Self Unpromotion

I just paid for another year on my domain, and for about the 5th year in a row, I keep wondering why I bother. That’s not me whining–I’m obviously not updating very often, so I’m not trying to draw traffic, nor do I have the urge to. I started this site (or one form of it, anyway) in 1999. I like the idea of reaching a 20th anniversary. I don’t have a lot of things in my life that I can celebrate for 20 years, and I guess that’s sort of why I keep it. It’s outlasted my first marriage, any car I’ve owned, any job or degree or concept that I’ve ever held, and maybe that’s reason enough.

To the Sploggers that visit often, thanks for stopping by but no thanks. To everyone else, sorry I’m not more active. Maybe one of these days I’ll write a book or do something that will cause me to be excited about my own work again. Sounds like a good way to celebrate my 20th anniversary.

 

First Amendment vs. Anti-Discrimination

cakeColorado has made national news again, this time not with its dope-smoking agenda but its bigotry. Oh good. We’re moving up in the world. Continue reading

Not All Answers

So it seems lately my blog has turned into a place where I give a one-sided, poorly-researched critique of someone else’s one-sided, poorly-researched blog post, but hey, isn’t that what the Blogosphere is for? Nobody but a very small group of people give a crap about anything I say, anyway.

Today’s topic is mass killing. We’ve heard all the arguments before, right? So can we just stop beating this anti-misogynist/pro-gun control/pro-mental health dead horse of a topic? No, goddamn it. We’re going to fucking pulverize it. Continue reading

Chao’s Theory

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Uneaten Stone Lion

During my brief study of Mandarin, I learned about the poem “Lion Eating Poet in the Stone Den,” written by linguist Yuen Ren Chao as a peaceful and humorous, but poignant protest to Sun Yat-sen and the Kuomintang Movement’s initiative to abolish Classical Chinese Script in favor of full Romanization of Chinese writing (what later became pinyin). Continue reading

I’m Not Stupid, I’m Just Not You!

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OK, let’s see how many of my FB friends drop me after this.

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