Bone Machine


I have a bone to pick.  Actually, several bones. Several of my bones. Several aching junctions between my bones. To have a disease with visible effects is, at least in Ashland OR, to invite comment. Much of it well-intended on the surface, but as often as not, more about the…

Not Meanings, but Means


Somewhere Ursala LeGuin wrote that “the means are the ends.” Words I try to live by, but let me push them a little further to means without ends. Trajectories of thought, ways of living, where there are means, and only means. Here we have not a moral charter that claims…

My Bodies, MySelves


Call it the egghead version of championship wrestling.In one corner, you have Jacques Lacan, enraptured by a tragic vision: humans chase after an imaginary holism, an image of integration they can never achieve.In the other corner, Deleuze & Guattari, a tag team. Several teams, actually. They keep splitting and multiplying.…

This World I Fling


(Automatically) converted over 7,000 Word Perfect files looking for a poem I wrote about Kepler. Here's the stanza I was after: This world I fling.Which will topple popeswith mathematical certainty.Until, beyond my power,it slays god himself.

Human Paper Jam


Someone whom you avoid inviting to meetings because of his or her tendency to obstruct any meaningful progress on a issue. In academia, may think of themselves as a maverick or a gadfly while in fact, their ideas are plodding and hackneyed. Also known as a procedural dullard or an…

What Challenges May Come


I recently saw a fine episode about dreaming on PBS’s Nova. Among other things, I learned that we don’t only dream during REM sleep, but also during another stage. I had already read about dreams helping us to consolidate new learning and memories. But according to the special, dreams may…

Hubris & Hybris


“The common use of hubris in English to suggest pride, over-confidence, or any behaviour which may offend divine powers, rests, it is now generally held, on misunderstanding of ancient texts, and concomitant and over-simplified views of Greek attitudes to the gods have lent support to many doubtful, and often over-Christianizing,…