Archive for the ‘Opinionated’ Category

Was Émile Durkheim Right?

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Durkheim wrote a lot about alienation and anomie. At the time, he viewed those as byproducts of urbanization and [mostly] young men moving away from rural/agricultural family-centered life to more isolated individual-centered life in the cities. Durkheim saw increased suicide rates as one of the results. The modern twist, of course, ...

Radical justice thought…

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Random thought…. I was just thinking—in the interest of turn-about, there should be an NFW (no fucking way) drug a woman could slip into a man's drink that would make him impotent or otherwise completely uninterested in sex for a few hours… maybe some kind of testosterone blocker.

Seat us in the non-angry birds section, please!

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

If you're going to bring your electronic toys and games into a restaurant, then either use headphones, or mute the sound. Subjecting other diners to your noise--yes, noise--is nothing short of inconsiderate and rude. Your children might not know any better--but YOU should. And, it's up to YOU to teach ...

A little morning not-quite-music

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Someone in the neighborhood has acquired a whistle. I hope the respective parents are enjoying it as much as their neighbors are. There's nothing like a lovely whistle, shrilling its morning monotone through the late August air. A few more notes to work with, and we might begin to call ...

A bad idea no matter what you might call them

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I had seen signs for speed bumps and speed humps, but this one was a new one on me. We saw a number of "speed lump" signs in Huntsville, Alabama while touring in 2003. While the wording of the signs might be amusing, the effects of the signs on emergency response ...