Category: Rants


Buzz on Being an Astronaut

Buzz Aldrin has a good opinion piece in the New York Times today titled, “Fear and Flying” that provides an astronaut’s take on the shuttle disaster. (Free subscription required to view.)


Why We Think It Can’t Happen to Us

I get irked when people start talking about how entertainment adversely affects how we live our lives. (My favorite example, and I can’t recall the source right now: Some people say that violence in movies and television encourages more violence in society, but do you see the broad spectrum of comedy making people funnier?) That ...


Shuttle Disaster

I’m sick about the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia. I caught the news late: Kim and I were enjoying a nice news- and Internet-free morning before running off to get some errands done, and then I checked quickly. I feel like I’ve been numb all day. (The Challenger explosion in 1986 is still ...



As I listened to the President’s State of the Union speech in the car last night, I found myself getting repeatedly stuck on words and phrases, followed closely by, “Did he really just say that?” My favorite example: “Hitlerism” (emphasis mine). “Throughout the 20th century, small groups of men seized control of great nations, built ...


Blogging with Intent

A few people have asked me, “What’s your blog about?” Although there are topic-specific blogs out there (like Glenn’s WiFi Blog), this one is just a place to express my own thoughts and interests. Hey, wait! Come back! I hope to be endlessly interesting; comments or questions gladly accepted. 🙂


Le Carré on the Bush Administration

A friend sent this essay by John Le Carré, “The United States of America Has Gone Mad.” As we get deeper into Bush’s oil-fueled vendetta in Iraq, I have to admit that I agree with what Le Carré is saying. (Though hopefully his statistics of American support for a war – 88 percent – is ...