September 2005

Violence is Bad

Perhaps the best reviewed movie of the year, David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, pissed the living hell out of me. It has been proclaimed "Epic", "Incredible", blah and blah. I had been looking forward to this for a while. I thought - here is a good director, an interesting script and a lot of [...]

Nerds Rock

Saw Arcade Fire at the Riviera last night with sven and rajeev. What an amazing show - def. one for my best of list. They play like maniacs and behave like ones too - rocking out in their band gear. So darn cute. I must admit that after keeping them in heavy rotation for most [...]

Dear Mr. Friedman

In your 9/28 column, The Endgame in Iraq [access for the academic audience, thanks to moacir], you conclude: Maybe the cynical Europeans were right. Maybe this neighborhood is just beyond transformation. That will become clear in the next few months as we see just what kind of minority the Sunnis in Iraq intend to be. [...]

An Initiative

I grouch constantly that my peers don't take technology seriously - whether in their pedogogy, in their research or in their scholarly applications. I think that instead of grouching, I will take on an initiative. Maybe this will pan out, maybe I will just do enough for my own personal site. Let's begin, at the [...]

Sunday Reading for Mimics

Had a kababfest last night. Good times. Even fired up the ole' shisha. I really want to get a proper hookah from home. Anyone coming? Speaking of home...anyone read from Aberdeen? CM brother #2 just moved there and should have a friendly chat with you. It is getting cold and rainy already. Continuing with the [...]

The Happy Birthday Song

Here, to hoping that this one is less exciting than the one last year [hung our with The Decembrists, got my first speeding ticket in 10 years, someone broke into my car and stole my iPod and digicam and I grew one year older]. Ok, that last bit cannot be avoided this year, either.

Faith in Cricket

Recently, WaPo and NYT did pieces on the growing dominance of Christian prayer in baseball. Jesus is my designated hitter, indeed. I chuckled at the conflation of sports and religion in present day USA. Why can't the Americans keep their religion off the pitch? The overt religiosity has always grated me in, what I perceive [...]

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