Rebuttal

A friend of mine recently asked me to post a clarification to a comment on one of her Facebook posts. My friend had posted this piece about how climate change skeptics/denialists are so underrepresented in the scientific literature, and someone hit back with many of the standard denialist talking…

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Flagstaff

Let's talk about rarities. It's rare that an individual discovers his passion at five years old; it's also rare that an individual follows that passion through high school, against great odds and bias. It's rare for an individual to love a thing, a sport, and a place so much, and…

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Radio Radiance

Last Thursday, I hit the airwaves, yakking about lighting simulation. For some reason the Boulder Green Building Guild was interested in my take on the use of simulation in optimizing the energy efficiency of building designs in the US, on the latest installment of Footprint Radio. It was a thrill…

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Art & Copy

So, I finally saw this movie I've been meaning to see for a while, "Art & Copy". It's a sad, disgusting (read: excellent) documentary about the collection of whores and egomaniacs working in the advertising business, and, by extension, about everything that is wrong with our society. "By the way,…

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On Skeleton

Hold it, just hold on a fucking second. The last several Olympics, summer and winter, have carried a certain sporting elitist criticism on various new sports added to the games. Sports like snowboarding and BMX have been derided by various idiots as not being true sports, presumably because the sports'…

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BIFF, again

Wow. So, once again, Brenda & I spent part of a February weekend checking out various films at the Boulder International Film Festival, and once again, we were not disappointed. This year, we had a nice manageable program: a movie a day, Friday through Sunday. Two were at the Boulder…

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RIP, Brent Graber

Brent Graber was a guy I casually knew, a co-owner of a fun little dog named Delaney. Brent and his brother were regulars at the ballfield near my house where Hooper & I spend many an evening. Last month, while Hooper was recuperating from his knee injury, Brent got hit…

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Words Fail Me

Oh my god, he did it! Barack defeated the idiots, the racists, the conservatives. He did it, he fucking did it! Colorado is a blue state, the United States has a new President-elect and a Democratic Senate majority. Now hey, I was 24 when Clinton was elected, ending twelve years…

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Merle's Door

I finished reading Merle's Door last night; I cried like a baby through the last forty pages. At this point, since bringing Hooper home, I have read about a dozen or more books about dogs: dog training, dog breeds, dog behavior, dog health care, dogs; the last category includes your…

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There's a Reason for the Silence:

I am unable to speak--have been for days--because I saw Bob Costas' Olympic hair. You have GOT to be fucking kidding me.…

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Eddie Izzard in Denver

Brenda & I just got back from Denver, having just taken in the cutting, silly, schizophrenic, smart and above all, funny standup act of Eddie Izzard. Brenda & I saw him in New York back in 2003, and when we heard he was taking his new tour through Denver, we…

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Cause and Effect

Ever since Brenda & I moved to Boulder there has been one glaring omission from our daily lives, and that is settling down to read a good local newspaper. Back in Jersey, the Star Ledger was an excellent paper that originated from the local county where we last lived in…

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An Evening with the Eels

Last night I went to see the Eels at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. It was my first concert in about ten years! The last concert I intentionally went to was to see Bluetip at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey (which was great). Once again, as I did when I…

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Wikigagged

An editorial in today's Daily Camera mentions a recent judge's recent order to "disable" the domain name of wikileaks.org, a site that purportedly offers up Standard Operating Procedures for American troops in Iraq, Gitmo, and other evidence of corporate wrongdoing. Potentially interesting reading, and protected under the First Amendment…

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Our House

Brenda & I went to see a play last night at the Denver Center. I'm embarrassed to admit this, but this is the first straight play I've seen since moving to Boulder; it was worth the wait. Our friends Deirdre and Evan bought us tickets for Christmas, and it was…

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rumblestrip: new layout, upgraded backend

Once again, rumblestrip.org has a new look. This time it's based on the neoclassical theme by Chris Pearson. Very clean, and with a rotating masthead graphic (currently randomly selected from eleven images, more to come). The bigger news is that I've upgraded to the latest version of Wordpress. The…

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TiVo Upgrade

A while back I posted a tearful tribute, in song, to my dear departed TiVo. I still don't know what happened to it, but it was an old Series 2 with the "40 Hour" capacity. She served her owners proud for almost four years, and I decided it would be…

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The Night The TiVo Died

I'm so distraught, I put it into song: The Night the TiVo Died (sung to the tune of Paper Lace's "The Night Chicago Died") In the chill of a winter's night In the land of the yoga hippies When Rob & Brenda's TiVo died And they talk about it still…

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Green Signatures in the News (Again)

Well, my silly little piece on "green" email signatures is in the news again, this time in the L.A. Times. When I wrote that, it was cathartic because I was so frustrated by a particular co-worker and his sanctimonious ways, and his mindless insistence that we all preach to…

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The Bronx is Burning

Let me start with a quote, because I heard it in my head repeatedly throughout my (two) viewing(s) of ESPN2's new miniseries "The Bronx is Burning": "Ahhh, 1978, there'll never be another year like that, not in my lifetime." That gem was uttered by a co-worker from an old…

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Flight of the Conchords

Well, Sundays seem so empty now, with Tony Soprano gone and all. But I was pleasantly surprised when Brenda & I sat down to watch the premiere of Flight of the Conchords. Not really knowing anything about these two kiwis or how they were gonna make their "funny folk" act…

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Surf's Up (or, Sopranos Finale)

So, after eight absolutely fantastic fucking seasons, The Sopranos run has come to an end. The finale was a mixed bag, and the salt in the wound is that the lame-ish ending is followed by the premiere of a fucking surfer show. The Sopranos has entertained me on so many…

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Dopes

What a bunch of idiots these guys are. With the Floyd Landis Show currently unfolding at Pepperdine University, complete with tales of Greg LeMond's weenie and an obsfucatory defense that would make Johnnie Cochran proud, now it appears that Oscar Pereiro -- the man who finished second to Landis in…

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Quoted

Well, what the hell do you know. One of my little old blog posts has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal! Something tells me that a lot of WSJ readers who may ultimately ferret out my website will not be entertained by the majority of my content, however...…

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The Honorable Sam "Ace" Rothstein

Much as I'm enjoying watching Alberto Gonzales go down in flames, the rabid scenes in the Senate last week were quite tiresome. Seriously; Nancy Pelosi with foam dribbling from her jowls is incredibly unappetizing. All these donation-collecting suit monkeys crawling around Washington are the same: they only show some stones…

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R.I.P., Molly Ivins

Well, shit. Molly Ivins, my favorite Texan, has died. Losing her third battle with breast cancer, one of our greatest bastions of clear thinking and best practitioners of humorous-while-pissed-off writing is no longer around to comment on the bullshit that politicians do. I still remember reading one of Molly's editorials…

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SOTU

Here it is, folks. The State of the Union Address. Sadly, this is a rather accurate depiction of what we've got going on in Washington. Watch: "The REAL State of the Union Address"…

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On Sexual Depravity (and Shrinkage)

A couple of weeks ago I posted an innocent little blurb about riding my bike in the snow to deliver some christmas presents to the post office. I included a picture of my beloved singlespeed "townie" bike that was used for the purpose. The thing is, the bike's frame is…

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Happy Zacarias

Today, a co-worker shared some of his recordings from when he was in a band. They had toured for a couple years, playing mostly in the Atlanta area, and were reasonably competent. A discussion arose regarding band names; I may have possibly brought it up. You see, I have some…

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BIFF

This weekend, the second annual Boulder International Film Festival hit town, and Brenda & I took full advantage, taking in two feature-length films and watching a program of short films yesterday afternoon. Everything we saw was shown at the fabulous Boulder Theatre, a quirky old joint downtown with a great…

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SOTU=SNAFU

Yeah, so I missed most of the State of the Union, forgetting about the time zone change (yeah, it STILL happens to me). But from the look of things, it was big business as usual so who gives a shit anyway. What's been fun, in a staggeringly depressing way, is…

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Home Theater Hell

Houston, we no longer have a problem. It was the damned channel button. For the last several months, I have lived in a state of worry and emasculation, unable to get my "home theater system" fully operational. I tried several times, under varying levels of intoxication, to hook up this…

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They Should be Ashamed

Crack dealers usually give out the first taste for free, since they know they'll be back for more. And now Apple has released iTunes 6.0, which includes the ability to buy TV episodes (through the iTunes Music Store), which means my monthly ITMS bill is going to skyrocket. Next…

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Baseball, Bikes, Boxes, Travel and Snot

Time for another long-overdue update. Let's go in reverse order, with regard to the title of this post. I've got a cold. It sucks. (ah-choo!) Been traveling more than usual, both for work and play. I was in Chicago this Wednesday for a meeting, and I guess I'd better get…

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Jesus n' Joysticks

Folks, you just can't make this shit up. It appears that we now have an organization devoted to the support and development of christian video games, games that support family values and spread the christian "message". My question is, where do "Crusades 1-9" and "Spanish Inquisition" fit in their little…

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This American Office

So, we're underway. The Office--a hysterical comedy about the banality of corporate office working life--put on by the BBC for a couple seasons, has been brought across the Atlantic, and American network NBC is trying its hand at putting first class comedy on American air. So far, so good. You…

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Hack

There's an old saying that goes: "those who can't do, teach". Woody Allen extended and enhanced that into a joke with the corollary: "and those who can't teach, teach gym." But what does one say about someone can't write theatre reviews? Where do they come from? More importantly, why do…

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Address Unknown

"Despair overthrown often turns in mad directions." So says Martin Schulse. Martin, one of two characters in "Address Unknown" -- the latest play in previews at the theatre where Brenda works -- is beginning to slide down the slippery slope into Nazism, in early 1930's Germany. This statement -- along…

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Hotel Rwanda

Brenda & I drove down to Princeton, NJ today to see the film Hotel Rwanda. We had to drive thirty miles to get to a theater that was showing this movie, as the eighty screens within the ten mile radius of our home were busy with the rest of the…

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DSC to pilots: screw you!

Well, that’s the end of that. After enjoying two and a half years of Discovery Wings Channel—all aviation/aerospace, all the time—the Discovery Channel has called it quits. Instead of providing more general aviation coverage to balance the seemingly continuous wartime/warplane segments, they…

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