Category Archives: Personal

Never Trump

Like Neoavatara, I, too, can tell you the effective date of my membership of the Republican Party: August 31, 2004. The party was, as I understood it, a coalition of conservatives and libertarians. I was new to the country, and when the future Governator spoke to the GOP convention, he specifically addressed immigrants, and as a […]

Between Breaths

Musicam novam præsento. This is a sororal love-song to Layla Grant, the bright young gem whom “Nashville” takes an ugly, sadistic joy thrashing the life out of. Like “Tuesday A.M.,” this song pushes the analog emulation as far as I can go; unlike that song, it had a remarkably straightforward gestation. Those who just want […]

That time when checklists will save your life

Several reviews for Atul Gawande’s book The Checklist Manifesto, which has been inching toward the top of my reading stack, mention that one might as well save one’s time and just read the 2007 article by Gawande whence the book sprang, The Checklist. The medical details in this article are heebie-jeebie-giving to the extent that […]

Milestones: Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016

Our Hero has died, at the age of 79.  If you seek a monument, look around: Justice Scalia was one of the most important American judges since Holmes—perhaps even since Marshall. He leaves behind him a monumental legacy. To paraphrase Justice Souter’s moving eulogy for the late Justice Brennan, what no one is doing today is saying […]

Russia: The good, the bad, and the ugly

This term, I look an economics class, and our final papers afforded an opportunity for me to revisit a subject that used to be nearer and dearer to me than time now allows: The travails of the Russian economy following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the lessons for us of that experience. Demands of time […]

Simon recommends (fall 2015 edition)…

No one gives me any money or other thing of value for these recommendations, and no affiliation in any direction is implied. These are just things that make me happy that, if you’re like me, might make you happy too.

Huge news out of Virginia

“Sweet Briar College will stay open next academic year under a mediation agreement announced today by the state attorney general’s office,” and its “president will resign as will at least 13 members of the college’s current board of directors under the agreement, which will be presented Monday to Bedford County Circuit Judge James Updike for […]

Tuesday A.M.

Musicam novam præsento. This song pushes the analog emulation about as far as I think that I can realistically go. For those who like to know what’s going on behind the curtain, let’s dig in. A few brief words on tracking, which took place over four lunchtimes and evenings last week. Most of the synths […]

Milestones

  GRAYSON   MMV-MMXV Frater Sophiae; cattus magnus. Amatus est; nunc requiescat in pace. De oculis sumptus, semper in cordibus Amavisse est tristitia dulcissima  

The Eleventh Hour

Musicam novam præsento. This is an original song that was substantially written in about an hour on Armistice Day. It grew out of a search for a sound for another song that’s in the pipeline; that sound ended up being a Farfisa organ and a Solina string machine layered together and slathered in reverb, and these […]