Monday, August 30, 2010

First Day of School

Today is a great day for learning. The Wife headed off to grad school today, leaving me behind to continue my battle with the percolator. It took three tries, but we reached an accord and I got coffee instead of hot water. Not that I need it, but I'll take small victories.

This may be my favorite time of year, the first week back to school. Working in Oakland gets me an eagle eye view of the incoming freshman class. There's so much promise and excitement before things get real and they get fat. Naive optimism, is there anything better?

Here's a particularly bomb TED talk, noteworthy for the crazy animation and stellar argument. (The last few minutes are exceptional.)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Ahhhhhh back in the Castle, baby. Much like the mob, you try to get out and it pulls you right back. It's been half a month and I've noticed people smile less here. Christina was verbally accosted by a drunk the one night we went out and obesity is rampant.

It's been said that politically, Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with rural Kentucky in between. It's true. Not necessarily a bad thing, but brush your teeth. In a sick sense I'm looking forward to interacting more with the denizens of the city of my youth. There are a lot of good people here, and I hate that they get marginalized (tho I guess I'm doing the same thing).

All I know for sure is family is a blessing. Going to the LC Fair tonight. Pictures to follow.