Category Archives: off-topic

The Mother Ditch

I was in Santa Fe for a couple of weeks. When I went out for my morning run, I followed a paved pathway along the “river” (a parched, sandy channel, even in the monsoon season). I found my way back … Continue reading

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Yes, that’s one of those annoying QR codes that seem to be turning up all over the place lately. The jumble of red and blue pixels appears on the front of the holiday greeting cards that my wife Rosalind and … Continue reading

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A hole in the bottom of the ocean

The explosion and fire that destroyed the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon on the night of April 20 was a run-of-the-mill industrial accident. In saying this, I don’t mean to make light of the disaster, in which 11 workers perished. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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