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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.







Wednesday, October 25, 2006

All Quiet?

No, not really. Iraq is a quagmire, Afghanistan is erupting, Washington is imploding, Darfur is being cleansed, North Korea is posturing, the Dow is bloated, and the Oracle World conference in SF is bringing back bad memories of dot-com days.

However.

for the sake of maintaining my own sanity, and not succumbing to existential despair, I am taking a hiatus from any further significant comment here until after election day, November 7. With eyes toward some significant change that day, and some hopeful news from the voters in all 50 states, I will hold my thoughts, my rants, and my breath until the results of the election are in.

Until then, enjoy the mayhem we have sown. And try not to despair.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION OF THE DAY: Richard Dawkins' rant, The God Delusion. A polemic indeed. Not always entirely on target, occasionally cringe-inducing, always entertaining and thought-provoking, this personal expose and inquiry into the evolutionary underpinnings of religious faith and belief and morality is not for the faint of heart. But if you have any interest in asking why, as opposed to simply what and how, then this is a book for you.

Oh, and it's pretty funny too, in that bitter, witty, informed English way.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

"arrogance and stupidity"

Fascinating. I guess the White House was too busy with the upcoming elections to vet this interview.

Another crack widens.