Category Archives: Life

“The Shape of Water” is concentric circles

Raindrops on water is one of the loveliest sights I know. Always makes me happy and is something I seek out at the end of a storm, just as I also automatically look for rainbows. Is that something I do … Continue reading

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Unhappy Birthday

Taken near the NE corner of Jefferson and Wisconsin in downtown Milwaukee on a Saturday morning in early August. There’s a story here. I’m guessing it’s a sad one.

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The individual vs. society – Joseph Campbell, Gandhi, and JFK weigh in

I’m cleaning out my office today, throwing out old student papers and old lecture notes from courses I no longer teach. One of the files I came across was from a one-off class on mythology that I taught in the … Continue reading

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“Not so much costumes as a bit of plumbing and general automobile engineering”

So said John Mollo in his acceptance speech at the Oscars after winning the Academy Award for Costume Design in 1978 for his work on Star Wars. What reminded me of this marvelous quote was a vehicle I walked past … Continue reading

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Bicycle with Shadow Sharrow

Today I learned the official name for a certain ubiquitous graphic painted on the bike lanes of city streets: “sharrow.” A “sharrow”— in case you also didn’t know what to call this thing you’ve surely seen many times—is the “signage” … Continue reading

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CypherCon 4.0, the Milwaukee River dyed green, and three homes of the Milwaukee Bucks

Taught my morning class today and then walked over to the convention center (maybe 20 minutes away) to attend CypherCon, billed as “Wisconsin’s Hacker Conference” mostly centered on network security but also containing bigger-picture sessions on societal implications of data … Continue reading

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Atrium staircase, late afternoon

I am in the middle of grading midterms today. That involves lots of sitting, punctuated by the need to get up and stretch my legs more often than I usually think to remember. There is lots of late afternoon sunshine … Continue reading

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