Monthly Archives: May 2010

I Dislike Gambling

Halley No, not other people’s gambling. Although I consider it predatory on the part of Indian Tribes and the state of Nevada, among other things — if that’s how a retiree wishes to dispose of savings and Social Security income, … Continue reading

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Valor Devalued

Shelley Today’s NY Times Sunday Magazine includes an article most appropriate for this weekend of honoring the nation’s war dead: “What Happened to Valor?” The article’s core question: Why have so many fewer Medals of Honor been awarded for the … Continue reading

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A Whole Bunch of Stuff

Jesse Loop 25 I posted yesterday’s brief reference before reading the day’s NY Times. There I found a trove of good material, so those are discussed below, as well as a few other things. ———— “Watch This Whether You Want … Continue reading

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Olivia Finale 25 Yeah, there’s some little stuff out there, like the exhibit of photography and videos at London’s Tate Modern Gallery entitled “Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera” that includes the unintended (?) irony of the Tate’s own security … Continue reading

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OK, Now They’ve Got My Attention!

My Botticelli 3 Awhile back (no, I can’t find the original post), I wrote of a Brit who was questioned by UK authorities for having written an email with intemperate language. I wrote at the time I thought such was … Continue reading

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Impromptu Saturday 15 A few odds and ends this morning. As this posts I’m off to have blood drawn for my six-month medical checkup. Afterward I will be totally bad at the coffee shop. ———————— Gone Viral Department I’m coming … Continue reading

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Belief

Mulberry 2 For reasons now obscure, two days ago I was tracking down recordings of Lord of the Dance, on iTunes. In fact, I downloaded about six of them, each different, ranging from music accompanying the Irish step-dancing mega-production by … Continue reading

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A Good Book

Rotation 15 Parisians, by Graham Robb. I’m not even half through it, and the stories have been fascinating. The night Napoleon Bonaparte lost his virginity. The night Marie Antoinette attempted to depart the palace during the revolution, only to become … Continue reading

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So Why Do It in the First Place

Seanna 9 It is common knowledge that prosecutors — federal, state and local — will often charge a more serious crime in expectation that the defendant will accept a plea offer of a lesser offense, thus avoiding the cost, time … Continue reading

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Susan Running 4 Last night was Circle Mirror Transformation at the Guthrie, a relatively new play by young-ish playwright Annie Baker. Set in a community center in “Shirley,” Vermont, it is an interaction among three aspiring actors, an instructor, and … Continue reading

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