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5/27/08 What is it about concerts? (part I)

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I’ve been meaning to write about rock shows for a while now.

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Contrasts

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This kind of thing (previously) seems to tend to happen right around the time I’m about to take a long trip on Amtrak. Or maybe that’s when I most notice it. I did ride 13 hours on Amtrak last Thursday, and it was pretty uneventful and relaxing. It was also supposed to be an 11-hour […]

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This is old news

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I was a little embarrassed that only a few days after scoffing at how dangerous Oakland is, I got shot. I intended to post about it, but I just never got around to it. Each time I thought about it, it moved farther away from “kind of scary” and closer and closer to “old news,” […]

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5/13/08 Bob Barr declares for President…

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as a Libertarian… and he has some interesting things to say about the two major parties. I find it very interesting and very revealing to hear a Southern Republican former Congressman (and Reagan appointee!) say this about the party he was in for decades: The one thing that matters to Republicans above all else and […]

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Younger than John McCain

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Maybe a riff on Barack Obama is your new bicycle (or at least a very interesting counterpoint), here are some things younger than John McCain. Included are—well, I won’t spoil the surprise. Just visit the site. I know it’s silly and clichéd and unoriginal for me to say this, but I love the Internet.

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RIP, Robert Rauschenberg

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“Robert Rauschenberg, dubbed by the New York Times as a “Titan of American Art,” has died, aged 82. I grew up seeing his work over and over again, and it has had a subtle but lasting impression on me. He was a master of capturing the energy and imagery of the mid- to late-20th century.

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5/8/08 All Your Baseball Questions Are Belong To Us

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This is a great read for anyone who loves baseball, and I know you do: Bill James Answers All Your Baseball Questions (from the NY Times “Freakonomics” blog) I really need to get some Bill James books.

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