this week i

knocked on rosemarie's door opposite the two small white dogs.  wifi password her phone number, they should all be.  chicken parmigiana in unchanged in decades decor between entenmann's outlet and aquarium store, then physics homework in her dining room.  take the s and the h out of school, that's me.  submitted at ten, drove past medford vape shops, sighted l hearts b signs by eleven.  not the mutter museum but still nice.  three cabin tour by the bride on her wedding's eve, i chose the one with the electrical outlet.  mentos, diet coke, bonfire.  everyone felt good, we are all alive at the same time.  some told jokes, told spooky stories, asked about suburban dakota, wore tattoos.  we walked to the local maximum of the moonlit lake bridge, never has three hours past midnight been brighter.  i declined the special something circling those still awake, listened to the exchange of contented humans when silence doesn't descend into awkwardness.  asleep a few hours in my formal-wear, then last night's coffee, this morning's coffee, a self-assembled bacon egg bagel, back to bed.  at four p.m. the revelers held parliament on riverside earthen rows to watch oaths be sworn and a drone set free.  we ate barbecue, homemade hotsauce, i confess i like white ales.  ben shook my hand, bride kong has done well.  like leadbelly's lover, i drove out of the pines by nine for the home with the fairmount for sale sign.  six a.m. sunday, bed slid down the stairs, out the door, on my back to dodge sidewalk feces, too big to taco into a honda crv.  i can sleep after four cups of coffee, maybe not after pushing a queen mattress up a flight of stairs solo.  west toward wawa pennsylvania for chadd's ford brandywine museum because n.c. wyeth knew how to paint a pirate.  i circumvented delaware, re-fueled at the rest stop with the cashier with the grey eyes, the men in line ahead, behind me told her she was beautiful.  i delivered a desk chair, the one big black dog gently bit my wrist asking if i'll come along.  may we all be together for oh about a century.


this week i

harvested the fruit of the suburban backyard.  on earth's surface, humanity shares three of the four dimensions with everything that's ever lived.

am not surprised by the content of american politics now, maybe the volume.  41% of west virginia democrats preferred a white jailed felon to a black incumbent president as their candidate during 2012 primary.  trump hasn't murdered iraqis yet, bush still worse.  too many have lost their way.

ate dinner with liz, gayle, robert, in my father's home, a while since any had been there.  a good evening.

ate macarons at the embassy, new ambassador looks like joseph stiglitz.  long live the dead.

returned the dog.  one milestone on the road to old age: lost ability to open clamshell packaging.  on milestones, hit 'em up style old enough to vote.

lived my whole life thinking klondike and polar were synonyms.

quickly fell for baroness von sketch show.  also, rembrandt: the first artist who painted people that look like people.  who knew?

have an idea for a scholarship media network:  a consortium of university research professors and other highly-trained subject-matter experts committed to publishing a reaction to an event in the following morning's edition.  the academics and experts participating in this endeavor would be committed to newspaper-speed publication so that each daily edition serves as a complete diet of major events worldwide.  however, unlike other outlets, the reporter writing the story has been peer-reviewed him or herself, and stands out as a respected member of the community of scholars.  a newspaper written by the experts only quoted in other newspapers

think biden 2020 nobody's second choice in the primaries.  trump was second-favorite of every 2016 republican challenger's voters -- as candidates dropped out, their voters went to trump.  as biden's challengers drop out, their voters might accumulate into biden's strongest challenger.

read pankaj mishra the central language of justice.

du bois and other civil rights leaders echoed the argument of many anti-colonial activists that legal and political rights were impossible to achieve without economic security, and that a mere ban on discrimination would not address centuries of devastation.  they ran into vigorous opposition not only from white supremacists among southern democrats and conservative republicans, but also from their supposed allies: the truman administration and eleanor roosevelt, for example, who told du bois that he was embarrassing the united states before the soviet union.  none of them wanted the un to have any influence in the domestic arrangements of the us.  eventually, the naacp caved in to the defenders of white supremacy, and sidelined du bois.  abandoning its own broad definition of human rights, the naacp settled for the narrow aim of legal equality.  not surprisingly, deep inequalities in education, healthcare and housing persist to this day: the logic of a human rights movement born and nurtured under the american imperium

the thatcherite assumption that there is no alternative is no longer tenable


this week i

updated our publication on labor force experience of the medicaid population.

moved matthew's luggage across state lines, steve buscemi narrated the penitentiary tour.  if your truck is clean, you don't need a truck.

imagine tobacco company advertisements would look exactly like this, if tobacco companies were allowed to advertise in 2020.

borrowed dog for a week.  we always wonder why they let their mouths hang open, bet they think the same of us.

wonder how would the modern world be different if h.w. had been eaten and w. never born?  speaking of feasts, new backyard bird buffet.

would love a population map of the north pacific as an animation over time, colored by ethnicity.  russians brought european diseases to the aleuts.

listened to episode 126. 

milky way is a partial english translation of the word galaxy.  the word galaxy passed from greek to latin to french to english.  the connection between milky way and galaxy is a lot more apparent when you realize that the "lax" part of galaxy comes from the same root as lactose.  when the greeks observed the night sky, they noticed a light band that stretched across the sky.  it was milky-white in appearance.  so the greeks called it galaxias kyklos, literally the milky circle.  latin speakers then borrowed the term, but they modified it from milky circle to milky way.  it was "via lactea" in latin.  and english speakers simply took that latin term "via lactea" and they did a direct translation into english as milky way.

mean this in the most profound sense: i speak fluently in what is my deep down in-built native tongue with only one old friend.