Oops, no mobile blogging

I understand that WordPress does not have a viable way to blog from a mobile phone. Oh well, Blogger was hit and miss when it came to mobile blogging–sometimes the posts made it to the blog and other times not.

Published in: on August 31, 2007 at 2:27 pm  Comments (2)  

That change will do you good

In a fit of boredom yesterday afternoon, I moved State Street to WordPress. Importing posts and comments was easy. I could not figure out how to automatically import my Bloglines feeds into my blogroll. I did not want to start custom coding this blog for Bloglines feeds, so I have spent a good part of the day using the type, cut, and paste method to update the blogroll. However, I did cleanup a bunch of dead links and stale blogs. If your link did not make it, please, let me know.

I did not have anything in particular against Blogger. However, I had heard many good things about WordPress and I was in the mood for a change.  I already like WordPress a lot better.  I can do a little customization of the appearance without breaking into the code.

Published in: on August 31, 2007 at 1:11 pm  Comments (2)  

Dog Days: Fear and Loathing

It’s the Dog Days. My mind is incapable of any sustained reading of a long book. So I picked up the second volume of Hunter S. Thompson’s letters, Fear and Loathing in America, to go with my rereading of his articles in The Great Shark Hunt.

(Note to self: learn to write better through close reading of Thompson.)

Published in: on August 30, 2007 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Live Cubs blogging

I'll interpret the scoreboard for you. The Cubs lost 6 – 1.
Sometimes you're the windshield; sometimes you're the bug.

Published in: on August 29, 2007 at 9:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Live Cubs iPhone blogging 2

The Cubs are down 6 to 1 in the 8th, but all the bleacher bums are
still here.

Published in: on August 29, 2007 at 8:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Live Cubs blogging

If heaven exists, it must look something like this.

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Your gun: don’t leave home without it

I like this story from the NYT: U.S. Releases Group of Iranians Held in Baghdad.

Members of an Iranian Energy Ministry delegation were arrested and held overnight by American troops in Baghdad for having unauthorized weapons, before being released this morning, American and Iraqi officials said in Baghdad.

Seriously, would you hang out in Iraq without a weapon? Everybody else has one.

Published in: on August 29, 2007 at 10:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Hook ‘Em Cubs!

Dear Everybody,

You can probably imagine where my head is at today. The Cubs are playing the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central division. The Cubs won last night; I have a solo ticket for tonight’s game–so I’m totally stoked. As you read here earlier this year, I wrote the Cubs off in May. I forgot you don’t need to have a very good record to win the NL Central division. Anyway, I have won some good whip out cash betting on the Cubs this summer.

This year or next year is my 50th anniversary of being a Cubs fan. (Memory fails.) As you sports fans well know, I have yet to see them make the World Series. At my advanced age and with my very unhealthy life style I worry about ever seeing them become the champs. I have been very lucky all my life, but if things turn toward the worse, I’ll probably die the day before they win the World Series.

The European football season is well underway. The American football season starts soon. Lot’s of good wagering is left to be done before the year is out.

Gotta get back to writing my memoirs. Take care!



Published in: on August 29, 2007 at 9:12 am  Leave a Comment  


On the train to Naperville. The city sweats beneath the summer sun.
Inside the train, I'm way cool with Thompson's gonzo papers resting on
my lap.

Published in: on August 28, 2007 at 1:11 pm  Leave a Comment  


At some point feeling replaces certainty. I feel I get the gist of Riemann’s thoughts on the number of primes less than a given number. I feel I understand what Hegel is saying about sense certainty. I feel that Alberto Gonzales’s resignation is a good thing. But how do I know if my feelings are right? I could have the learned quiz me. But how do I know the learned really know? Epistemological paranoia freezes my brain.

Morning sunlight pours through the window. I check the Metra train schedule to Naperville. My brain thaws.

Published in: on August 28, 2007 at 8:57 am  Leave a Comment  


Alberto Gonzalez retired today. Good. Here was a liar and ugly ruthless too.

Published in: on August 27, 2007 at 9:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Down Boy

The morning with its gray sky and sharp cool wind could be mistaken for an autumn dawn instead of one in the midst of the dogs days. Idly recalling my life while I drink coffee and smoke a cigarette is like writing–a central challenge is what to put in and what to leave out. My memory is a wild and untamed beast. I must discipline it.

I’ll be on the road soon. I must slap my memory around most then to keep it in line with the image I have of myself.

Published in: on August 27, 2007 at 6:29 am  Leave a Comment  

August 2007

A full moon, a cool breeze, the scent of freshly cut grass: an accumulation of failures gnaw at me. Yes, that is what has me feeling empty and lonely. What I wouldn’t give for a touch, a kiss, and some assuring words.

What else can I do but stand in the dark, smoke a cigarette, and try to imagine what will be rather than what was. Yet that seems as hollow as the moon.

Published in: on August 26, 2007 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Easy to Forget

I made an unexpected trip back to Iowa yesterday. I had no desire to go, but duty calls. However, this morning is cool and no clouds litter the sky, something I have not felt or seen for sometime.

Our fates are never completely under our control. That’s easy to forget. That brings us to other things easy to forget, but that is too long a story to be typed on the iPhone.

Published in: on August 26, 2007 at 7:43 am  Leave a Comment  

Patience and Iraq

The release of yesterday’s intelligence assessment on the Iraq Occupation and Surge strategy does not give reason for hope about Iraq–no matter what your political persuasion. From NYT, Report Offers Grim View of Iraqi Leaders:

A stark assessment released Thursday by the nation’s intelligence agencies depicts a paralyzed Iraqi government unable to take advantage of the security gains achieved by the thousands of extra American troops dispatched to the country this year.

Senator John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia, called for a limited United States withdrawal to begin this year.

The assessment, known as a National Intelligence Estimate, casts strong doubts on the viability of the Bush administration strategy in Iraq. It gives a dim prognosis on the likelihood that Iraqi politicians can heal deep sectarian rifts before next spring, when American military commanders have said that a crunch on available troops will require reducing the United States’ presence in Iraq.

But the report also implicitly criticizes proposals offered by Democrats, including several presidential candidates, who have called for a withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq by next year and for a major shift in the American approach, from manpower-intensive counterinsurgency operations to lower-profile efforts aimed at supporting Iraqi troops and carrying out quick-strike counterterrorism raids.

Such a shift, the report says, would “erode security gains achieved thus far” and could return Iraq to a downward spiral of sectarian violence.

Well, that plainly says sectarian violence is baked into the cake. Sectarian violence ends when the two sides have exhausted themselves and are too tired to continue the gruesome slaughter. Standing in the middle of the warring factions and preaching peace and moderation will do no good. A troop presence will do no good. Picturing the occupation as some kind of humanitarian aid misses the point entirely.

There are no religious moderates in Iraq. The Iraq constitution specifically includes a hallowed place for Sharia law. As interpreted by the religious fanatics, this is a license from god to terrorize, brutalize, and butcher their neighbors.

One would like to believe that there are innocents in the conflict, but as long as the so called innocents hold to their religious beliefs, beliefs that encourage carnage, they are not so innocent. That is tough to say when you look at the pictures of the children ravaged by the conflict, but let’s face it, that is the nature of religion when it gets out of control. Denying the nature of politics fueled by religion, as we see in Iraq, only makes matters worse. Those who would remove the separation of church and state in the US ought to meditate on this.

As a religious skeptic I find it increasingly difficult to sympathize with those who create the conditions for their own hell, war, death, and destruction. Patience understandably grows thin.

Published in: on August 24, 2007 at 9:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Flight to Safety?

More grim news coming from Iraq: More Iraqis Said to Flee Since Troop Increase (NYT).

The number of Iraqis fleeing their homes has soared since the American troop increase began in February, according to data from two humanitarian groups, accelerating the partition of the country into sectarian enclaves.

Despite some evidence that the troop buildup has improved security in certain areas, sectarian violence continues and American-led operations have brought new fighting, driving fearful Iraqis from their homes at much higher rates than before the tens of thousands of additional troops arrived, the studies show.

The surveys show that 500,000 people have fled their homes since the troop buildup because of increased fighting in their neighborhoods for one reason.

Published in: on August 24, 2007 at 8:58 am  Leave a Comment  


I am sorry, at least for myself, that I have not been able to blog much. I have attempted several times during the past few days to blog from the iPhone, but ATT’s terrible network failed each time. The iPhone is a great piece of technology connected to a horrible piece of technology.

Until next week all blogging will be done from the iPhone if done at all–postcards kind of.

Published in: on August 23, 2007 at 8:27 am  Comments (2)  

The Surge and Its Discontents

This from Reuters, US foreign policy experts oppose surge:

More than half of top U.S. foreign policy experts oppose President George W. Bush’s troop increase as a strategy for stabilizing Baghdad, saying the plan has harmed U.S. national security, according to a new survey.

As Congress and the White House await the September release of a key progress report on Iraq, 53 percent of the experts polled by Foreign Policy magazine and the Center for American Progress said they now oppose Bush’s troop build-up.

That is a 22 percentage point jump since the strategy was announced early this year.

The survey of 108 experts, including Republicans and Democrats, showed opposition to the so-called “surge” across the political spectrum, with about two-thirds of conservatives saying it has been ineffective or made things worse in Iraq.

Foreign Policy, published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said the experts polled on May 23 to June 26 included former government officials in senior positions including secretary of state, White House national security adviser and top military commanders.

The findings were published in the form of a Terrorism Index in the magazine’s September/October issue, to be released on Monday. The magazine published similar indices in July 2006 and in February.

Just so we did not miss it, “with about two-thirds of conservatives saying it has been ineffective or made things worse in Iraq.”

Published in: on August 20, 2007 at 5:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Howl: lost and found

I have been looking for my copy of Howl for months. I found it today.


Published in: on August 18, 2007 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Maker’s and mean value theorems

Drinking Maker’s Mark whiskey is like a version of a mean value
theorem. At first, you rise, then you reach a maximum, then you
decrease all the rest of the way in the closed interval, and never
achieve your maximum again.

That means you get happier up to point, then less happy.

What a pity. Wouldn’t life be a whole lot better if you could just keep getting happier and happier from some magic elixir.

I think it has something to do with death and all that banal shit. Whatever, this is live blogging from Pippin’, USA.

Published in: on August 17, 2007 at 8:52 pm  Comments (1)  

The next day early

Tempo, Chicago, USA

The morning glory pancakes at Tempo on State Street.

Published in: on August 17, 2007 at 3:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Still live blpgging from Quenchers

Don't know who these folks are either, but they are mega-awesome!

Damn, I think I'm slightly shit faced




Published in: on August 16, 2007 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Still live from quenchers

My bad. Don't know the name of the band. I'll report back later.
Quenchers, Chicago, USA

Published in: on August 16, 2007 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Live blogging from Quenchers

The Jagz, some of my good buds, rockin' at Quenchers, Chicago, USA.

Published in: on August 16, 2007 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Live blogging from Mother’s

Pink Taco playing at Mother’s, Chicago, USA. I received an offer I
couldn’t refuse.

Published in: on August 15, 2007 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment