Monthly Archive: September 2013


A Simple Desultory Menippic

“Do you know why I pulled you over?” the cop asked. The Inquisitor’s question. It’s never a good sign. Aviator mirrorshades. Handlebar mustache. Because of course he would. Establishing the right script is important...


Choosing isn’t hard.

Have you ever looked at an expansive menu and not known what to pick? Me too! But that doesn’t mean the phenomenon is common or proportionate to the attention it is given.



Not tonight, dear. I have a headache.


We’re #1! We’re #1!

In the age of participation trophies and 9th place ribbons, it only seems appropriate that every state be the best at something.


Conor’s latest post is something of a paradox…

It’s such a damn fine argument against comments sections that I suspect it would drive some damn interesting conversations in the comments section.  (It’s also a damn fine read, as is his McSweeney’s piece...

Why I Stopped Allowing Comments on My Posts

Since I published a snarky piece clowning Internet Commenters today, I decided that it might be worth offering a few serious thoughts about comments sections. I don’t want my only words on the subject to be flippant.


Huh. I was wrong.

In flipping through the archives, I realize that I was certain that the Eurozone would have had *SOMETHING* happen by now. Greece defaulting, Italy defaulting, Great Britain leaving, France returning to the Franc or...



Chris gets discombobulated. In space.


Monday Night Jukebox

In my post about the Nepean Redskins, I mentioned that the Human Rights complaint was launched by Ian Campeau. Mr. Campeau also happens to be a member of the Hip Hop group, A Tribe...


Redskins and Suburban Racism

A minor football team in Ottawa has done the right thing (finally), dropping the racist moniker. But will Washington’s NFL team ever show the same basic decency?



Katherine gives us the rundown on Babylon 5, Season One, Episode Fifteen. “Legacies”


BONUS: Monday Trivia #133 [Burt Likko wins!]

Second Bonus Trivia Question: Continuum, Evolution, Here’s to the Ladies, Into the Light, No More Drama, Solitaire, Soon, Soul In the Horn, Step by Step, This Beautiful Life. This is not an exhaustive list.


How My Daughter Taught Me to Love Myth-Making

Today my daughter would have been four years old. Though Vivian is no longer with us, we will celebrate her birthday this evening, lighting a candle, and in its glow, dine and sing and...


Monday Trivia #132 [Michael Cain wins!]

From most to least: Russia, Greece, Chile, Ireland, Hungary, Spain, Estonia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Indonesia, China, Poland, France, Austria, Italy, South Korea, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Slovakia, Japan, Norway, Finland, Slovenia,...



So… what have you been reading and/or watching? I watched Black Dynamite.


The Cleric and the Bombers: Iran’s Hassan Rouhani

Precis: In a crucial moment of opportunity, Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s new president, extends the hand of diplomacy. President Obama’s team, surprised and gratified, grasp for Rouhani’s hand. If the handshake pans out, this rapprochement...