The Weird and Wonderful in the Midst of the Mundane


I’ve been involved with institutions of higher education for most of my adult life. (Actually, higher education has been a near-constant presence in my life, adult and no. Which might explain a lot. Keep moving.) As someone who has been thus involved, my weeks/months/years are almost entirely governed by the peculiar rhythms of academia — [Read More...]

A Scarry Podcast Experience; Richard, That Is


A few weeks ago, I was listening to a podcast — the particular podcast in question shall remain nameless in an effort to protect the innocent but *cough, cough* PCHH — and one of the show’s contributors brought up Richard Scarry. And then had to explain who he was to her audience, because they (apparently) had [Read More...]

The Science Behind Repetitive Music


Extreme susceptibility to earworms is a fact of life for me. As it is for most of us, I suspect. Just something we’ve come to accept without why or wherefore. Now, though, I’ve got a bit of a scientific account to help explain their constant presence. And if this little TED tidbit from Dr. Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis [Read More...]

What Life in Small-Town America Looks Like to Me


My wife and I are still in the “giddy with excitement” stage. …a stage which is pretty much indistinguishable from the “really not getting anywhere near enough sleep from now until forever or at least 2030″ stage, come to think of it. So I guess I’m not entirely sure what stage we’re in at the moment. It [Read More...]

Rest In Peace, Wing Commander Rees


Wing Commander Henry “Ken” Rees passed away on Saturday at the age of 93. He was an inspiration and a legend, even though few of us would know him by name, and his passing marks the end of an era. Via The Telegraph (UK): Wing Commander Ken Rees, who has died aged 93, was the last surviving member [Read More...]

I Absolutely Love This Picture


Life feels like it’s going about a thousand miles an hour right how, so I’m just tryin’ to hang’ on. And you, dear readers, are bearing the brunt of my survivalist tendencies, because I struggle to come up with compelling content in the best of circumstances. So, here. An amazing image that both sort-of-captures what my [Read More...]

10 Things That Tell You There’s An Architect In The House


A long-time friend (and classically-trained architect) spent a few days with us this past week, adding his trio of boys to the Already-Intimidating Susanka Pack. With the exception of the now-infamous Stomach Bug Incident, a good time was had by all, and I was sorry to see him go. In other (and doubtless unrelated) news, this impressive [Read More...]

Seeking the Magic of One’s Youth


I stumbled across this quote while flipping through the latest edition of The New Atlantis a few weeks ago, and instantly loved it. (Also, it frightens me. I’m afraid of some day realizing that I’ve succumbed to that “blindness of spirit” without even realizing it. I don’t just want childlike wonder; I need it. We all do.) …you [Read More...]

Sean Bean and the Meta-Meme


TNT’s newest show, “Legends,” stars Sean Bean. Otherwise known as the One-Man Meme Machine. Based on the award-winning book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings) as Martin Odum, a FBI agent with the ability to transform himself into a different person for each [Read More...]

Chaos Without Energy


“I wanted chaos without energy.” That’s the challenge director Tarsem Singh set himself when crafting the opening titles of his 2006 film, The Fall. And it’s one that he gloriously, unforgetably overcame. I wrote about the film a number of years ago – Short Version: It’s fantastic and weird and shockingly violent and wonderfully childlike, all at the same [Read More...]