A post-processed photo of a bottle and a drinking horn on a wooden table

Happy New Year 2018

This is going to end up being another short post, but I at least wanted to say Happy New Year. 2016 has more than once been described as a “dumpster fire” of a year. 2017 was pretty bad, too, although most of that originates from a single source. My hope is that 2018 will be […]

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The sky as seen from the 2nd floor walkway on the south side of the Humanities Building on the UNM Campus

Onward and Upward, One Baby Step at a Time

I shouldn’t be too pleased with myself, but I guess I feel like anything I accomplish is worth some sort of celebration. I managed to write around 450 words today for the dissertation. Again, I’m ashamed of how little that is and I’m doubly ashamed of making any sort of a big deal out of […]

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The entire double-wide aisle is overflowing with pink and red boxes of chocolates for St. Valentine's Day

The Real Reason Amazon Will Win

Just take a look at the photo above. I took that photo earlier today, December 29th, at the local Kroger clone. That’s right. These folks have gone all in on St. Valentine’s Day a whole four days after Christmas. Most folks haven’t even finished the returns and exchanges process yet and we’re already getting more […]

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A Viking longship arrives in Dublin

Difficult choices

I will soon come to a point where I have to make some difficult choices about who I want to be and what I have to do to get there. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to make me feel better about myself, but I’m going to have to do it […]

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Notebook-style doodles

Why can’t I write?

One of the biggest reasons why I don’t like journaling is that it seems that I just spin my wheels. It feels like I’m just sort of talking into empty space. When I talk to people, I have the opportunity to actually engage in discourse. I think differently. I seek solutions and different ways to […]

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An onion sits on top of the box for Occipital's Structure Sensor

Frustrations and setbacks

Allan Sherman was one of the most important musical comedians of the 20th century. He’s probably best known for that “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” bit, but he did a lot of work, including a lot of television work, despite the fact that he didn’t believe he had much of a voice at all. The story […]

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A pond with fountain in the background and ducks in the foreground, near the shore

“…and what have you done?”

So…Happy Christmas. There are really two ways to handle holidays–any holidays–of larger social significance. I’m not talking about National Pancake Day, although that holiday is awesome and should totally get more play. I’m talking the kinds of holidays that get folks the day off: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, etc. St. Patrick’s day is a […]

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An old book

Guilty pleasures

Here’s something that non-academics probably don’t know about academics: reading for pleasure is a rebellious act. It may not seem like it to most folks, but finally getting to crack that novel I bought six years ago and just haven’t had the time to get around to yet is kind of a big deal, especially […]

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A rotund plastic figure with a pen goes over a long document titled 'Santa's List'

A Technology Wishlist

There are a ton of things going on in my head right now, and I’m not sure that I can really focus enough on a lot of them to develop coherent paragraphs, so I’m just going to make this as easy on myself as possible and drop a simple list of things that I hope […]

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