Month: January 2004



The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: watched just now on PPV. I could have done it much better of course. Hey, I’m supposed to say that in a blog! I love adventure movies. The production design was excellent, but some of the special effects were awry. The Nautilus just won’t fit underneath the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, even if it were narrow enough for that particular canal. The Mr. Hyde half of Dr. Jekyll was […]



big brother Bruce Schneier: “Rarely do we discuss how little identification has to do with security, and how broad surveillance of everyone doesn’t really prevent terrorism.” [Adam Curry: Adam Curry’s Weblog]

in a nutshell


Most of the new bloggers I see are trying to be ever-more-reactionary versions of Instapundit or some such place. I was going to write about that, but of course, VodkaPundit got there ahead of me, and did it so much better: Doctrinaire libertarianism boils down to: I want the world my way, I want it now, and who cares if 5,000 years of human history are against me. Progress is a slow, uneven affair. It’s […]

A fable.

ephemera 2004

I have poured out the vodka and not had it or beer or wine in the past three days. I have decided that all that contributes to the depression. Haven’t mentioned the depression yet, have I? To me, it’s rather like a fish forgetting to mention water… the medium in which it lives. Soon I’ll be 48, and, as far as I can tell, I’ve swum in this particular ocean since I was 13. My […]



I was told today that a year from this coming Purim will be my conversion. Now I have an actual date to look forward to. It will be over in Israel, I am sure. I hope I can get Buck to come on over. Peter as well, but Buck at least. Details to be forthcoming, I’m sure. I have to go finish reading Dr. Berkovits’ books now. And Psalms. And…