Wednesday


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May 18

What’s your super power?

I think we all have super powers. They vary, and some are more useful than others. I have two super powers. One has no practical benefit. The other is that I can always determine the right container for leftovers. It’s a small thing, this super power, but it’s useful.

But it occurs to me that a great super power would be able to see, in the smallest moment that this little moment is special.

I don’t have that one. I’d like it, but instead I just look back on a moment many hours later and realize there was a sweet little perfection today.

The Yankee and I went out for lunch. We walked down two blocks to the local fast food fake burrito shop and then we walked back up toward our building on campus. Just across the street we stopped at that flowerbed and I took a few pictures and a little sliver of video and this was a delightful moment to be with someone important. I’d like to be able to more often realize that sort of thing during, rather than after.

Everybody has one, or two or more. Everyone should have that one, I think. What’s your super power?


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Apr 18

We are conferencing (on religion in media) on campus

I saw this in the student union. It is two parts of the same piece of furniture. But, unlike most of the items they have on display, there’s no signage to note its origin or donors or anything else. These three panels are on one piece:

And the other part was equally beautiful:

That’s the back piece, and I believe it is all some sort of elaborate chair or storage furniture or both. Let’s say chifforobe. Anyway, I was in that building to check on the conference, so maybe the imagery carved into the wood was the right choice for that part of the building. There were several sessions nearby this morning. There were two more panels in our studio this afternoon. It looked like this:

So settle in and enjoy, we certainly did.

Meanwhile, after dinner:

There are two more sessions of this conference tomorrow. Both streamed, so I’ll put them here. Until then …


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Apr 18

Photos for Wednesday

We are a third of the way through spring. We hit 50° yesterday. It snowed all day Monday. But it is spring. (Or so “they” would have you believe.)

It is not important if you’re late. It IS important that you arrive.

Meanwhile, indoors, I call this “Chair In Isolation.” It is intended as a withering critique on the subject of artistically withering critiques and the isolating folly of men and women putting their impressions into the work of others.

Or its a simply dressed movie set. One of the two.

Allie was unimpressed:


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Apr 18

Makes you wanna ride bikes – if you can get off the sofa

Someone brought their bike into the building today.

You’re not supposed to do that. But I do enjoy seeing a good bicycle every now and then. That’s a Little 500 bike, which is a neat treat in general, just not in the building, where it could be a tripping hazard or a wall-marking hazard or a theft-of-property hazard.

Seriously, someone left it outside a closed classroom. People are trusting, which is nice.

Outside? Spring?

On Monday morning, snow. And it was the sort of thing no one even mentioned. We were all so bored with it and over it. It wasn’t surprising to wake up to. It was inevitable. No one was even irritated by the absurdity of it anymore. Snow in mid-April. Then it melted, things started blooming and that evening I ran in layers and gloves.

This evening I ran in shorts and a t-shirt and was already warm in the driveway, before setting out for a quick 5K. Already warm. It was 62° degrees.

So I’m putting a question mark next to spring from now on.

Allie, is, also, over it:

And, look, when I tell The Yankee that the six-pound cat is holding me down, I really mean it:


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Apr 18

I practiced media things today

Today is the fourth of April. We had more snow flurries today. For much of the day, in fact. If felt like 32 degrees this morning. Because, in April, you should still be using wind chill.

This is silly talk in the face of all of that, I know, but maybe there is hope.

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. That makes today the 50th anniversary of an important newspaper column. We talked about it on the podcast today:

Also today I talked to Raju Narisetti. He’s the CEO of the Gizmodo Media Group, and an IU grad. He’s in town for a campus-wide program and we had him in the studio for an interview today. I’m not sure when that one will get published — it takes some time — but I’ll get to share it eventually.