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 of—but this was on my daugh­ter’s Face­book page and she’s pretty good at picking these things out of all the crap on so­cial media. READ MORE

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 the ball) and Sig­mund Freud (with the cigar). READ MORE

symbolist poet arthur rimbaud has nothing to do with this post

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ANOTHER DAY, an­other ques­tion on Quora beg­ging for an an­swer from me. (Well, maybe not beg­ging, but looking like it re­quires my at­ten­tion.) Hope­fully, my an­swer will be un­like others that will be posted and if it doesn’t in­form, will at least en­ter­tain.

The ques­tion was, Can you name an artist or mu­si­cian you had never heard of that people said was good and you dis­cov­ered those people were right? READ MORE

I guess I’ll just have to remain anonymous

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THIS TIME, the ques­tion on Quora was “Why do you not want to be fa­mous?” and I read it at four in the morning. That’s be­fore I’d had the first sip of my Cafe Bustelo (a good coffee to wake up with). So I put on Miles Davis’s WALKIN’ (a good album to wake up with), took a gulp from my mug and re­sponded with this:

If I was fa­mous, there’d be all these in­ter­esting young men with ex­tra­or­di­narily ex­otic mind-altering drugs that I’ve never even heard of who would want to hang out with me and be my friend and have fas­ci­nating con­ver­sa­tions about re­ality just be­cause I was fa­mous. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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 lying around with the safety off. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

a glossary of terms for understanding wordpress

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WORDPRESS. I don’t write about it be­cause I am not tech­ni­cally qual­i­fied to say much. All my sites were built by me using Word­Press and are main­tained by me. I was able to follow most di­rec­tions, even though many were poorly written. It took too much time and was un­nec­es­sarily dif­fi­cult and frustrating—five years and five blogs later and I am still a novice who is con­tin­u­ally con­founded! READ MORE