Month: November 2014

Hosting

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Ben asks What’s the most elaborate, complicated meal you’ve ever cooked? Well. Once upon a time, I lived in a house with five other people. Being moderately adept at mathematics, I can say that that means that there were six of us. Six (nominally) adult males. Six tidiness-impaired individuals, six individuals highly resistant to direction and organization and six… healthy appetites. The appetites are important because…. Despite the intrinsic resistance to organization of the undergraduate […]

Abandoning (another travelogue)

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About seven hundred years ago, an Italian fountain (?) had a vision. In his vision he was lost in a forest and attacked by wild animals. Fortunately for him, though, he was rescued by a dead poet and soon after they encountered a famous gate, over which was inscribed Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate Since I don’t read medieval Italian (or any other kind for that matter) I looked for a translation. The always-helpful Project […]

Opening

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On Wednesday Ben told me to talk about Monday. It was, in some ways, a fairly typical Monday. The first thing I did (well, aside from turning off the alarm, grimacing at the unraked leaves in the back yard (EVERY SINGLE ONE clearly visible in the morning light) and stumbling groggily to the shower) was select the tie-dye shirt most likely to make my skip retch. (I had got The Call to spare; apparently he […]

Counting

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I’ve talked a bit about the tags that people assign to blog posts and how a given tag can mean wildly different things to different people. (A recent example: a week or two ago the tag ‘curling’ led to an article about Jennifer Jones, one of the most talented curlers and unconvincing actresses of her generation. It also led to something entitled “Tell Me About It, Stud.” I was briefly fooled by a picture containing […]