socrates and elvis walk into a bar

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ELVIS AND SOCRATES walk into a bar. No, wait — should it be "Socrates and Elvis"? Ei­ther way, here's what this post is all about: I came across a 3-minute video of In­dian guru Gaur Gopal Das talk­ing about gos­sip. Nor­mally, I avoid the ad­vice of "wise" men — es­pe­cially those I have not heard CONTINUE READING

you probably overrate that which you love

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THIS MORNING, the ques­tion on Quora was, "Who is the most over­rated mu­sic star of all time?" Rather than an­swer the ques­tion — which I don't be­lieve can be an­swered to everyone's sat­is­fac­tion — I ad­dressed the as­sump­tions of the ques­tion it­self.

My an­swer is in­dented be­low be­tween the im­ages of Bert Blyleven (with CONTINUE READING

screening for mental health risk factors for our kids

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THE REDMOND REPORTER is our lo­cal pa­per here in Red­mond, Wash­ing­ton. It's a typ­i­cal smalltown paper: twenty pages with lo­cal news and ad­ver­tise­ments. Un­for­tu­nately, I rarely pay any at­ten­tion to it, but yes­ter­day it was brought to my at­ten­tion by an ar­ti­cle on the front page of the Sep­tem­ber 7, 2108, edi­tion.

The ar­ti­cle was CONTINUE READING

wordpress publish button is like a gun with the safety off

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FOR THOSE READERS who have their own Word­Press sites, I as­sume you oc­ca­sion­ally do what I (alas) con­sis­tently do: mis­tak­enly click the Pub­lish but­ton on the right side of your Edit Post work page when you meant to click the Save Draft but­ton. To over­state the sit­u­a­tion: leav­ing the Pub­lish but­ton ex­posed is like leav­ing a gun CONTINUE READING

those fabulous furless geek brothers (rendered unimportant by recent events)

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THE BIG BANG THEORY is an end­lessly re­watch­able show: aside from the fab­u­lous char­ac­ters and the in­ter­twin­ing of their per­sonal lives, the di­a­log is chock-a-block full of hu­mor of all sorts, from the zany to the kind that re­quires the viewer ei­ther have a rea­son­able IQ or ac­cess to the In­ter­net to look things up. And CONTINUE READING

and, lo, a bodhisattva savant rose in the west

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I SPEND SO MUCH TIME re­search­ing the var­i­ous top­ics that I write about, I re­ally don't have much time left to read oth­ers' blogs — which is a shame, be­cause we are liv­ing through some kind of golden age of free­dom of ex­pres­sion of what­ever the hell you wanna say and have the ac­tual pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing mil­lions CONTINUE READING

now ain't that a helluva coincidence?

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I START THE DAY with my usual mug of cof­fee and while there's usu­ally too much on my mind, to­day it's sim­ple: I can't get the song "Aus­tralia" from the Kinks' al­bum ARTHUR out of my mind. My head bobs up and down and my body sways to the rhythm and melody and the de­light­ful if CONTINUE READING

my facebook page is a rightwingnut hate free zone

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BLOODY HELL, but I am fed up with the racism and the ho­mo­pho­bia and the misog­yny and all the other hate-based ‘isms’ be­hind an end­less stream of com­ments posted by rightwingnuts on Face­book and in the Com­ments sec­tions of oth­er­wise de­cent web­sites. Now we have to wade through their foul com­ments fu­eled by their lat­est CONTINUE READING

the lollygagging is over and "the endless sixties" is up and running!

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AFTER TWO WHOLE YEARS of lol­ly­gag­ging, dil­ly­dal­ly­ing, pussy­foot­ing, and plain old fart­ing around, I fi­nally (FINALLY!) got my new blog off the ground: The End­less Six­ties is up and run­ning and wait­ing for read­ers. There are half a dozen ar­ti­cles al­ready posted plus the home­page, and every­one should read the in­tro­duc­tory home­page first, of CONTINUE READING

look it up! (then research everything you looked up)

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BACK UP AN ARGUMENT by quot­ing some­thing found on a web­site and, re­gard­less of your in­tel­li­gence or your re­search skills, you'll likely be told, You can't be­lieve any­thing you read on the in­ter­net.” My nor­mal re­join­der is to point out that's akin to say­ing that you can't be­lieve any­thing you read in the CONTINUE READING