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

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Shepard Tones

Dunkirk has received mixed reviews. I’m still hoping to make it to the theater to see it, but I may end up waiting for home release. Christopher Nolan’s movies have always been a treat. He’s a master of atmosphere and is adept at…

Spider-Man Meets The Prankster!

Spider-Man showed up on the Electric Company in 1974, when I was ten years old. I was already a dedicated PBS viewer when the show appeared a few years earlier, and a live action Spider-Man, even if he was in rather corny shorts…

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

This gentleman covered the entire Beatles catalog a couple of years ago.  You can find him here. I am going to be away next week. Some posts may appear, but I will be even more slow than normal responding to comments. (And that’s…

Identity

“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.  

Vacation!

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!