Monthly Archives: April 2010

Glad I Don’t Own an iPhone

Have you ever been held hostage by a series of baby pictures? I have, including a several week period when a co-worker had daily, voluminous displays to a point I thought I might have to endure time lapse updates until … Continue reading

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Playin’ the bass

Sometimes, in the right circumstances, I’m a bass player. That proviso is important because, when they are right, the experience is sublime; when they’re not, it’s strictly on par with a visit to the periodontist. I’ve discovered there’s a lot … Continue reading

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Transparent Bullsh*t

There are a number of fashionable words to be on the lookout for. Reason is that, when you run into them, you’re probably being flummoxed. The reigning king of these sleigh-of-tongue devices is “transparency”. Now, this has an intuitive conceptual … Continue reading

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Apolitical

Although I’m meagerly qualified to comment on fashion, I sense it’s become fashionable to describe oneself as “not political”.  I hear and see comment to that effect all the time. When the actual motivation is articulated, it’s sometimes contempt for … Continue reading

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Timeshifting

Maybe it’s just bad luck, bad timing of DVD rental choices, or my imagination. Because, if not, it’s an epidemic;  this whole bouncing around in time technique in many “serious” movies. I’m looking around for someone to blame and wondering … Continue reading

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Fear of Words

“Retarded” Scary word? What if I embarked on a story about “the retarded son of an idiot”? Would that be wrong? Hurtful? Tasteless? How about if I was talking about George W. Bush? I’ve tried out this sequence (admittedly sort … Continue reading

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What I “Learned” in Law School

It’s not what you think. There used to be a saying about the three years you spent in law school: First year, they scare you to death; second year, work you to death; third year, bore you to death. That … Continue reading

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“I was…like….what?”

Yeah, “what” indeed? This increasingly ubiquitous phrase has to be my top current nominee for language eradication proceedings (with extreme prejudice). Is it possible to take anyone who speaks like this seriously? (OK, that’s rhetorical.) The word ‘like’ seemed to have … Continue reading

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Friends of Goodness

Samuel Johnson originated the phrase. It refers to people who endorse “goodness” (in the sense of charity, compassion and caring), but only in an abstract sense, not in actual deed. We live in a time awash in this sort of … Continue reading

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Short Attention Span Syndrome

At first I thought it was either my imagination, some unfortunate coincidences at work or the possibility I was intermittently turning invisible. For some time, I’d been running into people with what appeared to be some sort of bizarre communication … Continue reading

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