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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.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

The Words Will Make You Out N Out

I always have been intrigued by the challenges of bringing roundabouts to US roadways, and am happy to see some headway. But I never thought that the reason we were, as a nation, so oppositional to their use was that they were too jesuitical:
"Behind the wheel, we're less likely to abide by an orderly pattern of merging that, though faster for the group, may require an individual to slow down or, God forbid, yield."

Americans tend to be orthogonal in their thinking and behaviour, he says.

"We like right angles, yes and no answers, Manichean explanations. Roundabouts require more subtlety than we're used to."

Thursday, June 30, 2011

When Balls Meets Borderline Ineptitude

So a Nigerian man boards a Virgin America flight in NYC bound for California with an expired boarding pass with someone else's name and an expired ID that doesn't match, and no one notices. But when he is caught trying the same thing a few days later, I gotta hand it to him:
Noibi spent several days in Southern California before returning to the Los Angeles airport on Wednesday, when he tried to board a Delta flight bound for Atlanta. The FBI said he again presented an expired boarding pass and had no valid identification.

A search of his bag found 10 expired boarding passes, none of them with his name.

Noibi was then arrested.
10 expired boarding passes? Damn. Balls of brass to try that. And as for TSA's theater of faux-protection: just what were all y'all up to there?