lord of the flies 2016.04.28
author: william golding

when folks talk about lord of the flies i have always liked to joke that i thought the story represented a base-case scenario for what would happen if a group of boys were marooned on a deserted island. having just finished it and maybe being a little more optimistic than i once was, i would like to think its possible there is a better possible outcome.

from the author:

“i don’t care what they call me,” he said confidentially, “so long as they don’t call me what they used to call me at school.”

ralph was faintly interested.

“What was that?”

the fat boy glanced over his shoulder, then leaned toward ralph.

he whispered.

“they used to call me ‘piggy.'”

ralph shrieked with laughter. he jumped up.

“piggy! piggy!”

broken glass 2016.04.27

you would think there was a war against wine glasses going on at our house given the rate at which they are destroyed.

the most recent casualty came saturday night when we were hosting a dinner party. natalie assured me the glass broke in the cabinet and there was no glass on the floor so we didn’t need to stop to clean anything up. half an hour later when i got a glass shard in the foot i disagreed.

i couldn’t immediately pull the glass from my foot and since we were finishing up dinner i pushed on hoping it would work itself out.

it didn’t work itself out on sunday, monday or even by tuesday when we had to go running with our youth running club.

so, we did a little home surgery on tuesday night and my foot is now glass free but recovery from the procedure.

i had thought to buy some new wine glasses to replace all those that have been lost, but on second thought i might be safer if there weren’t any wine glasses in the house at all.

hbo now 2016.04.26

i finally caved and subscribed to hbo now

if i had any second thoughts about my decision, they were immediately washed away after watching my first show – john oliver’s last week tonight. his main story was the financial crisis facing puerto rico and including a guest appearance by lin-manuel miranda (creator of hamilton) who rapped a plea to assist his homeland. crazy good as always (both oliver and miranda).

and there is still the season six premier of game of thrones to look forward to.

prince 2016.04.25

the world is a sadder place without prince.

even if i did not feel this personally, it would be nearly impossible not to notice as everyone else is expressing their sadness.

marked by neighbors i met walking down the street; discussed with my wife; a topic at this weekend’s dinner party; a minute of silence at the minnesota wild playoff hockey game…

time trials 2016.04.22

a friend took this picture of our youth running club starting time trials and presented it to me on a postcard – super cool.

human waste 2016.04.21

yesterday i posted this on my neighborhood’s web site:

Your Dog’s Poop In My Yard

On Monday morning at the elementary school bus stop at Cardiff and Ironwoods Drive there was a bag of poo that was left and remained there until afternoon.

Tuesday when I got the mail I found this bag of poo on the mulch in my front yard

dog poop

Its about that time when someone has to complain about dog poop on the web site and I’ve never done it before although numerous careless pet owners have left behind their dog’s waste in my front yard. So here we go.

I don’t think you want me pooping in your front yard, even if I bag it. That is how I feel about your pet’s waste.

Thanks for being a good neighbor and not a shit.

a couple of hours after i posted this, the bag of poop mysteriously disappeared off my front yard. question is, did the guilty party come back to get it or does someone in my neighborhood think i’m about to crack and picked it up preventatively?

off the bandwagon 2016.04.20

i find i am more prone to not like something if a person i dislike cares for it than i am to favor a thing a friend of mine favors.

sort of the opposite of jumping on the bandwagon…

reverse spring 2016.04.19

its full on spring here with most the trees at full leaf.

we went in to the mountains to visit my aunt and as we climbed in elevation the leaves on the trees seemed to crawl back in to the trees. by the time we got to my aunt’s house there were only blooms on the trees. it was like time lapse photography reversing spring.

then on the way home, we had rapid spring that bloomed in an hour. i’ll have to remember to do this again around this time of the year as its really neat to see.

wedding delay 2016.04.18

a co-worker told me this story on friday and then requested i share it far and wide, so here goes:

his cousin is a mormon (member of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints) and was due to wed soon. near the planned nuptial date, the wedding was unexpectedly postponed for three months.

originally my co-worker didn’t know why, but at a recent family gathering he found it. the husband-to-be had an interview with his bishop to renew his temple recommend (the golden pass that allows good mormons in to their exclusive temples). during the interview the future hubby admitted he was masturbating which isn’t on the approved behavior list for getting a temple pass. the bishop of the local church told the frustrated groom he needed to restrain himself for at least three months before he could interview again and be judged worthy or not to marry in the mormon temple.

at the end of the story, my co-worker said “if i know this, everyone in the family knows. i would be the last person anyone would tell.”

given that he asked me to share this story adds credibility to the claim he would be the last to know.

and if self service is a sin, wouldn’t a loving bishop married the desperate couple on the spot so they could relieve one another? i’m guessing if this guy thinks its ok to tell the leader of his church he is masturbating that he isn’t honestly going to abstain for three months.

on the plus side, the bride now has three months to realize this genius may not be the best she could do…

texting at amc 2016.04.15

AMC Entertainment CEO Open to Allowing Texting in Some Theaters

i was just thinking people shouldn’t be limited to just texting while driving cars…

the wonder of discovery 2016.04.14

the mystery of a thing is so often greater than the understanding, take for instance the http redirect of http://loser.com

my twelve year old son came home with this site recommendation convinced it was a statement of world belief.

note: at the original time of this post http://loser.com was an http redirect to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump – i’m sure there will be future interesting losers in the future

the boss 2016.04.12

i am not a bruce springsteen fan, but i’ll be buying a few of his albums today after finding out about this:

A statement from Bruce Springsteen on North Carolina

As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

original source: http://brucespringsteen.net/

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