I Love You

A man carried metal, carried gold Something happened between Thursday lunch and Saturday breakfast. I’m not sure what, though a couple of in-depth conversations undoubtedly assisted. To recap: The week before last was a real bummer, emotionally. February, and all that. Then last week I spent three days immersed in SoL work, a one-day workshop […]

Democracy Not

Democracy Now: A Veterans Affairs nurse in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was investigated for sedition after she wrote a letter to a local newspaper criticizing the Bush administration’s handling of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war. Any questions?

Paying Off Debt? You Might Be a Terrorist

This is quite something: The balance on their JCPenney Platinum MasterCard had gotten to an unhealthy level. So they sent in a large payment, a check for $6,522. And an alarm went off. A red flag went up. The Soehnges’ behavior was found questionable…. After sending in the check, they checked online to see if […]

What Is Fun?

Dave Pollard: If our job is work, and marriage is work, and recreation is work, when do we have fun? In nature, children play, breeding adults work, and non-breeding adults do a bit of both. In raven communities, for example, each flock has a breeding pair and a bunch of singles who help protect the […]

Non-Rolling Stones

Plausible Story kindly contributes to the Interweb with this rock-solid excerpt: There was a wall in him that no one reached. Not even Clara, though she assumed it had deformed him. A tiny stone swallowed years back that had grown with him and which he carried around because he could not shed it. His motive […]

Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge, MA

While I was in Boston (Cambridge), I stayed at the Hotel Marlowe; first time. The Marlowe is part of the Kimpton Group boutique chain – “Every hotel tells a story” – found in all the upscale cities you’d expect. It is very close to the SoL offices, and attached to the Cambridgeside Galleria mall. I […]

Getting Real About Politics

Spend ten minutes and read these two posts: Only the Dead Sleep Well: The problem with John Kerry’s email campaigns, thoughts which IMO apply to all the current email campaigns (MoveOn, Democrocy for America, etc). Don’t Think of a Donkey: The problem with “framing” and trying to replicate the right-wing think tanks. via WB. Let’s […]

Getting Real

37signals has released their new eBook on web application development, Getting Real. Getting Real details the business, design, programming, and marketing principles of 37signals. The book is packed with keep-it-simple insights, contrarian points of view, and unconventional approaches to software design. This is not a technical book or a design tutorial, it’s a book of […]

Bush Katrina Briefing Video

We take a break from our deep reflective practice to consider the implications of the just-leaked video of Bush’s Katrina briefing. This is going to be very big news for the next few days, well into the Sunday talk shows. The video presents a sequence showing FEMA’s Michael Brown and various experts specifying the dangers […]