If you’ve read this blog for a while you know that your humble author spends more time in traffic every day than somebody who hasn’t been committed for any crime ever should.
But it has its good side. Plenty of time for silent reflection, for playing music louder than I could at home without mentally scarring my child for life, and for listening to NPR and fuming about the state of the world.
The weird thing about traffic is that even though I’m roughly on the road at the same time every day, and it’s always sunny in Phoenix, the traffic has a different personality every day. Some days it’s smooth and easy—heavy, of course, but still smooth, with a nice rhythm.
And then there are days when it’s all ragged and syncopated, with seemingly everybody on the road out of sync with each other. These are the days of kamikaze-death-grip lane changes without a thought to turn signals or a glance in the rear-view mirror; sudden slamming of brakes and envelope-pushing avoidance maneuvers; a parade of vehicles parked by the side of the freeway, drivers yelling on cell phones and glaring at destroyed fenders; highway patrol cruisers suddenly leaping into action and pulling cars over at 20 miles-per-hour speeds.
And the commute becomes an obstacle course instead of a passage.
What wounded the animal?
Posted Thursday, 11 May, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.