Saturday, April 21, 2018


French pronunciation is seriously messed up.

Comment voyez-vous votre avenir, for example.

Sure, the first part is kohmon voyyay vooh, that's obvious.

But no way is votre avenir is  voh trav en eer.   It's clearly vohtruh veneer.  Clearly.

Argh.  Seriously messed up.

Thursday, April 05, 2018


I have a new French conversation partner -- and she's a research physicist working in fluid dynamics!  Wow, this is going to be fun!

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Which in this case stands not for the destroyers of the Gulf but for Black Panther, the new movie being hailed as the rebirth of the superhero genre.  I went to see it yesterday, and upon resturning home looked again at one of the reviews, noticing this time that it said this was 'the best movie with a predominantly black cast'.  And exactly how many of those ever show up in North America?

I really wanted to like it.  Right up to the end, I thought maybe it will get better.  Never did.  Though I did like the character who was the evil relative.  He, at least, had character, force, strength, purpose.  The rest -- it kept making me think of other movies. Of the By our power combined chant of Captain Planet, of the battle scenes in Zulu (decades ago), of the wise and insightful elders of so many movies, of the Force mysticism and the attack on the Death Star from Star Wars.  Or, and the spunky kid sister who mocks the hero and secretly adores him.  As if the script's approach was lets try this, no, lets try that, wait, lets try.....

Maybe next time, guys. 

Thursday, January 04, 2018


When will school principals learn that hiding the truth from students about catastrophic events rarely works? The kids are not stupid. 

In this case, my wife, who works at the school, called me to tell me that a student had killed himself, and that the school administration did not want to tell the kids unless they brought it up.  Surprise.  They knew.  Does buckets for belief in the trustworthiness of the school administration. 

Monday, January 01, 2018

A Minuet in Power

....and no, that's not a typo. It's a game, and it sounds fascinating.

Friday, December 29, 2017


I really wanted the new book by the author of The Martian to be good.  I really did.

I keep hoping that it will improve.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Line

An interesting article from Slate on whether a line exists between normal societal behavior and harassment, and if so, where.

Monday, December 11, 2017


I'm still having a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea that women have been subjugated-- not too strong a word, I think -- for the last two decades, and more, and that what I would have said was usually just teasing and harmless fun was sometimes perceived that way by the recipients, but sometimes, and maybe more often than just sometimes, perceived as a malign controlling influence that they could not combat, could not affect, just had to either live with or leave. 

I think But I'm not that way, and then I think Am I? Are they saying that every time - EVERY TIME - I've looked at a woman and thought Wow, sexy -- because thats usually the extent of my thoughts - I'm contributing to the culture that made this possible?  How could that be true?  And yet I suspect that there are people, not radical or irrational, who would say yes, that's exactly what you were doing, and you must change. 

Defenses occur to me. So, its okay for a woman to dress in a sexy way, but I'm not supposed to react to it?  Not notice, not think OMG, look at that?  Admire, compliment women I don't know -- Just wanted to mention that your outfit is really nice, quite stylish  -- this is supposed to be wrong now?  Its okay if she likes it, but not if she doesn't?

Like I said -- having a hard time with this.