- October 01
- Male, Jewish, in my fifties, married with kids (well, at this point I guess that should be "kid"). Thanks to Lezlie for avatar artwork - sort of a translation of my screen name. "Salaam" is peace in Arabic, hence the peace sign. (No, my name doesn't mean "hunk of meat" and yes, the pun is intentional.)
MY RECENT POSTS
- Wealth, the Giving Pledge, &
What We're Really Talking
April 24, 2014 08:20AM
- Passover: a quick explanation
if you're unfamiliar with it
April 20, 2014 01:33PM
- Regarding Conspiracy Theories
April 16, 2014 07:19PM
- CLOSED CALL: It Doesn't Mean
April 14, 2014 02:11PM
- J would have turned 20 today
April 08, 2014 06:47PM
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Recently, on Open Salon, Daniel Rigney wrote a post about the giving pledge initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates. The gist of the pledge is that billionaires agree to give away at least half their worth during their lifetimes or immediately upon their deaths. http://open.salon.com/blog/danagram/2… Read full post »
Earlier today, James Emmerling asked me to explain Passover to
him, on his current post, so I did. In case anyone else wants to
know who doesn't read his blog, here's what I said (bracketed
addition at the end was added here):
You want me to explain Passover to you?
Do you know… Read full post »
This started life as a comment on Jonathan Wolfman's post. He wanted to talk more about it, so I'm editing it a bit and turning it into a post.
I will not be around much on April 17, so please forgive me if you comment then and it takes me a while… Read full post »
Lezlie asked why all the open calls. I decided it was a good
The subject of the Closed Call is an answer to James Emmerling's Open Call.
I am not interested in reading anyone else telling me about the meaninglessness of it all, so this is a Closed Call.
I am experimenting with… Read full post »
Like everything else I write about this experience, it somehow feels self-indulgent. But it helps anyway, just to get it down. That's enough of a reason to write it. It's more important to me to process (?) it than to reach an audience. I can't tell you why sharing this has… Read full post »
This post is both an experiment and a link. It's a link
because I want control over the content in this case.
I realize that this won't be of interest to most readers. Still, I've run across this phenomenon enough (musicians who don't read) that I wanted to try my hand at… Read full post »
But probably not
It occurs to me that if the post this was based on
disappears from the feed, this will make no sense, as this was
initially intended as an extremely temporary post. So:
&n… Read full post »
Sorry, I had to, just to reinforce the feed.
There's a major philosophical argument underpinning the major economic disputes in Congress, and it has to do with whom is owed what.
Why aren't we taxing the wealthy enough?
There are two justifications given. The first is that you don't overtax people who create jobs if you want them to… Read full post »
How many are there?
Well, how many AKC (American Kennel Club) breeds are there?
I could name most of them, but some are newer to the AKC. And I had a few bad guesses.
As it turns/… Read full post »
"It's Jewish Halloween; you're supposed to get wasted!"
(overheard in Temple this morning) Read full post »
Repost inspired by Con Chapman. You have to know Fiddler on the Roof, including some talking parts
In case we have to move:
Today I received this in my email:
… Read full post »March 2014
Dear Valued Customer:
Recently, Time Warner Cable announced plans to merge with Comcast, forming an industry-leading technology and media company dedicated to delivering great customer experiences.
Above all, this merger will benefit you, our custome
There's an argument going on between a couple of my online
friends at the moment. I'm not interested in going into the
particulars of the argument, but I am interested in the standards
that the argument is raising.
There's a musical, a rather popular one, playing on Broadway at the moment.… Read full post »
There is an old argument in American political circles having to do with responsibility for crimes committed by poor inner city minorities. The conservative side says that it's all about personal responsibility: Do the crime, do the time. The liberal side says that… Read full post »
My daughter is thirteen. She is very, very difficult to wake up.
Mostly for school, but today for a doctor's appointment.
I'll try anything. This morning I went into her room and intoned, in a loud, deep, stentorian voice (when I'm still tired I can make my voice deeper):
FE FI FO FUP!
TIME… Read full post »
Taken by one of my wife's students.
He's an Akita puppy, here maybe 13 weeks old. It's been a couple of weeks and he's blatantly bigger now.
Gives new meaning to PIP (picture in picture).
My wife told me this. It comes from a friend's Facebook page.
Descartes walks into a bar. The bartender says: "The usual?"
Descartes replies: "I think not," and disappears. Read full post »