Month: May 2009

Sometimes, looking at pictures


Sometimes, looking at pictures on web-pages, you get the idea that the universe is sending you a message. I was walking in Valparaíso, Chile, and two TV’s where just outside a house. It says “Turn off the TV – Live your life” Those are truly wise machines: they are capable of self-criticism. Or perhaps I read too much into things on a Sunday night.  … via Sabino Technorati Tags: television

Voyages to far away places


Actually, that title sounds hopelessly romantic. I am actually in a very small town in central Ohio. I am not positive that that constitutes a far away place since it is not many days’ travel away. After all, as Steven Wright says, “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” Buck spent the day doing the next best thing to walking to this small town: he bicycled the whole way. I traveled the whole […]

Cancer Blog: The Blessings of Cancer

Ephemera / qotd

Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life – facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential. — John Amatt via

Yah, Microsoft does that to a lot of people…


Today Microsoft announced it would be launching a new search engine that will compete with Yahoo and Google in the vast hunt for search bucks. In an incredible act of branding sagacity, they announced that the name of the new search engine will be: Bing. In response to this, today I have issued the following news release: BING VS. BING LONGTIME FORTUNE COLUMNIST AND BESTSELLING AUTHOR STANLEY BING CONDEMNS “BRAND INTRUSION” BY NEW MICROSOFT SEARCH […]

Controversies in rarified places

Ephemera / Uncategorized

Even in poetry, there are controversies. Maybe this is a tempest in a teapot, but I’ve come over the decades to recognize poetry as my own personal teapot. The first female Oxford Professor of Poetry resigned today following her involvement in an alleged smear campaign against a former rival. Ruth Padel, a great-great granddaughter of Charles Darwin, insisted she had “acted in good faith” and had done “nothing intentional” to lead her rival Derek Walcott […]