Colorado blizzard

It’s snowing like damn in Colorado. I just called my brother and they’re totally shut in there, not having to go work, with his loving wife and their newborn baby, and his in-laws who cooked a delicious turkey dinner. Those, poor, unfortunate bastards. Conveniently, this natural disaster is scheduled to end tomorrow at noon. That […]


I’ve finished reading “Freakonomics” by L. Ron Hubbard… I mean Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. It’s a book of nonsequitor statistical research by Levitt, who, among other things, claims he’s found a causal link between legal abortion and a drop in crime. He’s also shown that swimming pools are more dangerous than guns. […]

Ivory-billed woodpecker

This month’s National Geographic Magazine has an article about the ivory-billed woodpecker, once believed to be extinct, but reported recently in Arkansas. To see for myself, I looked at the only video evidence of its existence. It’s like watching a video of Bigfoot: it’s blurry and very brief. I slowed it down and, yes, it […]

Over a hurdle

West Branch’s “A Christmas Past” event is this weekend. I was stressing out over my little part of it: recruiting volunteers and setting up our annual popcorn and hot cider service. I was stressed mostly because of the lack of direction from my boss and coworkers and because I had to recruit a lot of […]