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Journal — archive, February 2011 to March 2015

Hannibal Christ — "most scholars" don't study Jesus....
  — 30 March 2015


• I know that a lot of people accept Jesus as their gardener. But I'd rather tend my own.
  — 25 March 2015


American Christians vote for right-wing politicians who gut assistance programs, and then churches get to be the ones to give away soup for Jesus.
  — 30 January 2015

• The "boezem," a unit of Dutch water management infrastructure...

The (presumed) value of "work" in America...

• The beauty and the danger of the strangely-local World-Wide Web: The chemist and the Dubliner...

• I believe that people can show up when what they wanted to see is happening....
"Save a nickel and spend a dime," the cost of cost-cutting measures in restaurants...
Headless goat — another dream on the cusp of asleep and awake...
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• Benghazi: because nobody died at Solyndra.
  — 2 August 2013
Tomato, tomato — they used to be delicious....
  — 30 June 2013
• I probably had more fun being barred from a big, loud, popular drinking establishment in Kilkenny Ireland than I would have had going there....
• It's always important to learn some of the local language when visiting a country — except in The Netherlands....

Bean counting at the Pine Tavern — standard industry practice...
Lost on the purple-red Los Angeles metro line....
• Want a job, we need your piss. Want a gun — cash or credit?
  — 28 December 2012
Leaving Dublin, and Ireland — and finally getting questioned by border control, ten years on, and on my way out...
  — 11 December 2012, about an event in May of 2011.
• Is it really important to "rock" an item of clothing?
• If we know that in 18 months our processing power will double, why don't we just do it that way now? — 11/18/2012
• I have to wonder whether or not the president is letting the governor play checkers. — 7 October 2012
• "A 1952 Frank Lloyd Wright house that has largely gone unnoticed is in danger of being demolished in Phoenix."
  — New York Times, 1 October 2012

What would be shocking is if it were to be demolished somewhere else.
• The inerrant Bible as the Word Of God is how Christianity came to us, under the power of overwhelming political and military force.

To claim, from the leisure of modern Christianity, that now the Bible is not completely true but that it's still supposed to guide our lives — that's offensive.

— 14 August 2012
A private conversation with President Obama....
• I notice that there is no "national hypertext link day," even though the medium enables ways of writing not yet imagined, and even though there's no evidence that this new form of reading is inferior to the often-idealized act of sitting in a garden chair with a physical book. And, anyway, what about the scroll? What about the look, feel and smell of the papyrus scroll, and the adorable fact that you had to actually scroll the thing in order to read it? Bah.
• .. But there never has been anything like the Mac Classic running MS Word 3.1 and Alessandro Montalcini's macro program Keyquencer.
• Oh, the absurdities of provincialism in the modern world; anachronistic borders and "citizenship" ....
• "Pirlo's amazing penalty vs. England" ...
— 6/25/2012
• American women have developed two speech peculiarities in the last few decades.
The bilingual must eventually ask "do you understand this" in English....
• As the U.S. Memorial Day ends I have to mention one question that keeps returning to my mind recently. After a decade of unnecessary wars and a half-century in which almost all American conflicts have been equally gratuitous, is there any point at which enlistment becomes a war crime?
  — 5/28/2012
• Nobody plays pity better than conservatives, the most powerful.
  — 5/22/2012
• Never upgrade anything, ever. You will lose something, and for what? That's the question you should ask. For what.
• I've got one thing to say, and I'm disappointed that you're not going to listen.
• If all it takes is a few percentage points of demographic change to stop the net influx of people from Mexico to America, maybe life is not that much better here than it is there.

"Historic wave of Mexican immigration at a standstill" — L. A. Times, 23 April 2012

• I suppose you'd be happy if democracy were not sold to the highest bidder but to some schmuck. — 4/28/2012
• There's a broad scope of regulations that we all accept without consideration. That's just society. I don't think it's a matter of whether or not we want regulation. I don't think it's even a matter of "how much" regulation we want. I think the issue is that we want what we consider good regulation.
  — 28 April 2012
• I find that after years of asking "why do you want to know," I can sometimes make it sound like I don't necessarily hate authority. — 26 April 2012
• Nobody at Mosaic Medical Clinic told me that they were going to send my bloodwork to Saint Charles. — 25 April 2012
• Rediscovered the page "Amsterdam women." Reformatted it, but left text as-was.
I got a computer up in Ashbourne, ten miles north of Dublin.
  — From the archive; April 2002, Ireland
• Began page "'The Truth' terms and phrases" — a glossary of the religion started by William Irvine in Crocknacrieve, Northern Ireland, in 1897
• "Why are you here (and not in America [where I'd like to be?])"
• The Bible and the Constitution are both pieces of text. One is longer, older, and more ridiculous than the other -- but they're both pieces of text. The proper way to dispose of the United States flag is to burn it -- just like the Koran. All you have to do is show a little respect, and you can probably get away with anything. They are little more than symbols.
We were the chosen ones....
To the Rock Bar on St. Paddy's Day, Kilkenny Ireland 2009...
• If Rick Santorum doesn't get caught with a gay prostitute there is no god.
• "You're free to take your business elsewhere" — That's the idiot fallacy of conservatism and free-market ideology. "You don't like it? Go somewhere else" — even though, frequently, there is nowhere else to go, no place that is truly someplace else.
• Ryan's pub in Kilkenny Ireland was closed for decades... — 19 January 2012
Human employment figures to decline — 27 December 2011
• The anachronometer, a time-travel immigration control device...
• When I got back to Ireland in 2005 I went on the dole and remained unemployed or underemployed for almost all of the next six years.
• Could not remember whether my flight had come in safely, so I knew that I must be falling asleep, and dreaming. — From a notebook, early 2001 Seville, Spain
• Working on the page "why where," about my reasons for going places, I discovered an old page called simply "timewise," one of several attempts to organize files chronologically. It's a bit rough and only extends to 2005, but it might become useful.... — 25 Otober 2011
• I can see the night sky, now, here in Central Oregon. I'm a thousand meters/metres above sea-level and the air is dry. And I have to tell you: there are only two constellations. There's Orion and there's the Big Dipper. The rest are shit. The North Star is an interesting phenomenon -- and *all* of it is beautiful.... — 25 October 2011
The Bible reminds me of the Rock of Cashel in Ireland -- historically significant and therefore worth seeing, but cobbled together over centuries in such a way that it has no esthetic narrative. — 24 October 2011
• I wish I believed in Satan because then I'd imagine how he'd greet assholes who make writing twice as difficult on a machine that is 1,000,000 times as fast. — 19 October 2011
• Central Oregon drivers go weak in the knees when they see a pedestrian. — 17 October 2011
• Dear New York Times, can't you support your online version by the sale of advertising?
• I refuse to learn any more of your crappy programs -- your media players, your word processors -- until you can standardize them to within a few degrees of consistency over several years. — 4 October 2011
Work has no intrinsic value. — 29 September 2011
• In the days after "9/11," the world stood in empathy with the United States and in mourning for the people who had died that day. Within less than one year the George W. Bush admnistration had squandered that good will. In the proceeding decade they killed a million people for money and in the name of patriotism, with support of from the religious faithful. That's what I remember. — 12 September 2011
• As these computers become less adept at simple tasks, one is compelled to wonder... — dammit. Shit. Ah, fer fuck's sake...

I forgot what I was going to say.
• I wonder if there's any way now to stop the United States from devolving into absolutist, murderous Christian rule. — 10 September 2011
• The ([square root of phi] divided by [phi squared]) multiplied by ([the square root of phi] multiplied by [phi squared]) equals phi. — 24 April 2011
I wanted to complain to the Irish communications regulator — 21 April 2011
• Did a bit of work on the page about Imitation goods and services in Ireland.... — 11 April 2011
• Doesn't it seem like the U.S. Republican party has long been suspiciously willing to shut down the government in obeisance to their corporate and religious masters? Suspiciously, that is, if you believe their bullshit about patriotism. — 8 April 2011
• The magnetic poles are always shifting, and there's some evidence that the Earth is due for a total reversal, which is a normal (but aperiodic) phenomenon, as legible in the record of the north-south magnetic orientation of iron particles in lava that emanates from mid-oceanic rifts at a roughly-steady rate. The polarity flip is itself non-catastrophic, but will of course have unpredictable effects upon creatures that rely upon magnetic phenomena for navigation etcetera. — 8 April 2011
Bon anée, Paris, 2004...

... Working on some pages that I wrote about a road-trip that I made with a girlfriend, from Nijmegen NL to Paris France.... — 7 April 2011
• The longer that a bilingual speaker observes an Anglophone listening to another language, the greater becomes the probability that he or she will ask "do you understand this" in English. — 19 March 2011
• The mystery of the dissapearing stone art... — 8 March 2011
• Some machines have to learn how to use the tools that we've made for them. — 5 March 2011
• Somebody told me the other day that there used to be three certainties in Irish culture — GAA (the quasi-political half-religious Gaelic Athletic Association,) and Fianna Fáil, the until-this-week de facto government of Ireland. He said "now two of those are gone." — 3 March 2011, Kilkenny
• Working on a page about the Elysian in Cork city, the so-called "idle tower." — 27 February 2011
• Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker compared his union-busting to Ronald Reagan's defeat of the air-traffic controllers. The comparison of global revolutions to the beginning of unrest in the American populace is not necessarily maudlin, is not trivial. — 25 February 2011

Journal archive, March 2010 - February 2011 ...

Journal archive, May 2007 - March 2010 ...

Journal archive, August 2005 - May 2007 ...

Contemporaneous notes, 2001 - 2004



• Improved page "Didn't have a name," about a small secretive protestant Christian American sect...
  — 30 March 2015

• Improved page "Bush not elected, AD 2000"...
  — 22 March 2015

• Improved page "bilingual nearly useless"
  — 29 January 2015

• Made page "I never intended to go to Ireland," where my childhood religion began....
  — 29 November 2014

• Improved the page "Facsimile: imitation goods and services in Ireland" — 14 July 2014

• Improved the page "Cork Ireland for one year" — 14 July 2014

• Improved the page "variables of Irish pool" — 12 July 2014

• Improved page "Institutionalized celibacy as a source of evil" — 16 March 2014

• Improved the page "Factoring Exploitation" — 14 February 2014

• This is why most people who have dogs shouldn't — an idea in progress... — 29 January 2014

• Improved the page "Nieuwe Spelling," about the 1996 Dutch-language orthographical reform.
  — 7 January 2014

• Improved (a little bit) the page "Talbot's Bastion," about an uncelebrated monument in Kilkenny Ireland. — 28 December 2013

• Improved the page Rogue Irish comma — 21 December 2013

• I hate automatic updates...
But no; kids are funny....
• I tried heroin once....
• A timeline of my experiences with the Irish social-welfare system...
• "Creepy" in modern America... — 23 August 2013
Pub closed for decades, still operational, in Kilkenny Ireland... — 16 August 2013
The Netherlands twice.... — 10 August 2013
• The why where files — a work in progress...
Americans think busy... — 4 July 2013
Finding Jesus missing... — 26 June 2013
The capital of The Netherlands — 19 June 2013...
Working down in Cashel on Monday — from spring of 2003, Republic of Ireland...
The strangely local World Wide Web...
  — 14 June 2013
• Created page "Nederlands, the Dutch language"
  — 13 June 2013
Barred on a whim (not just ejected) from Brother Jon's "pub" in Bend Oregon
  — 11 June 2013
• The employment ethic...
  — 30 May 2013
Measuring solitude as a connoisseur....
  — 29 May 2013
• Improved page "Moody Cool's" about a farcical restaurant in Kilkenny Ireland...
  — 29 May 2013
• From the archive: "The fall of George W. Bush [from a bicycle] as viewed from Holland."...
• The limit of American fatness...
• Found a page and made it (somewhat) workable: What makes a person want to be a cop?
  — 15 May 2013
• Improved page "Tomato and Oregano" — European vs. American pronunciation in Ireland.
• Improved page "Bringing proper change to a Romanian shop"...
I really did learn to speak Dutch...
• "...But that's war."...
They do not listen....
  — 29 April 2013
Germanics care what you eat...
Below sea-level in western Netherlands.
  — 18 April 2013
The clock on an Irish bus, incorrect...
  — 11 April 2013
• Made page "Restaurants" — kitchens I've worked in since I began writing web-pages in 2000.
  — 27 March 2013
• Improved page about an Irish landlord...
— 25 March 2013
• Made a somewhat-workable version of "Bayeux Tapestry," a short ten-year-old page...
— 23 March 2013
• Fixed page "11 years in the European Union."
— 20 March 2013
Right-click and wait...
— 20 March 2013
Pushed off my bike by a cop — from August 2012...
Cost-cutting for dummies (managers)...
— 3/2/2013
• The "phenomena" and "criteria" criterion...
— 3/2/2013
First they came for my piss....
— 28 Feb 2013
Acausal quandary...
• "O," a Romanian indefinite article: definitely a word...
Feliz baktun nuevo... — 21 December 2012
Calculated minimum satisfaction levels in American film...   — 19 December 2012
East side Bend Oregon suburbia...
My Schengen Agreement... — 12 December 2012
• Improved page "What I know about Nijmegen" [NL,] which is probably not linked from anywhere.
The book of life — 12 December 2012
• "Because women don't."...
Insanity is not stupidity....
And a pittance for the cook...
Drug testing? You want my urine?...

  — 29 Nov. 2012
• Aren't interested, or don't want to know? — the lack of curiosity about those years abroad...
• Made page "Vignettes — moments from Ireland, Holland, Spain, and the United States...."   — 1 October 2011
The Godwin's Law "misogyny" corollary...
Card skill is not allowed in a casino.
  — 8/23/2012
• There are still people who say "I told you science was wrong." ...
Sitting around abroad...
The English language learns to spell...
Reaganomaly — an odd phenomenon...
I was angry that an employer didn't want to avail of the work permit. I understand better now....
  — August 2009, Nijmegen The Netherlands
Dustin was a turkey muppet from Dublin....
Cafe Helder, — a kitchen job in Nijmegen, The Netherlands ....
• Working on file "Nijmegen timewise" — 5/24/2012
NASCAR and fine olive oil...
I notice that there is no "national hypertext link week." — 17 May 2012
Casino... 8 April '12
• Made page "You can't say that."... — 5 April 2012
Archives...
The one true — 9 March 2012
Kids are funny — 8 March 2012
Evolutionary theory...
The bedwetting landlord of 8 City Wall...
My Apple pedigree...
The housing boom of the Celtic Tiger...
• Made page "I caused a minor traffic accident — allegedly." — 26 November 2011
• Improved page "A plan for ending forced labor in the developed world" ...
• Improved page "Teoria," on the theory of writing and (not)-organizing a web of documents. — 14 November 2011
• Improved page "Mirrors in space"... — 8 November 2011
• Made page "Kilkenny for most of a decade," an outline sketch of my time living in southeastern Ireland.

• Made page "anuncio," about a flyer I made to advertise English-language tutorials when I was living in Seville in 2001. — 2 November 2011
Blue moon Kilkenny — from the archive, November 2001
I believe — diversas creencias... — 18 October 2011
• Myths aside, it still matters whether or not Jesus existed. — 14 September 2011
Loud Irish womens' shoes...
Capitalism writes in small print....
• Improved page about construction law within perimeters of historic Dutch military installations — 20 March 2011
• Made page "dream blurbs." — 18 March 2011
• Improved page "Blurbs." — 15 March 2011
• Improved page "Irish-English terms and phrases." — 15 March 2011
• Improved page "Maybe Jesus didn't exist." — 12 March 2011
• Americans who believe that "if you don't vote you have no right to complain" are effectively implying that the protections of the First Amendment to the Constitution are provisional upon a specific civic duty. — 11 March 2011
• Discovered the old page "The Great Necessity and Impossibility of Infinite Space." — 10 March 2011
• Improved page "Thanks a million" (r.e. Irish English.) — 9 March 2011
• Improved page "Sorry" vs. "excuse me" in Irish vs. American English.... — 9 March 2011
• Improved the page "heresies." — 9 March 2011
• Did a bit more work on the theme of the challenges to the standard hypothesis of the peopling of the Americas. — 6 March 2011
• Modified page "maintenance fee," about extortional Irish retail banks — 27 February 2011
• Made page "Corkonian terms" (about lexicon from Cork, Ireland) — 21 February 2011
Gaelic Irish language endangered.... — 20 February 2011
Imitation goods and services in Ireland — 20 February 2011


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