July 2004

Close Call

I was gonna stay away today - recuperating from last night's Kerrymania. Yet, the world rudely intervened. Yesterday, a suicide bomber attempted to assassinate PM-designate Shaukat Aziz. He was campaigning in Fath Jang in the Attock district for the August 18th election. 6 people were killed in the attack. Shaukat Aziz escaped unhurt. I hate [...]

Parasika Or How to Waste Time

For various reasons I have been reading Chattopadhyaya's Representing the Other? Sanskrit Sources and the Muslims. One of the strains that I am trying to trace are the terms occuring in epigraphical evidence for Muslim invaders. The earliest references to Muslims occur far too late in the 8th century to make me happy (c. 730s). [...]

Ed has left the building

My dear friends and neighbors have officially moved out and started the trek towards Woodsville, South Carolina where Lisa is gonna kick it old school as new faculty. On N.P.R. you hear, "This part of the program brought to you by the generous support of YadaYada". If the last 5 years of my life were [...]

Barack 2012 2008

When expectations are met, the roar can be deafening. And the roar around Barack Obama's speech is indeed deafening. All are believers now. You can watch the speech here (about 18 min). The speech itself spoke powerfully to all the things I consider to be unique and great about this country and it's people. His [...]

W is for Weltschmerz

The Democratic National Convention is on. I watched a bit of the Fox coverage (they had the missing Utah hiker), CNN (Wolf was hitting on Judy while Jeff looked askance) and MSNBC (Ron Reagan was trying to get girls to flash him. I think). The world would be a terrible place without C-SPAN, I must [...]

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