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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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How to Succeed as a University President (unpublished)

August 15th, 2014 · 5 Comments

We also may never know whether the Board of Trustees was displeased with their president. It may have been simply that they were given power to hire and fire their university president and they intended to use that power.

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Tags: Civic · Deep · Media · You-gene

UO President Quit? Yeah, Right

August 15th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Willfully ignored was an odd coincidence. Forty years ago last week, headlines blared with the most famous resignation in American history. Richard Nixon also gave only one day’s notice.

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

Housing, Havens and Hash

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Economists have a charming term for this cascading causality: creative destruction — “destruction” because the status quo crumbles, “creative” because something new takes its place.

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

Excellence Matters; Success Doesn’t

March 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Between Ken Kesey Square at the heart of downtown Eugene and all of the University of Oregon buildings that bear Phil Knight’s imprimatur, it’s easy to overlook the legacy of Bill Bowerman and the culture of excellence he attempted to instill here.

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Kill the Eugene Celebration

September 20th, 2013 · 12 Comments

After it’s gone away for a year or two, do you know what will happen? Something else will sprout to take its place.

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Football Entertainment Needs Midweek Boost

September 14th, 2012 · No Comments

How about ending practices once a week with your speedsters running 4×100 relay races at Hayward Field, professionally timed and open to the public? An eating contest for the linemen? A human tractor-pull? Let some of those competitive juices flow in public.

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Welcome Matt Groening Back to a Closer Springfield

April 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Have you ever wondered why Eugene and Springfield, which are joined at the centerline of I-5, can feel so far apart? The gap between our two cities never has been geographic.

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

Capstone or Cornerstone?

March 15th, 2012 · No Comments

We’re a college town. So why would we now worry that we’ll have a college downtown? Our two centers will begin becoming one.

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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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Northwest is Near the Middle in a Wobbly New World

November 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Phil Knight brilliantly perceived that manufacturing in the East and selling in the West tilted the economic formula profoundly in his favor. Software development also is weightless, so Bill Gates could pick the quietest corner of the country to become the nation’s richest man.

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Tags: Arr-Gee published · Small World · Upper-Left-Edge