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Quips, queries, and querulous quibbles from the quirky mind of Don Kahle

Why do people say 'after dark' when what they mean is 'during dark'? After dark would be when it's light again, right? * There are 10 types of people in this world -- those who read binary, and those who don't. * I'm rethinking the whole brown rice thing. What if it's just more white liberal self-hatred? Whole wheat, honey, unbleached flour. All better. Sez who? * Eugene should be HQ for White People for Diversity. We'll fight for diversity to be included in books, which is where we know to look for it. * Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, but give a man a pillow, and he'll dream of steak. * What can you say about a state that puts the town of North Bend 225 miles southwest of Bend? We rely on visitors for entertainment.

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Deregulate Mailbox Designs to Build Community

December 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Each homeowner has the opportunity to mount a form of self-expression on the edge of the public realm. This edge — biologists call it an ecotone — between public and private is where creativity thrives.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Simple · Small World · Urban Design

Lariviere Receives Karma, Teaches Dharma

December 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Circumstances are not what drive history forward; character is. Consequences and precedents can dissuade us from becoming true expressions of our unique and authentic selves, but they are always over and done with before we can act on them.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Deep · You-gene

Down Under Finds Itself On Top

December 15th, 2011 · No Comments

Full employment was a Soviet ideal. Full aspiration is what Australia offers. Hope is any nation’s most valuable resource. America had it for a full century. But the world has now turned upside down and Down Under finds itself on top.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Small World

Elders’ Dystopian Vision Hits Today’s Youth

October 6th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Toasters don’t jump off our counters to follow it. But the fears of one generation have been visited on the next. We have designed a machine that we cannot stop.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Deep · Upper-Left-Edge · You-gene

Fripperies R Us

September 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Why don’t meteorologists study meteors? It seems like they’re getting away with something.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Deep · Grins · Quips · You-gene

NFL Should Pay Colleges For Developing Their Talent

September 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

Knowledge and passion can be blissfully bifurcated. That’s good for adult sports fans, but lousy for high school athletes.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Simple

Celebrate the Street

September 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

For four hours, a downtown street will be open to traffic but closed to cars. The commons will be taken back from automobiles and reclaimed by the people who drive them.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Urban Design · You-gene

With 2020 Vision, the President Can Claim the Decade

September 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Within a decade, let’s reduce the American work week to 32 hours, and bring millions back into the work force. The president’s political opponents want smaller government. Can they campaign against three-day weekends?

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Simple · Upper-Left-Edge

Eugene’s ECO-Temp Tells Us How It Is

August 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Humans have been trying to find their place in the world ever since. Maybe the Heat Index helps. Does it really matter how the world is? Can’t we just talk about how it feels to us?

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Deep · You-gene

Thuggery Created the D.C. Crisis

August 5th, 2011 · No Comments

We knew the Tea Partiers were extremists and ideologues, but we learned something new when drool stains pooled beneath some of them as calamity loomed.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Media · Upper-Left-Edge