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Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirty-First Week

If only there was a specific date a clear singular one to which we could connect the pandemic we would be able to know which date to set aside as … Continue reading

September 23, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirtieth Week

If you spend enough time atop a plateau it becomes easy to forget how high above the ground you truly are. * You must understand we are in a different … Continue reading

September 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Ninth Week

Should you find yourself wondering why it is that some people continue behaving as though there is a pandemic consider that it may be because there is still a pandemic. … Continue reading

September 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

Life’s a Glitch – what the non-apocalypse of Y2K can teach us

As families watched from home, Dick Clark stood on the steps of the town hall hosting the final New Year’s Rocking Eve of the millennium. The excited crowd chanted the … Continue reading

September 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Eighth Week

When we speak of the plague we dream about the before and we fantasize about the after so that we do not have to consider that we are still mired … Continue reading

August 31, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Seventh Week

They were so eager to forget it ever happened that they decided to forget it was still happening. * Should you find that you are still feeling anxious consider cutting … Continue reading

August 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Sixth Week

There’s no point denying it when the pandemic began I was frightened amidst the early uncertainty truly, I was scared but that was long ago these days I have no … Continue reading

August 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Where We’re Going, We’ll Probably Still Need Roads – a Review of Paris Marx’s “Road to Nowhere”

You can learn a lot about your society’s relationship to technology by looking at its streets. Are the roads filled with personal automobiles or trolley-cars, bike lanes or occupied parking … Continue reading

August 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Fifth Week

When you hear them say (and you will hear them say) that we have the tools we need make sure to ask them which public health emergency they are referring … Continue reading

August 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Fourth Week

And now when you hear them speak of the public health emergency you have to reply “which one?” * The alarmists and minimizers are united in at least one thing … Continue reading

August 5, 2022 · 1 Comment

Singing About the Dark Times – Theses on Doomerism

In the dark times Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times. – Brecht   It sure seems like things aren’t going particularly … Continue reading

July 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Third Week

Despite what you may have heard the good old days were predominantly bad though at least back then it was still possible to believe that we would be able to … Continue reading

July 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-Second Week

For the virus this will not be the final wave for many of us however this will be the final wave. * Don’t exaggerate it simply isn’t the case that … Continue reading

July 22, 2022 · 1 Comment

Jonah, Cassandra, and the Doom-Sayers — Reading Lewis Mumford During the Pandemic

“If we would conquer the hell that now threatens to engulf us, we must not seek merely for a little less hell, we must not content ourselves with a sort … Continue reading

July 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twenty-First Week

A year ago we celebrated our independence from the plague though this year there is nothing (not even independence from the plague) worth celebrating. * Fireworks are fitting for there … Continue reading

July 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twentieth Week

When we said that we wanted to go back to how it was before the pandemic we did not mean that we wanted to go back fifty years. * If … Continue reading

July 7, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Nineteenth Week

You know better than to think this week will be the plague’s last and since you’re realistic you know next week won’t be its last either but don’t feel discouraged … Continue reading

July 1, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Eighteenth Week

I have heard it said that in life the only things that are certain are death and taxes that short list of certainties is quite bad enough without having contracting … Continue reading

June 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

Is Big Data the Message? a Review of Natasha Lushetich’s “Big Data–A new Medium?”

When discussing the digital, conversations can quickly shift towards talk of quantity. Just how many images are being uploaded every hour, how many meticulously monitored purchases are being made on … Continue reading

June 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Seventeenth Week

Living in a state of permanent emergency is absolutely intolerable we must reject it completely so that we can return to normal wherein we live in a state not of … Continue reading

June 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Sixteenth Week

Do not believe that we are exactly where we were a year ago that idea is ludicrous compared to last year cases are now five times higher and of course … Continue reading

June 10, 2022 · 1 Comment

How to Pick a Book for the Beach

“Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.” – Italo Calvino   At risk of being presumptuous, you seem … Continue reading

May 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Fifteenth Week

I have heard that this wave of the virus (though bad) will not be as bad as the previous wave of the virus and while I hope this is true … Continue reading

May 30, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Fourteenth Week

At first a hundred deaths was unthinkable then a thousand deaths was unthinkable then ten thousand deaths was unthinkable then a hundred thousand deaths was unthinkable then a million deaths … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Thirteenth Week

Do not be ridiculous none shall look back on these wretched times and call them the good old days though perhaps we shall someday recall them as the days during … Continue reading

May 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Twelfth Week

If you have forgotten how to make small talk here is a reminder: instead of speaking of the plague comment on the weather, rather than talk of variants mention local … Continue reading

May 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Eleventh Week

That we cannot personal responsibility our way out of this pandemic does not mean that you are relieved of all personal responsibility during this pandemic. * For quite some time … Continue reading

May 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

“Technology in the Present Tense” – Notes from a Weary Luddite

“The future is not a blank page; and neither is it an open book.” – Lewis Mumford   1. Here is a confession from a weary, self-identified Luddite: For someone … Continue reading

April 29, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Tenth Week

Repeat after me: I won’t get sick that happens to others not to me my coworker with the loud laugh acquaintances from school my cousin twice removed neighbors of my … Continue reading

April 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Hundred-and-Ninth Week

Do not delay they say you need to have a plan for what you are going to do if you contract the virus (when you contract the virus) they say … Continue reading

April 22, 2022 · 1 Comment

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