A Hot Date

Kirsten and I enjoyed each other and the gorgeousness of Maine on Tuesday. I received a tweet last week about Mackworth Island and planned to take Kirsten after her class. Kirsten wanted to go to the beach. So we did both. The temperature reached an unseasonably warm 96.5 °F, which is a bit warmer than […]

Happiness Shouldn’t Be Postponed

The Gift-Card Economy Virginia Postrel, The Atlantic, May 2009, pg. 28 In this fascinating article, Virginia Postrel explores the “all-too-familiar inner conflict between the would-be disciplined self who wants to get up early, exercise, and lose weight and the pleasure-seeking self who prefers to sleep in, watch TV, and eat chocolate.” Marketers aren’t the only […]

A Surgent Atheism

More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops Laurie Goodstein, NY Times, April 26, 2009 A surgent rational humanism movement in this country is a good thing. This article brought a huge smile to my face. I hope that more people publicly “coming out of the closet” will embolden others to do the same. I hope […]

A Silver Lining

Luxury or Necessity? The Public Makes a U-Turn Rich Morin and Paul Taylor, Pew Research Center, April 23, 2009 Could our current economic recession be beneficial? In several ways, yes. One benefit may be that our gluttonous consumerism will wane. Hopefully the new behaviors will be required long enough to become habits. It finds that […]

Going up?

Porsche Chooses China for Its Entry Into Sedans Keith Bradsher, NY Times, April 19, 2009 A dark gray Panamera rolled onto a stage Sunday night on the 94th floor of the 1,614-foot Shanghai World Financial Center, the tallest building in mainland China, having been wedged nearly vertical into an elevator barely wide enough for the […]

God’s Army

Jesus killed Mohammed: The crusade for a Christian military Jeff Sharlet, Harper’s Magazine, May 2009, pg. 31 Download the article (pdf). If the following excerpt doesn’t piss you off the remainder of the article surely will. The pious evangelical Christians who would have you think they are a benign-to-positive force are disingenuous at best. They […]