The Stuff Archive

  • The Subtext of Unlikely Frost

    An ice warning in Austin, Texas puts me in a pensive mood. Although sometimes the school delays and road closings come with local portents of the dangers abroad (a skateably icy sidewalk or at least pervasive, wailing sirens), more frequently the danger afoot comes only through ethereal channels, usually crash…

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  • Trivial Pursuit

    Somehow I’ve been labeled a connoisseur of useless trivia. It doesn’t much matter that I find the TV stereotype of the know-it-all know-nothing beyond insufferable, and I’ll admit that they’re only partly to blame. When they close up the opening scene of CSI with a quip about the mating habits…

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  • K9 vs BSA

    By my estimation, triangulated by way of the Boy Scout Laws, your average dog is four twelfths of a boyscout. Trustworthy, loyal, friendly, and cheerful, your garden variety cur is already a better dinner companion than most people I know, and that’s assuming that it’s the type that will piss…

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  • Midlife Sundown

    The entryway to middle age is an unpleasant threshold, that much is certain. I’ll allow that it has something to do with the receding halcyon lights of youth, narrowing to a pinprick in the mind’s eye. It’s rather like hurtling down a well, your upturned face uselessly swallowing up the…

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  • Surgical Theology

    It’s always startling to find yourself at the intersection of a particularly strange convergence of thoughts, especially when the catalyst of oddity is a pretty flower. Still, with this blossom between my fingers this morning, unlikely or not, I paired the word “beautiful” with “as long as it doesn’t beat…

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  • Internet Culture Cuisine

    The trick to destroying soup, one has been advised, is to invite additional cooks into your kitchen. Last night, up with a baby flirting with the notion of sleeping through the night, I found myself confronted with one of many parenting blogs. The author had helpfully compiled the well-reasoned arguments…

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  • Once Burned

    Stillness tends to play catch up in my life, usually lurking behind in the wake of the day’s mundane chaos. It isn’t often that a quiet moment forcibly seizes me, ramming other thoughts over the edge. But that happened once tonight, right in the midst of my daily grind. The…

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  • An Open Letter to the Citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom


    Toads of the Mushroom Kingdom, I don’t know if you can get CNN where you are (potentially as a murky reflection in a magic cauldron), but hear me now: revolution is on the rise in the world. From Egypt to Libya, oppressed and forgotten peoples are casting off apathetic and…

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  • Blogging About Blogging: Reaching 10,000 Views

    There’s little doubt that come January 1st many people recognize that their figure is best viewed with a fun-house mirror, and most make resolutions to drop the extra pounds in order to become worthy of accidentally seeing the cover of Cosmo again. All too often step 2 is hiring a…

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  • Blogging About Blogging: Reaching 10,000 Views – Page 2

    Learn to Compartmentalize Internet Criticism Those that are just starting to blog have probably considered but failed to truly prepare themselves for one thing: dicks on the Internet. And I don’t mean your Google image search gone horribly wrong. Whether it’s well reasoned, lazy and cruel, or a nonsensical mish…

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