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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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Bakers’ Newspaper Legacy Surrounds Us

June 5th, 2015 · 3 Comments

When Alton Baker came to Eugene and bought the Eugene Guard in 1927, he followed his father’s lead, earning the trust of skeptical business leaders. But the Bakers were just getting started.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Civic · Media · You-gene

Maybe We’re Ready to Swipe to the Future

November 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Paper has looked like the sandy cliffs of Normandy — the insurmountable beachhead between the wavy worlds of machinery and the sodden sands of tactility. The closer we got to “the paperless office,” the more paper we bought. Dunder-Mifflin stock soared.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Deep · Media

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

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

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

Good Thing Government’s Cutting Corners

August 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

And so begins a small story of heroism, government speaking up for regular people, asking a business to sacrifice a little efficiency for the good of the public.

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