I am not now interested in analyzing . . . the diction and imagery which have passed from Science Fiction into post-Modernist literature, but rather in coming to terms with the prophetic content common to both: with the myth rather than the modes of Science Fiction. But that myth is quite simply the myth of the end of man, of the transcendence or transformation of the human—a vision quite different from that of the extinction of our species by the Bomb, which seems stereotype rather than archetype and consequently the source of editorials rather than poems. More fruitful artistically is the prospect of the radical transformation (under the impact of advanced technology and the transfer of traditional human functions to machines) of homo sapiens into something else: the emergence—to use the language of Science Fiction itself—of “mutants” among us.

The New Mutants
Leslie Fiedler

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

My Mom!

Happy Mother's Day, Mom! I love you.

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The Boston in Me

Monday, 15 April 2013

The horrible events at this year’s Boston Marathon have put me in a melancholy mood, and I turned to MetaFilter to make better sense of the senseless tragedy.

After reading the thousand-or-so comments that came before, I said (in part)

I've been a runner since my first 5-mile run thirty years ago. My happiness is deeply tied with the stress and demands of moving my body across the land using mainly my legs. I know intimately the pain and love running requires and begets.

The people gathered in Boston today to support their friends, the people who strove to bring their bodies across the finish line, the volunteers who gave material and emotional sustenance to people who for the most part are strangers, the cheerers and the curious--these people are my people and I am devastated at what's happened today.

Today, I'm strengthening my commitment to run as far and fast as I can until I can't anymore.

I hope the perpetrators will be brought to justice and that the victims will find peace and solace.

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Bikeaversary 01

Saturday, 2 March 2013

I'm surprised the last main entry before this one is a note about Steve Jobs’ death. Weird.

Much time has passed since and I am finally beginning to feel I understand some of the contours of this new life outside of academia. I often boggle at my good fortune and am humbled by its challenges and privations. More rarely, I note a small success, a shift or crystallization of things into greater understanding. I can see pieces fitting together.

Having undertaken a fair share of soft and hard reboots, I’ll edge in by noting that yesterday was my first bikeaversary (not recommended practice to increase daily follower rates, I know.»)

That is, the bike I paid Mission Bicycle to build for me was ready for pick up on 29 February 2012.

The changes that simple vehicle has brought to my life are profound. I know extolling the virtues of a bicycle will sound childish to many, but the experience has been transformative. Every time I get out on my bike I’m improving my health, I restrict my carbon footprint, I increase my sense of well-being, I see cool stuff, and I connect with others.» For me it’s the opposite of getting in an automobile (public or private). Looking back over the course of forty years, I realize it's always been this way.

Coming home from work yesterday, I'd finished logging my 471st ride for a total distance of 2441.07 miles, most of those miles done right here in SF.

I love it.

huitlacoche

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Friday, 25 May 2012

Mona Caron Critical Mass 20th Anniversary Poster

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I’ve loved biking since before my first paper route and that love grown to massive proportions since March when I got my black bike, huitlacoche, at Mission Bicycle.

Looking ahead, Friday, 28 September 2012 will be the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass and Mona Caron has created a poster to commemorate the event.

Today I’ll be riding with San Francisco Critical Mass for my third (consecutive) ride. I hope you’ll come, too.

Mona Caron Critical Mass 20th Anniversary Poster

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Golden Gate Shrouded by Fog

posted at 11:02 AM

Took this picture yesterday in the middle of my Bay-to-Breakers training run.

Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog.

Thing is, sublime views like this are a regular thing in SF and every day is a beautiful day.

I’m so glad I’m here. I think you should come, too.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Toothbrushed Birdie

posted at 7:33 AM via

Bird groomed with toothbrush!

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Roofed!

posted at 9:09 AM via

Dog at cat looking over edge of building at photographer

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Monday, 12 March 2012

Smiling Shiba Inu

Cat beside two Maneki Neko figurines

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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Welcome 2012

posted at 8:20 AM

We’ve been waiting for you.»

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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Dear 2011, So long, sucker.

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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Santa Claus is not evil. There is no need to defend myself against him.

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Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

One more thing…

one last time

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