Actually, why not screw appearances and just state the obvious: No really serious writer should be without an OED, whether it’s bought or stolen or hacked into the online version of or whatever you need to do. Nothing else comes close.

– David Foster Wallace, “Twenty-Four Word Notes” (in Both Flesh and Not: Essays, 2012)

Updated note from me: if you have a library card, there's a good chance it comes with free OED access. That's how I use it.

2019-05-22 10:53:12-05:00


Sometimes it sleets in April

2019-04-14 19:05:02-05:00


Having a junk drawer is a design pattern for living. Having multiple junk drawers is an antipattern.

Thanks for coming to my ted talk

2019-04-02 18:32:03.001783+00:00


I am working from home today, because we have a chimney sweep coming to the house, and the time conflicts with my daughter's sewing lesson. Except for the part where an incredibly powerful but portable computing machine gives me near-instantaneous access to a compendium of all human knowledge, I apparently moved to Victorian England over the holidays.

2019-01-03 10:15:25-06:00


Why are institutions always so de facto shitty? Our society should be able to do better

2018-11-25 11:58:10-06:00


If your list of Very Important Books That Everybody Really Ought to Read doesn't have Their Eyes Were Watching God and Invisible Man on it, you're doing it wrong.

2018-11-08 21:36:23.552908+00:00


I believe Christine Blasey Ford.

But what I want to say right now is that her accusations are in a sense almost beside the point. With his grotesque display of outrage and entitlement today, Brett Kavanaugh showed his true colors as a coarse and intemperate man. I find it painful to realize such a character has ever acted as a judge, and incomprehensible that he's remotely this close to a seat on the Supreme Court. I can put aside any of the accusations -- credible as they are -- and today's testimony makes it abundantly clear what a disaster his approval would (and sigh probably will) be, purely as a matter of how he responded. He seems just a vile excuse for a human being, frankly.

TL;DR: This

There was, in this performance, not even a hint of the sagacity one expects from a potential Supreme Court Justice.

2018-09-27 20:02:26-05:00


How about a digital virtual assistant that subverts the gender binary

2018-09-19 08:31:00-05:00


I have an especially hard time understanding Trump's appeal in rural America. Even leaving aside all his dishonesty, corruption, and all-around bad character, I would think the country folk would view him as a city slicker. Maybe the fact that he's universally disliked in the city he's from helps. I dunno.

2018-08-16 14:18:11-04:00