Author Archives: Linus

About Linus

The man behind the curtain. But couldn't we get a nicer curtain?

Texas is for Perverts

In retrospect, the reasoning behind the year I spent in Dallas is a little fuzzy. But so is most everything else about Dallas, so that’s no news. While I was there I was cast as Tomazo de Piracquo in a … Continue reading

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Mutter Mutter, Gnash Gnash

I don’t know why it’s the end of summer, but it is, and after a long temperate quiet sunny weekend here in the Yapple we pelted in the new season with fine overnight style. The long outskirts of Hurricane Frances … Continue reading

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Caller ID

New Scientist magazine has the news that a radio signal from the deep sky between Pisces and Aries might, just might, be something that we don’t know just what it is. And one of those things might be a beacon … Continue reading

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March o’ the Times

Sunday was a fine day for an outpour, and so we did: the United for Peace and Justice march against George Bush was a staggering success. And you’d be staggering too, after all those hours in all that heat. NYPD … Continue reading

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Walking it Off

I’m heading out to march against Bush and the Republican convention. It’s my first political demonstration in many years. Once I did protest politics more often; ultimately I became disenchanted, not with the causes but with the organizations (or, given … Continue reading

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The Bee’s the Thing

Once upon a time I was a pale thin sixth grader with soft wire-rim glasses. The glasses bent hangdog to the curves of my face, and in the discount undercurrent of the times I favored shirts in slicky plastic blends … Continue reading

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Amsterdam: Now Museum, now Huguenot

While our mission for last week’s trip to Amsterdam was to disencumber a friend’s beer cellar, doing the job right was thirsty work. Silent Seth and I shirked our scheduled vices one day and snuck off for a long full … Continue reading

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Amsterdam: No Hash, Please, We’re Skittish

The truth of it is that late in college, pot just got boring. Somewhere around 1986 the fumes wore off the rose. I remember the moment precisely, probably because I wasn’t smoking at the time. Mom, you can just stop … Continue reading

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404 God Not Found

To the questionable index of Sorta Great Ideas we must add the Godchecker site, a Holy database (or d@tabase, as they would have it) of all known gods. Make that all the gods they’ve gotten to, rather — no entries … Continue reading

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Amsterdam: Two Wheels Good

I first learned to ride a bicycle in the bazaar in Udaipur when I was nearly 30, and frankly it’s lucky we all got out of there in one coherent chunk. We rented our steel-girder Hero bikes from a nearby … Continue reading

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