Tag Archives: sociology

We’ve Hit Peak Stuff

“If we look on a global basis, in the west we have probably hit peak stuff. We talk about peak oil. I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff … peak home furnishings,” Steve Howard [IKEA’s Head … Continue reading

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The Myth of Fingerprints

“There’s no doubt about it, it was the myth of fingerprints.  I’ve seen ’em all and man, they’re all the same” — Paul Simon This post is not about fingerprints, but it is about a myth.  And that’s the myth … Continue reading

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A Windy Century/Acceptance, Part I(?)

  I’ve been getting bad about posting lately; this one has been sitting in my queue for a couple of weeks now.  I originally intended it to be the first part of a longer thought which I now recognize may … Continue reading

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The Jerk with the Blue Tooth.

In blogspace, nobody can necessarily hear you scream…which is precisely what I want to do right now. I saw something this morning at my local Panera.  There was this guy.  And he appeared to be talking to himself, until I … Continue reading

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MINOs

I am a recovering sociologist.  That is to say, I got interested in sociology when I was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, went to grad school at the University of Chicago and wrote a Master’s thesis, and wrote … Continue reading

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DHALGREN

“to wound the autumnal city.” This is the entire first line of Samuel R. Delany’s Ulysses-class novel, Dhalgren.  If you are a science fiction reader, or even if you just happened to grow up at a particular time, you may … Continue reading

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Born for Adversity

We live in a time when everyone watches their own back.  When we would rather protect ourselves as individuals (and families) than our nation, than the thing that is bigger than us.  It was not always so. The late Charles … Continue reading

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