“The problem with introspection is that it has no end.” - Philip K. Dick


“Destroy this Mad Brute.” It’s one of the most iconic images in the history of U.S. propaganda. The “Hun” (a term that is itself a misappropriated racial slur) is a savage ape, wearing the Kaiser’s mustache and a German military helmet. He’s carrying a half-naked…

The United States of Wabi-Sabi

I spent three days in Washington DC last week. It was only my second visit, and the first was so brief and condensed that it barely counts. DC is a suitable capital city for the United States. It’s broad, diverse, beautiful, ugly, deeply…

Chaos Muppets Take Washington

Back in 2012, when the prospect of a hedge fund manager as President and Paul Ryan as his Vice-President seemed frightening, Dahlia Lithwick wrote about Muppet Chaos Theory and the Supreme Court. This link periodically makes the Facebook and Twitter rounds, even now, five…

High Speed Hummingbird Video

Every year my wife hangs out our hummingbird feeders, hoping that at least one decides to hang out near our yard. Most years we’re lucky and we see a couple, and if I am really lucky I even get a few photos. As…

Vacation Detour

Michael Gondry, director of the sublime Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,   filmed the movie below with an iPhone. It’s a treat.  


I’ll be away for the next week and a half. That includes no blogging. (Or at least blogging to build up enough of a backlog to sustain a few busy weeks.) See you!

Grand Central Forest

A busy spot in Italy’s Abruzzo National Park, in a supercut covering one year.

Friday Music: The American Dollar

The American Dollar has great tracks for writing and for just listening. Spacious, meditative, and colorful, music. Another discovery made via Spotify, which continues to impress with its recommendations.      



Wish I had been closer to the window. Not much to add to this, really.