the next few weeks. See you sometime around June 5th.

Earth and Moon from Mars

Earth and Moon seen from Mars (source)

Yet another anti-evolution bill dies on the vine – in this case Missouri. The DI is batting 0-3 at the moment. That’s gotta hurt.

Monday Mustelid #18

American badger, Taxidea taxus Waterhouse 1839. (source)

Philosopher Robert Solomon in Waking Life: The reason why I refuse to take existentialism as just another French fashion or historical curiosity is that I think it has something very important to offer us for the new century. I’m afraid we’re losing the real virtues of living life passionately, sense of taking responsibility for who…

And this guy is the current front-runner for McCain’s running mate? Republican Mike Huckabee responded to an offstage noise during his speech to the National Rifle Association by suggesting it was Barack Obama diving to the floor because someone had aimed a gun at him. Hearing a loud noise and interrupting his speech, Huckabee said:…

Friday Poem (0516)

Ox Transcended Whip, rope, self, ox – no traces left. Thoughts cannot penetrate the vast blue sky, Snowflakes cannot survive a red-hot stove. Arriving here, meet the ancient teachers. K’uo-an (trans. Stanley Lombardo) [image source]

Needing software recommendation

It’s been a few years (2002, probably) since I used a Linux box regularly. Yesterday I dual-booted my laptop with Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” and everything works flawlessly. So now I’m asking – what are the essential software packages I should install? Utilities, games, whatever … make a recommendation. I’d be particularly interested in hearing…


No sooner had I read this today: There is by now an entire book to be written about the way that "Munich," "appeasement," and "Churchill" have been ritually invoked, from Suez to Vietnam to Iraq, so often in false analogy, and so often with calamitous results. than I saw this: U.S. President George W. Bush…

Keith Olberman on Bush’s sacrifice of his golf game: “Mr. President,” he was asked, “you haven’t been golfing in recent years. Is that related to Iraq? “Yes,” began perhaps the most startling reply of this nightmarish blight on our lives as Americans – on our history. “It really is. I don’t want some mom whose…