length is tyranny

I am saddened that Morgan Tsvangirai is bowing out of the fight.I don’t really know enough about him to know whether he is the kind of guy I’d want running my country. But I know enough to know that I’d pick him over Robert Mugabe in a heartbeat. In fact, I’d take almost any non-dictator…

Saw REM at MSG on TDN; it was TFA

That’s “Thursday Night” and “totally f*$%@!g awesome” if you’re wondering, I was in a skybox courtesy of my employer. To paraphrase Michelle Obama, it was the first time in my adult life I was really proud of my employer. There were drinks. There was a bathroom. We were among friends (some of whom were quite…

Goodbye Little Chalkboard

There was something special about Tim Russert. He was no pompous anchor with an obvious (and feigned) erudition. Neither did he have that annoying “I’m-not-an-elitist” self-consciousness. He just seemed relatively normal and endearingly nerdy and he got excited about things! Even when I thought he was wrong (in the way he framed a question or…

Speaking of Mars. . .

We have so many operations there right now Phoenix, Spirit, Opportunity, Odyssey — can you believe it? The bodies of old missions like Pathfinder all the way back to the Viking missions that got my imagination all fired up as a kid… Mars is littered with Earth technology. If there is water on Mars, perhaps…

the long habit of invention

After initially stumbling on clumpier-than-expected Martian soil, the Phoenix lander has successfully revised its soil-delivery methods to fit the conditions on the ground, so its research can continue. What’s awe-inspiring about that (aside from the fact that we have robots smart enough to fly to Mars, navigate the atmosphere to land properly, explore the surface,…

still shopping. . .

For a follow up on my search for a smaller-government liberalism, check out my response to the “creeping socialism” discussion on that libertarian blog I mentioned. Probably why libertarianism won’t work out for me….

Thomas Paine’s Brickyard

Thomas Paine died 199 years ago yesterday (yes, I had to look that up). I’ve been thinking a lot of about Paine lately. Partly because I recently read a book about him by Harvey Kaye and partly because I’ve had some of my political instincts questioned rather rigorously by an inner voice in the past…