Posted by on Thursday, May 28, 02015 at 07:30 PM to Distances.


I thought of a dream related by Leibniz, in which he found himself at a great height overlooking the world--with provinces, towns, lakes, fields, villages, hamlets, all spread beneath him. If he wished to see a single person--a peasant tilling, an old woman washing clothes--he had only to direct and concentrate his gaze: "I needed no telescope except my attention."

Oliver Sacks, "Bull on a Mountain," from A Leg to Stand On

Posted by on Thursday, April 23, 02015 at 10:15 AM to Under a Bushel.


1977. The galvanized skirting. Needing a haircut. Windows plastic-sealed; one open. Bib overalls. Mid-Michigan sand-yard, burrs and ant lions. A galloping form-molded plastic horse, wind-ridden, the gaping, ragged hole in its side (BB gun blasted?) blocked from view. And that sweet puppy whose name I don't remember, a short-lived friend too tightly squeezed, only ever half-recalled in faded family lore as having been poisoned off by neighbors who rented the next trailer over. An almost of rural childhood. #tbt

Posted by on Tuesday, April 7, 02015 at 08:30 AM to Sport.

Alt Bracketdemic Careen

Time for the EWM Yahoo! NCAA men's basketball tournament pick'em - 12th annual. Like last year, we're using Fibonacci scoring (2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21). Everyone is welcome to join this pool, which will include some of the surest, most over-confident pickers of all time. There's no time for worrying your picks, no time for calling your fortune teller, reading your horoscope, or consulting your constellations. Sign up! Free, free, FREE to you: join this year's group on Yahoo!, Alt Bracketdemic Careen (ID#23161). If you have questions, knee me gently in the sternum with an email at dmueller at Invite your friends, frienemies, faux-frenemies, neighbors, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, bots, posthuman colleagues, hystericists, bracketoricians, Jimmie Johns addicts, discount tattoo artists, children at the bus stop, etc. The group has space for the next 49 who sign up. Pride-ish stakes: reputations are made (and ground to coarse dust) right here.

Yahoo! Tournament Pick'em
Group: Alt Bracketdemic Careen (ID# 23161)
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