Monthly Archives: June 2012

Follow up.

Everybody is all a-Twitter (and Facebook) about the SCOTUS decision in the Affordable Care Act case, so I feel no urge to write about it, other than to say I’m relieved. There is enough commentary whizzing around the fluorosphere without … Continue reading

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On Saturday I saw the movie “Hysteria,” which was ostensibly about the invention of the electric vibrator in Victorian England. It was a cute, slight, and rather obvious little movie, with the ending inevitable after the first ten minutes.  But … Continue reading

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Being out and about.

The parade went well, at least from where I was sitting, er, riding. I did some walking today, not the parade route but probably a half mile before and after the parade while going to various BART stations, and a … Continue reading

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There is a lot not to like about living in the suburban Bay Area: the insane cost of living, the lack of really good public transit, rush hour, a lack of social cohesion (at least in my neck of the … Continue reading

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Movie snippets for the attentionally challenged.

I just finished watching Henry V (the Kenneth Branagh version) on Netflix.  It contains one deeply moving long scene when the sides are gathering up their dead after the Battle of Agincourt.  That, along with the wonderful St. Crispin’s Day … Continue reading

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My aunt died yesterday. Mom called me with the news this afternoon. I am not quite sure how to feel. My aunt was my mother’s sister. She had had several strokes over the past few years, and had been living … Continue reading

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The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. Origin unknown, often falsely attributed to Mark Twain. I attended a Giants game at ATT Park this evening, and I gotta say, of all the American major league cities … Continue reading

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Self-Help movies?

The Bible for mothers-to-be for over the past two decades (I used it for all three of my pregnancies), What to Expect When You’re Expecting, was recently made into a “heartwarming” and critically-panned romantic comedy. It’s not the first time that … Continue reading

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Notes from an exhibition: the limits of Aestheticism.

Today I undertook the field trip I meant to have on my birthday but missed due to illness.  I went to the Palace of the Legion on Honor in San Francisco to see The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde … Continue reading

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I don’t have a lot of time here right now, but I did want to post a reminder to all my California friends to VOTE today.  It’s especially important given the way that the primary has been restructured: the top … Continue reading

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Justice is a difficult thing, sometimes

The New Jersey judge in the case of the Rutgers’ student who Tweeted his roommate having sex with another man has had to speak out in defense of his sentencing the defendant to 30 days in jail, 300 hours of … Continue reading

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Wii woes.

I am trying to change my habits.  Really. Truly. Part of this change is actually engaging in physical activity.  As my doctors and I get the dosages of the pain meds into something that vaguely provides an acceptable balance between … Continue reading

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I can’t believe I never caught that.

The things you learn from  The Monkees’ “Last Train to Clarksville” was a Vietnam War protest song. According to the songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, they had to be subtle about their anti-war beliefs because, well, it was … Continue reading

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Railfan graduated this evening. Both of us are in shock. I just want to take this opportunity to say how very proud I am of him. Love you, kid.

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Pomp and circumstance.

Odd musings from the cheap seats at a high school graduation: Am I weird that I would love to go back to school just to be able to wear a doctoral hood?* Mr. B. clearly got the memo about going … Continue reading

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