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A man wearing a reflective, faceless mask

Some notes on privilege

Jul 13, 2019

Liberals shout about it, conservatives sneer at it -- but what is privilege?

My Casio VL-Tone

My first instrument: the Casio VL-Tone (VL-1)

Apr 13, 2019

Although this tiny instrument doesn't look like much, it entertained me for hours.

Jen (Matilda Lutz) stalks one of the men who did her wrong on a desolate desert road.

Revenge

Nov 14, 2018

Content warning: sexual assault. After Jen is assaulted and left for dead she pulls herself together, then takes her attackers apart.

Jeremiah watches the world go by from his RV

Mandy: Method All Up In My Madness

Nov 14, 2018

A new revenge movie staring Nic Cage leans heavily on slow motion, red lens filters, and not much else.

Lead actress Jane Lyle in a still from the movie Island of Death. She is hugging her knees to her shoulders, looking slightly off camera with an expression of schadenfreude.

Island of Death

Nov 12, 2018

This movie would be a great travel promotion for a sleepy Greek island if it wasn't for all the blood.

Black and white photo of Louis Prima

Louis Prima: The Wildest!

Oct 19, 2018

I know Lois Armstrong, Mel Tormé, Dizzy Gillespie — somehow I missed hearing about Louis Prima.

A close-up of a screech owl.

Representation

Aug 18, 2018

Cis white men are losing their grip on the representation of themselves and others in our media.

The ruins of a miniature golf castle peak out of the dunes of Jockeys Ridge in Nags Head, North Carolina.

Peacekeeper

Jun 21, 2018

Some thoughts on maintaining our civility when everything around us is an outrage.

Promotional shot of the Marantz MPH-4 studio headphones, large over-the-ear style.

My favorite headphones

May 18, 2018

Hearing loss changes how I evaluate headphones. My current favorite is a happy accident.

Jetliner landing at CLT airport in North Carolina

Keep On Keeping On: Playlist

May 12, 2018

Including Kon Kan, Herbaliser, Ronnie Hudson, Venetian Snares

Arial view of a modern shopping complex with dark clouds in the distance.

Advertising abandoned ethics and it's destroying our country.

Feb 25, 2018

Ad networks, niche targeting, and cost-per-click combine to polarize a nation.

A caterpillar rests on a tree branch at Pandapas Pond in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Find Another Way

Feb 16, 2018

A response to the argument that gun control is futile because killers will just get the guns illegally or use some other weapon.