What War Leaves Behind

Notwithstanding the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the continental U.S. has been spared war on our shores for 150 years. Thus no one born here and still alive has experienced the devastation that lingers after war here, although many a soldier has seen too much of it. This week marks the 50th anniversary of our …

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Ending Hide and Seek

Who’s Afraid of Information? It has been said that sunshine is the best disinfectant. Why is it then that so many who seek wealth and/or power want to hide the process by which they acquire and use it? If there is a cry to hide information from those who can use it to make decisions …

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Relational Value

It may seem trite and it may be overworked but it doesn’t hurt to notice how comforting food can be to people from time to time. I’m not talking about so-called “comfort food”. That’s become a restaurant industry term for foods that hark back to the middle-class menus that were pretty standard across Middle America …

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ROLL: Jiujitsu in SoCal

This documentary is about the jiujitsu lifestyle in So Cal. It starts old school, back in the day, when the Gracies were new to the US and teaching out of a garage. I also recommend the video below (great little fight at the beginning, ending in a heel hook; you can feel the adrenaline). I …

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Dems in Congress oppose Obama’s draft Military Force Authorization, may affect Africa

Politico (2015-03-03) reports that “Key Democrats are hardening their opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposal for attacking Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, raising fresh doubts the White House can win congressional approval of the plan as concerns grow over its handling of crises around the globe.” While the draft Authorization for Use of Military …

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Digital Media’s Demands and Yields

In lieu of telling you where this budding Media Preservation program and I are at in our fourth month together, I’m going to share a few basic concepts of the field, before steering slightly toward digital scholarship and a few tools/resources that might excite you. In other words, I’ll keep it light, and will share …

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Garbage, Junk, and non-coding DNA

About 1% of the genome codes for actual proteins: these regions are the ~20k or so “genes” that receive most of the attention. (Usage of the term “gene” seems to be somewhat inconsistent, sometimes meaning “unit of heredity” or “coding region” or “functional region” …) There’s certainly much more biologically important information in the genome …

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Short stories

Yesterday I listened to this interview with the fiction editor of the New Yorker: Deborah Treisman, fiction editor at The New Yorker, discusses the magazine’s 90th anniversary and the canon of fiction it published. She didn’t mention Irwin Shaw‘s 1939 classic The Girls in Their Summer Dresses. According to James Salter, Shaw wrote it in …

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Top 25 richest living comedians

It’s fairly common knowledge that comedy isn’t a terribly lucrative career. Not only do most comedians spend decades doing small-time standup hoping to be discovered, but most of those comedians never end up being discovered either. But what about the comedians that did hit it big? To provide some insight into what it takes to …

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Cupholder

Dinner conversation last night led someone to remark that aside from Italy, California has the best food in the world. I didn’t bite. Maybe there’s something to this, because although I spend relatively little time in California, I have had some very good meals there. Yet the image that comes to mind with California food …

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