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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, June 01, 2012

Unintended Friday Poetry

Nicholas Carr, on the all-important and ever-decreasing spaces between our thoughts, and words, and actions:
"What code does a programmer use to render silence?"
If you read nothing else today, read the last few posts of his blog. Then, go for a long walk in the sunshine, silently, thoughtfully, no phone, no tablet, no wi-fi, eyes wide open. 

Monday, May 28, 2012


So, Mitt Romney said today to a Memorial day gathering that we need to continue to build up our military because "a strong America is the greatest deterrent to war ever invented". And it's true: without a military spending (according to the Heritage Foundation) nearly double what the next nine largest national military budgets spend combined, well, without that we would have seen war this last decade in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and Libya, and Central Asia, and Lebanon, and Liberia....

I really wish I could respect him more as a man, and a leader, since there really is a good chance he may wind up being in a position to impact my life and the lives of those I love. But I just can't get past his utterly shallow cynicism. And history has shown that Presidents tend to govern according to what they actually say along the trail to the White House...

How much thoughtless jingo crap is that man willing to let pass his lips in order to win the election?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dawkins Channels Twain

Sometimes, the thread of honesty gets picked up in the most entertaining of places and people:

 "A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barbarian."People who do not know the Bible well have been gulled into thinking it is a good guide to morality."I have even heard the cynically misanthropic opinion that, without the Bible as a moral compass, people would have no restraint against murder, theft and mayhem."The surest way to disabuse yourself of this pernicious falsehood is to read the Bible itself."
So saith Richard Dawkins, in commentary on the UK Secretary of Education's support for a plan to place a King James Bible in every school. 

And our own Samuel Clemens, wherever his ornery spirit is residing, is grinning and lighting up a cigar.