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A Re-Evaluation of My Spinal Cord Injury

Recently I had to go back at Craig Hospital for a re-evaluation of my spinal cord injury and the news turned out to be pretty good. Last spring when the accident occurred, I really had no real idea what I was in for with regard to experiencing a spinal cord injury and the very long recovery to follow. Show More Summary

Too cute harbor seal pups and sea otter pup turns 50 days old

33 minutes agoTravel / Hotels : Loyalty Traveler

April in Monterey, California means harbor seal pups. These little pups of blubber come out on some beaches around the Monterey area for a month of growing on mother’s milk. My impression is harbor seals do not like to touch each other. Show More Summary

Caramel Corn

I can't eat this tasty treat because of my Crohn's, but I have had rave reviews from friends and family alike. This recipe is pretty much like every other caramel corn recipe out there, except that it uses vegan margarine which is cheap and adds some salt to complement the sweetness. Show More Summary

Sniff, Sniff. It Stinks of Bitch Up in Here

Chick #1: One of my earphones on my iPod is completely busted. Chick #2: Why? Do you listen to it really loud? Chick #1: Yeah, on the subway. I try to drown out the noise. Chick #2: I wish they made iPods for the nose so you could drown out the smell. –Life Cafe Nine […]

How my media diet is killing me

The first step in addressing a problem is recognizing there is a problem, and because I recognized I had a problem I went to see Sue Becker. I drove out to her home in Downers Grove and she met me at the front door. She was polite and formal and practical-seeming; she wore a cranberry-color, wrinkle-free...

consumption model

Sometimes when I run out of things to write about, my mind wanders to introspective topics. I find myself gravitating back to how we as boardgamers consume games, our modus operandi, our consumption model. There are many games which I play just once. Show More Summary

Bloodborne Makes Me Feel Like A Kid Again

Bloodborne makes me feel like a kid again. No, I?m not referring to the action game?s sadistic take on difficulty, which harkens back to the arcade games of my childhood that were designed to squeeze every last quarter out of a determined player. Show More Summary

BRAD TORGERSEN: Tribalism Is As Tribalism Does. “One example that leaps to my mind: back when I wa…

BRAD TORGERSEN: Tribalism Is As Tribalism Does. “One example that leaps to my mind: back when I was an NCO, I had a Small Group Leader (SGL) at one of the Army’s NCO schools who had emigrated out of central Africa, come to the U.S., and joined the U.S. military. He said that he found […]

Blur Share "My Terracotta Heart"

A few songs have surfaced from Blur's forthcoming album The Magic Whip, including "Lonesome Street", "There Are Too Many of Us", and "Go Out". Today, they shared another new one—listen to "My Terracotta Heart" below. As Stereogum points out, Blur fans in L.A. Show More Summary

Ten Things that Caught My Eye Today (April 17, 2015)

1. Christians drowned for being Christian. 2. 15 Cardinal George links.  3. ISIS claims blast near U.S. Consulate in Iraq 4.  #Iraq: unbelievable photos coming out of #Anbar province as #Daesh advances on the capital, the exodus of #Ramadi…. Show More Summary

Blur – “My Terracotta Heart”

13 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

We’ve heard a bunch of songs from Blur’s new Magic Whip album already — “Go Out,” “There Are Too Many Of Us,” “Lonesome Street,” and a live debut of “Ong Ong” — and here’s another one to add to the pile: “My Terracotta Heart,” a lush new track that’s on the more contemplative side of […]

Lunar Crater volcanic field, Nevada

I was on my way to San Francisco / AGU last week when I saw these volcanoes and shot these pictures through the airplane window. It turns out that this is the Lunar Crater volcanic field in Nevada, named after the largest crater that is more than 1000 meters across and about 130 m deep. Show More Summary

Millionaire Spike Lee: I Want $3 Million In Taxpayer Assistance To Make My Next Film “Chiraq”

Spike Lee has put his hand out for a 3 million dollar payday to ease the budget for his latest flop blockbuster – a ridiculous story about violence in the

Hidden Health Hazards and Toxic Truths Unveiled in Sean Penn's Documentary Film

I joined the Ecology Center and environmental health movement in 2010, fresh out of graduate school, with a deep enthusiasm for sustainability and healthy living. Never did I imagine how drastically my life would change in the years to come, and how my concern about toxic chemicals in everyday products would take on new meaning. Show More Summary

“Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics”

Peter Overby reports for NPR. My earlier Slate piece criticizing Clinton on this is here. … Continue reading ?

How to Read Like a (21st Century) Poet

A lot of times (okay, six times so far) a friend or acquaintance will reach out in an email and ask some sort of variation along the lines of this question: "Josh, I would also like to write and publish my poetry -- how can I go about...Show More Summary

Seizing the Moment to Reform a Criminal Justice System that Hurts Families and Communities

On July 24, 2004, I stood in an overly air-conditioned courtroom in Gainesville, Georgia, and watched as my then-husband pled out to six years in prison for a non-violent crime. As the bailiff handcuffed him and began to lead him out of the room, I looked down at my two-month-old daughter and felt fear wash over me. Show More Summary

Seizing the Moment to Reform a Criminal Justice System that Hurts Families and Communities

On July 24, 2004, I stood in an overly air-conditioned courtroom in Gainesville, Georgia, and watched as my then-husband pled out to six years in prison for a non-violent crime. As the bailiff handcuffed him and began to lead him out of the room, I looked down at my two-month-old daughter and felt fear wash over me. Show More Summary

DIY Home Security with Skylink

16 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

In my quest for perfect home automation and security, I have been trying out different avenues. For the most part, you can see where the technology is heading, and the ease of use has been fantastic. The Skylink Alarm System Starter Kit wins the “smallest footprint for a starter kit” award. Everything you need comes […]

This Weekend Open Thread Needs Hammock Time

It’s finally nice out. Spring is here. I know it’s been here a few weeks, but now it actually feels like it. All I want to do is drink wine in my hammock.

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