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Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson, dead at 50. He was like a bodybuilder for the music world--amazing talent, but grotesque to look at. I think I'll go listen to his entire discography. Except for Invincible.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

From a recent e-mail:
It's easy to lose track of the large-scale principals that are important to me amidst all this stuff. I value reading, learning, trying to make myself a better person, and helping others. Making an attempt at a virtuous life has been a consistent desire for me, even when my lifestyle is completely at odds with that desire. Lately I've been trying to keep focused on the important things while cutting out the pastimes and people that don't enrich my life. It's actually pretty easy to do if you know what you want, but I'm human, and although my desire for virtue is real, I have seen myself totally ignore its pursuit for extended periods. I frustrate myself with that sometimes, but one thing I have noticed is that goodness is always an option you can return to even if you forget it for a while.
"What's that song called, the one where they're driving around like Mad Max in the video?"

"I don't know . . . "

"Oh! 'California Love'!"

"Ha ha, right. The quinnessential white person's rap song."

"I know all the words!"