La Fiesta de Santa Barbara

| August 7, 2011

Having transplanted myself out here to NC from California over 11 years ago, there are few things I miss. Naturally, I miss my family, who are all trapped there in Santa Barbara for one reason or another. Most of the time, I don’t really miss my hometown, as such, simply because most of the time […]

Brain Surgery

| June 23, 2011

Despite the Recent Neurological Unpleasantness, I’ve tried to retain a sense of humor about things, and mostly succeeded, I think. Let’s face it: pratfalls can be extremely funny. Especially if I don’t hurt myself. I’m not really trying to make a point here. There isn’t too much that’s amusing about neurosurgery, per se. This, however, […]

Another one gone.

| June 22, 2011

It is with sadness that I note the passing of one of my favorite “one hit wonders,” Andrew Gold, who died June 3rd. Pretty everyone of my generation will remember his best-known song, 1977’s Lonely Boy. “One hit wonder” isn’t really a perfectly accurate description, though — he also penned “Thank You For Being A […]

Quote of the Day

| May 23, 2011

Rep. Eric Cantor, House majority leader, at AIPAC: If the Palestinians want to live in peace in a state of their own, they must demonstrate that they are worthy of a state. So to Mr. Abbas I say, stop the incitement in your media and your schools, stop naming public squares and athletic teams after […]

Econ 101 & 102 Rap Battle

| April 30, 2011

If you want to educate The Children, you can either teach them your language, or teach them in theirs. For a study of the fundamentally dry subject of Economics, it’s probably better to engage the yoots via their own lingua franca. For the record: I am not a fan of rap as a whole, but […]

And now for a quick musical interlude.

| March 28, 2011

Will Young, an early winner of Britain’s “Pop Idol” competition: (Like 90% of the new tunes I find myself liking, I found this as part of the soundtrack of a TV show — in this case, Top Gear. Yeah, I know, I know.) To borrow a Douglas Adams construct: if Paul McCartney had written this […]

“Catchy” doesn’t quite cover it.

| March 17, 2011

This may be the best song I’ve heard in quite a few years. I’ve also found myself surprisingly enjoying one from a few years back that I have heard described (perhaps rightly) as an “emo” anthem. The visuals (especially the yoots in the video) do nothing to allay that potential concern… but I suppose I […]

The more I hear…

| February 13, 2011

… of Herman Cain, the more I like him. The radio host and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza spoke Saturday at CPAC 2011. I’ve never heard his radio show, but I would imagine his listeners are well informed and highly motivated. Allen West was pretty great, too. The Youtube video of his speech has disappeared, […]

Planning for Retirement

| January 5, 2011

A quick must-see from the good folks at the Weasel Times & Stoat Intelligencer: I’m torn — should I plan on Mad Dog 20/20, or Thunderbird?

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