Those Beautiful Bastards


[caption id="attachment_658" align="alignleft" width="216" caption="©2011 Warren Hedges"][/caption] Having an animal’s eye in sharp focus is traditionally a make or break element in wildlife photography. Perhaps for evolutionary reasons, we like to look at things that can look back at us. Here is the background, but clearly distinguished from it is…

BattleStar Actual


Battlestar Actual All the explicitly analog, non-networked technology and mechanically legible environs of the ship are a bulwark against the virtual. In Battlestar this virtual is both digital and biological. Hence the dinginess of the ship, the sense that every space is grimy and everyone is sweaty stands in defiant…

How Numa Ruined the Calendar


The Roman year used to begin in March, which is named after Mars, their God of war. On March 1st gifts of fruit and honey were exchanged. But Numa Pompilius, Rome’s second king, wanted to start the year on a more peaceful note. Here is Plutarch’s account: “March, which was…

Habits of Presence


The point of this kind of writing is to keep writing. The point is to continue even when there is no apparent point. To continue until there is no apparent point? It would be good for me to reread that Eckhart Tolle passage about wanting to put off doing things,…

The Encounter


I just get so profoundly bored sometimes. The artists, and the thinkers who are creative as artists, those keep me going because they’re more likely to be inventing anew. In retrospect, one of the best things about Duke was creative thinkers. In spite of all the posturing, towering egotism, etc.,…

Bi-fection


much-used, much-loved at some point   December 7, 2010 Infamous day, and I don’t mean Hanukah. So many holidays fundamentally at odds with one another. All religions are one. Except when they’re not. Which is all of the time. Hell, even single religions are not one. One is overrated. Daoism,…

An Unexpected Role Model


Like many grad students, my initial impression of my professors (in this case Barbara Herrnstein Smith) was often of them as personalities. The gossipy comments, usually unkind, that help graduate students feel a little less powerless in a structure where they have little formal recognition and their futures are uncertain.…