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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, December 11, 2009

No Escape

I heard this last night on NPR. I tried to wipe it from my mind. But apparently, the print media has picked it up as well. Orrin Hatch has given us a Hannukah song.

Talk about an unwanted gift.
At one point, Mr. Hatch unbuttons his white dress shirt to expose the golden mezuzah necklace he wears every day. Mezuzahs also adorn the doorways of his homes in Washington and Utah. Mr. Hatch keeps a Torah in his Senate office.

“Not a real Torah, but sort of a mock Torah,” he said. “I feel sorry I’m not Jewish sometimes.”

Full music video disaster here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Restaurant Review Humor

If you are a foodie, and have ever scoured restaurant reviews in the NYT, or the Chronicle, or Zagat, or anywhere for that matter, yet at the same time are an avid magazine reader and lit-culture follower, I suspect that this little post by Justin Peters over at Slate will make you smile as much as it did me.
Fifty-One Gravies To Please Your Man
Now, if we could only get actual restaurant reviews which are as accurate as that, we'd be in good shape. And no, the latest solipsistic drunken screed at yelp does not qualify.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

It's Getting Warm Out There

The BBC tells it straight:

The WMO uses three temperature sets - one from the UK Met Office and the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU), and two from the US, maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) and the space agency Nasa.

Asked whether the controversy surrounding e-mails hacked from CRU could have any bearing on the results, Mr Jarraud replied that all three datasets showed the same result.

Vicky Pope from the UK Met Office made the same point: "The datasets are all independent, and they all show warming,"
I've added the empahsis, just to drive it home.

There is no "scandal", no "legitimate debate". The question is not whether it is occurring; the question is only how deep is our impact --- and what we can do about it.