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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Friday, April 21, 2006


Happy 2,759th, Rome! (really!)

Happy 80th, Elizabeth II R!

Everyone celebrate! Eat a cupcake!
Interesting convergence
"Most striking of all, the team found a high correlation between the most common contour combinations found in nature and the most common contours found in letters and symbols across cultures."
I find this discussion (in the Telegraph) of research into the symbolic convergence of orthography and natural shapes, and human recognition of such, is fascinating. Particularly when coupled with current work in mathematics and networks/chaos structures as discussed by such work as Linked by Albert-László Barabási. If you are at all curious about how the world works, or how our minds work in the context of the natural world, check it out:

Telegraph : Alphabets are as simple as...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A Resignation
DATELINE WASHINGTON DC: Scott McClellan resigns White House post in order to "spend more time with Ari Fleischman."
But really, he's out. Can't say I'm too sorry to see him go. McClellan Leaves White House Press Office.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Happy Pesach, Happy Easter

Hello all. I've been away for a few days with the family, trying to ignore the news and enjoy a few days of welcome sunshine after so much rain. It's hard though, to block it all out: the rise in violence with war surging in Chad, the continued stalemate in the Iraqi government and the death toll keeping pace, and the nuclear noise over Iran. And then today this extra bonus from the oh-so diligent Palestinian government, still wearing training wheels on the course of international polity.

I am really not sure what points they win for claiming that the blowing up of civilians in restaurants is justified, except perhaps to condone the same type of behavior from Israel (or any other nation for that matter)---which sort of defeats the purpose and contradicts their aim in the first place.

Ah well, I guess the brief holiday is over. Hope it was pleasant for all of you as well.

Read more here: Palestinians: Tel Aviv Bombing Justified.