Category Archives: off-topic

Deep Dreaming with Every Card I Write

My closest friends and family must make do with an old-fashioned paper-and-postage greeting card, but for bit-player readers I can send some thoroughly modern pixels. Happy holidays to everyone. In recent months I’ve been having fun with “deep dreaming,” the … Continue reading

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The writing on the wall

South wall. Hover to magnify. A place where thousands of people suffered and died makes an uncomfortable tourist destination, yet looking away from the horror seems even worse than staring. And so, when Ros and I were driving from Prague … Continue reading

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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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