Tonight’s theme: “Frustration”

I’ve been spending some time digging into ThemeForest’s “Literary” WordPress theme and swapping emails with its (very helpful!) creator. I decided to award the sash and tiara of Andy Ihnatko’s New WordPress Theme to this one and set aside Monday night for buying it and getting it set up. The other good reason for pulling
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Comments On Comments

Comments are turned off on new posts. For now. “Why?” you might ask. You scan the rest of the virtual room, giving everybody else the stink eye. Which one of you posted that comment that made Andy want to turn comments off? Was it you? I know it was you. Oh, I had you pegged
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A New Theme

It’s time for me to turn my attention back to the Celestial Waste Of Bandwidth. This is my first update of the entire summer, and there’s sort of a reason why…but that’s for another blog post on another day. First things first: the design. In principle, the content is all that really matters and the
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In the Pipeline: “Things I Won’t Work With”

Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane, or CL-20, was developed as a highly energetic, compact, and efficient explosive. What makes it unusual is not that it blows up – go find me a small hexa-N-nitro compound that doesn’t – but that it doesn’t actually blow up immediately, early, and often. No, making things that go off when someone down the
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Services

Roger wasn’t just well-loved. He was also _broadly_ loved. He was also an iconic source of pride for the city of Chicago, just as the Golden Gate is for San Francisco or the “Left Turn Only” sign is for Boston. So his memorial services are more complicated than the usual. When I heard that funeral
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Roger

About 20 minutes ago, I learned that Roger had passed away. I’ve lost one of my favorite writers of all time. I’ve lost one of my most trusted, respected, and generous advisors on all subjects that could possibly matter to a modern human being. And I’ve lost a great friend of more than 20 years.
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Three Pipe Problem: Alteration and invention – Raphael, Vermeer and the mashup

Rather than viewing the mashup as a modern phenomenon, it could also be described as a modern and digital re-iteration of practises long used by artists from the past. From ancient Roman copies of Greek sculpture, to Raphael’s numerous quotes from sources as diverse as a Roman sarcophagus, a  Memling portrait or a drawing by
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My First Step Into A Larger World

This was our neighborhood theater when I was a slip of a lad. I saw “Star Wars” here during its first run. This fact alone designates the Norwood Theater as a site of extreme reverence for me. But the theater didn’t look even half this grand in 1977. At that point, it was 50 years
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Jimmy Kimmel on Leno vs. Letterman

PLAYBOY: You excelled at it, especially back in 2010 when he abruptly repossessed The Tonight Show from Conan O’Brien after his nightly prime-time Jay Leno Show had failed. You even imitated him, with the help of prosthetics, for a full installment of your own show. No mercy there at all? KIMMEL: I don’t know. I
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Pebble Preview

I finally got a chance to see the Pebble watch, thanks to a friend who had already received his and who wore it to dinner the other night. Some quick impressions: It’s smaller than I thought it’d be. It’s well within the size spectrum you’d find at the watch counter at Target and it’ll hide
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Amazon Advent 04 – “Artistic Roll Call” (Bill Hicks)

Artistic Roll Call Bill Hicks Rant In E-Minor Genre: Comedy I’m going to wind down my “Comedy (But Let’s Acknowledge Them For Something Other Than Their Comedy)” thread by dropping the parenthetical. Bill Hicks died in 1994 at age 32 and he still looms large. His comedy was so very intense. But his anger wasn’t
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Amazon Advent 03 – “White Wine In The Sun” (Tim Minchin)

White Wine In The Sun Tim Minchin Ready For This? (Live) Genre: Miscellaneous Continuing my kickoff theme of “Comedians, And Please Give Them Their Full Due As Musicians,” we have this triply-appropriate and hugely wonderful track from Tim Minchin. (1) The album is filled with clever, funny songs; (2) but “White Wine In The Sun”
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Damp Paper Towel as Productivity Tool

There was nothing more to be done. I carefully closed all open windows, quit all open apps, and selected “Shut Down” from the Apple menu. This almost never happens. You’re nodding and thinking “Oh, because a computer running MacOS is so reliable that you almost never need to reboot.” If so, I can only congratulate
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