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This past Saturday I had the single worst public transportation experience of my life to date.  Before the incident, I tended toward a certain transit elitism, and I would often look down upon those who cite fear of crime and assault as reasons not to ride the bus, tending to dismiss such critics as sheltered [...]

Jun 20th, 2010 | Filed under Personal, Transportation

We live in a hyper-technological age in which information is cheap and ubiquitous.  I am no Luddite, and I have benefited greatly from social media, but we must remember that both cheapness and ubiquity are traits indicative of  poor quality.  Not only do our Twitter-fried brains have 140-character attention spans, but I am convinced that [...]

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Jun 9th, 2010 | Filed under Personal, Politics, Transportation

Sarah and I are moving back to Seattle.  Sarah has followed a great opportunity in Seattle, and is now working for the EPA Library.  We’re heading back to the Emerald City in just 4 short days.  This brief post is addressed to Canada: Canada, I’ll miss you.  Staid competence never looked so good.  While our [...]

May 13th, 2010 | Filed under Personal

One thing I’m keen to do in this blog is diversify people’s perceptions of the car-free life.  It isn’t just for faux-European types living the bi-coastal liberal dream, or for crunchy urbanites who have forsaken our rural, pastoral, or forested landscapes in favor of the concrete and steel of the city.  If my goal of [...]

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May 6th, 2010 | Filed under Personal, Transportation

I’ve tried to read The Brothers Karamazov (Братья Карамазовы) four times and failed.  I’ve read the first 100 pages each time, and each time become distracted.  As a person who wishes to be considered a member of the well-educated literati, this is most unfortunate.  As one with formal studies in history and philosophy, an embarrassment. [...]

Mar 31st, 2010 | Filed under Personal

(1.  I like living in a country freer than the USA. Canada’s  banks actually make money, their currency is strong, gays can get married and no one cares, our (comprehensive!) health insurance is $100/month, and both the conservative Heritage Foundation and the United Nations rank Canada above the USA in key metrics of economic and [...]

Mar 25th, 2010 | Filed under Personal

I suppose I’ve always been prone to take things to extremes. As a junior in high school, following up on a bet from my girlfriend to eat Taco Bell every day for a week, I went on to do it for over a month. When recently I decided I needed to eat more vegetables, I [...]

Mar 20th, 2010 | Filed under Personal, Transportation