July 2024


On (1) why Eurovision matters, and (2) why it had to be in Azerbaijan this year.

I neither got around to reviewing the second Eurovision semi-finals, nor to discussing the Eurovision Finals – badAdam.

I have a good excuse: I was exhausted and any free time I had this weekend, I was asleep. Friday’s super early alarm (4:30, after 5 hours of sleep) in combination with a late evening (home past […]

Journalists, Journalism, and Ethics

A long, long time ago, I aspired to become a journalist – I worked on the student newspaper at the University of Wyoming, The Branding Iron, and I harbored dreams of becoming a well known and well respected journalist in Wyoming.

Something funny happened on the way to fulfilling that dream and I ended up […]

Misogyny Gone Wild, Part Three of ???

Since it appears that my efforts to engage somebody in an educational debate over misogyny have fallen flat, probably due to my aggressiveness in wanting to understand what was going on, I want to close out the current debate by making several points that I think are important.

I’ll put them below the fold because […]

“Like” Issue in Google Reader

A month or two ago Google Reader introduced the “like” feature, which lets you identify news stories and blog posts that you find interesting and to share that information with the world.

Unfortunately it leads to moments like this which are, I think, a bit inappropriate. I hope that nobody “likes” the fact that […]

Wyoming Memories: Jessica Dubroff

Now that I am actively planning my Wyoming vacation, I’m having a ton of old Wyoming memories replay.

Many of these will seep out over the next few months—I hope you will indulge me.

One of the odder memories revolves around Jessica Dubroff, who was the so-called youngest pilot in America—flying from coast to coast […]

Personal News Embargo

I am forecasting unprecedented tsunami of uninteresting news over the next 24 hours.

Accordingly I will not be reading or listening to any news between 16:00 CET on Tuesday and 16:00 CET on Wednesday—which should, because of evening plans, actually be much later.

Somebody SMS me if real legitimate news happens.

MIA: Please report if found!

Looks similar to bright ball in this photo.

What’s missing, you ask?

That big ball of fire in the sky.

I haven’t seen it in a few days and considering the constant cloudiness and rain, I’m not sure the sun actually exists any more. There are moments of less dark along side the moments […]

Boise’s Sleazy Scott Picken

I’m a big fan of This American Life.

As an expatriate it has helped me stay in touch with my American roots—often with uplifting and cheerful stories that get at the heart of American culture. I defy anybody who listens to Sarah Vowell’s discussion about Thanksgiving specials on television and not feel both enlightened and […]

Silly Charges

It appears that a suspect fleeing police in Phoenix is going to face criminal charges because four people in two helicopters died when the helicopters collided.

Only in America.

Without any disrespect to the deceased, I have to say that the accident in the skies above Phoenix yesterday was a long time coming: two helicopters […]

The Branding Iron

Some of my happiest moments at the University of Wyoming were those moments when I was working for The Branding Iron—the student newspaper in Laramie.

Certainly the BI—as it was known—was not a major newspaper. Usually it had between 8 and 12 pages with occasional issues that would weigh you down with 36 pages just […]