(It’s better here)
(It’s better here)
Miles traveled: 431
Feet climbed: 11,316
Pieces of pie savored: 25 (9 a la mode)
Flat tires: 4*
Other repairs: 1 new brake lever**
Pork chops eaten: 18
Friendly, welcoming Iowans met: 1,276
Guys who told us to get off their lawn: 1
I “Heart” NPR buttons distributed: 1 gallon Zip-lock baggie full
Pairs of bike shorts ripped: 1***
People Who Told Us They Rode RAGBRAI for the First Time After Hearing About It On NPR last year: 25
People Who Told Us They’d Ridden All 42 RAGBRAIs: 1
Coolest Detour: Buddy Holly crash memorial
Un-coolest Detour: 2 am kybo search
Times Cheating Death due to Unexpected Rumble Strip Encounter: 1
Weeks till Next RAGBRAI: 51
*all Horsley’s. Thanks to the mechanics in Rockford for the new rim tape. Smooth sailing ever since.
**ask Arnie about the cool high school kid in Independence who patched him up in time for those big descents on the last day.
***ask Gonyea, but he probably won’t tell you.
Iowa, I need to get back in you now.
Snark is the title and subject of a book I found in the 300s in the public library today.
With barely a glance at the jacket, I sensed the shadow of an evil upon me. This book describes a force without mass or velocity. Snark is only the coward’s phrase “it is what it is,” translated through the lens of cynicism.
Snark is the coward’s embrace of anger, which is not even a crutch. A crutch can at least help one hobble slowly down the road.
Snark is a lashing out in a random direction, having attempted nothing else. Its aggression rarely comes to meet the frustration at its source. It is either shared with others who share similar frustrations - not a common frustration, because that might spark a collaboration, at least the idea of problem-solving. Snark bounces back and forth across the table but remains alienating and alienated. To say it solves nothing lends undue credit. Snark exists past the point of giving up and giving in. It is rootless hate, expressed in the presence of the false community mentioned above, or else used against people who care for us - the true cure for what ails us, or strangers otherwise, who could at least be neutral toward us generally, who are also a potential restorative.
Snark is banal and cruel. It sucks life from us, and from our surroundings (others) when we need to be giving back to ourselves and reaching to others for friendship/inspiration/love. It is an ignorant refuge, while being no refuge at all. Snark denies growth when growth is the very thing demanded of us.
In which a trapper from Siberia captures the essence of Western capitalism having never seen it the way we experience it, the way we stand aside, as Wall Street frantically searches for new corners of the world to plunder, new natural balances to upend, new people and systems to exploit.
Why would TED ban this talk? Because they are a clubhouse for rich liberals who gather to fawn over each others’ vacuum-sealed, incremental social change fantasies (in contrast to actual examination of the roots of the problems they seek to solve)?
Make speeches, but not waves.
Scott Walker + Sunn O)))
I am not going to call this a dream come true. In my best nightmares, I could not have dreamed this.
A week ago today, we watched as thousands raised more than $1.5M for the #MaydayPAC — a commitment to fundamental reform in the way Congress funds its elections. It was electrifying and amazing, and many of us heard the first fireworks as we crossed our $5M goal.
But it just so happens…
an actual letter that actual Ayn Rand sent to Cat Fancy magazine in 1966
If Ayn Rand had been as smart as she’d have had us think, her impression of a robot would have been more convincing.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by museums — not just as places of looking and learning, but also of...
Weakling- Cut Their Grain and Place Fire Therein
Wrong. You’re thinking of capitalism — maybe state capitalism [i.e., what’s referred to as so-called “Communism”] — but capitalism nonetheless...
well, i’m not sure i fully understand exactly what you are looking for, but maybe these will be of interest: